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How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

No matter where you buy your peony flowers, be it a grocery store, farmer’s market, or even faux, they are fun to arrange. Read on to see easy ways to show off your blooms and How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

Do you buy fresh flowers? Or do you cut flowers from your yard to bring indoors? The Seattle area is surrounded by some great flower farms and we are lucky to have pretty varieties in the markets. A friend tipped me off on a peony farm that I’ll share further down. Since moving here, I’ve been trying to visit all the flower farms I can.

Before going to the farm though, I purchased some peonies from Trader Joe’s and had fun using some tips I learned from a floral arranging class at a shop called The London Plane, which sadly closed post-pandemic. The cafe/flower shop was housed in an a beautiful old bank, featured many flowers grown by local farmers, sold pastries baked on-site and more. I will greatly miss the space, the food, the classes, the employees.

I could go on with nostalgia, but I’ll move onto the flower arranging.

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1. Gather Materials for How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

Gather materials for peony flower arrangement

I chose hydrangea for their size, some eucalyptus to give height and movement, and of course the peonies! Oh and water to fill the vase!

For this arrangement I used the low ceramic vase that was given as part of the peony arranging class I did. Similar versions are linked at the end of the post.

2. Cut off stems at an angle.

Trim stems before arranging flowers

If you have ever read up on floral arranging or taking care of bouquets, you may already know the angle cut helps the stems draw in water. I sort of eyeball the stem against the vase, then place it in the vase to see if I need to cut more.

3. Trim off any leaves that will touch water.

Remove leaves from stems before arranging flowers

This step helps prevent decay and bacteria from shortening the life of your arrangement.

4. Place fullest flowers in vase.

How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

In this arrangement there is no foam, flower frog or grid of tape. If I find the flowers drop too much, I secure with rubberband around the stems .

5. Add in next largest flower-peonies!

step by step guide to Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

Hydrangeas tend to wilt quickly, so I remove them and adjust as needed. As peonies open, they will take up the space left by hydrangeas. So you kind of get two arrangements!

6. Add in the greenery.

How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

It is good to rotate the vase and look for any empty spots that need to be filled. As you move the vase, add in the greenery so it sits at the lowest and highest levels. I like the look of the stems spraying out of the bouquet.

Display your arrangement!

How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

Two of the peonies had just started to open, while some remained shut tight. This method of arranging is lose and open for adaptations. You can add roses, anemones, more eucalyptus, and sometimes a random branch or filler will be at the store or in your yard that you can add in. I set this one out for a small dinner party while the hydrangea was still fresh and peonies just starting to pop.

Edit the arrangement.

pink peonies in vase

I mentioned that hydrangea tend to wilt quickly, at least for me. The peonies definitely outlast the hydrangea, and they open they fill up the vase on their own. Once the hydrangea wilt, I remove them and change the water. You can also add in other flowers too if you need to fill any gaps.

More Tips for Your Peony Flower Arrangement

How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement

Peonies are so pretty and full. They look great all on their own in tall and short vases.


  • For a more dramatic arrangement, use a tall vase.
  • To create a more natural look, use a vase with a simple design.
  • If you’re using greenery, make sure it complements the color of the peonies.
  • Change the water every few days to keep the flowers fresh.

Peony farm visit.

Red barn and peony fields

On a whim we had booked a trip for Memorial weekend. The place is close to Pure Peonies, a farm a friend told me about. To drive there from Seattle is a bit long for a day trip, but was manageable when staying nearby. If you can’t make the trip, bouquets are available for purchase via their website.

I am not sponsored or affiliated with the farm; just think it is a cool place to share.

Tip: before visiting a flower farm, check their website, Facebook page, or other means of communication to make sure flowers are blooming and that they are indeed open for visitors.
Peony farm visit

The field is small, but enough space for a kiddo to run around. There are plants, single stems and bouquets for sale.

Groups of peony flowers coral charm, white, pink, raspberry sundae, Kansas, Bowl of Cream

I bought about twenty single stems that we brought to our vacation rental for a few days before returning home. Once we got home I made up a bouquet for my sister-in-law (the light colors in tall vase on right), and three short arrangements in mason jars for teachers and neighbors.

Thank you!

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Try this method when floral arranging:

Another idea for floral fun- making a wreath with dried flowers.

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I found vases that look similar to the ones I show in the post, as well as faux flowers and greenery. My favorite floral scissors are also linked!

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59 thoughts on “How To Make An Easy Peony Flower Arrangement”

  1. This is a great post. I always struggle with arranging flowers. But stop the presses! Tell me about that wall behind the arrangement! It’s amazing. Looks the Peony Farm is a great place to visit.

    1. Thanks Carol! Oh I should do a post about this wallpaper & how we put it up, but I didn’t take many photos… It is an accent wall & we added a border of molding.

  2. Marie, great, simple tutorial! I’m obsessed with the wallpaper/painting…what is it!? Nice backdrop for your pretty arrangement.

  3. Beautiful! I really need more flowers in my life! And love the wall behind the flowers on your main photo. That is so cool!

  4. What a great tutorial, Marie! And all those fresh peonies! I’m so jealous! I have to get mine from Trader Joe’s! I’m so delighted to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About this week! Pinned!

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  7. I love peonies. I had a beautiful bush in our last home, and am anxiously waiting to see if any show up in our new home’s garden. This is such a modern and stunning arrangement, I love the greens you used as well. Just gorgeous.

  8. Awesome, I am so bad at arranging flowers. My usual go to would be just to plunk them in a pot.
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  9. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers so I would love to visit a peony farm. We used to have several flower shops in the area, but they have all closed. Quite sad. I found this weekend there is a new one open, I plan to check it out soon. Thank you for sharing.

    1. That is really sad! I hope you get to see the new shop soon 🙂 One of my favorite nurseries just closed and I definitely feel a hole in my heart. Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

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  11. You have used a beautiful crock for your peonies. I seem to only find larger ones, but you have definitely given me an idea to try one of my utensil crocks now! You always have such beautiful ideas to share.

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  13. So beautiful, Marie! Such a great tutorial and perfect for Mother’s Day! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Hello Marie! Thank you for the tips and sharing your gorgeous peony flower arrangement! We are excited to feature this tomorrow on the Fabulous Friday Link Party! I hope to see you there!

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