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Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Dec 28, 2020 12:12 PM CST
I would love to have a thread where you can post about a peony garden bed so we can get ideas from each other. Even a part of bed with companion plants or a new bed that you hope will grow in or changes you plan to make to a bed. Inspiration that you like for peonies.
Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Dec 28, 2020 12:20 PM CST
I have a new bed that was created when we moved a tank..The crates and milk jugs cover red peonies.. there is a red camellia to the left middle. I will put a matching camellia in on the right in spring..all the rocks were there or from the ground. I am hoping it will work and I won't have to move everything. The rocks thru the middle cover a gas line, so I don't dig it up!
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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Dec 28, 2020 12:24 PM CST

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Several members here have posted amazing pics of their mixed bed gardens over the years, I've taken away so many ideas that I'd love to try! Think it was Annette that started a string years ago about color echoes, so much thought and planning put into what to plant next to each other! And hers actually blooms at the right time to see the combos—I tried big purple alliums in a bed of white irises a few years ago but the alliums didn't bloom until after all of the iris blooms were long gone....
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littlebin
Dec 28, 2020 1:30 PM CST
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Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Dec 28, 2020 5:00 PM CST
Littlebin... lovely! What is in front with the yellow flowers?

Liz...I'll have to look up Annette's. (I liked the one with weigela and pink peony, might move Hermione by it if the weigela lives.)

I am so excited to see different ideas!!! One gardening guy never plants says only contrasting plants, another suggests color echos...I think it is all fun to see.
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Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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SoCalGardenNut
Dec 28, 2020 6:06 PM CST
My idea is to stuff my garden with plants until it says no more, haha.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.

littlebin
Dec 28, 2020 7:42 PM CST
Yellow Corydalis
Sandsock said:Littlebin... lovely! What is in front with the yellow flowers?
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Dec 28, 2020 8:26 PM CST
One year when we had warm spring, the roses bloomed at the same time as peonies and they were spectacular l blooming together. THat was an odd year. In latter years, the roses bloomed after the peonies were done. I had seen some pics from a member here who lives in norther CA. She had peonies planted with azeleas and rhododendrons together. This combo was so gorgeous because they bloomed at the same time for her. The azeleas and rhodies provided a great backdrop for her peonies particularly the tree peony blooms. Unfortunately, my azeleas bloom too early in my zone for this to work. I think this combo may work in your zone, Annie. Another combo that I wish would work for me is having my lilacs bloom at the same time as my peonies. Unfortunately, the lilacs bloom way too early even before my earliest ones start to bloom. The only flowers that bloom reliably at the same as the peonies in my zone are bearded irises, alliums, some clematis, and some baptisia.
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Name: David
Youngstown, Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Kestrel36
Dec 28, 2020 8:32 PM CST
I was worried about my native clay, I had dug a 2 ft hole before getting rain, and it took 4 days to drain! (it was cold and one morning the water had even frozen).
I remembered a 'bed' photo I had seen on here while looking for photos of Leda, and decided to try and recreate that raised sloped "bed", though not at as tall a slope or I would need alot of retaining block.



It is taking alot of soil though, so for now, I have just made mounds enough to plant into at different heights, and will have to fill between them in the future, so it looks extremely odd lol, and one great muddy mess.....
When it snows it is kind of cute though, somewhat like little snowmen lol.

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Name: Top
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Topdecker
Dec 29, 2020 1:23 AM CST
kousa said: Another combo that I wish would work for me is having my lilacs bloom at the same time as my peonies. Unfortunately, the lilacs bloom way too early even before my earliest ones start to bloom. The only flowers that bloom reliably at the same as the peonies in my zone are bearded irises, alliums, some clematis, and some baptisia.


I am planning on pairing lilacs and clematis, though it will be a few years before the lilacs are big enough. I also am going to use a purple smoke tree with clematis as well - those dark leaves will go great with a pink or white flower.

What sort of clematis gets close to peonies in bloom time?

Thanks!

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The return of perennials in the spring can feel like once again seeing an old friend
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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SoCalGardenNut
Dec 29, 2020 9:38 AM CST
I have clematis, roses, and peonies. I might sow something else once they are growing up, I like foxgloves and lavenders, no lilacs here.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
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Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Dec 29, 2020 9:42 AM CST
Littlebin, a picture with the snow would be so cute..post if it happens! At first I hated the slopes I have, but now I see the advantage and am learning to use it....I think you will be grateful you started your mounds.

Karen...my roses took forever to bloom this year..until late July! It didn't help that I pruned them hard last year so I could put deer netting over them.

Top...Hmm I just learned that there are different classes/times for clematis. I got 4 for $1 at Lowes clearance. I have 2 older ones, but in 3 years I haven't had a bloom...something I will have to look into because I know people do have them bloom around here. I also found this article that should help https://awaytogarden.com/exten...
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Dec 29, 2020 10:39 AM CST
The interview was great. Love Dan and how helpful he's been to me.

Timing a clematis in bloom to other plants can be futile. So much depends on a warm spring or a cool/cold spring. For me, here in Zone 7, 2012 was the best year ever with blooms on Omoshiro starting in late April instead of the usual late May.
Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Dec 31, 2020 7:54 PM CST
Top...I found a seller on Etsy that has a ton of clematis(small) and some early, easy pale pink...maybe it will work for me, if I can keep the voles and bunnies away.

I did find a bunch of pictures in the "color echoes" thread with iris and peonies...still not sure what colors I would like together though.
Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Dec 31, 2020 8:04 PM CST
Fina Gardens has Siberian Iris that they say blooms with peonies.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Jan 2, 2021 12:03 AM CST
@Topdecker I have to agree with Arlene (Pirl) that clematis blooming time is rather unpredictable. Some years, they will bloom with the peonies and some years they bloom later or earlier than the peonies. Having said that, the few that have bloomed somewhat consistently with the peonies in my garden are Arabella, Little Duckling, Diana's Delight, and Sarafina. Pink Champagne is another possible good one that blooms at the same time of peonies if you don't prune it.

Here is a pic of Sarafina. I was hoping that it would bloom at the same time as my lavender pink NOID tree peony but as you can see the TP had already finished blooming just when Sarafina was at its peak. It kinda clashed with the coral color of Coral Charm. I am planning to move this clematis to accompany Cora Louise. I think they will look swell together if it can consistently bloom at the same time as CL blooms.
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Sandra Marie with Little Duckling clematis
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Magical Mystery Tour with Arabella
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Diana's Delight is a good clematis to accompany late blooming whites.
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Walker's low is a great companion plant for peony but it looks shabby after the first bloom is done.
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You kind of have to experiment to see what works best. Sometimes the result is not quite as what you expect if the bloomings do not coincide. Anyway, I think that is what gardening is so much fun. You can be wrong but the flowers still look good no matter what you pair them with.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
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AlexUnder
Jan 2, 2021 1:15 AM CST
Lovely pictures with Arabella and Little Duckling, Karen. Do they keep blooming for a long time once the peonies are done for you?

Decorative onions, catmint, irises and geraniums work for me for blooming with peonies. I guess for different zones and sun exposure - different list. Did not figure out what to plant with my TP in shade, though. Actually, may be dwarf rhododendron or mountain laurel could do the trick.
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Jan 2, 2021 3:01 AM CST

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Oh Karen, those combinations look wonderful. I image other flower lovers in your neighborhood make sure to walk past your home everyday!

What is the best time to move clematis?
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Jan 2, 2021 8:49 AM CST
@Kousa - Love the Arabella combo but they're all so nice.

@mieko2 - It's best to move a clematis in late winter or early spring, just before new growth begins.

Normally I'm a big fan of color echoes, but as I age I tend to go with contrast more often.

I agree that Walker's Low is best in full bloom, then it goes downhill and loses that magical effect it once had. Every plant has its own time to be the star on stage. It's up to us to accept it.
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Jan 2, 2021 9:02 AM CST

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Arlene, that is gorgeous!
Is that deer fencing? If so, lucky you!!

Thanks for the information regarding clematis.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.

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