The weather may not have gotten the memo just yet, but spring is here and one of our favourite things about the season is that peonies are blossoming just about everywhere.
The pretty bowl-shaped blooms are the perfect way to breathe new life into your interiors or send someone special as a thoughtful gift.
They flower from late-April to June and come in every shade apart from blue, making now the perfect time to indulge in a bouquet without the guilt of clocking up needless air miles. They symbolise good fortune and a happy marriage - no wonder they’re so loved by brides across the country.
With proper water changes and care (keep away from heat sources and sunlight), peonies can last up to 10 days and can unfurl from the size of a golf ball to an impressive 10 inches wide.
As sales of the petals rocket and weddings get the green-light after months of Covid restrictions, we round up the nicest bunches from our favourite florists. Prepare to swoon over the best peony bouquets to order now.
See our favourites below
Bloom & Wild Izzy
So popular are these petals that purveyors of letterbox flowers Bloom & Wild have a dedicated section on their website just for the variety.
There’s a small but sweet selection to choose from and Izzy is our hot ticket - a riot of pink and red peonies, roses and carnations, finished with asparagus foliage and dianthus barbatus. Blooming lovely.
Bloom by Larry Walshe
Shop London favourite Bloom is also offering a stunning display of peonies as we get into the season. As well as six bouquet options in various hues of red, pink and white, all from £45, you can also add pretty vases to make the complete gift.
We adore the look of the Sarah Bernhardt bouquet (the variety was named for the famous French actress), full of pinks as well as touches of lilac.
Hayford & Rhodes Summer Peony Bouquets
A Hayford & Rhodes’ peony delivery will brighten anyone’s day. The florist has three to choose from: a traditional looking all-pink bunch, one with white peonies and our favourite, a coral compilation that offers a more luxurious feel. It comes in four sizes so you can decide how big a gesture you’d like to make.
Arena Flowers Bubblegum Delight
Arena Flowers is helping flower-fanatics enjoy the heart of peony season - in fact they love it so much they campaigning for a National Peony Day to honour the flower. The award-winning florist has six stunning peony bouquets in its collection: our favourites include Luxury Peonies (from £50), Coral Charm (from £75) and Bubblegum Delight, featured above.
Fleming peonies are mixed with luxurious pink London bell roses, tall spikes of pink veronica, circular oxypethalum and fine, feathery pink baby pink nigella to create a look that’s fragrant as well as aesthetically pleasing. Just add water (and a statement vase).
M&S Collection White Rose & Peony Bouquet
The delicate fragrance of white peonies mix with white and yellow roses, creating home decor that smells as good as it looks. It’s filled out with foliage and more pretty white flowers that make it a perfect treat, either for yourself or someone deserving.
Pink and Roses London Scented Surprise
Velvety white peonies impeccably presented in a smart round hat box are a wonderful thing to display at home and welcome the warmer months. If you’re sending this as a gift, you can add extras like chocolates, champagne and a candle alongside the beautiful display. Available in small, medium and deluxe sizes.
McQueens Flowers The Botan
Planning to go all-out with a flower delivery? McQueens have long been the go-to in the luxe flower market and this spring, they’ve launched their most swoon-worthy bunches. Reinvigorated with some charming varieties for 2021, The Botan sees fluffy Sarah Bernhardt Peonies nestling amongst peachy Sweet Avalanche roses.
Appleyard Flowers British Pink Peonies
Admire the splendour of British-grown peonies over at Appleyard Flowers, which has this lovely bunch for delivery for just shy of £40. Framed with lush green foliage, it makes an ideal gift for a special occasion like an anniversary (they’re the flowers to mark 12 years of marriage), birthday or simply a ‘just because’ treat.
Flowerbx Flamingo Peonies
Made for the person who enjoys traditional blooms with a twist, this bunch of coral-hued petals offers a colour show that will make every glance a treat. They start off a vibrant coral with the colour delicately fading over time. You can find more single-colour bouquets in the florist’s dedicated peony section, including ruffled flowers in the deepest red.
Airwick Essential Mist Kit, Essential Oil Diffuser Air Freshener for Aromatherapy, Balancing Peony & Jasmine
Fresh peony fragrance may last up to 10 days, but if you can’t get enough of the sweet scent, enlist Air Wick to keep it going longer. This Essential Mist Kit comes with a Peony & Jasmine oil, helping infuse your space with the flowers’ pretty notes for longer - this lasts up to 45 days. You can also adjust the intensity and frequency of the mist so that your room feels just right, all the time.
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