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There’s no denying that the past year has made green-fingered gods of us all, whether we had an expanse of outdoor spaces or perfectly-preened window boxes to tend.
And though we can’t profess to be experts in the art of gardening (regardless of what our social media might suggest), we do know that if you’re looking to add the 'wow' factor to your garden or home, peonies are the perfect plant.
With peony season in full swing, 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 burst 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're 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 love 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 peony bunches for your home
The Izzy | £46 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.
Summer Peony Bouquet | £35 from M&S
M&S really has excelled itself when it comes to peony season. These gorgeous Coral Charm peonies bloom in a vibrant shade of cerise pink then gradually change to a pink blush colour.
Luxury Peonies | £50 from Arena Flowers
If you’re searching for a luxury bunch with the wow-factor head to Arena Flowers. Pairing a gorgeous mixture of peonies with fragrant eucalyptus, the bouquet arrives pre-arranged by one of its expert florists.
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.
Purely Peonies Letterbox | £30.99 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.
British Scented Peonies | £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.
Where to buy 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 suffruticosa Peonies in Mixed Colours | £49.95 from Gardening Express
Tree Peonies are notoriously expensive, highly sought after plants, so stocks of these are often very limited.
These mixed colour peonies are already growing in pots, some even have flower buds already forming for blooming in a few weeks time - so you can forget about bare roots that will need a lot of extra care and attention.
Peony Plant - Pink Hawaiian| £4 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, now down from £3 to £1.50.
Ranunculus Purple & Picotee Pink-Peonies | £8.97 from Amazon
Though it might not be the first place you think of when it comes to flowers and seeds, Amazon has a wide variety of peonies of varying stages on offer.