Garden Tip: Peonies add big showy color

Peonies are some of the biggest, boldest and most beautifully fragrant flowering plants for sun. Each season they grow grander with very little care and are extraordinarily long-lived.

They bloom in a variety of shades of white, pink, coral, red and even bi-color with early, mid-summer and late bloom times. There are three types that thrive in the Chicago area.

Tree peonies are showstoppers in sun to light shade with enormous crepe-paper flowers and woody stems.

Herbaceous peonies die back to the ground each year, and offer wonderful flowers for the garden and bouquets.

The third type, Itoh hybrids, are a cross between tree peonies and herbaceous peonies. They have large tissue-like flowers in unusual colors such as yellow.

Garden Tip is courtesy of The Growing Place, 630-355-4000.

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