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.