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From America’s Expert Source for Heirloom Flower Bulbs

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WHY GROW PEONIES? They’re old-fashioned, easy to grow, offer armloads of flowers, and can live a century or more.

PEONY HISTORY – As Alice Coats wrote, “The long roots of the peony strike deep into the past.” Learn more.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS – Give them full sun and a little patience as they settle in and peonies will reward you for decades. Learn more.

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PEONY PARADISE        Web-Only & Sampler
For a lifetime of luxurious beauty, plant our easy heirloom peonies this fall. We’ll send you 3 of our favorite old-fashioned doubles — 1 pink, 1 white, and 1 rose-red, all labeled and superb. Give them a sunny spot and they’ll reward you with abundant blooms for a century or more — and they make great cut flowers! For zones 3a-7b(8bWC) only, please.

For 2, 3, or more of each variety, order additional samplers.

COF90SOLD OUT1/$48.502/$933/$1334/$1715/$209
COURONNE D’OR, 1873        New
This hard-to-find French beauty produces masses of blush-to-white flowers highlighted by bits of crimson and a ring of yellow stamens that inspired its name, Gold Crown. “What ‘Festiva Maxima’ is to the early” season, connoisseur William Upjohn wrote in the 1920s, ‘Couronne d’Or’ is to the late” — high praise indeed! Strong stems, 28-32”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart to compare.
PE27Add to basket:1/$172/$32.503/$46.505/$73Limit 5, please.
EDULIS SUPERBA, 1824        New
This richly fragrant, deep pink relic is one of the oldest peonies of all, and yet, writes expert Martin Page, it’s “still one of the best.” Introduced in France soon after the first lactiflora peonies arrived from China, it has been cherished ever since (even in the South) for its “large size, good form, strong color, and delightful fragrance” (Boyd, 1928). 36-38”, early-mid, zones 3a-8a(9aWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart to compare.
PE07Add to basket:1/$15.502/$303/$42.505/$66.5010/$12425/$279
ELSA SASS, 1930        New
Winner of the APS Gold Medal — the peony world’s highest honor — this Nebraska-bred classic offers armloads of BIG, rose-like blooms of palest pink (especially in cool weather) maturing to white. Its sturdy stems and compact form make it an excellent garden plant, and its late bloom and gentle fragrance make it a favorite for weddings. 26-30”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart to compare.
PE28Add to basket:1/$182/$34.503/$495/$77.50Limit 5, please.
P. tenuifolia ‘Rubra Plena’, FERN-LEAF PEONY, 1765        New
This exquisite jewel, brought into gardens from the wilds of Ukraine, holds its small, bright red flowers above mounds of finely cut foliage. Less than two feet tall and blooming weeks before most peonies, it was listed by Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon in 1806, carried west by the pioneers, and blooms today in abandoned cemeteries throughout the Great Plains. Requires well-drained soil and full sun, 14-22”, zones 3a-7a(8aWC), 3-5 eyes, from Manitoba. Chart to compare.
PE29Add to basket:1/$452/$86.503/$123Limit 3, please.
FESTIVA MAXIMA, 1851        Web-Only
The most famous peony of all, ‘Festiva Maxima’ has been a standard of excellence since Hovey’s of Boston first offered it in the US in 1852. Its big, sparkling white flowers are highlighted by a few dribbles of crimson, its stems are strong, and it blooms reliably even in the South. 3-5 eye roots, 36”, zones 3a-8a(8bWC), from Iowa. Chart to compare.
PE01Add to basket:1/$16.502/$31.503/$455/$7110/$132Limit 10, please.
MONS. MARTIN CAHUZAC, 1899        New
Long known as the darkest peony of all, this French icon is a wine-dark maroon that looks even darker amid its pastel cousins, both in the garden and bouquets. Its glossy petals actually shimmer with black, and though its flower-form is rarely perfect, that only adds to its enduring, darkly romantic je nais se quoi. Strong stems, 32-34”, mid, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart to compare.
PE03SOLD OUT1/$17.502/$33.503/$485/$75.5010/$14025/$315
MRS. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 1932
The rich fragrance and rose-like form of ‘Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt’ make it distinct in the garden and terrific in bouquets. Opening “like a blush-pink waterlily” (Martin Page), it matures into a graceful, cupped flower of pale, silvery pink. APS Gold Medal winner, free-flowering, vigorous, 3-5 eye roots, 30-34”, mid, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Chart to compare.
PE21SOLD OUT1/$182/$34.503/$495/$77.5010/$14425/$324
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