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Determine the point(s) of viewing.

Place beds or borders where they can be readily seen and admired. Try to locate them in areas of high visibility, such as the front yard, near windows, the porch or patio, while keeping in mind other factors such as soil type, drainage, pH and light. Also consider that certain trees, such as black walnut and butternut, produce a chemical in their roots that is toxic to many plants, including peonies. Locate susceptible plants a minimum distance of 60 feet from such trees. Perennials with shallow root systems are less likely to be affected. Some trees, such as red maples, have a shallow root system and will compete with perennials for moisture.

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