The abundant peony is a harbinger of summer. The peony is a real farm flower and is often found in farm gardens. She comes from China and was not only grown for their beauty but most of all for the fever-reducing and haemostatic effect of the roots.  The botanical name Paeonia comes from the Greek word Paion: physician of the Greek gods. The peony in your home is only suitable to put in a vase and not for medicinal use.

Did you know that the peony is not a rose like the name suggests? There are hundreds of different varieties of peonies available in many shapes and perfumes, single, semi-double and double flowering types. She blooms in May and June in yellow, white, pink, or red colours.

Care tips

- cut five centimetres of the stem
- place the peonies in clean water in a (glass) vase and use cut flower food
refill with water if necessary and change the water twice a week
- don’t place the vase in full sun, in a draught or next to the fruit bowl
- to encourage the flower buds to bloom you can spray them with a water spray now and then

Inspiration for a bouquet with peonies

The peony is beautiful on its own but also combines well with seasonal flowers such as spray rose, alstroemeria and lisianthus. The bouquet on the photo is arranged with peonies, spray roses, Delphinium, Phlox and Panicum. The grasses in this arrangement emphasise a feeling of summer and make a hazy impression.  The small flowers give the large peonies strength which will bring out the best in them. The bouquet is a hand tied sheaf where the grass, with its weak stems, is added at the end.

 Symbolism of the peony

The peony is symbol of love, a happy life and good health. But it also stands for shyness and protection. (FCH)