Peonies struggle in the combined heat and humidity of our long southern summers. Many gardeners in the coastal south have tried to grow peonies to no avail. If you would like to take on the challenge to see if you can sweet talk them into performing in Alabama, I would suggest you choose a location with late day shade, say from about 2 p.m. on. Mix plenty of compost into the soil and reset them this coming November in their new location. Make sure and water them in well after planting.
About this time each year as the weather begins to get hot, mulch the plants with 3 inches of shredded leaves or a "store bought" organic mulch. Don't let them lack for water, but of course avoid overwatering as soggy soil is bad news for the plants.
Finally, make sure the plants are not sprayed with any turf weed killer, or that none drift over onto the plants.
Thanks for the question. Please feel free to stop in again with another question any time we can help!
Q&A Library Searching Tips