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Planting Peonies

Q: I would like to plant some peonies in my garden. Can I do it in the fall, and what tips can you offer?

A: Yes, peonies can be planted and divided in the fall. Peonies are favorites for many people because they are long-lived, hardy perennials that reliably produce gorgeous, often fragrant flowers in spring. Select a full sun location for best flowering. Peony roots should contain three to five red eyes and be planted no more than 2 inches below soil level in a humus-rich, well-drained soil. Choose and prepare a site carefully so that, once established, peonies can remain undisturbed for many years.