So, what is the truth about Peony? I am sure when you are meeting with wedding florists about your wedding flowers, you hear all sorts of conflicting stories. I am here to set the record straight. There are three kinds of Peony.
1. Local Peony
2. New Zealand Peony
3. Chilean Peony
The quality ranges as does the price. The Local Peony, which are in season in May and June, are my personal favorite. The are the fullest, strongest and most reasonable in price. They are also very strong and last the longest.
The New Zealand Peony are available in the winter months, usually January and February. They are large in size but have a very different looking center compared to the local peony. They are also the most expensive, going at about 6 times the cost of the local peony. I suggest using them in bridal bouquets rather then centerpieces merely based on the cost factor.
Lastly, we have Chilean Peony, the weakest of the bunch. They are generally very small, about 1/3 of the size of a Local Peony. They have no fragrance, stems are small and weak and the flower usually will not last very long before it starts to fall apart. These are generally sold in August through November. Bella Flowers does not support the use of these flowers because of the general lack of ability to preform properly in all aspects.
Below you will see examples of Local Peony in different colors.
I hope this helps all of you who are planning on getting married and want to use Peony as a part of your wedding flower display.