GET IT TOGETHER
People usually mass these blowsy showstoppers into giant bouquets, but a few stems at different heights can be just as captivating. Peonies tend to fall where they may, so don’t fight the flower. Instead, anchor them in place with some greenery, like the foxtail ferns pictured here.
Peonies They’re at their best right now. Try this look for maximum impact
PHOTO: BOB FRAME; STYLING: CHRISTOPHER WHITE
Peony flower heads can be sticky, so dunk them in warm water to “wash” them and help open up the blossom further.
THE RIGHT VASE A thin-necked vase will hold heavy-blossomed stems in place more securely. Remember that flower vessels can be beautiful in their own right—in a multiple-vase arrangement, you don’t necessarily need to fill every single one. Vases, $26 to $78, from Canvas at Ochre, canvashomestore.com. Wallpaper: Mandalay in SV-pistachio by Crezana, available to the trade through John Rosselli & Associates, 212-593-2060.