Winter Styling: Holiday Passion and Peonies

When it comes to holiday arrangements, peonies and passion flower might not be the first flowers that come to mind, as traditionally they have not been used during the holidays due to the fact that they are not generally available at this time of year. But, when I was at the market, I saw an abundance of beautiful passion vines (locally grown) as well as peonies (both from Chile and New Zealand). So, I gladly seized the opportunity to use them in this holiday arrangement. Kiana Underwood /

Kiana Underwood /

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Flowers: passion vine, peony, nigella, viburnum, garden rose Kiana Underwood /

Begin by placing a couple of vines of the passion flowers in the vase. They will be used as the base of the arrangement. Save a vine or two for the final touches. As long as their stems are cut in an angle and in water the vines last a very long time and all of the buds will bloom into beautiful flowers. Kiana Underwood /

Add the lovely nigella. I have used the nigella both as pods and flowers in arrangements. Both are beautiful, but when the flowers are fully opened they are so whimsical and delicate. Kiana Underwood /

Now, add the viburnum. I love the hint of purple in these berries; the contrast really brings out the color of the peonies. Kiana Underwood /

Add the garden roses to one side of the arrangement. These are from my garden, and in addition to being really ruffly, they smell heavenly. Kiana Underwood /

Add the peonies. I only added three as they are so beautiful and big that there just aren't that many needed before they would overwhelm the arrangement! Kiana Underwood /

Here I took that passion vine that I was saving and made a loop on the side of the arrangement for some added beauty and volume. Kiana Underwood /

I wanted to add a little more Nigella, so I did just that! Kiana Underwood /

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Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood