P. ALlen Smith's

Peony Library

In gardening, and in life, it’s nice to find things you can count on. In the plant world, peonies rank at the top of the list. Prized for their form, stunning range of colors, and exceptional hardiness, few other plants once established bloom so reliably year after year with such little care. Their large, glorious flowers add bright splashes of color to beds and borders and their intoxicating fragrance makes them a wonderful cut flower. Peonies are a great value, providing you with years of beautiful returns.


peony or paeony

The peony is a flowering plant in the genus Paeonia. Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. 



3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Well-drained, slightly acidic soil


Full Sun


peony articles


Growing Peonies

For me peonies have always represented a flower of great abundance, bringing joy to all those who experienced them. We all owe a debt of gratitude to all those over the past thousand years or so who participated in the cultivation and improvement of peonies through thoughtful hybridization.

Read More »

Peony Planting

For me, one of the peony’s biggest attractions is its long life. I’ve heard of herbaceous peonies blooming reliably for more than 50 years, sometimes

Read More »
Scottish Terrier

peony videos

Peony Gallery