Perfect Peonies in May

01 May 2019

Adored by florists and customers across the world, the peony is our flower of the month in May! And for very good reason – these gorgeous, romantic, luxurious flower naturally in May and June time.

The buds of the peony start as bundles of energy, waiting to blossom elegantly when the right time has come. When they do open, the peony petals open very quickly and smell divine. Peony are normally 15-18cm in size and most popular in pretty pastel shades of pink and creams.

Where does the peony come from?

Originally the peony grew in China, where they were cultivated for more than 1,000 years before being introduces to the UK market in the late 18th century. Nowadays due to high consumer demand, expert suppliers in Holland carefully grow peonies in a range of beautiful colours.

Why choose Peony for your wedding flowers

The peony is popular for summer weddings for many good reasons! With a stunning texture, delicate scent and pretty shades, the peony adds a touch of magical elegance and luxury to wedding flowers. However due to their bloom time of May and June, the peony is best suited to summer weddings.

The pantone colour of the year 2019 was Living Coral, which is a perfect match of the salmon pink variety of peony. We have seen a strong trend in 2019 for brides choosing this gorgeous soft coral tone for their wedding – and it looks stunning with complementing shades of white and rose gold.

The peony also symbolises good fortune and happy marriage, so makes the perfect flower for a bridal bouquet with meaning.

Your local florist will have expert knowledge in seasonal flowers and ideas for your wedding flowers. Get in touch with them to book a wedding consultation to discuss your flower dreams!

Care tips for your peonies

  1. Use a clean vase or container filled with cool tap water. We find a round bowl shape vase with a thin neck or short cylinder vase works best.
  2. Trim diagonally about 2cms from the bottom of the stem and remove any leaves that will fall below the water line.
  3. Peonies will take a few days to open up fully – a warmer room will help the peony open faster.
  4. Peonies are thirsty flowers, so make sure you keep the vase water topped up regularly and change the water every few days.
Perfect Peonies in May