• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 45: stake the peonies

Stake peonies now before they get too big!

Peonies are a total joy, but the doubles can flop with their over-heavy fluffy spherical blooms particularly in the rain. It is best to stake them early on and their stems get fixed in their direction of growth. Spiral stakes are cool as you can wind them up staking as the stems grow and bringing in unruly escapees along the way. I think mine are 'Alba Plena', but I much prefer singles like simple lactiflora.


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