Thursday, October 18, 2018

2018 Question Where to Plant 'Sarah Bernhardt' Peony

Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'

I received this question from Karen in zone 7a:

"I just ordered Sara Berhardts for the first time this year. I read that you were buying more to put in a better location to help them grow better. Any tips on where I should plant? Full sun or part shade? Thank you for any advise you can offer!"

I am actually planning to plant my new Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' right next to my house which does receive full sun. The old Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' I planted is actually in pretty much full shade, - maybe a tiny bit of sun - and is close to death. I am trying to get some trees removed this fall, but I'm not sure if it will be enough to save her. So I figured I'd order a new one from a reputable source to make sure I have the correct cultivar as well, and plant her in a better location to try to get some blooms! The Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' planted in the shade has never bloomed, and does not increase. So if you've learned anything from my story, stay away from the shade - full sun is definitely best! The more sun, the better your peony plant will grow, bloom, and increase. The more shade your peony has, the worse it will grow, it may never bloom, and will likely decrease in size. So please, please, please plant your Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' in full sun, and if you need more ideas on great locations to plant your peony, check out our article on Top 5 Spots to Plant a Peony.

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