Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'
paeony / peony
A great forerunner to roses with May flowers made from circular bowls of rose-pink petals set round cream ostrich-feather middles and a long season of foliage
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drained
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Flower colour: pink
- Other features: mid-green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Fascinating pink-tinted flowers with a creamy centre appear from early to midsummer over the mid-green leaves. Like a giant anemone, the centres of these extraordinary, scented flowers are packed full of tiny, strap-like petals. An excellent specimen plant for the middle of a border in full sun or partial shade.
- Garden care:Deadhead after flowering. In early spring apply a balanced slow-release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch with well-rotted compost or manure. Fungal diseases may occur in cool, wet springs so prune out any affected parts and spray the remaining sections with fungicide.
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