Peonies are flowering plants found in many parts of the world, including the western part of North America, Asia, and Europe. These flowers generally grow in abundance, providing a deep, fragrant aroma as well as a wide range of aesthetics. Their variety makes them a popular symbolic representation on state flags and tattoos. While peonies do grow in the wild, cultivating a particular strand of peony is the best way to have beautiful flowering plants around your home.
Peonies have many subspecies. The main categories are herbaceous peonies, tree peonies, and intersectional peonies. Herbaceous peonies grow into relatively small, bushy plants with large, wide blooms that open in June. They usually go dormant toward the end of summer and return the following spring. Tree peonies bloom earlier than their herbaceous cousins, between early April and May. They are also considerably larger, growing over a yard in height, and thrive well past the summer. Intersectional peonies are a cross between the herbaceous and tree varieties, offering striking, bright blooms that last beyond the standard growing season.
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