A Romantic Peony Hydrangea Wreath

Jul 8, 2016 | Flower Arraning

With summer in full effect, learn to create an eye-catching peony hydrangea wreath. We’re used pink peonies and purple hydrangeas, but since both of these flowers come in many different shades you can easily choose another colour combination. We have a few suggestions at the end of this post.

Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath!

Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com

A great wreath for beginners

For this arrangement, we decided to skip all greenery and focus entirely on the flowers. Peonies and hydrangea are very lush giving the wreath a soft and fluffy texture. Both flowers are very forgiving flowers, which makes them great for flower arranging, especially if you’re new to this art. The most important part is to start with the focal flowers first. In this case, we placed the largest peonies in a triangular shape and then filled in the other flowers. While the peak season for peonies is from late May to July, hydrangeas are available year-round. You can also ask your local florist to order imported peonies.

Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com
Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com

Romantic Peony Hydrangea Wreath

Bring summer into your home with this colourful wreath!

Learn to create a beautiful summer wreath with peonies and hydrangeas. #peonies #summer #flowerarranging | countryhillcottage.com

Prep Time: 30 min

Materials

  • 9 to 10 bright pink peonies
  • 2 purple hydrangeas
  • 25 cm (10 in) floral foam wreath base
  • approx. 100cm (40 in) berry-coloured ribbon (optional)
  • berry-coloured candle (optional)
  • 1 hurricane-style glass candle holder (optional)

Tools

  • garden shears
  • florist knife

Instructions

Before you start: Allow the flowers to rest in fresh water, which has flower food added to it, for at least 2 hours. Soak the foam wreath base in water until it’s fully hydrated. Our foam wreath base has a diameter of 25 cm (10 in). Be to use floral foam that is indented for fresh flowers that has a plastic base.

1) Arrange the Peonies: We are using three fully open and four half open flowers as well as three buds. Cut the peony stems at an angle, leaving about 2 cm (1 in) of the stem. Begin with the largest flowers and aim to form a triangle. Then fill the space in-between with the remaining peonies. Arranging in a triangle and going from big to small will always create a well-proportioned and evenly-looking wreath.

2) Add the hydrangea: Cut the hydrangea stems into smaller segments and add them in-between the peonies. Before inserting, cut the hydrangeas at a flat angle.Check the wreath from all sides and fill any bare spots. If the stems of your hydrangeas seem too soft to push them into the wreath base, poke a little hole into the base before you insert the hydrangeas.

 


Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com

2 ways to display the peony hydrangea wreath

Wreaths a very versatile and can either be hung or used as a table arrangement. For a hanging presentation, use a piece of ribbon or a wreath hanger. Wreath hangers for doors can be found online, in florist shops or garden centres. If you prefer to use the wreath as a centrepiece, add a candle in the middle to give it a festive look. Put the candle in a decorative hurricane lantern to protect the flowers from the flame of the candle.

Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com

Ideas for colour variations

Instead of deep pink peonies and purple hydrangea, you could also use light pink peonies with green hydrangea, pair white peonies with blue hydrangea or combine red peonies with white hydrangea.

Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com

Tips for a long flower life

Fresh-cut peonies can last up to ten days. To keep the arrangement fresh, don’t place it in direct sunlight and carefully wet the wreath base every two to three days.

Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com
Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com
Learn how to create a beautiful peony hydrangea wreath in our easy to follow DIY! #howto #flowerarragning | countryhillcottage.com

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