True royalty among garden plants, peonies feature blossoms that can take your breath away. But growing peonies requires more than just a penchant for their vibrant color and sweet scent. From planting peonies to peony care, there are plenty floral facts you should know before peony season.

Peonies make the best bouquets

In addition to their fresh, fragrant scent, Peonies’ huge blooms can open up to 10 inches wide – just make sure you clip the buds early in the morning, before they open into blooms.

Particularly, wedding bouquets

Peonies are regarded as the symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage. Fill up your bouquets and flower arrangements, stat.

Peonies initially were grown for medicinal purposes

These blooms hail from China and Europe, where they were used to treat headache, asthma, and childbirth pain.

Peony petals are edible

In China, the petals are parboiled and sweetened for use as a tea-time delicacy, in summer salads, or as garnish for punches and lemonades.

You can grow peonies in the South

Peonies do flourish in areas with long, cold winters, but this doesn’t mean they’re only Northern flowers. While peonies perform best in the Upper and Middle South, some do tolerate mild winters; the blooms have been spotted as far South as Jackson, Mississippi and Montgomery, Alabama.

One type of peony is especially suited for the Southern climates

There are a few types of Peonies, and only one is best suited for the lower Southern climate. Herbaceous peonies die to the ground each winter, and grow brand-new stalks in the spring. Herbaceous varieties require more than 400 hours of near-freezing temperature, which is hard to come by in places with mild winters. Tree peonies, on the other hand, identifiable by their sturdy trunks, only need between 100-300 hours of chill time each year, making them more suitable for the deep South.

Read more about peonies here: http://www.southernliving.com/garden/flowers/peony-flower-facts-growing-care#peony-blossom-bloom