Growing Peonies


Peonies are one of our favorite flowers. Their attractive and lush blooms come in a multitude of colors. Peonies are one of the best-known and most dearly loved perennials. If a peony is well situated and happy, it may bloom for 100 years or more with little or no attention. But to get to that point, it takes some TLC. Peonies prefer a sunny location with well-drained soil. Good air circulation around the plant is also important. Peonies rarely bloom the first year after planting. It often takes three years before you see an abundant display of flowers. But once the plants do start blooming, you can look forward to a lifetime of beautiful flowers. A yearly application of all-purpose fertilizer and a top-dressing of compost is all a peony requires for good health. These are just a few tips, for you to get your garden blooming with gorgeous peonies. 

Check out our post about peonies for your wedding here

Seasonal availability for spring wedding flowers

 Wedding season is around the corner! Some of the best flowers bloom in the spring, and can really take your bouquets, and arrangements to the next level. These are just some of our favorites!

1. A top choice for brides is the Peony.  Peonies have a short growing time, making these sought-after blooms even more desirable to brides walking down the aisle.  They come in all different colors, but most popular is white and blush.

2. Tulips are a great choice for spring.  Available all season, tulips are a great choice for bouquets, and centerpieces.  Tulips come in a range of colors, so they would be great to match with bridesmaid gowns.

3.  Anemones come in an array of petal colors and sizes and have a dark center. A highly versatile flower. These will add a great pop of color to your bridal bouquet.

4. Garden roses are great bloom to add to your nuptials.  They open so perfectly they will have you in awe.  Garden roses come in a variety of colors, especially coral, or blush would be a great choice for spring.

5. Daffodils are one of the flowers that just define spring.  They are one of the first flowers to pop up out the ground as a sign that winter is almost over.  Daffodil’s come in white, yellow, or a mix of the two.  They would look great in a centerpiece, as their bloom is slightly larger, and will fit in just the right spaces.

6. Sweet Peas are a lovely and unique flower that are sure to draw attention to any arrangement .

Here is a seasonal guide for the top wedding flowers





See full seasonal floral guide Here

Leah & Kevin’s wedding at Laurel Creek Country Club

Leah and Kevin had a beautiful June day at the Laurel Creek Country Club. Her wedding style was very sweet with ivory and lace. To create the designs we used hydrangea, garden roses, queen annes lace and peonies. Our favorite touch was the hanging vases on the ceremony arch. Thank you to Alison from  Alison Dunn Photography for sharing their photos with us!

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Michelle & Kelly’s Wedding – Wish Upon A Wedding 2014

It was a wonderful experience being a Wish Granter Thanks Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia for selecting us to be a part of Kelly and Michelle’s wedding! The flowers for this event were colorful, tropical and fun! We used Birds Of Paradise, Orchids, Peonies, Roses, and elements of Curly Willow. You could tell that this was a very special day for Kelly and Michelle. It was great working with all of the other vendors! Wedding Planning by Angela MALICKI events, Ceremony Venue by the Moshulu, Recpetion Venue  Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Flowers by us  Leigh Florist, Entertainment by The Super AWESOME BVTLive, Gorgeous attire provided by Beautiful Brides Philly, Lighting accents by Eventions Productions, Fabulous wedding cake by Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Candy buffet courtesy of, Cho- oh-lat, Photo booth by ShutterBooth Philadelphia. A big thank you to BG Productions! Not only do they provide beautiful photos, they always make the event a blast!

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Nicole and Stephen – June 2013

Congratulations to Nicole and Stephen!

You two had such beautiful weather on your wedding day!

Venue: Congress Hall – Cape May, NJ

Photographer: Artwork Photography

Wedding Planner: Michelle Scanzano – All Things Beautiful


The men's boutonnieres included white garden tea roses and silver grey pods to accent.

The men’s boutonnieres included white garden tea roses and silver grey pods to accent.


























Nicole's bouquet included garden roses, garden tea roses, hydrangea and peonies.

Nicole’s bouquet included garden roses, garden tea roses, hydrangea and peonies.


Lisa & Joe – May 2013

Congratulations to another wonderful couple, Lisa & Joe!  These two lovebirds tied the knot in front of the coy pond at their home in  Medford, New Jersey!

When we met with Lisa she was so sweet and super excited to choose her flowers!

These lovely photos were provided by Gary Schempp Photography – he does really great work!



Lisa chose a delicious blend of oranges, pale yellow and pinks with touches of lime green and succulents to accent.

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Lisa’s bouquet was made of pink peonies, orange roses, pale yellow lisianthus, green viburnum and succulents.


We wish you two all the best, and please keep in touch!

Peonies for Your Wedding

Peonies and garden roses…Oh MY!!! How I love them both!!

You really cannot go wrong with these luscious blooms, full and bold yet feminine and pretty!!

Depending on Season and availability both flowers will create a stunning look for bridal bouquets, bridesmaid’s flowers. Let’s be serious; they are perfect for any floral design for ceremony displays and reception flower decor.


Choose your style:  Are you a naturalist at heart? A purist? Or dream of a little glitz?

You will most likely fall into one of these design styles:   vintage, Hollywood glam, modern, simple or English garden.

Once your style is chosen these flowers are flexible and really PEREFCT because you can dress them up with either garden accents, Peony pinkscrystals, rhinestones or designed simply.




Peonies are a bit more delicate.. As all late spring blooms are! In New Jersey and Philadelphia their time to shine is Early June!!  While you can get these flowers in spurts at certain times of the year from Israel and Holland the price will increase. Supply and demand during these off seasons will make them range from $15.00 – $30.00 per stem.  So… If you are a late May or early June bride take advantage of the local gems that are typically priced around $8.00-$12.00 per stem. They are absolutely worth it!!  They remind me of a perfect slice of cake…Delicious!!




Garden Roses: They are a bit sturdier in warmer conditions in contrast to their friend the Peony and can be found throughout most of the year. Their prime time is June thru October!! With and incredible petal count these beauties will give the same look as peonies. Also the upside to using garden roses is they come in beautiful colors – shades of Pink, Reds, bold Yellows, butter yellow, Blush and Ivory. Garden roses are grown mostly in California due to the perfect temperature inland of Southern California.Garden style

If you ever have had the chance to visit a garden rose grower… It’s absolutely stunning!!



Call us today to discuss garden roses and/or peonies for your wedding day!


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Spring Wedding Flowers

Spring Wedding Flowers

Spring wedding season will be here soon!  Thinking of getting married then?  You have a TON of options to choose from.  March, April, and May is a wonderful time to have fresh garden flowers to make your wedding day extra special!


Firstly, there is the good old faithful tulip. They pair nicely with hyacinth, grape hyacinth, anenomes, and ranunculus.  The tulips are pretty flexible (no pun intended), when it comes to arrangements.  You can submerge them and illuminate with candles.  Or you can place them into pretty much any other centerpiece of your choice.


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Fun Fact:  Tulips actually continue to grow while sitting in floral arrangements!  You may receive a floral arrangement with tulips. When  you wake up the next day, they may be turned in another direction and even a little bit taller.  Weird, huh?


Unlike the tulip, which has no scent, the hyacinth has a beautiful, sweet smell to liven any bouquet or centerpiece (if you don’t have allergies!).  They are such cute little bell shaped blooms, we can’t help but say “awww” whenever they enter the shop!


Oh!  And who could forget the lovely peony!  Such elegance and beauty!



You can always call us to see what beautiful blooms have entered our front door!  We would love to hear from you!


Garden Roses

Garden Roses

A beautiful and fun addition to your garden, or a wonderful solution to your bridal bouquet if peonies are not in season, garden roses are a lovely flower!

Their season of cultivation usually runs from May to October.  California is their main origin of growth.  Like a peony bloom, a garden rose is lush and full.

They are more of a true English garden rose, so they are going to have more of a fragrance.  They are more of a vintage style rose.  Their vase life is not as long as a South American rose, but for a one day event, they are still a stunning and ideal flower.    

Here is a chart that names the varieties of roses from one of our awesome vendors, Mr. Fresh:

Peonies ‘Krinkled White’ and ‘Vivid Rose’

Peonies ‘Krinkled White’ and ‘Vivid Rose’

Add Old-Fashioned Beauty to Your Garden

Peonies have an old-fashioned beauty and longevity that have made them a perennial favorite of gardeners. Before being introduced in North America, they were grown thousands of years ago in gardens across the world. There is evidence that Peonies were used for medicinal purposes in Europe over 2000 years ago and that during the reign of Emperor Yang (605-617) in China they were grown as ornamental plants. Peonies were introduced in North America during the 1830’s and their popularity has only increased since then. This week we are featuring two of our favorite Peonies – ‘Krinkled White’ and ‘Vivid Rose.’

‘Krinkled White’

‘Krinkled White’ is a simple and classic Peony – large single, snow white petals around a pillow of rich golden stamens and green pistils. ‘Krinkled White’ is a nice contrast to the more common double flowering varieties. The ruffled-edge, crepe paper-like petals form a bowl shape that can reach 5 to 7 inches across. The stems are straight and strong and do not flop in the garden. ‘Krinkled White’ is ideal for a cut floral display. Easy-to-grow and a prolific bloomer.

‘Vivid Rose’

‘Vivid Rose’ has large, fully double, brilliant pink blooms that actually glow in the garden! Introduced in 1952 by the renowned Klehm family, it remains a favorite of gardeners not only for its beautiful blooms, but for its delightful sweet scent. The blooms can reach up to 6 to 8 inches across. As with ‘Krinkled White’, ‘Vivid Rose’ also has stiff stems with disease-resistant, crinkled foliage that remains deep green right into autumn.

Planting and Care

th ‘Krinkled White’ and ‘Vivid Rose’ are extremely hardy and once established, are one of the longest lived perennials available – lasting for over 50 years! Expect them to reach about 30 inches high, with the stunning display of blooms in the spring. The foliage forms a nice round clump – making the Peonies look more like shrubs than perennials. When cut in the almost-open bud stage, they open in water and last about a week indoors. Do not cut any flowers the first or second year. Be sure to cut faded flowers to prevent seed formation.

Early to mid fall is the best time to plant Peonies as it allows time for their roots to become established. Your peony will spend its first year getting established and will not be floriferous.

Prefers an area with full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Good drainage is essential. Alkaline soil is a preference but is not essential.

Mix lots of compost, such as Chesapeake Blue, into the soil at planting. Fertilize with Bulb-Tone in early spring. When planting, do not put fertilizer directly on the plant roots but into the soil away from the roots. Peonies should be lightly fertilized again after blooming.

Plant with the “eyes” exactly 1 1/2 inches below the soil level. Water well right after planting.

Mulch with 2 inches of shredded hardwood mulch after the ground has frozen. Remove the mulch in the early spring.

Hardy in zones 3-8.