How to Arrange Peonies


An added benefit of growing peonies in a sunny landscape is the bounty of blossoms available for flower arranging each spring. Use peony blossoms in only one hue, or a use a variety in your arrangements to add bold color and size, as well as scintillating scents, to your bouquets. Add even more variation to an arrangement by using blossoms in various stages of opening, and your flowers will enliven any interior room.

Step 1

Fill the bucket approximately halfway with water, and go out to the peony shrub in the early morning.

Step 2

Cut the stems from the peony shrub using the sharp knife, and place them directly into the bucket of water to hold them. Make the stems 1.5 feet long and always leave a minimum of two leaves on the stems to help the plant recover from the blossom removal. Do not cut more than half of the existing blossoms from a peony bush, because this can stress the shrub so much that it declines in health and vigor.

Step 3

Fill the vase almost to the top with cool water.

Step 4

Cut the ends of the stems off to the height you desire for the floral arrangement using the sharp knife. Place the peony stems into the water, making sure that you remove all leaves from the stems that might be under the water surface.

Step 5

Rearrange the blossoms to mix them up, placing buds near fully open blossoms and keeping the peonies varied. If you have peonies of different colors, vary the color placement of the blossoms in the vase as well.

Step 6

Place the vase in a location that does not receive direct sunlight with temperatures around 70 F. Replace the cool water in the vase every day to keep the water fresh in the vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Sharp knife
  • Vase
  • Cool water


  • Organic Gardening: Peonies as Cut Flowers
  • Washington State University: Cutting Garden: Grow Your Own Bouquets
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.