Flowers

A florist's guide to peonies

Written by Rona Wheeldon
May 31, 2018

Hugely popular with brides including Meghan Markle, plus a favourite bloom on Instagram, are peonies with their layers upon layers of delicate petals.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Command Performance Peony At Dg Wholesale Flowers Hero Image

Check out this vibrant variety above called Command Performance. And then read on to discover more about these incredibly romantic blooms!

Background

From the Paeoniaceae family and with the Latin name of Paeonia, the flower derives its name from Paeon, a physician to the gods in Greek mythology.

From their unassuming spherical buds, ruffles of petals unfurl in shades of white, a wonderful assortment of hues of pink ranging from a hint of soft blush to vibrant cerise, plus red and coral. Single and double varieties, some sweetly scented, are available and you'll usually find them in wraps of 5 or 10 stems. 

Peak season is May and June, with some availability in April and July. During these four months, they come into the Flower Market from the South of France, Italy and Holland. Boxes of English peonies meanwhile, weather permitting, are available from mid-May to early July. Our traders can usually order in peonies all year round for you though. Outside the peak season, they're imported through Holland and may be grown in Israel, Kenya, Chile, Ecuador or South Africa. 

Simply ask the wholesalers if you have any questions whether it's about availability or the best time to buy your peonies for their opening to coincide with your event. 

Did you know that peony plants are also available to order from Evergreen Exterior Services? Just one phone call to their nursery and they can be in the Flower Market the very next day.  

Types

Madame Claude Tain

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Madame Claude Tain Peony At Bloomfield

Duchesse de Nemours 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Duchesse De Nemours Peony At Bloomfield

Festiva Maxima 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Festiva Maxima Peonies At Bloomfield

Odile 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Odile Peony At Bloomfield

Top Brass

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Top Brass Peony At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Shirley Temple

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Shirley Temple Peonies At Zest Flowers

Mother’s Choice 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Mother’S Choice Peony At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Reine Hortense 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Reine Hortense Peony At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Gardenia

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Gardenia Peony At Bloomfield

Angel Cheeks

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Angel Cheeks Peonies At Bloomfield

Sarah Bernhardt 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sarah Bernhardt Peony At Bloomfield

Monsieur Jules Elie 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Monsieur Jules Elie Peony At Bloomfield

Red Sarah Bernhardt 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sarah Bernhardt Red Peony At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Paula Fay

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Paula Fay Peony At Floral Garden Group A Goodchild Ltd

Command Performance 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Command Performance Peony At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Henry Bockstoce 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Henry Bockstoce Peony At Bloomfield

British Early Cottage 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Early Cottage Peony At Pratley

Peter Brand 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Peter Brand Peony At Bloomfield

Pink Hawaiian Coral 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Pink Hawaiian Coral Peony At Floral Garden Group A Goodchild Ltd

Coral Sunset 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Coral Sunset Peony At Floral Garden Group A Goodchild Ltd

Coral Charm 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Coral Charm Peony At Bloomfield

Artificial

If faux peonies are what you're on the look-out for, head to our sundries wholesalers for a wide range in different colours.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial White Peonies At C Best
New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 A Florists Guide To Peonies Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial Pink Peonies At Whittingtons

Design Inspiration

Greatly sought after by brides, with many even planning their wedding day to coincide with peony season, which is no surprise as they're such a perfect bloom for taking centre stage in big day designs. Whether in a bridal bouquet or tablecentre, hand-tied design or vase arrangement, you really can't beat peonies for adding a real 'wow' factor!

Here are some examples of beautiful floral creations featuring peonies. 


(Source: Tony Marklew)


(Source: That Flower Shop)


(Source: The Flower Appreciation Society)


(Source: Mary Jane Vaughan)


(Source: Bloom + Burn


(Source: Pulbrook & Gould)


(Source: Grace & Thorn)


(Source: Hiding in the City)


(Source: Kitten Grayson)


(Source: Amanda Austin Flowers)


Your Designs

(Source: Lush Petals)


(Source: Florescence)


We'd love to see photos of arrangements that you've made using peonies from the Flower Market. Simply send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section. 

With wedding season starting, I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's florist's guide. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

P.S. You may also like to read our 2013 Peonies Product Profile Report and British Peony Fact File.

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