Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET GARDEN

Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET GARDEN

Article excerpt

"Every spring, our Itoh peony wows us with 50 or more blooms in just afew weeks."

JOHANNA SILVER, ASSOCIATE GARDEN EDITOR

GARDEN WISDOM

DOGSCAPING

Readers ask us about dogs in the yard almost as often as they ask us for planting advice. Our top tips? First, if your dog is fenced off from your garden, give him visual access with wide openings between slats (or a window in a gate, as below). If your dog is allowed in the garden, choose soft but sturdy plantings (like ornamental grasses) and leave room for a natural running path.

More ways to create a dog-friendly yard: sunsef.com/ patlandseaping.

PLANT IT NOW

Superpower peony

Like many gardeners in mild-winter climates, we've struggled to grow peonies over the years. But with the Itoh (or intersectional hybrid) peonies, we've finally found big-bloomed success. A cross between tree and herbaceous forms, the thick-stemmed plants don't require the deep chill that most other varieties do, blooming vigorously in spring and turning beautiful colors in fall. …

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