I planted my first tree peony 12 years ago. Knowing very little about tree peony, I just placed it in a section of the garden where I can look out of my kitchen window and admire it when I am doing the dishes and other kitchen chores at the sink. Would you believe, unknowingly, I chose a great location!!!!! The plant is now about 6 feet tall and equally wide. When in bloom, the entire plant is covered with deep pink flowers, a gorgeous sight. Needless to say, during that period the chores take much, much longer to complete. I took photos of the plant in full bloom but was unhappy with the results so am not posting.
The leaves of the tree peony are also attractive and the seed pods are very unusual. I wait until early spring to remove the pods as they add special interest to the winter landscape. Right photo: tree peony seed pod.
Tree peony has been associated with Chinese culture for thousands of years.
The roots, bark, seeds and flowers were used for medicinal purposes. Even today, medical researchers are evaluating peonies medical potential.
The beautiful flowers are found in many Chinese paintings/scrolls, on porcelains and embroidered on clothing.
My tree peonies were gorgeous this year so I decidedd to share a feast for the eyes instead of the stomach.
Tree peonies are low maintenance and surprisingly easy to grow. I am hoping to add a few more plants to my garden this fall and am preparing an area for them. I would like another yellow, a white, a black and other available and affordable colors.
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