Light and Air

Above the Surface

½ Day of Sunlight or More
  • Nearly all peonies require at least ½ day of sunlight and many perform best with complete exposure. A few woodland species require filtered sunlight and can be planted in shadier conditions.
  • Good air movement is important to prevent disease from taking hold.  Extra space should be given around the plants to aid in evaporating water from leaves and stems.
  • P. lactiflora and herbaceous hybrids prefer sunnier locations with good air movement.
  • Woody peonies (tree peonies) may be planted in light shade or areas that do not receive a complete day of full sunlight during the growing season.

Woody Peony Along Treeline

Herbaceous Peony

Full Sun For Most