May 8, 2018

Staking My Herbaceous Peonies

The gardens at my Bedford, New York farm are changing every single day.

One of the most anticipated sights on the farm is my herbaceous peony garden in full bloom. No garden is complete without these beautiful plants, which are covered with large, imposing flowers in May and June. True perennials, herbaceous peonies can live for 100-years, becoming more impressive over time. Last week, my outdoor grounds crew staked all the herbaceous peonies in the garden across from my Winter House. At maturity, these plants grow to about three-feet tall and need good support, so the massive flower heads don’t droop to the ground once they bloom.

Here are some photos of our process, enjoy.