I have a large peony plant in my perennial garden that blooms big white flowers every May, usually around Mother’s Day. They are great to bring in for a bouquet and help make the room they are in smell wonderful!
I have been trying to add perennials to my garden this year, and felt a few more peony plants in front of the split rail fence would be the perfect place. The fence will serve as a backdrop, and they can easily be staked there. After blooming, the green foliage will still provide color, and tall zinnias can be planted behind them.
I dug up the whole plant with a shovel. If you don’t want to take up the whole plant, you can place your shovel in the middle of the plant and cut through. Peony are pretty forgiving, just dig deep enough that you take some of the corms with new growth.
You can see the new growth emerging. Plant this about 1 inch below the soil level in the south, and 2 or 3 in colder climates.
I had enough to plant three new plants. Water well and mulch. Next spring you will see the new reddish brown shoots emerge.