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FESTIVA MAXIMA, 1851 The most famous peony of all, ‘Festiva Maxima’ has been a standard of excellence since Hovey’s of Boston first offered it here in 1852. Its big, sparkling white flowers are improved by a few dribbles of crimson, its stems are strong, and it blooms reliably even in the South. 3-5 eye roots, 36”, zones 3-8aS/8bWC, from Iowa.Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs

Think of getting this bouquet in the mail. It's a flower explosion - the vase would have to be heavy and large enough to hold all that floral glory. What a feast for the eyes...

Getting ready in the Groom's shirt. I think I want a mix of garden roses, peonies and snap dragons with lots of greenery and another "wispy" wildflower looking type. Pinks, creams, fuschia, coral maybe a smidge of lavender purple and yellow. All somewhat subdued, not too strong in color.

Display peonies. Once hard to find, peonies are much more common in flower markets and florists than they once were. The peonies are the queen flower of romance in China and in feng shui. If your love life has ground to a halt, purchase red and pink peonies for the Chinese New Year. The red is highly regarded as a good fortune color (as well as passion!) and the pink is regarded as the romantic and tender kind of love.

Peonies. The Meaning & Symbolism Of Peonies. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.