Paeonia 'Monsieur Jules Elie'

Huge blooms with a delicious rose scent, all borne on long, arching stems. More
1 bare root, for spring/summer planting 190662-1 £7.95

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Huge blooms with a delicious rose scent, all borne on long, arching stems. Once they've got themselves established, there are few more magnificent garden plants and cut flowers than peonies. Their season may be quite short, but if you have room in your garden, you have to include them.

They are the most luscious of all cut flowers, particularly when they're scented – like many of these. Kept cool, they should last at least two weeks in a vase.

  • These won't flower in the first year, but gradually build up flower production every year after that.
Genus Paeonia
Variety Monsieur Jules Elie
Type Herbaceous Perennial Shrub
Common Name Peony
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size 2/3
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing Spread of 80cm (32in). Plant crowns just below the surface with resting buds no more than 3cm below the soil. You'll want clumps of 3 to 4 to give you enough for cutting.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Container-grown plants can be planted at any time. Ideally, bare-root peonies should be planted between autumn and early spring unless the ground is frozen or waterlogged. If you are not able to plant straight away, pot them on into a large container ready to transplant when conditions allow. Remember on arrival to soak the root well before planting. Peonies prefer heavier soils (but not waterlogged), in a sunny or lightly shaded position. Mix plenty of organic matter into the planting hole and add grit on very heavy soils. Don’t plant too deep. The eyes of the peony roots should be no more than 3-5cm below the soil surface. Any deeper and they may not flower well. For the same reason, avoid mulching as this will gradually bury the crown. Herbaceous peonies are fine in a pot for a few years but their large root system will ultimately outgrow it. Shield from sun and use a soil-based compost with extra grit and lime.
Care Tips In early spring apply a balanced slow-release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch with well-rotted compost, avoid burying crown. Dead-head after flowering. Will not flower in its first year. Divide large plants in autumn, remove sections of the crown with at least three dormant growth buds each and roots attached. You may need to stake. Only take 1 or 2 stems from a plant for cutting. For a full guide to growing peonies see our advice pages.
Flowering June - July
Vase Life They must be put in water straight away after picking. Pick in bud or full flower. They may last 2 weeks if water is kept clean.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Paeonia 'Monsieur Jules Elie' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Marja

So far so good. They won't flower in the first year so I wasn't expecting any blooms so here's hoping they show something next year!

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Reviewed 24th April 2017 by Emma

All good so far, just planted my latest order of bare roots and as they are already sprouting I am confident of seeing leaves soon. Can't wait to plant them in the garden later in the year, next to Shirley Temple, as I am sure they'll compliment one another perfectly.