Use these tips & tricks for arranging peonies to easily display this beautiful flower in your home. Includes suggestions for preparation and vessels.
It’s peony season…a very short time of year when you can fill your home with blooms that have the power to lift your soul. The only negative thing about these flowers is the fact that they bloom for such a short period of time. Other than that, they are perfection.
My peonies were beautiful this season and I thoroughly enjoyed cutting the blooms and bringing them inside. I waited a bit too long to cut them so they didn’t last as long as I would have liked. It’s best to cut peonies when they are still in bud and I missed it this year by a few days. Life got in the way and I just didn’t have a chance to spend any time in the garden. They were almost completely open when I brought them in, but they stayed fresh for almost a week.
Arranging peonies is easy because they have such big blooms and sturdy stems. Here are a few ideas…
Arranging Peonies in Mason Jars
Every flower looks good in a mason jar and peonies are no exception. I especially love pink peonies in vintage blue mason jars…but any sort of jar will work. Add hosta leaves and group several jars together to really make a statement.
Galvanized metal and peonies are the perfect pair. I filled my galvanized milk cans from Magnolia with tall stems and love the way rustic meets refined. Any kind of galvanized metal containers will work…even small buckets or watering cans.
Arranging Peonies in Pitchers
Along with mason jars, pitchers are my go-to vessels for flowers. If you want to start (or add to) an ironstone collection, good places to look are Homegoods and T. J. Maxx. Sometimes you can find them at antique malls or flea markets, but those tend to be a bit pricier. An easy way to make a larger arrangement is to group several small pitchers together.
You’ve seen the basket tray on the coffee table before. Trays are perfect for layering and for gathering smaller pieces together. To add a little interest, I used a tall ironstone pitcher, a small urn, and a galvanized lantern with a pitcher inside. Lanterns can’t technically be used as flower vessels, but by placing a pitcher inside a lantern, you can achieve a layered and lovely look.
The dark pink peonies pictured in this post are ‘Kansas.’ They were planted about six years ago and it took a few years to get blooms…but it was definitely worth the wait. I also have ‘Krinkled White’ which I shared on my Instagram stories but missed getting any real pictures. They have large white petals and a round yellow center. Maybe next year I can show them to you. I just planted two bushes with light pink blooms called ‘Elk Grove.’ They are very tiny so it may be two years before they bloom.
One thing I did this year which helped keep my bushes upright was trim off all the tiny buds around a bigger bud. This eliminates a stem with five or more blooms at the top. I had this problem last year and most of the peonies were on the ground because the tops were so heavy. Clipping the extra buds did the trick.
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basket tray | galvanized lantern (no longer available) | galvanized milk can | vintage blue mason jars | mason jar carriers | pitcher 1 | pitcher 2 | pitcher 3 | gardening scissors | blanket basket ladder
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