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Re: Underplanting peonies

Elaborate please. Do you leave any of the foliage growing?
I trim mine back to a large leaf and leave them 'til they die in the fall. They pretty much fill the narrow bed they're planted in. I have them at the end of a row of grapes, with hostas and oriental lillies and daylillies nearby. My C. montana is in that bed, too, with Chives, and Stachys (lamb's ears) beyond that. Of all of these, the Stachys would probably fill over the area the peonies are in if I cut them back to the ground. Hope this helps.
I use the peony foliage in bouquet all summer untill the the leaf cutters make them too ragged.
Judy B z 6 Idaho, 50-60F today & rainy
----- Original Message ----- From: "Cathy Carpenter" <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2006 7:12 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Underplanting peonies

Any suggestions for plants that would look good with herbaceous
peonies in a west facing, full sun bed? The bed is no more than 3
feet wide. The peonies are a dark pink when in bloom, but my concern
is mostly what could bring interest to the bed after the peonies have
done their thing.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

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