Peonies

Peonies are large flowers that start out as tight little balls and open into layers of luscious frill.  Peonies are so large and dynamic that 4 or 5 of them will make a complete bouquet. Their stems are nice and sturdy as well, making peonies among the more versatile wedding flowers.

A bouquet made up solely of peonies

A bouquet made up solely of peonies and accents

Peony Colors: Peonies come in all shades of pink, cream and white.  They can also be a dark burgundy and sometimes bright red.

A bouquet of mixed light pink flowers including peonies

A bouquet of mixed light pink flowers including peonies and garden roses

The use of peonies in weddings: Peonies are excellent wedding flowers.  They are a popular choice for bride and bridesmaids bouquets, and create a striking impact in centerpieces and larger arrangements.  Of course, the flowers are too large to incorporate in boutonnieres or corsages.  In bouquets, peonies would rather be hand tied rather than wire-wrapped.

What to pair them with: Peonies go beautifully with a wide range of other flowers.  Ranunculus and roses echo the “layered” frills of the peony flower.  It is popular to create monochromatic (all one color) bouquets from this mix of flowers.  The combination of pink roses, pink ranunculus, and pink peonies, especially in a tight, round shaped bouquet is very beautiful.  The eye just experiences the flow of soft pink texture.

Peonies also work well with all tulips, especially fringed tulips.  Peony buds can be beautifully incorporated into

Dark red peonies are perfect for a fall or winter wedding

Dark red peonies are perfect for a fall or winter wedding

arrangements, for example mixed with peonies in full bloom or worked in with smoother textures like hypericum berries or orchids.

Peony season and sources:

Peonies are usually in season in the summer and early fall.  They are grown in Holland and California.

Price Level:

$5 – $12 per stem