Peony Color Guide

Most people have seen beautiful pink or white peony flowers, but did you know there are peonies available in just about every shade of the rainbow?

If you love peony flowers, you’re sure to find some beautiful options on this list of colorful peonies.

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Peonies are gorgeous perennial flowers that are best suited to areas with a cool winter climate.

This is because cold winter temperatures help the flower bud to develop.

Peony flowers are available in different forms including:

  • Herbaceous peonies that grow 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm) tall and bloom in late spring / early summer.
  • Tree peonies can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and wide but they don’t need staking.
  • Itoh peonies are a cross between tree peonies and herbaceous peonies. They grow up to 2.5 feet (75 cm) tall and bloom for about 3 weeks. [1]
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Pink Peonies

There are many different shades of pink peonies ranging from delicate pastel pink to bright pink.

Madame Emile Debatene is a beautiful pink peony that grows up to 2 feet (6o cm) tall and spreads out 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) wide.

It grows best in full sun to partial shade and prefers moist, well drained soil.

Alexander Fleming is another beautiful pink peony.

It has large, rose pink double flowers which are a paler pink towards the edges.

It’s a herbaceous peony that can grow up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall.

White Peonies

White peonies are popular flowers that are often used for wedding bouquets and decorations.

There are many off white, cream, blush and coral shades of peonies so there’s one to suit everyones’ taste.

Festiva Maxima is a white double peony with red flecks on the petals.

Red Peonies

Red peonies really stand out in the garden and they can range from dark red to bright red or burgundy.

Mudanji has large bright red flowers, while Miami is a dark burgundy tree peony.

Yellow Peonies

Yellow shades of peonies can include pastel yellow, butter yellow and lemon.

The yellow shades are great for brightening up the garden. A vase of yellow peonies also looks great indoors.

Orange Peonies

Bright orange colored peonies are another great option to brighten up your flower beds.

There are some beautiful shades of apricot, peach and bright orange peonies to choose from.

Purple Peonies

If you love purple you’re spoiled for choice with gorgeous violet, lavender, purple/pink and deep purple colored blooms.

If you’re looking for blue peonies there are shades of purple that come close to blue.

Bicolored Peonies

Another great option is to choose bicolored peonies in cream and pink or pale pink and dark pink.

Growing Peonies

Peonies are usually sold as bare root tubers but they can also be grown from seed.

Growing peonies from seed will take a lot of patience though because it can take up to five years for the first flowers to appear.

Choose a sunny spot in the garden that is protected from strong winds and keep the soil moist but not overly wet.

Making peony flower arrangements

The best time to cut peonies for flower arrangements is just before the bud starts to open.

Cut the flowers in the morning and place them in a clean vase away from direct sunlight.

A vase of colorful peonies is sure to brighten up your home.

colored peonies in a vase

So there are some beautiful shades of peonies to include in your flower garden.

Whether you choose just one color or a combination of different colors, you’re sure to have a gorgeous looking flower bed.


Which color peony do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

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Peony flower color guide

Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

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