Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionIf you're looking for a dreamy addition to your landscape this year, look no further than 'Do Tell' peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Aptly named, your neighbors will certainly be asking you to give all the details on this award-winning peony when they see it in bloom! 'Do Tell' peony strays away from the classic peony look with unique anemone-shaped flowers that bear a mix of pale pink and ivory petals with delightfully fluffy centers tipped in golden yellow. Delicately fragrant, you'll enjoy this showy plant in and out of the garden as it makes an excellent cut flower.DetailsBotanical name: Paeonia lactiflora 'Do Tell' Common name: Chinese peony, peony Zone: 3-8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun), part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 2-3' tall and 2-3' wide Foliage color: Green Flower color: Soft pink, white, yellow Season of interest: Spring to early summer Bloom time: Spring, summer Features: Rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, fragrant, cold tolerant, best for beginners, summer, spring Uses: Cut flower, specimen, flowering hedge, border, accenting How To GrowSoil: Well-drained soil rich in organic matter is recommended. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun). Though best growing in full sun, gardeners in the south may want to consider planting peonies somewhere that allows for morning sun with afternoon shade to prevent flower fading. Water: Average water needs. Spacing: 24-30 inches. Fertilizing: Peonies don't need much fertilization, so apply sparingly. If you have poor soil, consider adding compost or other organic matter in early summer after your plant has bloomed. Winterizing: Newly planted varieties can benefit from a layer of mulch before winter arrives. Apply a light and loose layer of mulch or pine needles and remove in spring. Maintenance & pruning: Deadhead spent flowers as soon as the flowers begin to fade and remove fallen blooms. Provide support to your plant as needed. We recommend cutting back peony stems to the ground in fall to avoid disease.