Unless you are naturally creative or have received floristry training, arranging flowers in a vase can be a daunting task for many. One of the questions myself and the Peony team are often asked is: how do we style our Peony flowers to look as good as they do on your website and in your shop? If you follow us on our social channels, then you will have seen our regular styling tutorial videos which we hope you all find helpful. 

Create Your Own Peony Arrangements

To make life even easier, we have just launched a collection of Create Your Own Arrangements which contain everything you need to make your own incredible displays. We will also be releasing ‘how to’ videos so you can see how myself and the team would style the stems in our chosen vessel. 

At a time when the price of everything from food to fuel keeps rising, we are also excited to be able to offer you an amazing 20% off when you purchase the stems and the vase together! We hope you love the collection as much as we have enjoyed putting it together and look forward to seeing all your finished arrangements. 


Julie’s Top Styling Tips - Your Questions Answered

We love creating new arrangements and bouquets, but as mentioned above, we know it can be a daunting task for many of you. To give you more confidence with your displays, I have answered some of the most common questions myself and the team are often asked. 


Which flowers do I arrange first?

After selecting your favourite vase or vessel, the first thing to do is add your foliage. Ideally you should choose a mix of foliage in different shades of green as it will help to make your arrangement look more realistic. This is also something all of the top florists do in their bouquets.


Should I add each stem individually?

Your arrangement will look more natural if you add your flowers in groups. For example, if you are adding peonies or roses, then place them in the vase together rather than spreading them out around the edges. This will help to give your arrangement that ‘freshly picked from your garden look’. 

Should I choose stems which all have the same height?

Consider choosing flowers and foliage which are at different heights to add interest and a sense of movement to your display. Again, this will help to give your arrangement a more natural look, as well as highlighting each stem. Depending on the size of your chosen vessel, you could also consider adding some stems or foliage to trail over the side, which will also help to add movement.

Can you mix real and faux flowers in the same arrangement?

I love to mix my Peony faux flowers with real stems from the garden or florist. Adding real flowers not only allows you to freshen up existing displays, but it can be a cost effective way of creating a unique bouquet. This is one of the reasons why many of our flowers have been created with waterproof stems - so that they can be easily mixed with real flowers.


 Is there a perfect number of stems to add per vase?

Traditionally it was said that you should always arrange your flowers in an odd rather than an even number, however this is definitely not the case now. No one is going to count the number of stems in your vase! Add as many as you like, but be careful not to add too many or your vase might look crowded. Remember, sometimes less is more when it comes to flower arranging.


How do I make my faux arrangement smell like real flowers? 

Our flowers are naturally unscented, making them the perfect option for anyone allergic to pollen. However, if you love the smell of flowers as much as I do, then you will love our collection of fresh flower fragrances

Available in a range of scents including peony, sweet pea and wild orchid, they really are the perfect finishing touch to your beautiful arrangements. 


Share your Create Your Own arrangements with us

Hopefully we have answered all of your questions and have given you the confidence to arrange your own fabulous displays. We love seeing your creations so please tag us into your images on our social media channels using the hashtag #MyPeonyAtHome.

November 22, 2022 — Julie Bates

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