Though preservation is our mission, bulbs drop out of our catalog every year.

Sometimes it’s because the harvest was too small. Sometimes it’s because they’re widely available elsewhere and don’t need our help. And sometimes it’s because we’ve lost our only known source due to severe weather (cold, drought, etc.), health problems (a debilitating stroke), or economic woes (small farmers are always at risk).

The good news is that, in time, we’re often able to return these bulbs to our catalog. So here’s a list of many we’ve offered in the past. For an alert the moment they’re available again, subscribe to our free email newsletter. Or to find a similar bulb, try our easy Advanced Bulb Search.

Fall-planted:     Crocus       Daffodils       Hyacinths       Lilies       Peonies       Tulips       Diverse

Spring-planted:     Cannas       Dahlias       Daylilies       Gladiolus       Iris       Diverse

CHESTINE GOWDY, 1913        
“This richly fragrant, “tri-colored” peony is decidedly different – and lovely. Its soft pink outer petals frame a flurry of creamy white inner petals that open to reveal a central tuft of pink flecked with crimson. It’s free-flowering, too, with strong stems for garden and bouquets. 28-32”, late, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Last offered in 2015. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
COURONNE D’OR, 1873        
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. Last offered in 2014. We offer a rotating selection of peonies, and ‘Couronne d’Or’ won’t be available this fall.
DUCHESSE DE NEMOURS, 1851        
Its rich fragrance and exquisite beauty have made this French icon a favorite for over 150 years. Opening as “creamy chalices” (Harding, 1917) with a golden glow inside, its abundant flowers develop into perfect white cumulus clouds. RHS AGM winner, strong stems, 3-5 eye roots, 34-38”, mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2013. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
EARLY SCOUT, 1952        
Lacy-leafed, just two feet tall, very early blooming, and winner of both the APS Gold Medal and Award of Landscape Merit, this is a very special peony. Its striking foliage and early bloom — 2-3 weeks before most peonies — come from P. tenuifolia, the fern-leaf peony. It never needs staking, increases vigorously, and blooms profusely. 3-5 eye roots, 20-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Illinois. Last offered in 2013. We may offer it again periodically.
EDULIS SUPERBA, 1824        
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. Last offered in 2014. We offer a rotating selection of peonies, and ‘Edulis Superba’ won’t be available this fall.
ELSA SASS, 1930        
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. Last offered in 2014. We offer a rotating selection of peonies, and ‘Elsa Sass’ won’t be available this fall.
FELIX CROUSSE, 1881        
In Victorian days, the world’s finest new peonies were coming from France, and passionnant ‘Felix’ is still one of the best. With neat, abundant flowers of vivid, juicy raspberry, it combines especially well with pink peonies and the blues of larkspur and baptisia. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2009. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
P. tenuifolia ‘Rubra Plena’, FERN-LEAF PEONY, 1765        
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. Last offered in 2014. We offer a rotating selection of peonies, and fern-leaf peony won’t be available this fall.
FRANCES WILLARD, 1907        
Although rarely offered today, this is one of the best of the Brand family’s many great peonies. Experts throughout the 1900s praised its “perfectly formed” flower (Bonnewitz), its “very floriferous” habit (Boyd), and the “pearliness of its delicate cream-and-blush coloring” (Harding). Its name honors the Chicago reformer who urged women to “Do everything.” Lightly fragrant, strong stems, 30-34”, mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Last offered in 2015. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
GOLDEN DAWN, 1923        
Increasingly hard to find, this distinctive peony looks like a sunrise when it first opens, with cloud-like outer petals and a froth of glowing, butter-yellow inner petals that mature to white. It was bred by Walter Gumm of tiny Remington, Indiana, whose peony collection included a staggering 1100 varieties. 3-5 eye roots, 32”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We hope to offer it again.
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