Paeonia lactiflora Protection from afternoon sun and from harsh winds will help to prolong the lives of the flowers. Peonies will perform best in well-drained, evenly moist, rich soil.
When planting a peony, the depth is particularly important. To ensure flowering, the eyes must be planted 1.5 to 2 inches below ground level with eyes (buds) pointing up. An annual topping of compost is recommended each Fall.