Peonies

Peonies

Hi, fellow gardeners, Kelley here from Zone 7 with a question about peonies. :) I have two bushy white peonies, probably 30 or 40 years old, growing in my back yard. Two years ago when we moved in, I began mulching them and cutting them back in the fall and since then they've really expanded. Now they're about 4 feet around and 2 feet tall. The problem is that when they bloom they collapse under their own weight. I wonder how other folks with these gorgeous plants deal with that. Is it traditional to simply let them slump toward the ground or is there a way to help keep them upright? Also if I wanted to cultivate several more bushes, could I use these, and simply divide the roots in the fall, or should I buy new ones instead? Thanks!
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From the terrace…

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