How to Make Peony Arrangements

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010

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.

Look for buds that are neither tight nor fully open -- a happy medium makes for maximum bloom time in the vase.

Arranging Peonies
Peonies are flexible -- they pair well with many types of flowers for beautiful arrangements. Here are some suggested bouquets that Martha and Kevin Sharkey put together on "The Martha Stewart Show."

Martha's Arrangement

  • "Red Charm" peony
  • Purple anemone coronaria
  • Helleborus

Kevin's Arrangement

  • "Coral Charm" peony
  • "Flash Point" double tulip
  • "Snowball" viburnum

Large Arrangement on Table

  • "Coral Sunset" peony
  • Godetia sweet peas
  • Hypericum

Individual Arrangements on Table

  • "Coral Sunset"
  • "Kansas"
  • "Sarah Bernhardt"
  • "Monsieur Jules Elie"
  • "Festiva Maxima"
  • "Duchess"
  • "Scarlett O'Hara"

Peony Care
For longer-lasting arrangements, change the water and recut the stems once a week. Display the flowers at a spot in the house where you can enjoy them, away from direct sunlight and extreme heat.

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