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When Flower magazine photographed Pineapples, Palms, Etc., an interior design shop owned by sisters Lisa Peterson and Shelly Bascetta in Jupiter, Florida, we asked the renowned Palm Beach floral design firm Renny & Reed to create arrangements to complement the shop’s dreamy vignettes. Here, hydrangeas and peonies adorn a coffee table. Photo by Carmel Brantley
Use this gift wrapping idea for a bridal shower or a best friend’s birthday. All you need is wrapping paper, ribbon, and an assortment of fresh blooms such as peonies, gloriosa lilies, and scabiosa. See Jessica Cohen's video tutorial.
Rebecca Gardner, an event designer and founder of the online shop Houses & Parties, filled a compote with a variety of peonies in hot pink hues, which brings a pop of color to a beachy table setting adorned with shells.
At a brunch party for fashion designer Lela Rose in Charleston, South Carolina, event planner Tara Guérard echoed the pretty pink and coral shades on the table in an arrangement of pink peonies, roses, ranunculus, tulips, and kumquat branches. Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Tropical foliage, parrot tulips, gloriosa lilies, asclepias ‘Beatrix,’ viburnum, and a variety of peonies create a festive arrangement for a peony-themed party. Floral design by Gathering Events. Photo by Gayle Brooker
A dramatic arrangement by Renny & Reed features coral peonies, mathiola, tulips, amaranthus, figs, bay, magnolia, pussy willow, and grasses. Photo by Jose Villa
When we ask designers about their favorite flowers, peonies consistently top their lists. What is it about peony flowers that we find so compelling? Cultivated in China for more than 4000 years, peonies command our attention with their spectacular colors, forms and fragrances.
In the introduction to her book, Peonies (Pavilion, 2018), Jane Eastoe captures the allure of their blossoms, “It may be a frilled, flounced and curled confection—the Marie Antionette of the flower world—or blessed with a classical perfection of form like a Greek statue. As each bud unfurls it reveals a color palette of great artistry, combining the soft tones of a watercolor, vivid and intense primaries, or a mix of sugary sweetshop pastels that delight the eye. Every part of the flower contributes to this feast of visual delight.”
In the gallery above we’ve gathered nearly three dozen of our favorite peony arrangements from the pages of Flower magazine and beyond. As Jane Eastoe says, “In our fast-paced world, there is nothing more therapeutic than a little peony gazing.”
By the editors of Flower magazine
There’s Just Something About Peonies: Leah Klevar looks back on her love for these special flowers—and the woman who shared them with her.
Welcome to the Peony Party: A Charleston hostess kicks off peony season with a fiesta in celebration of friendship and her favorite flower.
In the Garden with Zezé: Every weekend, floral designer Zezé leaves Manhattan and heads to the flower fields of his own country property in upstate New York