BBC gardener Mark Lane details big peony mistake to avoid – get ‘more and bigger flowers’

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Gorgeous pink peonies brighten up any garden and home. Now is an excellent time to plant peonies to enjoy.

Gardener’s World presenter Mark Lane spoke to Express.co.uk about getting the most of your peonies.

It came after he discussed a vital pruning tip Britons should pay attention to this summer. 

“For planting stuff, things like peonies are brilliantly planted in the early autumn,” the BBC gardener said.

However, there is a common mistake made with peonies, Mark warns against.

“People always make the mistake of planting too deeply,” he said.

“When you look at a peony, if you look down so close to the floor level in the pot, you will see what’s called eyes, where little buds are coming out.”

Peony eyes grow into the stems, leaves and flowers of the plants.

Mark explained: “These buds only need to be planted anywhere between three and five centimetres below the soil.

“If you do that, then they’ll come back year after year, and you’ll get more flowers and also bigger flowers to appear.”

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Peonies are best planted in full sun, as long as your garden does not get too hot.

Try to plant them where they will be sheltered from frost.

Peonies like moist but well-drained soil.

But, peonies aren’t the only gorgeous blooms gardeners can plant this time of year.

Plants to plant in November

  • Pansies
  • Daffodils
  • Snapdragon
  • Hyacinth
  • Kale
  • Ornamental cabbage

Mark also recently shared his DIY leaf mould remedy to kill weeds and feed plants. 

Mulch is a thick substance made of broken-down organic material, such as leaf mould.

The mulch itself also feeds the soil, improving the quality of the soil and then the plants.

It also blocks light to the weeds, killing them and allowing them to spread their beneficial nutrients into the soil.

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