PEONIES

 

We have grown peonies for as long as we remember, having grown up in a time when every farm in our communities had them planted in gardens, by the house, and by the barns. Peonies were like hollyhocks, you always expected to see them....and you usually did. At the flower farm we have always offered ten or twelve varieties that have been asked for. Typically we hear that gardeners want large flowered peonies, doubles, singles, fragrant flowers, early bloomers, or later bloomers. We have heard tales of how difficult a plant they are to grow, how they must have ants to produce flowers, and how they can only be planted in the fall. We have been on a mission since day one to provide good planting and care information and clear up some of the misconceptions. We're getting there!

In the meantime, as we provide more information to more gardeners and as we begin to develop a peony garden at the flower farm, we are broadening what we offer. During summer 2017, we will offer 32 varieties. These will only be available at the flower farm, i.e., no mail order at this time. Peonies are perfect plants for mail order but before we make promises, we have to build up our inventory. All our plants will be available in 1200 size (3 gallon) peony pots. They are priced at $26 per pot unless otherwise marked. Here is a list of what we offer at the farm for 2017.

 

 
PICTURE NAME

 

TYPE

 

DESCRIPTION $

AMABILIS

(Calot 1856)

H
Bright rose-pink with touches of a paler pink. Has a sweet fragrance. Mid to late bloom time. 3 feet tall.
$26
 
ARMANI
H
Satiny, double, deep maroon/purple blooms. Late bloomer. 3 feet tall.

 

$26

 

BARTZELLA

(Roger Anderson 1986)

I
Large, 9" semi-double blooms. lemon-yellow with touches of red in the center. A lemon fragrance. APS Gold Medal winner in 2006. Mid season bloomer.
$64
 

BIG BEN

(Auten 1943)

H
Double, garnet red blooms with large guard petals. Early to mid season. Fragrant. Great cut flower as it holds up well. Can take slightly warmer climate than some. +3 feet tall.
$26
 

BLAZE

(Fay 1973)

H
Bright, scralet red single bloom with golden yellow stamens in center. This is a choice cut flower, 2.5 feet tall, early to mid season bloomer. It's more of a true red compared to many peonies.
$26

BOWL OF BEAUTY

(Hoogendoorm 1949)

H
A bright pink, Japanese type, with creamy yellow center. Mid season bloomer. 38" tall.
$26

BUCKEYE BELLE

(Mains 1956)

H
A deep maroon semi double bloom with flecks of gold in the center. Early season boom. 34" tall.
$26
 

CARINA

(Saunders 1944)

H
Semi-double scarlet bloom with a golden center. Fragrant. A good cut flower, so no side buds. An early bloomer, 33" tall.
$26
 

CHARLES BURGESS

(Krekler 1963)

H
A Japanese type bloom, burgundy-purple with nice golden stamens. Mid season bloomer. 36" tall.
$26
 

CORAL CHARM

(Wissing 1965)

H
A semi-double, cup shaped bloom. Starts bright coral and fades to soft coral. A 1986 American Peony Society Gold Medal winner. 40" tall.
$26
 

CORA LOUISE

(R. Anderson 1986)

I
Light, creamy white, semi-double blooms with a purple center and light fragrance. It offers lots of blooms in an unusual color combination. Mid to late season. 30" tall.
$75
 

DO TELL

(Edward Auten 1946)

H
Soft shell pink petals that complement the center of pink, rose and white colors. This is an American Peony Society Gold Medal winner in 2006 and an Award of Lanscape Merit winner in 2009. Mid season. 32" tall.
$26
 

DUCHESSE DE NEMOURS

(Calot 1856)

H
A double, creamy white bloom with touches of yellow in the center. Mid season. Very fragrant! 34"
$26
 

EARLY SCOUT

(Auten 1952)

H
Masses of single red bloom, wonderful cut leaf foliage. Very early. 2 feet tall.
$26
 

FELIX CROUSSE

(Crousse 1881)

H
Double, crimson-red blooms with very strong stems on upright foliage. Mid to late season bloom. A great cut flower. 32" tall.
$26
 

FESTIVA MAXIMA

(Miellez 1851)

H
One of the very best old fashioned double whites with a few red speckles in the center. Mainly white with great fragrance. Blooms early to mid season. Thick stems, 28" tall. A good cut flower.
$26
 
HIGH NOON
T
A very pretty, semi-double, clear lemon tree peony with red center and lots of blooms. Does best in full sun in Vermont but can handle a little shade. The huge bloom size and bud count of silky flowers over time will surprise as the plants mature at 4 to 5 feet tall. Neutral soil is best.
$64
 

KANSAS

(Bigger 1940)

H
A large, double that's often listed as red. More of a purple-red tone. Early to mid-season 34" tall.
$26
 

KRINKLED WHITE

(Brand 1928)

H
An outstanding, pure white single bloom with golden stamens. Early to mid season bloom. 34" tall
$26
 

LOUIS VAN HOUTTE

(Calot 1867)

H
Double, magenta red blooms on thick, strong stems. Mid season bloomer. 3 feet tall.
$26
 

MINUET

(Franklin 1931)

H
Large, double, soft pink blooms. Nice fragrance. Good for cut flower use.
$26
 

MOON RIVER

(Carl G. Klehm 1972)

H
A creamy white double bloom with a pink blush and mild fragrance. Strong, short stems and 28" tall. Mid season bloom.

2018

 

PAULA FAY

(Fay 1968)

H
A very shiny, bright, hot pink. semi-double bloom with yellow center. Early. Not the most pleasant fragrance despite great color.
$26
 

PAUL M. WILD

(Wild 1964)

H
Large, double, velvety ruby-red blooms that hold their color well. A mid season bloomer. 38" tall.
$26
 

RED CHARM

(Glasscock 1944)

H
Large bloom, deep crimson red. Has the light fragrance of clove. Winner of American Peony Society Gold Medal in 1956. An early bloomer. 30"-32" tall.
$26
 

SARAH BERNHARDT

(Lemoine 1906)

H
A childhood favorite for sure! Large, double, medium pink blooms with a very nice fragrance. 36" tall.
$26
 

SEQUESTERED SUNSHINE

(Anderson 1999)

I
These are a cross between a traditional or herbaceaous peony and a woody or treey peony. 7" to 8" single and semi double blooms, canary yellow colored with yellow stamens and flares of red. They have a light fragrance. 3 feet tall.Give them a couple years to develop.
$75
 
SINGLE PINK
     
 
SHIRLEY TEMPLE

(unknown, but described as coming from Holland c. 1948-52)

H
A cross between Festiva Maxima and Mme. Edouard Doriat. This large double opens as a very, very pale pink/light rose pink, medium bloom, and then turns to white. Has a nice light fragrance. An early bloomer grown as a cut flower because of its earliness and strong stems. Blooms a week before Festiva Maxima. 34" tall.
$26
 

SOCHI

(origin unknown; not registered with APS)

H
There is little info on this peony including from the peony society. You might remember the name as the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. It is a single bloomed peony, crimson-red color with golden stamens. Mid season flowering. 36-44" tall. Very free flowering.
$26
 

SORBET

(Discovered by Luc Klinkhamer in South Korea in 1987)

H
A large, fancy, fluffy bloom comprised of alternating layers of medium pink and white. Has a nice fragrance. A mid season bloomer. 30-36" tall.
$26
 

VIKING CHIEF

(Krekler/Roy G. Klemn 1979)

H
A semi double, pinky-fuchsia with a golden center and color flecks. Mid season bloomer. 36" tall.
$26
 

WHITE CAP

(Winchell 1966)

H
Bright burgandy petals and a creamy white center with splashes of bright pink. Gail noticed this at Countryman Peony Farm and always admired it. It's an American Peony Society Gold Medal Winner. Mid season bloomer. 32" tall.
$35
 

WHOPPER

(R. Klehm 1980)

H
A pretty pink double bloom with some creamy white petals surrounding the center. A mid season bloomer. 34" tall.
$26

 

 



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