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There’s no denying that lockdown has made green-fingered goddesses of us all, whether we have an expanse of outdoor spaces or perfectly-preened window boxes.
And though we can’t profess to be experts in the art of gardening (as much as our social media might make out), we do know that if you’re looking to add the wow factor to your garden or home, peonies are the way to go.
With peony season now having arrived, we’re rounded up all the ways you can get your hands on the beautiful blooms.
For those looking to brighten up your working space or to add a pop of colour to your lounge, you can purchase a variety of pre-picked bunches - many of which will fit through your letterbox, with prices starting at £29.99.
If you are planting from scratch, then it’s worth noting that these vibrant flowers often don’t bloom in the first year, so you may have a while to wait before your garden is transformed.
However, once in bloom they are a pretty low maintenance, high impact plant to have year-after-year.
But with the peony hype spreading round the country quicker than you can say “let’s get planting!”, finding where to buy the plants online can prove tricky.
Don’t worry though, we’ve rounded up the best places to order ready-to-display or start-from-scratch peonies online.
Where to buy peonies online
Peony bunches for your home
Hand-tied bunches | From £40 from Bloom & Wild
Peony season is in full bloom over at Bloom & Wild, with gorgeous bunches of peonies available in hand-tied splendour (ideal as gifts) or posted in boxes that can fit through the letterbox.
The Luxury Mixed Peonies| £60 from Moonpig
This luxurious combination of mixed Peonies alongside a fresh bunch of Eucalyptus makes for an utterly stunning, beautifully-scented, bouquet.
Pretty in Pink Peonies | £29.99 from Flying Flowers
Pink to make the girls wink, but also to make any area in your home look chic and colourful. This large bunch of peonies can be delivered anywhere in the UK for a £5.99 delivery fee.
Luxury Peony Bouquets | From £39.99 from Appleyard
From classic pink peonies to a bunch mixed with vintage miss piggy roses, scented yellow freesias and café germini, Appleyard are pros when it comes to uber-luxe stems.
Peony seeds for your garden
Before we share the places we’ve found peony seeds, here’s a quick lesson in how to plant them properly.
Bare-root peony plants should be planted as soon as they arrive. Peonies are best planted in autumn or spring.
Ensure you don’t plant them too deeply, as this will yield poor results. Mix in plenty of well-rotted organic matter before planting and apply a balanced fertiliser in spring.
You should avoid overwatering newly planted peonies as this is a common cause of plant failure.
Paeonia Karl Rosenfield | £12.95 from Gardening Express
An impressive and free-flowering cultivar whose strong stems display wonderfully large, semi-rose flowers, deeply coloured in purple-red.
Peony Plant - Sarah Bernhardt | £7.99 from Dobies
The winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, these enormous, fragrant, double rose-pink flowers have been popular since Edwardian times. You might have to wait a little longer for delivery here, but you’ll be super prepared for next year.
China peony Aster Seed | £1.50 from B&Q
The home and garden giant currently has a 50% off summer flowering bulbs and has five kinds of peonies, including gorgeous China peony seeds and bulbs are now down from £3 to £1.50.
Peony Seeds | £29.99 from Sutton Seeds
From indulgent ruffles of raspberry pink petals with a delicate perfume to a sought-after rare hybrid between a border peony and a tree peony, Sutton Seeds has a wide range of peony options.