Peonies are one of our most-loved flowers here at SMP Living and for good reason—they’re just so darn gorgeous. The best part about these beautiful blooms? They stand so well solo or with just a touch of greenery, that arranging them is super simple and rather satisfying if you ask us. So that we can enjoy them throughout the whole season, we’ve come up with three fresh ways to arrange them, whether bunched by a bedside table, as a centerpiece for a summer tablescape or an accent to your living room coffee table, they’re just too pretty to resist.
3 Small Glass Jars / Vases
Fill your three glass containers 2/3 of the way up with luke warm water. Remove all of the excess leaves from the peonies if you haven’t already. You want your peonies to be trimmed down to three distinct heights so that you can group the three vesles together and the peonies will sort of fit together like puzzle pieces. To do this, we first measured the height at which we wanted our longest stem by holding a single flower to the edge of the table near our vase and marking the exact height. We then laid our flowers down adjusting the heads to the height that we envisioned, then trimming the ends so that they were even. Place an individual stem in each container and voila, flower perfection.
Greens picked from outdoors
Colored or Metal Vase
Fill your vase with water. Trim the excess leaves from the flowers if you haven’t already. Start by filling the back side of your vase with 2-3 sprigs of green leaves. The leaves that you choose should be somewhat sturdy so that they are able to perform as a basket of sorts for your other flowers. If you don’t have the sturdiest of greenery, you’ll definitely want a floral frog, some pebbles or floral foam to help give your flowers a sturdy base. We didn’t need anything for ours because our leaves were fairly hearty. After we placed the leaves in, we again measured our flowers at the edge of the table, noting where we wanted the tallest flower to sit. We then trimmed our other flowers accordingly. The tallest flower went in first followed by the middle. Lastly, we tucked the shortest stem in, adjusting it so that it faced forward. For this last flower, we went with the fluffiest, most open of the peonies so that it would really sparkle and take center stage.
10-14 stems depending on the size of the vase and of your peonies. We used 14 stems total though had we waited a day or two, we could have used fewer.
Large mouthed vase, ours is about 9″ in diameter
Double Sided Tape
We started by filling our vase with water. Then, we created a flower grid of sorts by layering on pieces of double sided tape (which we think is just plain stickier than regular tape) in a 3 | 2 across pattern. We secured the tape with one long piece around the top, outside rim. We then measured our peonies at the edge of the table, noting the height of our flowers. We then trimmed four flowers at that same point, placing one stem in each of the four corners of our vase. We then free-hand cut the rest of the flowers so that we could easily adjust as we went along, filling in between each of our corner peonies. For us, it was easier to tackle the outside layer first, then fill in throughout the top.
Styling & Photography by: Style Me Pretty Living