I have cut mine right down in the spring and it still flowered this summer, but really all you need do is clear out any untidy weak stems to restore its shape. So yes you can you can do this in autumn. But if its not doing well cut right down but I would wait till the spring.
18 Oct, 2009
Hi Tipsey and welcome to GoY. Unless what you have is a tree peony there is no need for you to prune as it is fully herbaceous, in other words it will completely die back in late autumn and re-grow in spring. Tree peonies can be pruned in spring - do a google search for info on how to.
All my paeonies are cut down to the ground now and will return with warmer weather. They're unusually tough and survive a Russian winter so nothing to fear.
My tree paeonies are just starting to split their seed cases - free seeds to anyone who comes to the gardens - as always. Another month and their leaves will be swept off the ground. Stem trimming is done in March.
Tree paeony seeds sound very tempting. Where are your gardens? Tipsey.
MW sent you a PM about the seeds
Tipsey we can let you have seeds of the deep red one.
That is very kind of you. My husband had a tree paeony a few years ago, but we lost it (sad to say) when we moved to France.
North of Scotland Tipsey we can easily send you seed MG
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