Peonies and hydrangeas are perennial garden favorites that add elegance to any landscape. Their captivating seasonal changes are mesmerizing, while understanding their individual requirements helps ensure success.
Peonies make a dramatic debut after winter’s dormancy, filling the garden with vibrant color and fragrance. Blooms of pink, red, white and coral blooms filling every corner and inviting pollinators in to fill the air with fragrant blossoms. As their size increases and their blooms expand further into bloom, supporting stems becomes even more essential; adding supports or pruning the plants as necessary helps preserve their natural beauty and extend season length.
Peonies bloom into exquisite cut flowers when mature, lasting several days or longer in a vase. Additionally, their long-lived blooms make attractive border plants or edging plants for flowering shrubs and trees as well as annuals. Care for peonies is relatively straightforward as well; plus they’re fairly resistant to pests and diseases!
Hydrangeas provide similar visual appeal and pollinator attraction as peonies. They make an ideal addition to any landscape design scheme and especially those seeking to create informal or romantic gardens. Hydrangeas can withstand frost damage but must be planted in full sun for best results. Division can occur either late fall or early spring for additional plants, though any division must take place in well-draining soil with pH between 6 and 7. Regular watering practices, pruning practices and keeping fungicides close at hand are key components to healthy hydrangeas!
Although some species of peonies can reach 11 feet tall, most herbaceous varieties typically reach two or three feet and are much smaller than their larger cousins, the hydrangeas. Tree peonies that have more in common with woody shrubs than classic trees typically reach four or six feet in height with similar widths; oakleaf hydrangeas often grow two or even three times larger.
Hydrangeas stand out with their distinctive floral characteristics and captivating display of changing colors throughout the summer season. Their clusters or inflorescences produce 8-10 inch (20.3-25 cm) floral pompoms that create an eye-catching focal point in any garden, and their hue can be altered through altering soil pH; acidic soil produces blue blooms while alkaline soil results in pink ones.
When planting peonies and hydrangeas, it’s essential that they receive ample sunlight. Planting them in shaded locations will lead to poor growth and unpredictable flowering seasons; furthermore, powdery mildew fungus issues may arise as a result. When flowers wilt or turn yellow suddenly it is often due to nutritional deficiencies; improper pruning techniques or extreme weather conditions could be other culprits as they need to be corrected to ensure consistent blooming every season.