Peonies have long been celebrated for their exquisite beauty, enchanting fragrance, and lush blooms. These flowers, with their timeless elegance, have become a beloved choice for gardens and floral arrangements alike. At Secret Fam, we’re passionate about helping you bring the magic of peonies into your home and garden. In this post, we’ll explore the fascinating history of peonies, tips for growing them successfully, and creative ways to enjoy their beauty year-round. We’ll also introduce you to some spectacular peony varieties available at Perfect Peonies: Paeonia ‘Coral Sunset’, Paeonia ‘Etched Salmon’, Paeonia ‘White Cap’, Paeonia ‘White Frost’, Paeonia lactiflora ‘Avalanche’, Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty’, and Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Love’.

A Brief History of Peonies

Peonies have a rich history that dates back over 2,000 years. Originating in Asia, Europe, and North America, these flowers have been cherished in cultures around the world. In China, peonies are known as the “king of flowers” and symbolize wealth, honor, and prosperity. They were often featured in imperial gardens and have inspired countless works of art and literature. In Europe, peonies gained popularity during the Victorian era, symbolizing romance and elegance.

Stunning Peony Varieties

Discover the beauty of these exceptional peony varieties:

Paeonia ‘Coral Sunset’

This early-blooming peony is renowned for its striking coral-colored petals that gradually fade to a soft apricot. ‘Coral Sunset’ offers large, semi-double blooms and a mild fragrance, making it a favorite for both gardens and floral arrangements.

Paeonia ‘Etched Salmon’

‘Etched Salmon’ is a stunning variety with large, fully double blooms in a delicate salmon-pink hue. The ruffled petals and strong stems make it a standout in any garden.

Paeonia ‘White Cap’

A unique peony with striking two-tone flowers, ‘White Cap’ features rich, deep pink outer petals and a fluffy white center. Its eye-catching blooms and strong fragrance make it a garden favorite.

Paeonia ‘White Frost’

‘White Frost’ boasts pure white, fully double blooms that add a touch of elegance to any garden. Its robust stems and lush foliage complement its pristine flowers, making it a perfect choice for cutting gardens.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Avalanche’

‘Avalanche’ is a classic white peony with large, fragrant blooms and a strong, upright habit. Its prolific blooming and disease resistance make it a reliable and beautiful addition to any garden.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty’

This enchanting variety features large, anemone-type blooms with pale pink guard petals and a creamy white center. ‘Bowl of Beauty’ is known for its striking contrast and delightful fragrance.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Love’

Similar to ‘Bowl of Beauty’, ‘Bowl of Love’ offers charming pink guard petals and a fluffy, creamy white center. Its compact size and prolific blooms make it ideal for smaller gardens or containers.

Growing Peonies: Tips and Tricks

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a novice, growing peonies can be a rewarding experience. Here are some tips to help you cultivate these stunning blooms:

1. Choosing the Right Location

Peonies thrive in well-drained soil and full sunlight. Select a spot in your garden that receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. Avoid areas with heavy clay soil or poor drainage, as peonies are susceptible to root rot.

2. Planting Peonies

The best time to plant peonies is in the fall, about 6 weeks before the ground freezes. This allows the roots to establish before winter. When planting, dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the root ball. Position the peony so that the eyes (buds) are about 2 inches below the soil surface.

3. Watering and Fertilizing

Peonies require regular watering, especially during their first year. Water deeply once a week, ensuring the soil remains moist but not waterlogged. In the spring, apply a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and vibrant blooms.

4. Pruning and Maintenance

After blooming, remove spent flowers to prevent seed production and encourage future growth. In the fall, cut back the foliage to the ground to reduce the risk of disease. Mulching around the base of the plant can help protect the roots during winter.

Enjoying Peonies Year-Round

Peonies are more than just a garden flower; they can add a touch of elegance to your home in various ways:

1. Fresh Cut Arrangements

Peonies make stunning cut flowers. Harvest them when the buds are just beginning to open for the longest vase life. Arrange them with complementary flowers like roses, hydrangeas, or lilacs for a breathtaking display.

2. Dried Peonies

Preserve the beauty of peonies by drying them. Hang small bundles of peonies upside down in a dark, dry place with good air circulation. Once dried, they can be used in wreaths, bouquets, or as standalone decorations.

3. Peony-Infused Products

From peony-scented candles to skincare products, there are numerous ways to incorporate the enchanting fragrance of peonies into your daily life. Explore our Secret Fam collection of peony-inspired products to find your new favorite indulgence.


Peonies are a timeless addition to any garden, offering breathtaking beauty and a rich history. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy their stunning blooms year after year. At Secret Fam, we’re here to support your gardening journey and help you celebrate the charm of peonies in every aspect of your life. Happy gardening!