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.Tags: Gardening