The Short and Sweet Peony Season

Pink Peonies
‘Tis the (short and sweet) season of big, beautiful peonies!

This time of year seems to be full of fleeting, seasonal highlights from fiddlehead ferns and rhubarb to our favorite, Peonies. The season for peonies is always short and sweet. This incredible flower is gorgeous, so it’s easy to see why the peony flower has made its mark on hearts around the world. 

Peonies are native to temperate and cool areas of the Northern Hemisphere which is how they’ve become iconic in the late spring to early summertime here in the United States. They have also enjoyed popularity in areas of China and Tibet for centuries. In ancient China, Peonies were used to flavor food and create medicines.

The Allure of Peonies: From Remedies to Symbolism

White Peony Bouquet
White peonies are a sophisticated choice with a crisp, clean look.

When Peony Flowers made their way to other parts of the world, they were regarded as healing flowers. In fact, some in Europe believed Peony Flowers cured many diseases. Their mystical qualities have only added to the allure of these big, beautiful blossoms and heightened the desire to procure them.

Even though we don’t see peonies in many medicines or culinary applications today, they are still popular for their breathtaking beauty. Peonies come in various colors with pink being the most popular. Pink Peonies are romantic and are seen in many cultures as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. A pink Peony bouquet represents riches and honor which is perhaps why they have become the official 12th wedding anniversary flower.

Exploring the Beauty of Peony Flowers and Alternatives

Another popular peony color is also a classic: the white Peony flower. A sophisticated choice, white Peonies are romantic without being overly feminine, giving off a crisp and clean feel. What’s better than a bouquet of white flowers to give a room a breath of fresh air? White Peony bouquets have the trademark full bloom and in various shades of white, they look striking in any floral arrangement.

Caribbean Sunset Bouquet
Roses like the ones in our Caribbean Sunset Bouquet are a wonderful peony alternative.

Peony flowers have a short season, beginning to bloom in late May and wrapping up around early June. The ephemeral quality of Peonies adds to their allure, and many try to capitalize on their season by adding them to bridal bouquets and wedding floral arrangements. However, if you love the pretty Peony but fear they won’t be in season, there are lovely alternatives.

When peonies are difficult to procure, many turn to other types of flowers with similar blossoms or colors. We love large, luxury roses, tulips, or even pink hydrangeas as a substitution for the quickly-passing peony. Tulips have a fresh garden feel like peonies and are also a harbinger of spring, making them a wonderful replacement for peonies if you’re looking for spring flowers for your home décor. Large roses and hydrangeas are also beautiful peony alternatives with similarly fluffy and broad blossoms to fill out any bouquet or floral arrangement.

Finding Your Perfect Peony Bouquet with Calyx Flowers

At Calyx Flowers, we understand the allure of peonies and the desire to capture their timeless beauty. Whether you’re drawn to the classic elegance of pink Peonies or seeking alternatives with similar charm, our curated selection of bouquets ensures that your floral arrangements always dazzle. Explore our collection today and let the beauty of peonies brighten every occasion.