Not trees, but shrubs, tree peonies have flamboyant, papery blooms and interesting foliage. But they are far from delicate – planted in the right spot they can last for many years.
There are many cultivars to choose from, with single and double flowers, in a range of colours. They thrive in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
Paeonia ‘Kokuryu-nishiki’ has maroon flowers with white markings near the edges.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Purple
Sun exposure: Full sun
Flowering period: May to June