What are peonies?
The peony or ‘paeony’ is a flower in the genus Paeonia, the
only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. Peonies come from
Asia, Europe and Western North America. Scientists differ on
the number of species that exist, ranging from 25 to 40,
although there are believed to be 33 known species.
Where are they grown?
Peonies are best planted in full sun and a fertile soil, which has
been improved by digging in garden compost or well-rotted
manure. They will grow well in a range of soils, including clay,
as long as it does not get waterlogged in winter and dry out in
summer. Peonies like full sun, and though they can manage
with half a day, they bloom best in a sunny spot that gets 6 to 8
hours of sunlight each day. Provide shelter from strong winds,
as peonies with large blooms can make them top heavy.
What season do peonies bloom in?
Peonies bloom in late spring - early summer, starting in April
and through the months of May and June.
Why are peonies so popular in bridal bouquets?
Peonies are believed to bring good luck and prosperity to
newlyweds, making them wedding worthy by nature. Plus,
peonies are a timeless, classic flower, and they're available in
various colours and styles — when used in a bouquet they're
versatile enough for any style of celebration.
Our Katie Bridal bouquet is the perfect example:
What hand-tied flower bouquets can peonies be added to?
Peonies match brilliantly with green and grey foliage to make a
rustic-style bouquet. Roses and waxflower can also be added
with peonies to make a beautiful hand-tied bouquet.
Our Maia Peony Bouquet is a beautiful gift;
Three amazing facts about peonies:
There is a City in China known as peony city;
A city in China, Luoyang, is also known as ‘peony city’. With a national peony garden holding over 100 varieties of the beautiful flower and a peony festival that’s held every year to admire them.
Peonies are the 12th wedding anniversary flower;
Is it your 12th wedding anniversary coming up? Well you are in luck, as white peonies are the traditional symbol of the 12th wedding anniversary.
White peonies were used in Chinese medicine;
For over 1500 years white peonies were used in Chinese medicine. They’re actually one of the oldest remedies in the world. The white peony root is an anti-inflammatory, meaning it could help treat conditions like convulsions, menstrual cramps, excessive sweating, chest pains, headaches and liver problems. Even in medieval times, peonies were sacred to churches and the royal families for their medicinal purposes.