Peony

Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle'

Peony - Paeonia  'Buckeye Belle'

Common Name: Peony
Genus: Paeonia
Cultivar: 'Buckeye Belle'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.85 m (85 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.85 m (85 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Green, RedFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Prized for their blowsy glamorous blooms and glossy deeply cut foliage peonies are held in deep affection by many gardeners despite their short flowering season and vulnerability to peony wilt in damp weather. It's easy to see why. From the promise of early spring when their red mottled shoots push through bare earth and the handsome foliage unfurls, to early summer when the huge flowers burst open from spherical red buds, peonies exert a fascination that few can resist. 'Buckeye Belle' has fragrant deep red semi-double flowers from early to mid summer and dark green leaves. This lovely early-flowering peony will thrive in full sun or partial shade. Fill the bare ground around the peony with spring bulbs to prolong the season of interest.

  • Garden care: Deadhead after flowering. In early spring apply a top-dressing of a balanced slow release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch well 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 autumn cut off all foliage and dispose of it to prevent reinfection the following spring.

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