Can you grow peonies in your area?
Many people love peonies but ask the question “Can I grown peonies where I live?” They make a statement in any room, can be the size of a small dinner plate and sought after due to their short flowering season.
I am not an expert though I believe things are in the wind for the Itoh peonies.
This is an intersectional peony, which is a cross between a tree peony and herbaceous peony. It is not a new peony, being developed in the 1940’s. Known to display huge blooms, tree peony foliage, more vigorous growth than either and loads of flowers over a longer period they can grow in warmer climates but still require a few good frosts and a cold winter. They are scarce and hard to source in Australia.
Traditionally peonies require a minimum 20 days of winter chilling, at about 4 degrees. If you want to try to grow herbaceous peonies look at your neighbours. If they grow apples this is an indication of the climatatic environment for peonies.
Tree peonies also prefer cold climates but will also grow in cool, temperate areas.
So there is a little bit of lee way on the climate you need to grow peonies. Research your varieties to trial for planting, and enjoy the short, sharp period of peony flowering in November, when peonies are at their most abundant in Australia.