These luscious, often scented flowers are highly rewarding to the patient gardener. Peony have charmed people all over the world. The first year planted no flowers are expected, some in the second year, but by the 3rd season you will be inviting people to see your magnificent display. They require initial care to reach their potential but then are incredibly hardy lasting for decades in a good spot. Supplied as tuberous roots, requiring rich well drained soil with a near neutral pH and a cool climate. Multiple frosts are essential for most of these varieties to develop flowers.