nagging insistence, I finally convinced my sister, a landscape designer, to draw up a plan for my new flower bed. My requests:
1. Peonies! Beautiful, beautiful peonies. I love the big blooms and am fortunate enough to live in a perfect climate for growing them.
2. Low maintenance. Do I even need to explain why?
3. No reds or deep pinks to clash with the brick of the house and flower beds.
Here's what she came up with:
I don't know if you can read the labels, but the big pink circles are peonies, the green is iris, the yellow is tulips, and the blue is crocus. Since she didn't do any specs for exact varieties of the plants, it was up to me to make sure I selected plants with different bloom times. March blooms:
I couldn't find peony root stock locally, so I ordered those online. I got two different varieties, the Solange:
and Sarah Bernhardt:
Hopefully all the colors will work together and not fight each other for attention. My mom assures me that "peonies thrive on neglect," so it might be something even I can manage. I can't wait for spring to show them off!