With their beautiful blooms these are the glamour girls of the garden, these easy to grow herbaceous peonies die back in winter and re-appear the following year.
Not only do they look wonderful, once they’re established they produce lots of blooms making great cut flowers, and helping to reduce the need to buy supermarket flowers.
They vary depending on variety, generally reaching 80 cm high x 90cm wide.
They prefer to grow in full sun in rich, well-drained soil, flowering in late spring or early summer. They usually need stakes to support their large flowers, these are best inserted into the soil around the plant in early spring, the plant grows up around it and the support eventually disappears.
Cut back the foliage in late autumn as the plants are beginning to die-back. This is not just to make it all neat and tidy, but helps to reduce the possibility of the dreaded fungal disease, peony wilt.
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images: Jill Anderson