A graduate of the Idaho Leadership Institute, former career/technical education teacher Nichole Thiel spent several years as a caregiver before she pivoted to a position as a federal employee. In her personal life, Nichole Thiel enjoys gardening and cultivating peonies.
Peonies are known for their full blooms and fragrance. Most peonies reach their peak bloom by midsummer. However, late-season varieties thrive in areas with cooler fall temperatures and continue to provide lovely blooms a few weeks after peak season.
While peony plants produce short-lived flowers, there are ways to encourage longer and faster-blooming periods. First, gardeners should plant a mix of early, midseason, and late-season peony varieties.
To encourage buds, gardeners should clip off some of the leaves and stems just before cold weather sets in. Since peonies require nutritious soil to produce blooms, gardeners should add fertilizer or compost to the plant’s base. In warmer climates, peonies should be planted in areas that offer shade from the harsh afternoon sun.