Answer: Peonies should be planted in the early fall, in deep, rich, moist soil. Dig a hole at least 1 1/2 feet deep (roots go this far down!) and amend the soil with lots of organic matter to help loosen the soil and to retain moisture. Then backfill, planting the dormant root clump so that the eyes are no deeper than about 2 inches under the surface of the soil. If you plant deeper, the buds will die before the sprouts reach the sunlight in the spring. Some really fragrant peonies include 'Hoosierland' (wine-colored), 'Mons. Jules Elie' (large pink double), and 'Nancy Nichols' (blush pink).
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