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.”

We’ve gathered more than two dozen of the most popular peony arrangements from the pages of Flower magazine. As Jane Eastoe says, “In our fast-paced world, there is nothing more therapeutic than a little peony gazing.”

Peony Flower Arrangements

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Willow Crossley describes this arrangement as “an ombré peony river running down the table.” To create the effect, she clustered together numerous little milk bottles. Photo by Emma Mitchell
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"Anne Vitchen is the grande dame of flowers at the prestigious Ritz Paris. You can see her brilliant eye on display throughout the iconic hotel, but my favorite piece is always in the library," says Laura Dowling, author and former White House Chief Florist. On a recent trip to Paris, Dowling dropped by the hotel's opulent library to see this breathtaking arrangement, created by Vitchen using peonies, roses, and a floating layer of gloriosa lilies. Photo by Erik Kvalsvik
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"These wonderful peonies were a bright coral color that gradually turned this pale shade. Making your own table garden with peonies or whatever you like in small vases is amusing to arrange and gives the table a more relaxed air."—Suzanne Rheinstein
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Amy Osaba says of this bold arrangement, "I like to use lots of different colors and textures, therefore using lots of varying types of flowers. (Here) we used peonies, ranunculus, zinnia, scabiosa, feverfew, and even some Jerusalem sage." Photo by Alecia Lauren Kowalik
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Golden tones in Pierre Frey Bengali wallpaper and Lisa Fine Rambagh and Baroda II fabrics are mirrored in a sunny arrangement of peonies, dahlias, alliums, hellebores, and ‘Beatrice’ garden roses. Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Complex color combinations are key to floral designer Zezé’s style. In an arrangement from his farm, he combines peonies, beauty bush, Rosa glauca, and honeysuckles with Oriental poppies. Photo by Rob Cardillo
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A mass of peonies, delphiniums, stock, and roses arranged by Jane Packer, from her book At Home with Flowers. Photo courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small
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A bright-pink tree peony nestled among Corydalis foliage and dancing blooms of blush-colored ranunculus and black scabiosa becomes a focal point in an enchanting arrangement in a garden compote. Photo by Udom Surangsophon
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Blair Laborde designed a floral “runner” from hydrangeas, anemones, peonies, and bayberries contained in long plaster troughs for a 50th birthday party in Nashville. Photo by Mary Craven Dawkins
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A garland studded with peonies looks regal in a field of yarrow at Oregon’s Hammelman Farms, just one of the locations in Erick New and Greg Campbell's Florists to the Field book. Photo by Sarah Bell of Sélavie Photography
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This graceful arrangement of peonies, scabiosas, and coral bell foliage and flowers from Nicolette Owen seems to follow Constance Spry’s classic advice to “let the flowers remind you of how they looked when growing.” Photo by Gnoc Minh Ngo
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In romantic shades of soft-pink and coral, tulips and tree peonies spill over the brim of a classic urn in this playful arrangement, which is also comprised of calla lilies, Mokara orchids, spirea, Heuchera, and blue muscari. Photo by Udom Surangsophon
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“I think I’d be very happy in a house filled with roses and peonies,” says India Hicks, but on this tablescape, a lone blossom will do.  Photo by Colleen Duffley from India Hicks: Island Style (Rizzoli New York, 2015)
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When it comes to color, designer Tammy Connor leans toward sophisticated garden flowers such as English roses, peonies, and tulips in deep coral with purples mixed in. “When I use multiple flowers in a container, I like to keep it loose.” Photo by J. Savage Gibson
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Ingrid Carozzi notes, "I try to look at the timeless versus trends as much as possible. In both floral design and as a general way of living, I like things that last a long time." She captures a timeless beauty in this arrangement of peony, ranunculus, sweet peas, and lisianthus. Photo by Paul Brissman
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A glorious spring arrangement of quince branches, peonies, lisianthus, fringed tulips, lilacs, sweet peas, scabiosas, and eucalyptus from Philadelphia floral designer, Sullivan Owen. Photo by Alison Conklin
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Heather Barrie's Spring Palette arrangement

A stone pillar nods to antiquity while balancing the shock factor of Heather Barrie's explosion of Schiaparelli pink including ‘Felix Supreme’ and 'Paula Fay' peonies. Photo by Christopher Shane
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Vibrant peonies atop the plates serve as place cards on tables in covered with cloths made of Lilly Pulitzer fabric and decorated with lush arrangements created by The Vine Garden Market. Photo by Julia Lynn
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The designers at Studio Choo in San Francisco understood that this low box is an ideal centerpiece container to hold a profusion of peonies, poppies, viburnum berries, and flowering oregano without blocking conversation. Photo by Paige Green
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A bouquet of peonies, hydrangeas, sweet peas, tulips and roses are ready for a fragrant bicycle ride in Georgianna Lane's book, Paris in Bloom. Photo by Georgianna Lane
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‘Buckeye Belle,’ ‘Red Charm,’ and ‘Coral Charm’ peonies are a living reflection of the blooms in the Jasper Peony wallpaper by Carleton V. The drapery fabric is Gallica by Colefax and Fowler. Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Tara Guérard pink flower arrangement
Tara Guérard of Soirée, an event design firm with studios in Charleston and New York, demonstrates a fresh summer arrangement of peonies, roses, tulips, and Alstroemeria in a timely hue. Photo by Brie Williams
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Alicia and Adam Rico, each with a degree in painting, share a passion for flowers. “We’re on the same page, pretty much always,” says Alicia. In the foyer of a Highland Park home decorated by Cathy Kincaid, open petals of ‘Coral Charm’ peonies have a gradation of color, which the duo prefers as opposed to materials in saturated hues that look “straight out of the tube,” says Alicia. Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Peonies from Martha Stewart’s garden at Skylands, her summer home in Maine, go straight to vases for a spring dinner. She picks the flowers late in the cool afternoon to ensure freshness. Reprinted from the book, Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations (Clarkson Potter, 2011). Photo ©2011 by Anna Williams
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Amy Virginia Buchanan of Spring Street Social Society preps vases of peonies, dahlias, and astilbes. Photo © 2016 Sam Ortiz, courtesy of Spring Street Social Society
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'Sarah Bernhardt' peonies grace this lavish arrangement by London designer Rowan Blossom in her book Living with Flowers: Blooms & Bouquets for the Home (Laurence King, 2019).
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If you're looking for creative gift wrapping ideas, try re-creating this wrapped gift box with fresh flowers tucked into the ribbon

Use this fun gift wrapping idea for a bridal shower or your best friend’s birthday. All you need is beautiful wrapping paper, ribbon, and an assortment of fresh blooms such as peonies, gloriosa lilies, and scabiosa. 
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For more from Jane Eastoe on the subject, check out Peonies (Pavilion, 2018), $22

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