In recent years, I have noticed that the Chinese have taken to adding plastic or silk flowers to real plants during the Lunar New Year. I think it looks more realistic and also can be cheaper than buying a whole tree. The flowers alone might not cost so much. The peonies above were placed outside the Kinta Riverfront Hotel in Ipoh.
SYMBOLIC MEANING OF PEONIES
Esteemed as one of the most exquisite flowers, the peony is a symbol for nobility and value. The peony became popular in the imperial palaces during the Sui and Tang dynasties, and earned the title of the "king of flowers." A symbol of spring, it is also used as a metaphor for female beauty and reproduction. Pictured in full bloom, the peony symbolizes peace.