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Peony ‘Shirley Temple’


June - July
90cm x 90cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Cut Flowers
Fully Hardy
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Peony ‘Shirley Temple’ with its award-winning charm and fragrant, fully double, rose-pink flowers transforms to display sublime buff-white hues. Named after the Hollywood icon, this herbaceous perennial adds enduring elegance to any garden. Symbolising happiness and love, its late-blooming, scented blooms make it ideal for weddings and gifting. Included for its performance and longevity, ‘Shirley Temple’ thrives in cottage gardens and flower borders, enhancing both outdoor and indoor spaces.

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Peony 'Shirley Temple' graces our selection with its long-enduring and captivating charm, reminiscent of the Hollywood icon it's named after. This herbaceous perennial showcases dark green, divided foliage and fragrant, fully double, rose-pink flowers that transform to a sublime buff-white hue. Known for its late flowering period, 'Shirley Temple' enchants with scented white blooms delicately tinged with pink, resembling romantic clouds. Our decision to include 'Shirley Temple' in our range was driven by its enduring and eye-catching flower heads that effortlessly perform in the garden. The blooms, symbolizing happiness, love, and good fortune, make this Peony a perfect choice for weddings and celebratory occasions. Beyond its symbolic value, 'Shirley Temple' stands as a long-lasting investment, gaining magnificence with each passing year. This traditional cottage garden favourite not only fills empty spots in borders but also enhances sensory and cutting gardens. With its blend of high performance, fragrance, and longevity, 'Shirley Temple' enriches your garden space effortlessly. Perfect for cottage and informal gardens, 'Shirley Temple' finds its place in flower borders and beds, adding an eye-catching focal point. Additionally, its scented blooms make it an excellent choice for cut flower arrangements, ensuring its beauty can be brought indoors to enhance your living spaces too.

Planting Conditions

Ensuring a splendid display of Peony 'Shirley Temple' involves thoughtful planting. Plant at the right depth, with peony eyes no more than 3cm below the surface to promote abundant flowering. Improve drainage in heavy soil by incorporating sand or grit during planting. Choose a sheltered spot to guard against strong winds, preventing the top-heavy blooms from swaying. Additionally, consider using a protective cage to support the stem when the large blooms are in full splendour, ensuring these captivating Peonies stand tall and elegant in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

Caring for Peony 'Shirley Temple' involves a mindful approach to watering and feeding. Choose a sunny or partially shaded location with free-draining soil. To enhance drainage in heavy soil, we advise incorporating sand or grit during planting. Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells, providing gentle hydration without waterlogging as Peonies dislike wet roots. For feeding, apply a balanced fertiliser in early Spring to support robust growth and vibrant blooms. With this thoughtful care routine, your 'Shirley Temple' Peonies will thrive, revealing their large captivating blooms and adding a touch of natural elegance to your garden.

General Care

Tending to Peony 'Shirley Temple' involves a little attentive care. We suggest removing fading flowers promptly and, in Autumn, trim back the plant after the foliage has withered. Keep an eye out for potential challenges, such as leaf and bud eelworm, swift moth larvae in the soil, and be mindful of susceptibility to virus, honey fungus, Verticillium wilt, peony leaf blotch, and peony wilt. By addressing these considerations and removing issues swiftly, your 'Shirley Temple' Peonies will be free to flourish, radiating long-lasting beauty in your garden while remaining healthy and vigorous.