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Peony Bushes


   Peony bushes make wonderful accents or border plants. Peony bushes come in many colors and styles. Some peony bushes have only a few large blooms, while others are covered in bright small blooms that make excellent contrast with the deep green of the foliage.

   Peony bushes will grow to about three feel tall, and just as wide. The bloom time of a peony bush is unfortunately only a week long or so. Planting peonies of different bloom times near each other for a nice dynamic effect can help to alleviate this problem.

   Peony bushes should be planted in the fall time, in order to give them a nice, wet and cool period in which to strengthen their root system for the upcoming winter months. Peony bushes have lovely blooms, but they are weak. Wind can often times destroy a beautiful flower, so planting where there is good wind protection is a must in order to protect the bloom from possible damage from wind.

   Though peony bushes are able to fend for themselves, it is important not to plant them near the base of trees or other bushes. This will help in two major ways. First of all, planting below a tree will limit the amount of sunlight that the bush is given each day, and peonies require a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight daily in order to bloom. Secondly, the roots of the existing bushes or trees may take up much of the water and nourishment from the soil, leaving little for the peony bush to use.

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