Summer garden flowers
Early to late spring you begin to see your little garden waking from its winter slumber, little shoots here and there appearing out of the ground testing the air to see if the conditions are right to come forth and take center stage in the garden. It’s quite exciting to watch as each shoot develops into something more recognisable and you see that you haven’t lost a friend during the winter months after all. One of those beautiful summer flowering garden plants we didn’t lose over the long winter months was the Peony.
A Peony or Peaony looks spectacular in a garden border when in full bloom. With their big heavy flowering heads they often need staking to prevent them falling on the ground. They are not too difficult to grow either if planted in full sun. Our peony is just in front of the back hedge which provides a little shade when the sun starts to go down.
This year the conditions must have been perfect for the Peony as it has produced some spectacular flower heads. In general, peonies prefer a well-drained, slightly alkaline soil and you can easily propagate them by diving the root (crown) in the autumn.