Peonies prefer a sunny, well drained location. They will tolerate some shade but bill bloom more prolifically in the sun. Peonies do not like to compete for moisture and nutrients with large trees or big shrubs. Plant them away from such competition. They prefer a neutral soil pH, with a pH of 6.5 being optimum. Peonies are not heavy users of fertilizer. An application of a slow release fertilizer every several years should be sufficient. Nature Hills offers a variety of peonies and they are displayed below.