Spring is here and one of our favourite things about the season is that peonies are blossoming just about everywhere.
The delicate bowl-shaped blooms are the perfect way to breathe freshness and new life into your interiors or send to 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. Structurally complex and heavenly scented, Arena Flowers says “there are around 40 species of peonies with around 6,500 cultivars and hybrids”, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to filling your vases.
They symbolise good fortune and a happy marriage - no wonder they’re the top choice for brides across the country. They’re also a 12th Wedding Anniversary symbol.
With proper water changes and care (keep away from heat sources and sunlight), peonies can last up to ten days and can unfurl from the size of a golf ball to an impressive ten-inches wide.
As sales of the petals rocket and weddings gets into full flow, we round up the nicest bunches from our favourite florists.
Prepare to swoon over the best peony bouquets to order now before they’re gone for another season.
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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.
Buy now £50.00, Flowerbx
Hayford & Rhodes Coral Charm Bouquets
Sink into a wonderful world of pink (and coral) over at Hayford & Rhodes where their in-season peonies are crowned atop an arrangement of luscious English foliages and fragrant herbs. A charming display that shows off the flower to its finest.
Starting at £70 for a small bouquet.
Buy now £70.00, Hayford & Rhodes
Bloom & Wild Maeve
So popular are peonies right now that trailblazers of letterbox flowers Bloom & Wild have a dedicated section on their website just for the variety.
There’s a pleasingly small but sweet selection to choose from. Our hot ticket is Maeve, a delightful pastel composition that looks straight out of Bridgerton. Each bunch is made up of 27 stems, with blooms and foliage including the likes of peonies, carnations, asters, stocks, limonium, lisianthus and olive foliage. Blooming lovely.
Buy now £47.00, Bloom & Wild
M&S British Peony Abundance Bouquet
Going big on bouquets going to your home, M&S has this 29-stem display ready to order when peonies are in peak season. The ruffled, pillowy-looking flowers will be a classic pink lifted by the gentle addition of green foliage. Sublime.
Buy now £50.00, M&S
bloom Porcelain White Peony bouquet
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, you can also add chic vases to complete the gift.
We adore the look of the Porcelain White Peony bouquet, which offers a fresher, cleaner take on the popular blooms
Buy now £47.50, bloom
Arena Flowers Miss Piggy
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 four stunning peony bouquets in its collection: from letterbox-friendly blooms to luxury bouquets.
Inspired by the Muppets’ Miss Piggy, this flamboyant bouquet is a riot of colour, bringing together coral peonies with craspedia and solidago for a look that’ll brighten up any home.
Buy now £28.00, Arena Flowers
McQueens Flowers Ru
Planning to go all-out with a flower delivery? McQueens have long been the name to know in the luxe flower world. To celebrate peony season, they’re offering three of their most swoon-worthy bunches.
Coral Charm peonies are the star of the show here, lifted with softer tones from Vuvuzela roses, zesty alchemilla and cream sweet peas.
Buy now £125.00, McQueens
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 £30. 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.
Buy now £29.99, Appleyard Flowers
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.
Buy now £10.00, Amazon