Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'


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Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'

Plant details

Herbaceous peonies are a popular choice for providing colour and drama to ornamental borders in late spring and early summer. They bear large, often double flowers in whites, pinks, reds and yellows. Unlike tree peonies, herbaceous peonies die back to ground level in winter.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty' has incredible pink flowers with a central core of tiny, strap-like petals with a wonderful fragrance. It's a fantastic choice for growing as the focal point of a large herbaceous border, and may even be grown in a large pot. It makes an interesting cut flower.

For best results, grow Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty' in well-drained, neutral soil, in full sun to partial shade.

Family: Paeoniaceae

Genus: Paeonia

Species: lactiflora

Cultivar: Bowl of Beauty

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 80cm

Spread: 80cm

Time to divide plants: February to March

Flowering period: June to July

Reader reviews


Can these Peony's (Bowl of Beauty) be planted in large pots?


I brought a beautiful Paeonia Lactiflora Bowl of Beauty this summer.iit's the first time I have gorwn a Paeonia of any kind and Its seems to be doing very well. I some how managed to miss taking off one of the dead flower heads and I now have a very large seed head, can I grow more of this beautiful plant from this seed head?


I bought a peony plant from a local garden centre about 16 yrs ago and it has never flowered. Every year it has very healthy leaves but no flowers. Have moved it once during this time as I know they don't like to be moved. I planted another next to it 2 yrs ago with red leaves and should have huge pink flowers but now I have two that don't want to flower. What am I doing wrong? I'm thinking of giving up on them altogether. Any tips welcome please otherwise they will end up on the compost heap.


I planted a bowl of beauty bare root in May and the plant has grown beautifully. I have noticed it appears to have a bud and I'm wondering if this is a good or a bad thing - I did not expect it to flower for a couple of years. Will the plant continue to grow well inspite of this bud or will the flower take the goodness from it? Should I remove the bud? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


I planted a bowl of beauty two years ago, when it had one flower. Within the first week we suffered a severe hail storm (in June!)which damaged the flower. I was unsure whether it would survive our harsh Peak District winters, but last year it bore five magnificent blooms and so far this year it is throwing up lots of lovely strong shoots.

I planted a Bowl of Beauty 5yrs ago. It took 2yrs to settle in,then gave me a wonderful display in its 3rd year. This year it blossomed as usual but the blooms were torn apart by the heavy rains.the season was over in just eight days. However, i managed to photograpg a couple before the rain had them.

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