One of Britain’s favourite flowers - the peony - is in season and boy, don’t we know it.
around for long each year: peony season usually just lasts for the month of May. This year, the soaring April temperatures have prompted many to flower early - hence why they’ve already started taking over social media feeds.
If you want to get in on the action, they’re not that difficult to grow. Well, not when you’ve got advice from the experts.
Picking your flowers
According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the reason we love these voluminous perennials has much to do with the range of colours - from dark purple to pale yellow - on offer.
Colour is a good place to start, too. If you’ve found yourself feeling particularly green-fingered lately, you might have noticed yourself putting together a colour palette for your garden.
The emerging colour palette will help you determine which type of peony will work best for you; herbaceous or intersectional.
If you’re looking for more unusual colours, think “unusual apricot and purple shades” The RHS explains, then you might lean towards picking from the intersectional variety.
More common colours, such as white and dark red are available in both intersectional and herbaceous options.