British-grown peonies are in season from May to early-July. Make the most of this beautiful blousy bloom with our guide to putting together the perfect peony bouquet.
Creating the perfect peony bouquet
‘When you first collect your fresh peonies this season, buy them closed to experience their metamorphosis from a golf ball sized bundle to a massive, voluptuous flower.
‘When you get them home, if there is a sticky substance surrounding the peony head, simply take a moist, warm sponge and tap it around the flower, this will allow the flower to open more easily. In the wild, insects, typically ants, will often be found on the flower head to collect the sap and loosen the petals.’
Choose other seasonal stems
‘Always try to find other seasonal stems to add to your bunch, especially if you can pluck them straight from your garden. We’re loving the scent, texture and colour of lilac combined with white double peonies or Sarah Bernhardt varieties. The lilac stems will also support the weaker peony stems within the arrangement! If you can’t find lilacs, cherry blossoms will add more of a wild feel to your arrangement, as well as height variance.
‘We’re also loving using herbs like dill this season to flank our peony arrangements as seen in our bunch, The Claudia designed by our lead florist, Rowan.’
‘We love a mixed peony bouquet, but do be aware that different variations of peony open at different times. for example, coral charm peonies will open quite quickly and grow in size whilst changing their colour over a few days. These look fantastic with Miss Piggy roses and apricot coloured stocks. Sarah Bernhardt peonies on the other hand, do tend to take a bit longer to open, but will last longer for you. These look fantastic with textural foliage such as green bell, lime green bupleurum and ranunculus.’
Tips from the experts at Bloom & Wild. Their peony bouquets start at £36.