Peonies forum: How Many Peonies Do You Grow?

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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Sep 17, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Just wondering how many you all have growing in your garden? My last count was about 120 peonies mostly herbaceous. I am adding about 20 this year so it will be 140 after they are planted. I can't imagine how I got that many but I guess it happened. Hopefully I can go on taking care of them for awhile. I so enjoy them!
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 17, 2017 9:41 PM CST
I don't know! With those coming this fall I've purchased around 900 but have no idea how many I've lost over the years. Plan to mark them on my spreadsheet as I divide and take to AL so should have a better idea then.
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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Al
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anyagoro
Sep 18, 2017 1:07 AM CST
After planting my last 2 peonies which are coming end of next week from Brooks there will be 114 peonies/varieties planted and growing in my garden. Will see how many will be there in spring Smiling Next year I will try to order only Unique and replace those which die after winter. I will have to plant my seedlings somewhere because there almost no sunny space left Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 18, 2017 8:14 AM CST
There are about 40 to 50 peony plants in my yard.
There are about the same number of seeds in the warm cycle and 4 rooted seedlings in the 'frig. I missed the fall sales this year !
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 18, 2017 8:41 AM CST
Depending on some things this fall, I have about 23 (incl 2 each of Garden Treasure and Border Charm), plus six coming this fall, and perhaps another six or so that are still uncertain. No clue where they will go. If I didn't have to leave my dahlias in the ground til the first hard frost, I could be preparing more than enough space for them in the new front bed. Same with gladiolus. I could dig them, but they are so lovely I hate to do that right now.

I may just bury the roots in the raised beds to keep them safe until I have cleaned out the bed out front, then move them. Not ideal but can't figure out any other way.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Sep 18, 2017 10:53 AM CST
I do like peonies:)

I have 119 that are alive.

31 of those are Itohs.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Sep 18, 2017 12:06 PM CST
I have well over 100. I haven't counted them! I just love them.
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
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AlexUnder
Sep 18, 2017 2:56 PM CST
I have 26 but not all of them are full grown and some of them are double entry. The aim is to keep them all breath-taking, but only Bartzella is at this stage at the moment.
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
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huang049
Sep 18, 2017 4:47 PM CST
I have about 70 total, 40 of them are tree peonies, about 14 are Itoh peonies, so I only have about 20 of the Herbaceous peonies( more of them are this year's order). I think I'm max out on PEONIES after 2018.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Sep 18, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Thanks everyone for sharing your peony count. So happy to know that there are many peony lovers out there. Wow Liz, I know you have a lot but 900! That is huge! How do you manage it all?

Looking at my yard, I didn't think that I got that many. But after I entered all the purchases data into the spreadsheet this weekend, I was shocked to know that I have as much as I do. Is anyone breaking new ground for peonies?

Liz, Anya, LG, and Frank, since we all grow over 100 peonies, I wonder if we have met the criteria for a Peony Addict. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I guess i am getting close! I don't know how I can resist not adding when I am still so infatuated with some of the varieties out there.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 18, 2017 8:41 PM CST
Definitely an addict when you get to 100!
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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Al
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anyagoro
Sep 19, 2017 2:09 AM CST
Of course, an addict! Hilarious! My husband does not believe that I plan to add only 1 peony next year. He helped me with digging holes this year, all of them were on unused spots. Looking at me he thinks that I cannot stop Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Sep 19, 2017 3:26 AM CST
Yes, I am a peony addict...also Hostas, Crinum, Daffodils, daylilies........lol!!
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Sep 19, 2017 7:50 AM CST
Liz, that's what I was thinking but .. It is such a thrill and joy to see a new flower blooming every year. Esp. with peonies, the flowers just get better every year as the bush matures. I think it is more likely for the addiction to grow than to wane at this point in time. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Anya, your husband is very wonderful helping you out so much. Does he enjoy the flowers as well?

I like your way of thinking, LG! I have an addiction of daylilies as much as peonies. Just can't be helped!


littlebin
Sep 19, 2017 9:00 AM CST
I am wondering how can you remember >100 names? Do you guys put all the name tags?

Sounds you guys have more varieties than a peony farm. I don't think Adelman peony gardens has 900 varieties.
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Sep 19, 2017 10:54 AM CST
100 or so are fairly easy to remember.

Not sure about 900:)

Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Al
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anyagoro
Sep 19, 2017 12:07 PM CST
I agree. Not a problem to remember 100 varieties. Since I would love to grow much more peonies but limited space does not allow, I have to carefully choose varieties (try to choose also most economical way of buying). I have a plan of my garden in an Excel file, have been working on the design a lot so all varieties are in my head but I don't trust my memory, in case I loose the file for some reason I put all labels by every peony.

Thank you, Karen. My husband likes flowers to some extend. In the beginning he was shocked with the scale of my peony garden Hilarious! As he said he prefers wildflowers more that such showy peonies. I am sure he will appreciate the peony garden, it takes time for him Smiling He wanted to help me with the digging, because it is a tremendous amount of hard work, at least how I prepare places for peonies, and my back started to bother me since last spring, and he is strong and kind Smiling
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Sep 19, 2017 4:00 PM CST
I have some of my peonies labeled, but not all. However, I have detailed locations in my spreadsheet, so it is easy to ID one if it slips my mind:)

Also, I do take photos of all plants annually, this helps me remember names....

Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Sep 19, 2017 4:03 PM CST
Your DH is a very good man, Anya! He certainly is very considerate of your needs and likes. Talk about back pain, digging (through hard clay) and planting 4 holes for tree and itoh peonies will certainly induce it. I definitely think it is harder to dig and plant than to dig and divide.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 19, 2017 5:38 PM CST
I have tags on most of mine. There are some I recognize as soon as they start to bloom but there are so many that look similar to trust memory IMO even with just a few. I don't know how many times I've started to order a peony with an unfamiliar name only to find I already have it when I check my spreadsheet!
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