We love peonies, like really love them, who doesn’t?!!?

Big ravishing ruffles, hues that range from the soft, subtle to the vivid, bold and seductive..If you are looking to add that statement piece, and ramp it up to the next level, add a couple of peonies to a bouquet..

Having been in the trade for umpteen years, our florists are experts when it comes to giving advice and telling us about when to plan a peony-laced wedding, and alternatives to choose, for the rest of the year? But before we start to get into the nitty gritty, here is some information on what they are & where they come from…

The Peony, (or Paeony), is the name of the flower in the genus ‘Paeonia’. Peonies are native to Asia, North America and Southern Europe. The peony is named after Paeon, the Greek god of medicine and healing.


Peonies are extremely popular wedding flowers, they are loved by brides from all over the world,  thanks to their gorgeous ruffles and large, full heads that make stunning additions to any bouquet or table decoration – but many brides  can be disappointed because the peony is only available on the wholesale flower markets from the start of April until July. Wholesale peony flowers are mainly grown in Holland under glass and are sent to the flower auctions for sale. Some import peonies are available after the end of July, but they are very few & far between and cannot be relied on.

They are typically sold in wholesale wraps of 10 stems and are available in white through to pretty pink, to burgundy and coral, making them a truly feminine bloom. They are known to symbolise ‘happiness and prosperity.’  They are certainly a great addition to bouquets, floral crowns and table arrangements with their large ruffled heads making them a fantastic feature flower, especially if you want to try DIY wedding.

A tip to remember, is that as peonies have a large head, you don’t need as many to fill your bouquet. Instead to reduce costs, go for the natural and wild look by adding a little extra foliage in to the mix. Or consider the minimalist look, with just one or two peonies for your bouquet.

Just as pretty Peony Alternatives 

When peonies are out of season, Colombian Garden Roses are a perfect substitute. A lot of them are mistaken for peonies! High quality garden roses are becoming increasingly popular for wedding flowers and high end floristry projects. Our range of garden roses are grown at high altitude by Alexandra Farms in the incredibly fertile savannah of Bogota, Colombia where cool nights and warm days are perfect for rose production. All of these roses are scented & ranked on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the most highly scented, 1 being the lowest). Click below to take a look on our website.

Or even, David Austin roses….

Sweet Juliet Roses | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Juliet, David Austin Rose Bouquet by Blush Floral Design via Flowerona

Conditioning information 

To get the best from your wholesale cut peonies please read the care instructions below carefully:

  • Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
  • Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
  • Place the peonies in the buckets.
  • Leave over night to condition before using.

Peonies are notorious for being hard to predict. Normally, I would to receive delivery of the flowers at least 4 to 5 days prior to your event to ensure you have time to condition and prepare the flowers. However, recently this has been subject to change as the peonies have been coming into us much more open than expected, so please seek help from our sales and advice team to when and how long the conditioning process will take.  Just call us on 01394 385 832.

Top Tip: To prevent peonies from opening too quickly, leave the paper wrappers on whilst conditioning over night.

Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the peonies in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.

For further information, visit our website @www.trianglenursery.co.uk/fresh-flowers,  call us on 01394 385 832 to find out more OR visit our treasure chest full of wedding flower options for colour schemes !!

Don’t forget we sell wholesale flowers to EVERYONE.So, if you are looking to do the wedding flowers DIY style, head over to our website for bundles of information and services that are there solely to help you !! For instance, we have an Estimate system designed solely to help you with budget – link @estimates.

Look out for more blogs on wedding planning and flower advice coming soon, from country, to contemporary, exotic and Gothic weddings!


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