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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DescriptionA garden staple, 'Festiva Maxima' peony (Paeonia lactiflora) has been a favorite of gardeners for many years, and it's easy to see why. Fluffy white petals form large, lush flower heads that emit a lovely fragrance. Its white petals are occasionally flecked with red, adding to this peonies allure. Attractive foliage and yellow fall color make this peony a year-round beauty, even when not in bloom. This early-season peony is both deer and rabbit resistant, making it worry-free for gardeners often visited by wildlife. We love this beauty both in and out of the garden- 'Festiva Maxima' peony makes a stunning cut flower thanks to its strong stems and large flowers.DetailsBotanical name: Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima' 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 , burgundy (spring), yellow (fall) Flower color: White, red Season of interest: Spring to early summer Bloom time: Spring, summer Features: Rare & unusual, rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, fragrant, deer resistant, cold tolerant, best for beginners 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.