Peonies, with their delicate beauty and fragrance, are among Martha’s favorite flowers. The variety of forms and colors available makes it easy to find the right peony for any bouquet, and they pair well with many types of flowers. Look for buds that are neither tight nor fully open—a happy medium makes for maximum bloom time in the vase.
Tools and Materials
- 6 stems of Peony ‘Red Charm’
- 12 stems of Purple anemone coronaria
- 6-8 stems of Helleborus odorus
- Wide mouth vase or bowl
- Clear cellophane tape
- Cut-flower food
- Sharp knife or bypass pruners
Peony Arrangement How –To
- Fill vase with water, add flower food and stir
- Cover the top of vase with tape in a grid formation. This helps hold the flowers in place when the vase isn’t very deep
- Cut the stems to length, then start inserting the peonies in dome formation.
- Next add the anemones, spacing them evenly around the peonies
- Lastly, fill in the spaces with the green hellebores
For longer-lasting arrangements, replenish with cool water every two days. Display the flowers at a spot in the house where you can enjoy them, away from direct sunlight and extreme heat, and your arrangement should last from 5 days to a week.