Peonies are by far one of the most beautiful flowers and a rapidly becoming one of he most popular blooms available. They start out as a small ball shape bud and bloom into a large fluffy flower with multiple petals. They are only available for about 4 weeks in the year usually between late October and Early December. Peonies are available in dark Burgundy, Coral, Soft pink, Dark pink, White, Magenta and Red. It is best to buy them while they are still in bud and enjoy watching them blossom, they are quite long lasting and some varieties have a fragrance.
Peonies look absolutely stunning in vase and can last up to 2 weeks if you trim the stems and refresh the water regularly. As Florists, they are one of our favourites. They are simply irresistible, and as they are only available for a short time it is best to grab them when you see them.
Peonies are one of the most popular flowers for wedding bouquets. They are stunning en masse in a bouquet or mixed with Hydrangea, Ranunculus, Anemones, David Austin Roses and Lisianthus. They are soft and feminine which is what makes them ideal for Bridal bouquets.
Peonies are native to the cool climates of Asia, South Europe and Western North America and there is approx. 33 known species. Here is Australia they are grown in the cooler climates such a Victoria and Tasmania.
Growing Peony Roses
Peonies grow best in cooler climates, they are perennials which will live for years and years. Peony plants need shelter from strong winds but need to be planted away from trees and shrubs as they don’t like to compete for food or moisture. Peonies need moist, well-drained soil. It is best to plant them in Autumn so they are settled before the first frost. Peonies take several years to establish and bloom so be patient. Once they are flowering, cut back and dead blooms to promote new growth.