Apr
02

How to Keep Peonies Standing Beautifully

PEONIES LYING DOWN ON THE JOB?

Patiently waiting for peonies to pop each spring is so exciting …Truthfully, it’s like waiting for a full month to open your birthday gift. 

When they finally open (in late May here in the Philadelphia suburbs) and you discover them in all their blooming magic you can’t help but feel joy.

But, some of them are a bit lazy. Oh yes, you’ve been patiently awaiting their arrival. Loving on them, checking on them, and even talking to them (don’t judge me) and they decide to lay down on the job. Really? I don’t care for lazy peonies. Sorry I just don’t. After the preparation, fertilization, and admiration you poured on them, they’re falling over(?). 

heavy peony blooms falling over

Ok, peony my friend… I get it… It’s hard work being that beautiful.

However, I refuse to stake them with green metal poles or wood ground protrusions. Like we are getting ready to impale the barbaric hordes. It needs to be beautiful to coincide with the blooms. It needs to be in-line with the garden.

My solution? Dry sturdy curly willow branches. I used these branches many times while designing with peonies in the past. So why not in the garden? Why not approach this solution with a bit of beauty? No real reason, just asking for drama…so let’s get to it, shall we?

Watch a short tutorial so you can do this in your garden

What you’ll Need for one medium bush about 48 inches in diameter:
  • 6 to 10 stems of dry 5ft. curly willow or other very slender branches without many laterals
  • Pruning Shears
  • Paper Covered Bind Wire or Bark Covered Wire (craft store of local florist)
  • Wire Cutters

Order the willow from your local florist. Tell them you need one bunch that is approximately 5 feet tall (heights vary slightly in inches). This height is needed to get sturdier-lateral top pieces.

Below is the completed work. It’s an outdoor floral design within the earth

beautiful light pink peonies held up with willow branches for a stunning solution
The completed armature

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my designer insight for a new approach to peony supports


 

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4 Comments

  • Hi! Its Jean @jeanannedesigns
    Love your blog and fabulous videos. Your a wordsmith too! You must be a Gemini/Libra!
    Whatever, my peonies and I thank you!

    Reply
    • So glad you shared your thoughts! And yes… Libra, lol. Thank you I hope you find more enjoyment here in the future!

      Reply

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