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In Iowa, the peony fun begins in late March as new foliage emerges, promising a new year.
Left to right: Tranquil Dove, Time Traveler, Hope. All very different!
Next come the buds, full of promise and sometimes more intriguing than the flowers themselves!
Don’t forget to look for colorful fall foliage.
In general, lactiflora and woody peonies are the most likely to show beautiful coloration in the fall. And of course, Saunders did not introduce many lactifloras. For several years, I’ve noticed that ‘Solo Flight’ (in photo) puts on quite a show in the fall.