- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drained
- Rate of growth: vigorous
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Incredibly bright and vibrant, the slightly ruffled petals of this gorgeous tree peony are arranged around a golden boss of stamens. They form large, bowl-shaped (sometimes scented) flowers, which can grow up to 15cm across.
This tree paeonia is between 1 and 2 years old. It has been field grown and was immediately potted up in late autumn into a 2 litre pot. It may not have a well developed root system just yet (hence we describe them as bareroot), so you should not worry if the soil falls away when planting out.
- Garden care: Protect from cold winds and early morning sun. Support the branches of young shrubs with canes to prevent the massive flowerheads from being battered by rain. Tree peonies are hungry feeders, so ensure that container-grown specimens receive a top-dressing of a slow-release fertiliser in spring. In the border apply a top-dressing of a balanced, slow-release fertiliser around the base of the plant in early spring and mulch with well-rotted garden compost or manure. If the plant shows signs of collapse or the leaves become spotty, this may be a symptom of peony botrytis. Remove affected leaves immediately. In the autumn, cut off all of the foliage and dispose of it to avoid reinfection the following spring. The older stems of tree peonies have a tendency to become brittle and snap, so cut these back to the ground in autumn every two or three years.