The peony -in the Flower Agenda throughout June

It’s June, and that means it’s time for the gorgeous peony. This beauty will be shining in many vases this month, but can also be seen extensively in bridal bouquets and striking centrepieces. Consumers can read all about the phenomenal peony at
Introduce your customers to the peony!

The peony’s origin
We have been enjoying the magnificent peony in Europe since 1784. In China they had fallen under its spell long before that. There the peony was cultivated not only for its flowers, but particularly for its roots. According the Chinese it could be used to reduce fever and clot blood. But we don’t recommend putting the peony in your mouth - stick to enjoying its beauty with your eyes.

The peony’s colours and shapes
Anyone who falls for the charms of the peony is in luck: there are more than 1000 varieties available in all sorts of shapes and colours. They come with a single row of petals, or with semi-double or double flowers. There is also ample choice in terms of colour: the cheerful  peony comes in pale yellow, romantic white, candy pink or dark red. And the fragrance of peonies is particularly appealing and beautifully sweet!

Caring for peonies

  • Trim 5 cm off the stem diagonally with a sharp knife.
  • Use a clean vase and fill it with fresh water.
  • If your peonies are thirsty top up the vase.
  • Don’t place the vase in a draught, in full sun or near the fruit bowl.

Peony symbolism
The peony represents love, happiness and health, amongst other things. It’s no surprise that the peony is a popular guest at spring weddings. But it’s not just lovebirds that are attracted to this flower. Surely we all enjoy bringing a big bunch of positivity and love into our home?

Bouquet recipe with peonies
Some flowers have the X factor. They’re just a bit more flirty, their petals more flamboyant, the fragrance a little sweeter and they have a look to capture your heart. Peonies undoubtedly have the talent to enchant you. This bouquet recipe is a true showstopper to display on your table. A stunning creation to turn others green with envy.

What you need

  • Peonies
  • Lilies
  • Viburnum
  • Carnations
  • Veronica
  • Delphinium
  • Milfoil (Achillea)
  • Lady’s mantle (Alchemella)

More about the peony

Consumers can also find special DIY craft projects involving the gorgeous peony at Got a wedding, birthday or other celebration coming up? Then try making your own over-the-top peony chandelier!

Inspiration and information

Inspiring images of every flower in the Flower Agenda have been produced in line with the Horticulture Sector Trends 2017 (Groenbranche Trends 2017). These trends are a translation of what our consumers are interested in at the moment and are specifically aimed at the horticulture sector for use both indoors and outdoors. If you would like to find out more about the Flower Agenda click here.

Peony -June Flower Agenda
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