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. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
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 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
HENRY SASS, 1948        
This “truly magnificent” peony with its “large, pure white” flowers of “perfect form” (to quote the Wild catalog of 1955) was introduced by the legendary Hans Sass of Nebraska – breeder of scores of award-winning iris, daylilies, lilacs, and peonies – and named for his flower-loving nephew and heir. Lightly fragrant, strong stems, 32-36”, late mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Last offered in 2017. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
HERMIONE, 1932        
One of the most fragrant peonies of all, this hard-to-find beauty by the great Hans Sass of Nebraska is a lovely, soft, apple-blossom pink. Cut when the buds are in the “soft marshmallow” stage — just before they start to open — and your house will be filled with fragrance for a week or more. 3-5 eye roots, 36-38”, mid-late season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2013. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
HUMEI, 1810        
America’s love affair with peonies started here. Over the past 200 years, thousands of varieties of Paeonia lactiflora have graced our gardens, but in 1810 there were only three, freshly arrived from China. Today ‘Humei’ is still ruggedly handsome, watermelon-pink, cinnamon-scented, and — for gardeners like us — a thrill. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32”, late, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
JAMES R. MANN, 1920        
The distinctively striped buds of this rare peony ramp up the anticipation for its big, rosy pink flowers. Introduced during the Arts and Crafts era, it has a romantically “loose and fluffy” form (Boyd, 1928) that may remind you of roses or lotus blossoms. Its name honors an Illinois congressman who championed women’s rights – and loved peonies. 34-36”, mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Last offered in 2017. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
KRINKLED WHITE, 1928        
The new APS Award of Landscape Merit honors peonies that are especially fine garden plants, such as this glorious single that blooms abundantly and never needs staking. It’s superb in bouquets, too, where you can enjoy its dazzling center and crinkly, undulating petals up close. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32” mid-season, zones 3s-7b(8bWC). Last offered in 2010. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
LONGFELLOW, 1907        
Great name, great peony. Bred near the shores of Hiawatha’s Gitche Gumee (aka Lake Superior), this vivid crimson peony was a popular favorite for many, many decades. Its stems are strong and its pure, happy color all but shouts “summer is here!” 3-5 eye roots, 28-30” mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2010. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
MARECHAL MACMAHON, 1867        
Just in time for its 150th birthday, here’s a raspberry-red treasure from Jacques Calot, the master who gave the world such enduring favorites as ‘Philomele’ and ‘Duchesse de Nemours’. Its stems are strong, its foliage dark and glossy, and its sumptuous, jewel-toned flowers just the right size for bouquets. Aka ‘General MacMahon’ and ‘Augustin d’Hour’, 30-32”, late mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Canada. Last offered in 2016. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
MARY BRAND, 1907        
With glossy, ruffled petals of deep claret-red, this Minnesota-bred beauty is great in the garden, where it blooms profusely on strong stems, and in bouquets, where it lasts and lasts. It’s also “a rich source of nectar,” says expert Martin Page, “and very attractive to bees.” 3-5 eye roots, 28-32”, mid, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
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