Give your peonies a good home. Make sure you have the right sun exposure, amend your soil to a nice friable loam, ensure the location has excellent drainage, and plant your peonies to the proper depth. Then breathe a huge sigh of relief and wait. Peonies take time to develop into the plants we know and love. Like all perennials, they follow the trusted adage; "First year roots, second year shoots, third year flowers." Once they get going, peonies will thrive with little care for centuries. Click here for herbaceous & intersectional peony planting. Or here for tree peony planting.