We asked the Chair of the Peony Society to share her no-nonsense tips for how to grow the perfect, blousy peonies - including how to plant them, care for them and how to help them look their best once they've been cut and arranged in a vase.

9 lessons in growing the perfect peonies

We asked the Chair of the Peony Society to share her no-nonsense tips for how to grow the perfect, blousy peonies - including how to plant them, care for them and how to help them look their best once they've been cut and arranged in a vase.

Plant Types: Annuals: Flowering or foliage-only plants live for a single growing season. Perennials: Come back year after year. Bulbs: Plant cold-hardy bulbs in the fall for spring blooms. Climbers or Vines: Annual or perennial, cover vertical space with foliage and flowers. Shrubs: Flowering or evergreen shrubs for seasonal interest. Trees:  add long-lived shade and shelter. Turfgrass: Good lawns include a blend of grass types that suit the climate and light conditions.

Flower Arrangements from the Garden

Plant Types: Annuals: Flowering or foliage-only plants live for a single growing season. Perennials: Come back year after year. Bulbs: Plant cold-hardy bulbs in the fall for spring blooms. Climbers or Vines: Annual or perennial, cover vertical space with foliage and flowers. Shrubs: Flowering or evergreen shrubs for seasonal interest. Trees: add long-lived shade and shelter. Turfgrass: Good lawns include a blend of grass types that suit the climate and light conditions.

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Peonies "Rubra Plena"  The spring-planted Rubra Plena Peony bulb produces a long-lasting, big crimson flower with a wonderful fragrance.  Cardinal red double flower - becomes purplish with time

Peonies "Rubra Plena" The spring-planted Rubra Plena Peony bulb produces a long-lasting, big crimson flower with a wonderful fragrance. Cardinal red double flower - becomes purplish with time

Peony planting guide • (I have been trying to grow a peony plant for 2 years, so far, it's 6 inches tall and definitely no where near flowering! haha!)

Peony planting guide • (I have been trying to grow a peony plant for 2 years, so far, it's 6 inches tall and definitely no where near flowering! haha!)

Peonies "Emile Dubatene"  Emile Dubantene peony bulbs grow into salmon-pink, rose-shaped, double flowers  Dark pink with lighter pink in the center

Peonies "Emile Dubatene" Emile Dubantene peony bulbs grow into salmon-pink, rose-shaped, double flowers Dark pink with lighter pink in the center

$6.98 Garden State Bulb 1-Pack Shirley Temple Peony (L8652)WHITE Height (Inches)	24 Maximum Width (Inches)	36 Light Requirements	Full sun  FENCE LINE

Garden State Bulb 1-Pack Shirley Temple Peony (L8652) 300830520

$6.98 Garden State Bulb 1-Pack Shirley Temple Peony (L8652)WHITE Height (Inches) 24 Maximum Width (Inches) 36 Light Requirements Full sun FENCE LINE

~~Dwarf Lupins Gallery Mixture | Lupinus (Russell Group) 'Dwarf Gallery Mixture'. Just as beautiful as the more common tall lupins, but as the name suggests, they are low-growing, so they are more suitable for small gardens and containers | Spalding Bulb~~

~~Dwarf Lupins Gallery Mixture | Lupinus (Russell Group) 'Dwarf Gallery Mixture'. Just as beautiful as the more common tall lupins, but as the name suggests, they are low-growing, so they are more suitable for small gardens and containers | Spalding Bulb~~

Holland Bulb Farms  Good resource for mini plant/flower making- gives lots of facts like size

Holland Bulb Farms Good resource for mini plant/flower making- gives lots of facts like size

The spring-plant Duchesse De Nemours Peony is garden royalty! Duchesse De Nemours peony bulbs produce a double, globe-shaped creamy-white flower that has a tint of yellow at the petals' base. This perennial peony is a late season bloomer. Your Duchesse De Nemours Peonies will also attract butterflies with their 5 inch showy blooms!

The spring-plant Duchesse De Nemours Peony is garden royalty! Duchesse De Nemours peony bulbs produce a double, globe-shaped creamy-white flower that has a tint of yellow at the petals' base. This perennial peony is a late season bloomer. Your Duchesse De Nemours Peonies will also attract butterflies with their 5 inch showy blooms!

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