Herbaceous peony plants Adaptations

Arrangements Using Peonies

To make a list of favourite flowers would be difficult indeed. W.H. Davies in his poem Flowers expresses the dilemma more than adequately:

‘What favourite flowers are mine, I cannot say — My fancy changes with the summer’s day ….’ a few lines later he goes on to say :

‘Sometimes I think the rose must have her place — And then the lily shakes her golden dice . . ‘

Certainly, when they put in their first appearance during May I think that the peony would be near the head of my list, with roses winning by a short head. Among the peonies my first favourite would surely be the well known dark red, despite all the wonderful new introductions from China and elsewhere. As Peter Hunt says, in his book Perennial Flowers for Small Gardens, ‘…there is nothing quite like the old cottage-garden peonies, the great double varieties of P. officinalis with their heavily fragrant flowers’.

But what about peonies for flower arrangement? Could anything be more valuable to introduce a solid touch of colour into a large group, or more charming to use alone, allowing the full beauty of the simple flower to be fully seen? Perhaps the only other flower which comes fairly close to the peony in the first of these requirements is either the rhododendron or the hydrangea, but yet neither of these have the same depth and quality of colouring. Going on to the second, I have found one peony arranged either with its own foliage or with short sprays of a suitably toned flowering shrub can be quite enough for one arrangement.

These are occasions when peonies, especially the much loved red cottage garden ones, seem top heavy on their stems: This is because the weight of the heavy flower head on the comparatively slight stem causes the flower to hang forward and give the impression of drooping. In such a case I have found it is best to cut the stem fairly short, though not too short (if too short the flower just falls forward and out of the vase altogether) and to make sure that the flower is well supported by other material in the arrangement.


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Peony farm in San Jose

2006-06-06 13:38:33 by 4peonies

If you live in the bay area, I grow over 120 varieties of herbaceous and tree peonies and they can be purchased in 5 gallon containers all year round at the farm. The roots are 2-4 years old. They can also be mail ordered if out of the bay area and shipped in the fall. Visit my web site 4irises.com and see the varieties that I grow. Visitors are always welcome and the peonies are in full bloom right now.


Peonies in pots

2006-06-06 13:30:48 by 4peonies

Peonies can very well be planted in pots but do need full sun except tree peonies that could do with part sun. Peonies can bloom in the bay area very well if planted with the top eyes at the surface level. The main reason that peonies fail to bloom is that they are planted too deeply. I grow over 120 varieties of tree and herbaceous peonies in San Jose. I sell them with at least 5 eyes in 5 gallon containers all year round. See my web site 4irises.com


Peonies from Costco?

2005-01-15 20:53:46 by greedynot

I have not been able to get herbaceous peonies to bloom. Its just not cold enough in much of the area. Where are you in the Bay Area? This is an exceptionally cold year and I am hoping again! You can try the tree peony or herbceous peonies with blooms on them in the spring. But I doubt if you can get the herbaceous ones to bloom the following year though.
Btw, its good to plant the dormant plants and allow the roots to grow before the top does. Maybe March would be a good time. But don't plant if its too wet.


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