Why I love this plant:
• The short mounding plant is full of flowers.
• It never needs supports or staking.
• The flowers are dainty. This silky crimson has bright golden stamens inside.
• It has finely cut leaves, which are green and reddish tones.
• It's fabulous in the front of a border because it's 'vertically challenged.'
• The flowers open in mid-April.
• It's great in a rock garden.
• Once established, the plant can handle drought.
How to grow a peony:
• Plant during cooler months.
• Choose a garden spot where the peony can get at least six hours of sunshine.
• Loosen the plant from the pot; try not to disturb the roots.
• Mix some compost and a handful of bone meal in the planting hole.
• Plant at the same depth as the plant came in the pot.
• Apply 10-20-20 fertilizer in early March, if you want, but it's not mandatory.