The Prettiest Peony Doppelgangers

The Prettiest Peony Doppelgangers

Peonies are consistently among the topmost flowers requested by many of our customers here at Orchid Republic. Unfortunately, peonies’ blooming season is only limited to late spring and early summer months, so usually from April until June. Beyond those months, they are more complicated and more expensive to source. 

If you need just a peony bouquet, that may not be an issue, but if you’re getting hitched and want peonies as a focal bloom for your wedding flower arrangements, that might be a different story. In this scenario, our floral designers would recommend equally pretty peony alternatives — yes, they do exist, and you wouldn’t believe how they look so much like peonies!

Here are some of our top picks!

Garden Roses

In photo: Dreaming of Rosé, $335

Otherwise known as English roses, garden roses are perhaps the flower twins of peonies because they bear the most uncanny resemblance. They are available all year, so it’s impossible for them to go out of season. They’re also a delight to use in wedding bouquets because they come in a wide range of colors and tints that can fit your theme.

Double Bloom Tulips

Double bloom tulips are fuller and fluffier because they come with extra layers of petals. No wonder they’re fondly called peony tulips. Unlike peonies, double bloom tulips are available all year round, although you’ll find a more extensive color selection during springtime. 


In photo: Garden Nymph, $159

Dahlias are also seasonal flowers, but they come after peonies in summer to fall. If you’re after the peony’s big, showy blooms, then dahlia flower arrangements will never fall short. They are best known for their showstopping flowerheads that come in different shapes and sizes depending on the variety. As a peony alternative, we especially love:

  • Dahlia ‘Cafe au lait’
  • Dahlia ‘Gallery Monet’
  • Dahlia ‘Stars Favorite’
  • Dahlia ‘Wizard of Oz’
  • Dahlia ‘Melody Gypsy’

Persian Buttercups (Ranunculus)

Albeit smaller in size, Persian buttercups or ranunculus can be easily mistaken as petite peonies because of their delicate flowers that boast delicate layers of crepe paper-like petals. Despite being smaller, they possess the same fullness and exquisiteness as peonies. They are available year-round but have more options in spring.


Whether you’re looking for the real deal or a gorgeous peony alternative, our expert florists can help!

Orchid Republic is a local floral boutique in Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica, and Orange County. We specialize in gorgeous orchids and flower arrangements in classic and contemporary designs, perfect for memorable celebrations. We offer same-day delivery even on weekends.

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