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

BARONESS SCHROEDER, 1889        
“One of the best peonies in the world, both for the landscape and for cut blooms” – so said peony expert Lee Bonnewitz in 1928, and after decades of growing it in my own garden, I wholeheartedly agree. Its bountiful, snow-white flowers (blushed pink at first) are held upright on unusually strong stems. They’re famously long-lasting, both outside and in bouquets, and their rose-like fragrance is an added treat. By Kelway, 32-36”, late-mid season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from North Carolina. Last offered in 2016. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
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. 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.
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. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
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 3a-7b(8bWC), 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.
FESTIVA MAXIMA, 1851        
The most famous peony of all, ‘Festiva Maxima’ has been a standard of excellence since Hovey’s of Boston first offered it in America 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, 34-36”, zones 3a-8a(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2016. We offer a rotating selection of peonies. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
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 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We hope to offer it again. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
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. For an alert the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for our email newsletter.
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