Order these fall-planted bulbs NOW for delivery in OCTOBER.

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.

PEONY PARADISE        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. Peony care.

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

COF-90
1/$50
2/$96
3/$137
4/$176
5/$215
CHESTINE GOWDY, 1913        Rarest & It’s Back!
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”, mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-06
1/$22
Limit 1, please.
DR. F.G. BRETHOUR, 1938        New
Pure white illuminated by a champagne glow from deep inside, ‘Dr. F.G. Brethour’ looks like a 1930s version of the immortal ‘Duchesse de Nemours’. It’s lightly fragrant, with beautiful dark green foliage, and fine enough to be one of the 194 peonies included in Adelman and Michener’s 2018 Peonies: The Best Varieties for Your Garden. By H.P. Sass, 34”, mid-late season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-43
1/$20
2/$38.50
3/$54.50
5/$86
10/$160
25/$360
FESTIVA MAXIMA, 1851        It’s Back!
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”, early-mid season, zones 3a-8a(8bWC), from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-01
1/$17
2/$32.50
3/$46.50
5/$73
10/$136
25/$306
GRACE BATSON, 1927        New
The huge, luxurious blossoms of this Nebraska-bred beauty are a rich, rosy pink that’s not too light and not too dark but just right. Strong-growing and profuse blooming with a mild, spicy fragrance, it’s one of the scores of beloved peonies, daylilies, and iris bred by the extraordinary Sass brothers. 36-38”, mid-late season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-45
1/$20
2/$38.50
3/$54.50
5/$86
10/$160
25/$360
MADAME DUCEL, 1880        Rarest & It’s Back!
One of our all-time favorite peonies, baby-pink ‘Madame Ducel’ is a couple of inches shorter than most peonies. What really sets it apart, though, is its exquisitely composed flowers, each looking like a scoop of strawberry ice cream set on a tiny pink plate. Grown exclusively for us from stock we rescued from Iowa’s Sherman Nursery which closed in 2012 after 128 years in business. 3-5 eye roots, 28-30”, mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-02
1/$21
2/$40.50
3/$57.50
Limit 3, please.
MONS. MARTIN CAHUZAC, 1899        It’s Back!
Long known as the darkest peony of all, this French icon is a wine-dark maroon that looks even darker amid its pastel cousins. Its satiny petals have a shimmer of black, and the sometimes unruly form of its flowers only adds to its darkly romantic je ne sais quoi. Strong stems, 32-34”, mid-season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-03
1/$19.50
2/$37.50
3/$53.50
5/$84
10/$156
25/$351
NICK SHAYLOR, 1931        New
“The near perfect peony,” write our friends Carol Adelman and David Michener in Peony: The Best Varieties for Your Garden, and our Iowa grower agrees, calling it “truly one of the best!” Its large, lush flowers open a soft blush pink that – unless it’s cloudy or you pick them to enjoy indoors – quickly matures to creamy white. 34-36”, mid-late season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-46
1/$21
2/$40.50
3/$57.50
5/$90.50
10/$168
25/$378
PHILIPPE RIVOIRE, 1911        Rarest & It’s Back!
Although fragrant red peonies are hard to find, this rose-scented legend is “positively sweet-smelling” (Harding, 1923). On wiry stems, its satiny, deep crimson flowers are just the right size for gardens and bouquets. Free flowering, 3-5 eye roots, 30-32”, mid-season, zones 3a-8a(8bWC), from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-22
1/$19
2/$36.50
3/$52
5/$82
10/$152
Limit 10, please.
PHILOMELE, 1861        Rarest & It’s Back!
One of the most fragrant peonies of all, 154-year-old ‘Philomele’ opens its broad pink guard petals to reveal a frothy heart of amber which gradually matures to pink, often with a tuft of broader petals emerging from the center. The transformation is fascinating – and the fragrance is heavenly! By Calot, free-blooming, strong stems, 30-32”, early-mid season, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Chart and care.
PE-32
1/$24.50
2/$47
3/$67
5/$106
Limit 5, please.
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