The Peony has a graceful, silky, delicate, blowsy bloom, similar to that of an old English rose and some varieties are well suited to being used as a cut flower.
The large, effervescent flowers create a stunning display but do have a very short season, with buds appearing around mid to late May.
For peonies to be successful as a cut flower, they need to be cut whilst in bud and conditioned. If done correctly, some varieties of peony can last longer in the vase than roses.
Peony flower colours vary from shades of delicate pale cream, pinks and corals through to deep burgundy red.
The early warm sunshine and then cooler temperatures of late May mean that 2011 could be the best year yet for peony blooms.
If you are looking to grow peonies for cut flowers or find a supplier of cut peony blooms, we have put together a list of some UK growers.
Kelways – Set in the picturesque Somerset Levels we are known worldwide as the UK’s leading grower of irises and peonies.
Claire Austin Hardy Plants – Home to one of the UK’s largest selections of irises, peonies and perennials
Binny Plants – Peony specialist.
Spalding plant and bulb company – Top Quality Peony plants
Cut Peony Flowers
Halcyon Hill – Speciality peony cut flowers.
Peony growers expecting the best display for years – Article in the Telegraph
Peony Paradise – How to condition peony flowers
Sarah Raven – How to grow peonies
Claire Austin Hardy Plants – Peonies as cut flowers. Some wonderful information on the best varieties to use, when to cut them and how to get the best vase life.