Large, fluffy blooms of white, streaked with raspberry red, appear in late spring. These Japanese gems are perfect for borders, entryways and foundations, with mounds of glossy, deep green ornamental foliage throughout the season. Deer tend to avoid. Paeonia 'Kirinmaru'. Peonies are stalwarts in the garden, long-lived, easy to grow, and beautiful. They have few requirements: give them a sunny well-drained location, plant 2-4' apart, with the eyes (new buds at the crown) no more than 2" below soil level and apply fertilizer or compost in spring. They take a while to establish, often 3 years before first bloom.