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SWORD DANCE, 1933

The APS Award of Garden Merit celebrates peonies that are great garden plants, like this sturdy Japanese-style beauty by Midwesterner Edward Auten Jr. With deep red petals cupping a brilliant, chrysanthemum-like ball of red-and-gold staminodes, it’s vigorous, free-blooming, and stands up to rain and high heat with aplomb. 36” mid-late, zones 3a-8a(9aWC), 3-5 eyes, from Iowa. Last offered in 2019. 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.


VICTOIRE DE LA MARNE, 1915

European florists love this peony, thanks to its romantic, cottage-garden look of its relaxed form and bright golden anthers. It’s bee-friendly, too, and hardy enough to be grown commercially in zone-2a Alaska! Bred by the great Auguste Dessert, it’s named in honor of the WWI victory that saved Paris – and his family’s nursery – from destruction. 32-34”, mid, zones 2a-7b(8bWC), 3-5 eyes, from Oregon. Last offered in 2019. 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.


WALTER FAXON, 1904

Famed for its color, this “pink marvel” is “the most delectable hue” (Harding), with peach undertones and “a luminous intensity” (Boyd) that made experts for decades rate it one of the best. Though its flowers sometimes flag in hot sun, in well-watered sites — and bouquets — it’s superb. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32” , mid, zones 3a-8a(8bWC), from Iowa. Last offered in 2012. 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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