What started as a plan to diversify their property is now a full-time business for Rodger and Cindy Whitson, who have 10,000 peony plants on their 4ha block in Mosgiel.
In 2000, Mr Whitson, originally a meat worker, and Mrs Whitson, a dispensary technician, were looking into ways they could diversify their property.
After looking at a range of flowers to grow, they decided peonies were the best option.
They started off with 2000 plants, while also keeping their jobs.
After a few years of growing, Mr Whitson said they decided to ''bite the bullet and go full time at home'', and they have not looked back.