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 lactiflora 'Kirinmaru'.
Peonies 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 the first bloom—but the wait is worth it. They are heirloom quality. Let them grow undisturbed and they will bring joy to you and your loved ones through the decades.