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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DescriptionBetween its alluring fragrance and billowy petals, we're sure you'll be impressed with 'Sarah Bernhardt' peony (or Paeonia lactiflora ). This midseason peony boasts rose-pink double flowers with ruffled edges in early summer. It's an old-fashioned favorite, and as such, it has accrued plenty of awards. It received the Garden Merit Award from the American Horticultural Society and was named 2004 Dried Cut Flower of the Year by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Simple to grow and easy to love, this peony will delight in gardens and cut arrangements.
Peonies are an elegant addition to any garden, with lush foliage and voluptuous blooms. Their long-lasting flowers make them easy to enjoy for weeks in the garden or cut arrangements when staggered. They remain attractive in the landscape with glossy green leaves when not in bloom. Since they're low maintenance and both deer and rabbit resistant, they are worry-free for gardeners often visited by wildlife. Use them as a standalone focal point, tuck them into cottage gardens, or plant them in groups as a border for timeless charm.
Great garden tip: Peonies bloom early, mid, or late season, so we recommend mixing cultivars with different bloom times to extend your peony season. Details Botanical name: Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt' Common name: Chinese peony, peony Zone: 3-8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun), part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 3' tall and 2' wide Foliage color: Green Flower color: Pink 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 Grow Soil: 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.