Growing guide

How to grow tree peonies

Shrubs rather than trees, these glamorous showstoppers produce a stunning display of magnificently large blooms in shades of yellow, pink and maroon in early summer. All they need is a sheltered spot in light shade with fertile well-drained soil.

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Quick facts

  • Long-lived shrubs with sumptuous flowers
  • Flowering mid spring to early summer
  • Plant in autumn in a sunny or lightly shaded spot
  • Choose a position sheltered from cold winds
  • Prune out dead stems in late winter
  • Mulch and fertilise in spring
  • Make new plants by division in autumn

All you need to know

While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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