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Hidden Springs Flower Farm
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Fragrant Peonies

Who can resist the attraction of fragrant flowers, especially peonies? Once you experience the delightful and delicious fragrances that vary from rose scented to hints of citrus you'll want to include fragrant peonies in your garden to enjoy for many years. Fragrant peony flowers are the most popular kinds, and we have a large selection listed below that  you can choose for your garden! These fragrant sun loving garden perennials are impressive with their large flowers and bush like habit. In addition they are great for providing beautiful cut flowers for your home and gift giving.

Fragrant Red Hybrid Peony Diana ParksFragrant Peony Laura DessertFragrant Gold Medal Peony Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fragrant Pink Double Peony Mons Jules Elie

Peony Mons Jules Elie  (Crousse 1888)
Peony Mons Jules Elie is a double opaque pink with broad smooth guard petals and an incurved center, very large and fragrant blooms are one of the best for cut flowers because of generous bloom. Perhaps there is no other more widely planted pink peony except perhaps Sarah Bernhardt. Needs staking, 40" stems. Plant in full sun.Week 5 bloom date rating.

$20.00

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Gold Medal Winner Double White Peony Mother's Choice

Peony Mother's Choice GM SOLD OUT  (Glasscock 1951)
Peony Mother's Choice is a huge, full double white of perfect form on strong 30" stems, midseason, one of the best! Almost every stem produces a bloom and every bloom is near perfection even when newly planted. Some say, this is unquestionably one of the finest white peonies in existence. Cut Flower. APS Gold Medal Winner! Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Fragrant Gold Medal Peony Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Peony Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt GM  (Franklin 1932)
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt is a very beautiful full double light pink water lily-like bloom with long overlapping cupped petals enfolding a rose bud center, very fragrant, free flowering, good cut flower. Midseason, 28 -36". Huge size, form and color combine to make it outstanding! APS Gold Medal Winner! Week 5 bloom date rating.

$25.00

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Fragrant Gold Medal Peony Mrs. J. V. Edlund

Peony Mrs. J. V. Edlund GM SOLD OUT  (Edlund 1929)
Peony Mrs. J. V. Edlund is a fragrant very large pure white double is finely formed with waxy broad petals. Blooms late on tall stiff stems. Dark green foliage. While noted as a show flower with perfect form it will also perform well in the garden. APS Gold Medal! Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Peony My Love

Peony My Love  (Hollingsworth 1992)
Peony My Love is a double blush that changes to white after opening it's lovely blooms. You can enjoy the blush color longer by cutting it as the flower opens and enjoying it in a vase in your home. A vigorous grower and generous bloomer it is a delicately colored and very pretty flower. 38" stems. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$25.00

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Double Red Peony Paul M. Wild

Peony Paul M Wild  (Wild 1964)
Peony Paul M Wild is a very large vivid ruby-red double lactiflora. It holds its color for a long time in the garden. Midseason 38". It will open all the side buds so that the stems must be supported in the garden. For really huge blooms remove the extra side buds before they are green pea size. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$23.00

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Fragrant Award of Landscape Merit Gold Medal Peony Pink Hawaiian Coral

Peony Pink Hawaiian Coral GM/ALM   (Klehm 1981)
Peony Pink Hawaiian Coral a semi-double, fragrant salmon-pink to coral with a cupped shape bloom is a superb landscape variety. 34" stems. A late-mid-season bloomer. This hybrid peony won the APS Gold Medal and the Award of Landscape Merit. Week 4 bloom date rating.

$25.00

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New 2013 Introduction Romantic Lace Peony

Peony Romantic Lace  (Tischler/Buchite 2013)

Peony Romantic Lace was registered and introduced in 2013. It is very fragrant compared to Myrtle Gentry which is recognized as one of the most fragrant peonies. That quality along with it's subtle pastel tones and delicate flower form add to it's appeal. The dark pink buds open to a lovely 5 1/2 inch Japanese form flower held a few inches above a dense compact plant with dark green, disease resistant foliage. The 10-12 lavender-pink guard petals have a silvery white cast to the edges as the flower matures and hold their cupped form as the bloom ages. The creamy, amber pink center staminodes are flattened and cupped with each finely laced edge highlighted by a bright gold accent when freshly opened. Three side buds extend the mid-season bloom. No pollen noted but we had a few seeds collected from our plants this fall. Very fragrant with the fragrance rich and pleasing. It has shown excellent bud and plant hardiness during extreme weather conditions during pre-bloom and bloom season. No loss of bloom or foliage damage during several severe springs making it a vigorous variety adapted to adverse weather. In 2013 after 10 inches of rain during peak bloom it was among only a handful of peonies still standing in the field along with Peony Ben Erickson. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.



$45.00

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Fragrant Peony Raspberry Sundae

Peony Raspberry Sundae  (Klehm 1968)
Peony Raspberry Sundae Double bomb soft raspberry and white blend, blooms early mid season, sweet fragrance. With 36" tall stems it is great for cutting. I would advise staking it in a garden setting as the generous blooms stress the strength of the stems. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$22.00

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Fragrant Gold Medal Hybrid Peony Red Charm

Peony Red Charm GM  (Glasscock 1944)
Peony Red Charm Incredibly intense pure red color and strong flower stems make this bomb shaped, early blooming, long lasting hybrid a garden sensation. 36" tall stems. APS Gold Medal winner. Week 4 bloom date rating.

$27.00

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True Red Saunders Hybrid Peony Red Red Rose

Peony Red Red Rose  (Saunders 1942)
Peony Red Red Rose is one of Saunders best, a single to semi-double bright red hybrid with blooms that are cup shaped and held neatly above glossy foliage on sturdy 30” upright stems. The color of this one is outstanding, a clear red. Early mid-season bloom. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil. Week 4 bloom date rating.

$27.00

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Fragrant Gold Medal Peony Sea Shell

Peony Seashell GM  (Sass 1937)
Peony Seashell Incredibly large satiny lilac-pink single blooms born over a very long season as side buds continue the show. Great cut flower too! Midseason, 4' tall. Free flowering and vigorous. An APS Gold Medal Winner. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$20.00

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Fragrant Fern Leaf Hybrid Peony Smouthi

Peony Smouthi RARE  (Smout/van Houtte 1843)
Peony Smouthi is a fragrant Fern leaf peony hybrid! Bright crimson red single that slowly changes to a bright pink before the petals fall. Very early blooming on plants with fine cut-leaf foliage that turns an attractive yellow in the fall. 24”tall. One of the oldest recorded hybrids it has been in cultivation for over 160 years! It's parents are the little fern leaf peony and P. lactiflora. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil. Excellent strong plant habit. Week 2 bloom date rating.

$35.00

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Very Fragrant Peony White Sands

Peony White Sands  (Wild and Sons 1968)
Peony White Sands is a large, white and creamy yellow Japanese peony that is very fragrant. When the flower first opens it is a brighter yellow in the center and becomes more cream as the flower fully opens. It has been growing in popularity as it's reputation for exceptional fragrance has been noted on several garden tours. Week 5 bloom rating.

$25.00

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Pink Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis rosea plena Pink Double Memorial Day Peony  (ancient cultivated species 1613)

This pink double flowered form of the Memorial Day Peony has exceptional color and form on compact plants which at maturity will be about 4 feet across. Found throughout Europe in the wake of old monasteries where they were cultivated in medicinal gardens for centuries this species still adorns our gardens today. For those seeking doubleness in their hybrid peonies this has been a successful fertile seed producer but requires that you help the process along by applying the pollen to the stigma as it is normally concealed from the bees by the many extra petals. Known to be tolerant of warm climates it is a good choice for those wanting to experiment in more southern locations where the regular garden peony is more challenging to grow. Week 3 bloom date rating.

We have a limited number in large pots at the nursery for our local customers.



$25.00

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White Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis alba plena RARE White Double Memorial Day Peony

This is the rarer white form of the Memorial Day Peony that our ancestors grew about their farm house. It will show some pink frosting on the edges in cooler weather which actually looks very nice. It has produced a few rare hybrids as the seed parent so is useful for the peony breeder. Very Limited supply. Mature 3 eye blooming size divisions.

We have a very limited number in pots at the nursery for our local customers.



$38.00

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Red Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis rubra plena Red Memorial Day Peony SOLD OUT  (ancient species known since 1581)

The Red Memorial Day Peony of intense brilliant crimson red color cultivated for centuries in Europe is a true antique of great garden value yet today. Easy to grow in warmer climates than many peonies. The mildly and pleasantly fragrant blooms are a welcome gift to friends. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil. Week 3 bloom date rating.

We have a very limited number in large pots at the nursery for our local customers.



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Long Lasting Peony James Pillow

Peony James Pillow SOLD OUT  (Pillow 1936)
Peony James Pillow is our longest lasting peony when cut for use in a vase and provides a soft pleasing fragrance without being overpowering. A double light pink with a distinctive flower blooms late on very tall strong stems. Can produce enormous blooms when side buds are removed. One of the longest lasting peonies as a cut flower. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Fargrant Award of Landscape Merit Winner Hybrid Peony Mahogany

Peony Mahogany ALM RARE SOLD OUT  (Glasscock 1937)
Peony Mahogany is a wonderful Glasscock Hybrid that has a Japanese form that looks like a single but without any pollen, large cup shaped deep mahogany red flowers very early in the peony bloom season. Sweetly fragrant flowers are held on strong 28- 30" stems. The lighter markings on the outside of the petals become more prominent as the flower ages and the bloom becomes bigger. Light green foliage. Sought after by collectors it is noted for it‘s pale green-gold foliage in the spring. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil. Week 4 bloom date rating. Limited to half a dozen divisions this year and then it will be retired for stock increase until 2017.

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Antique Red Double Peony Francois Ortegat

Peony Francois Ortegat Rare Antique and Limited SOLD OUT  (Parmentier 1850)
Peony Francois Ortegat is an Antique French variety grown since 1850 and used in many restoration gardens. Difficult to find the real thing which is fargrant! Deep purple crimson double of semi-rose form, tall late-midseason blooming, free blooming with medium size flowers. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating. Very limited supply in 2015. SOLD OUT

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ALM Winner Peony Comanche

Peony Comanche ALM SOLD OUT  (Bigger 1957)
Peony Comanche American Peony Society Award of Landscape Merit Winner! These huge flowers have a brilliant color. Fragrant, vivid magenta guard petals and amber staminodes make this an outstanding Japanese lactiflora. Healthy dark green leaves on a vigorous plant make it a great choice for season long good looks in the garden. Blooms on 36" tall stems. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Many times we are asked, what fragrant peonies do we grow? We had a list of our own and with a great deal of researching many peony books both old and new and asking our customers to let us know which they thought were notable fragrant peony varieties in their gardens we have put together the following offerings. Add a few fragrant peonies to your garden to increase your pleasure and relaxation.

Some of our favorite fragrant peonies include; Chestine Gowdy, Kansas, Myrtle Gentry and Noemie Demay. Myrtle Gentry is considered by many to be the most fragrant, but according to our customers Romantic Lace is more fragrant and offers a wonderful pastel blend of colors and has been an excellent cut flower. Those who prefer a peony with a clear true red color can choose from Diana Parks or Henry Bockstoce two hybrid doubles that are very fragrant. Consider the Fragrant French Peony, Madame Calot for the French Country Garden, and Hermione which I wish was in bloom all year long.

Many antique varieties from France like, August Dessert, Mme de Verneville and Mme Emile Lemoine are deliciously fragrant. These peonies were selected as cut flower varieties for people who wanted them to be brought indoors and enjoyed not just for their color but fragrance also.

Don't limit yourself to the doubles but consider some of the unusual forms and color combinations of fragrant peonies like; Romantic Lace, Bouquet Perfect and Pink Hawaiian Coral.

Sea Shell, an APS Gold Medal winner is noted for it's pleasant fragrance and is one of the few singles that make a great cut flower. It has also received the Award of Landscape Merit meaning it does not have to be staked in the garden!

As you may guess not all people agree on which peonies are the most fragrant. My favorite fragrant peony? I hate to pick one but those at the top of my list would be Romantic Lace for the most strongly fragrant in our garden.

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