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Peony Selections for a Cottage Garden

Fragrant Double Red Peony August DessertCottage garden peonies are found in all colors and forms from early bloom season to late. These hardy perennials are long lived, fragrant and easy to grow.

Creating a Cottage Garden is a relaxing way to express your creativity in an atmosphere unfettered by hard and fast design rules. The key underlying principles are simple: 1) The cottage garden style is meant to be informal. Think of a broad overflowing border garden along a white picket fence. 2) Include those plants that are personally pleasing to you and don’t be afraid to include edibles along with perennials, annuals, colorful herbs, climbers and flowering shrubs. The key is to include a pleasing selection of different flower colors and forms. 3) The plants should be spaced close enough to fill the garden area so that the soil is not visible and the need for weeding is almost unnecessary.


sorrentinogarden.jpg 4) Garden structures like arbors, pergolas, and fences using natural materials or a simple white picket fence help to define a space and should be softened by the plants that invoke a feeling of being informal and casual while exhibiting both a certain grace and charm. (Article continues at the bottom of the page.)

Peony Addie Tischler

Peony Addie Tischler  (Tischler 1987)
Peony Addie Tischler is a lovely peony was selected by visitors to Bob Tischler’s peony fields that was named for Bob’s wife Addie. Our favorite blush peony for several years in a row and written up by other peony fanciers as one of their favorites too. This double blush peony has 7" blooms on strong, straight, thick 30" stems. The heavy flower substance adds to the flowers resistance to rain effects. The foliage is a wonderful dark green color. I just love it's balanced beauty. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Fragrant Peony Alexander Fleming

Peony Alexander Fleming  (1950)
Peony Alexander Fleming is a fragrant, bright pink, large double, sweet scent, very floriferous, an outstanding and very fragrant midseason variety. At 38" tall it has plenty of stem length to be used as a cut flower variety and is often used to provide that wonderful peony fragrance in a bouquet with varieties lacking in a strong scent of their own. It's extra vigor is admired by all who grow it as it provides plenty of fragrant blooms to share with friends and family. Week 6 bloom date rating. Plant in full sun.

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Peony Alicia Kunkel

Peony Alicia Kunkel   (Tischler 1987)
Alicia Kunkel is a lavender rose colored Japanese formed bloom with a rose yellow center and an accent of green in the center of the bloom from the green carpels. The strong 30" stiff stems are topped with a 6" blooms set low to the medium green foliage. A well-formed, plant and a free bloomer. Blooms mid-season. Bloom Date Rating Week 5.

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Early Blooming Hybrid Peony Angelo Cobb Freeborn

Peony Angelo Cobb Freeborn  (Freeborn 1943)
Peony Angelo Cobb Freeborn is a bright rosy red hybrid double with coral pink coloration as the flower opens fully. It is very popular for it's unusual bright coloring and fully packed double blooms. 34" tall with clean healthy foliage. Compact growing. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Peony Ben Erickson

Peony Ben Erickson  (Tischler 1999)
Peony Ben Erickson is a rare peony from Bob Tischler named for his then youngest grandson, it has brilliant 5-6" red blooms are highlighted with purple tones when the bloom season is cool. Yellow stamens will peak through as the flower is opening until the petals are fully expanded. Bright blooms are held on strong stems. This Tischler peony has had a very limited release and distribution. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Peony Bonanza Double Red

Peony Bonanza  (Franklin 1947)
Bonanza is a brilliant colorfast dark red globular double, upright grower with good stems blooms week 5 of the 7 week bloom date sequence. 36" Upright growth and strong stems. Very attractive and popular with gardeners whenever it is offered. Plant in full sun.

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Peony Bouquet Perfect

Peony Bouquet Perfect  (Tischler 1987)
Peony Bouquet Perfect is a double, bright, solid pink anemone formed peony. These cheerful blooms are perfect for floral work. Mid-late season bloom on strong 24" stems. Mildly fragrant too. Very attractive garden plant and one that attracts a lot of attention with its neat and trim blossom appearance. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Peony Break O Day

Peony Break O Day   (Murawska 1947)
Peony Break O Day is a dark pink Japanese that has large rounded guard petals and a dark red cushion of staminodes tipped with gold in the center. It's a great cut flower with a good long vase life. The flowers are held on 34" stems and have a midseason bloom. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Award Winning Peony Buckeye Belle

Peony Buckeye Belle GM/ALM  (Mains 1956)
American Peony Society Gold Medal and Award of Landscape Merit Winner! Peony Buckeye Belle always amazes people with it's deep mahogany, black-red, cup shaped semi-double flowers. It is a wonderful hybrid blooming very early. The cup shape holds a center of gold to accent the dark flower petals. Top notch cut flower and very nice foliage all season long. The 30" stems hold the flowers upright without any additional support making it a great choice for landscaping. Fantastic dark green upright foliage adds to it's neat appearance in the garden. Plant in full sun in well drained soil. Week 4 bloom date rating.

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Gold Medal ALM Hybrid Peony Burma

Peony Burma Ruby GM/ALM  (Glasscock 1951)
Peony Burma Ruby is a striking red semi-double hybrid. Brilliant color and fragrance add to it's appeal and as a Gold Medal and Award of Landscape Merit winner that never needs staking you know this is a high quality peony. Week 4 bloom date rating.

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Huge Double Red Hybrid Peony Carol

Peony Carol SOLD OUT  (Bockstoce 1955)
Peony Carol has huge double, rich velvety red blooms with large petals arranged as a rosette, these large flowers need support, great show flower and cut, early midseason bloom on strong stems, 28" - 34" tall. Cut them for use in a georgeous arrangement in a vase. Outstanding color and full form. When dried the flower is a deep velvet red. Plant in full sun in well drained soil. Week 5 bloom date rating. One of Mr. Bockstoce's stunning breeding achievements!

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Marble White Peony Cararra

Peony Carrara SOLD OUT  (Bigger 1952)
Peony Carrara is a pure white peony with broad, large guard petals that surround the lacy center that opens creamy white and matures white as the flower opens fully. This Japanese type peony is stunning in bloom on 36" stems mid-season. The texture of the center of the flower adds interest for those who wish to create an all white garden. A favorite of floral designers and one of the most popular for wedding work because there is no pollen to ruin the bride's dress. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Fragrant Peony Chestine Gowdy

Peony Chestine Gowdy  (Brand 1913)
Peony Chestine Gowdy Aahh! What a wonderfully fragrant, late blooming, full double. With a bright rose pink center and guard petals separated by a collar of cream colored petals it creates a unique effect. 26" tall. In a bouquet this is just heavenly for the fragrance. Use it genorusly along a fence for a plentiful supply of blooms to share with friends and family. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Gold Medal Winner Peony Coral Charm

Peony Coral Charm GM  (Wissing 1964)
Peony Coral Charm has warm tropical coral tones with a cupped old fashion rose shaped bloom are awesome in the spring garden. Very vigorous hybrid, semi-double, early, 36". APS Gold Medal winner. Lovely cupped shape, semi-double blooms of coral peach coloring. Strong stems and wonderful flower color make this a fine garden plant. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Double Red Peony David Harum

Peony David Harum  (Brand 1920)
Very large double rose-red with a collar of large guard petals and a very full center. Strong stems, light green foliage, floriferous and a great cut flower. Week 4 bloom date rating. You'll fall in love with the form of this flower and be thrilled to have it added to your own garden collection of peonies. Excellent cut flower. Plant in full sun.

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Peony Dawn Pink

Peony Dawn Pink New for 2014 SOLD LOUT  (Sass 1946)
Peony Dawn Pink is a brighter pink single than Sea Shell which some compare it to but the color is really a darker tone and where Sea Shell is translucent and pastel this variety is more solidly opaque. Dawn Pink has excellent petal substance and form. Stron 32 inch stems hold the flowers without the need for additional support. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Fragrant Antiuque French Peony Duchesse de Nemours

Peony Duchesse de Nemours  (Calot 1856)
Peony Duchesse de Nemours Fragrant double white, popular cut flower blooms early for a white, large cupped guard petals, very floriferous with strong stems. Still a valuable plant after over 150 years. It produces an abundance of blooms and if you wish to have larger blooms simple remove the small side buds before they reach green pea size. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Double White Peony Duluth

Peony Duluth   (Franklin 1931)
Peony Duluth is a large rose type double white peony that was developed in Minnesota. With vigorous 36" stiff stems it can hold the flowers high and erect, it blooms late like most of the double white peonies. The rich green foliage is a perfect background for the white blooms. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Rare Peyton Peony Dunlora

Peony Dunlora RARE SOLD OUT  (Peyton 1943)
Peony Dunlora A rare historical find, this plant was the namesake of Mr. Peyton's peony enterprise. It was toughtto be lost to cultivation but was aquired from Bob Tischler who had received it from the Brand Peony Collection. It still had an old metal root tag attached at the time of digging. Dunlora has single white flowers held neatly above leaves as though trimmed to 27" tall. It is this neat plant habit that sets it apart from other white single peonies. Early, one of the first singles to open. Week 5 bloom date rating. Plant in full sun. Our supplies are getting lower as people discover and preserve this important and lovely single white peony.

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Double Peony Edward F Flynn

Peony Edward F Flynn  (Brand 1942)
Peony Edward F Flynn has brilliant deep red double flowers and is perhaps one of the very best to be introduced by A.M. Brand, later blooming than most other red double peonies it comes into bloom at the end of week 5 and a day before the week 6 peonies. It is similar to Phillipe Rivoire but with stronger growth, more robust foliage and larger flowers. Plant in full sun. Good cut flower. Rarely offered. Week 5 bloom date rating. May have purple tones to the flower in cool blooming seasons.

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White Double Gold Medal Winner Peony Elsa Sass

Peony Elsa Sass GM  (H.P.Sass 1930)
Peony Elsa Sass is a large, rose form, pure white double peony that has exceptionally beautiful flowers with velvet-like texture with large petals throughout the flower on a compact plant. A generous bloomer with strong stiff 30" stems hold the large blooms upright. Late blooming. APS Gold Medal Mild, pleasing fragrance and a good cut flower creating a huge demand for this peony for wedding flowers. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Dark Pink Double Peony Elsie Pickett

Peony Elsie Pickett  (Tischler 1967)
Peony Elsie Pickett is a very bright deep pink double. The flowers are large and very brilliant. Large tall plants.Plant in full sun. A great garden companion to the marvelous white double William Pickett. Rarely available. Bloom date rating week 6.

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Yellow and White Peony Faribo Gold

Peony Faribo Gold  (Tischler 1966)
Peony Faribo Gold has crisp white outer petals and a brilliant golden yellow center that makes Faribo Gold stand out at bloom time for those gardeners who want a peony that brings a spark of brilliance to their garden at that time of the bloom season. This tall white Japanese variety is a vigorous growing plant and produces a good quantity of flowers. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Bright Red Hybrid Peony Flame

Peony Flame  (Glasscock 1939)
Peony Flame a hybrid peony has medium to large single crimson-red flowers with a orange flame-like coloration in petals. Compact and free flowering hybrid, 26 - 32", early. Good cut flower. On sandy soils the color is a more coral pink and brighter red on loam and clay soils. Strong stems never need support. This variety will grow very quickly to make a large many flowered clump. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil.Week 4 bloom date rating.

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Peony Fuchsia Beauty

Peony Fuchsia Beauty  (Hidden Springs Pending Registration)
Peony Fuchsia Beauty is a fuschia-red single to semi-double, vigorous, great flower presentation, dark green foliage. The color makes it stand out and the foliage stays healthy all season long. Week 5 bloom date rating. Plant in full sun.

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This style lends itself to the large or small garden when the area created is thought of as an informal “garden room” where an informal bench provides a place to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty as the colors and textures of the flowers used blend into a calm and pleasing tapestry.

One of the great classic cottage garden flowers was and is the peony. It’s blousy and abundant blooms, often fragrant and of brilliant to pastel coloration lent them to being used as a defining mass when in bloom and later as a broad shrub-like plant with lush foliage providing a backdrop to show off other plants as they bloomed in succession. Peony colors such as white or soft blush pinks can provide contrast and mitigate harsh combinations of colors that would spoil the grace of the informal cottage garden and those gardeners with a well trained eye know how important the use of the color white is in a truly great garden.


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While some gardeners focus on the use of heirloom varieties of peonies it would be a mistake not to take advantage of the advances made and include some of the Award of Landscape Merit peonies recognized for their strong stems, excellent flowering and wide adaptation throughout the peony growing areas of the world. One of the wonderful aspects of the cottage garden is that flowers and plants that are regionally adapted can be used since there is no prescribed plant materials list. The main requirement being that the flowers and plants used have a “natural” and less confined effect as the plants are intermingled rather than positioned in straight lines or stiff groupings. Modern architecture using the Arts and Crafts Style lends itself perfectly to this type of garden and peonies just look right in a floral composition to soften the strong and expressive lines that are part of this architectural style which often featured front porches perfect for getting closer to nature and the garden while relaxing after a hard day at work. Imagine enjoying the fragrance of peonies in bloom while relaxing as the day ends on such a porch.

For those with an interest in this style of garden we encourage further research into the writings of Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson.

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