Clare Oliva's garden in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey is lovely, and yes, she does have a favorite Peony. Do you?
"I've attached some pictures of "Peony Time" this year in northeast New Jersey. My husband and I started this garden in 2005. Our backyard was just a downward sloping square of grass in 2003 when we moved in. After having three level terraces with stone walls installed to give us usable gardening space on the slope (along with slate paths), we officially started creating our garden in 2005. One of the first things we planted was a very long row of peonies along the stone walls on the 3rd level of the terraces. These peonies have gotten bigger and more beautiful each year and are now 10 years old. We have large metal cages around each plant (like tomato cages, only a bit taller and wider) which get completely hidden when the peonies grow through them. The cages do a great job of supporting the heavy blooms."
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