My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Large herbaceous perennial plants (up to 1.m) with lobed leaves. Tight ball shaped buds opens in spectacular large (10-12cm) simple or multiple flower heads in late spring early summer .

Paeonia - Chinese peony, peony or paeony

Fully opened peonies arranged in glass vases for my "Watching that lazy town bee" design

Common name:

Chinese peony, peony or paeony


Native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America


White, cream, yellow, coral, pink and red


Peonies for the cut flower market are herbaceous perennials. Tree peonies (large shrubs) are generally not grown for their cut flowers.

Vase life:

Two weeks


Varieties differ. Some are just slightly fragrant while others are quite strongly fragranced


Fully opened peonies are spectacular for massed designs. Very popular in wedding designs. The tight buds are great in dramatic work as a focal point.


Remove all foliage that will fall below the water line. Cut the stems at an angle and place in water with flower food. Keep the tight buds in a cool dark place to keep them in bud for as long as possible. To open the flowers, submerge them in warm water for a few hours. Re-condition the stems every few days by giving the stems a fresh cut and refreshing the water. Where possible, arrange the flowers in water rather than floral foam. Peonies are very sensitive to ethylene gas, do not place the flowers close to fruit.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.