Gorgeous, Effortless Peonies
These no-fuss, reliable perennials are perfect for time-challenged gardeners.
Adding two inches of winter mulch -- straw, dry leaves, or compost -- is necessary for peonies in the first year. This prevents frost heaving (partial lifting of a plant out of soil and/or damage to crown and roots caused by soil's rapid freezing and thawing). When you see green tips emerge in the spring, remove the mulch.