Paeonia lactiflora 'Starlight'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drained
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Lightly scented, pale yellow single flowers, each with a prominent boss of golden yellow stamens, turn creamy-white as they mature. An early flowering cultivar, the flowers will often start to open in May and will attract bees and other pollinating insects.
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.
June captures the glorious moment when spring slides into summer, and it should be a sensational month of lengthy sun-kissed days - if the weather behaves. Lots of herbaceous plants are only in leaf with the promise of flower to come, but the herbaceous pRead full article