Peonies are the darling flowers of springtime. Their season is short and when they're in bloom, people go crazy--myself included. I was married in Sayulita, Mexico, where peonies are scarce; being that it was my big day and that they are my favorite flower, I had the florist import them from Columbia. (I have no regrets; I loved my flowers.) But even I, a diehard peony lover, grow tired of the same old five peonies in a vase. I decided to build my own bouquet to complement this beautiful flower. My personal mix is listed below (all bought at Sprout Home, here in Chicago):
Peonies - The star of the show (hint: they're cheapest at farmers markets and Trader Joes!)
Dusty Miller - The silvery gray leaves are the prettiest fillers, often seen in wedding bouquets.
Vilburnum - I always thought these were just green hydrangeas; I'm such an amateur. The vibrant green is a great foil to the soft and fluffy peony.