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 color combination. We have a few suggestions at the end of this post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
- garden shears
- florist knife
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.