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Hidden Springs Flower Farm
PO Box 602
18581 County Road 4
Spring Grove, MN 55974

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 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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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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[Sold out, we suggest, Minuet or My Love.]

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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Fragrant Gold Medal Winner Peony Annisquam

Peony Annisquam GM RARE SOLD OUT  (Thurlows and Stranger 1951)
Peony Annisquam is a very large, globular, fragrant double with blooms of a soft non-fading blush pink. Petals are broad and rounded forming a cup shaped flower of smooth attractive appearance. It's smooth attractive appearance and great cut and garden qualities make this Gold Medal winner a perfect choice for those gardeners looking for quality peonies. 32" tall. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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[Sorry sold out, next crop available in 2019.]

Very Fragrant Blush Peony Myrtle Gentry

Peony Myrtle Gentry SOLD OUT  (Brand 1925)
Peony Myrtle Gentry is a double rosy white, late-midseason, very fragrant, strong stems. Very delightful tea rose fragrance. Perfect rose form. Tints of flesh and salmon show throughout the petals. Splendid grower, dark green foliage. Week 7 bloom date rating. This one always sells out way ahead of bloom season so don't delay getting your order in early.

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Award of Landscape Merit Bright Yellow Itoh Peony Prairie Charm

Peony Prairie Charm ALM SOLD OUT  (Hollingsworth 1992)
Peony Prairie Charm is an Award of Landscape Merit Winner! Yellow flowering Itoh hybrid is a semi double bright yellow with robust leaves and red flares at the base of the petals. The side buds provide a succession of bloom for a long period of time during the bloom season. Vigorous hardy growth. 28” stems. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Fragrant Peony Laura Dessert

Peony Laura Dessert SOLD OUT  (Dessert 1913)
Peony Laura Dessert. Double Anemone form, may have a pink cast to petals while the bud is opening and a distinct lemon yellow ball of petals when first open. Strong grower and quite generous bloomer. Holds color nicely when cut early and brought in for display where its fragrance can be admired. The foliage is a very healthy dark green. One of my top 10 personal favorites. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating. Supplies are limited.

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Peony Honey Gold

Peony Honey Gold SOL D OUT  (Klehm 1966)
Peony Honey Gold a double white with a mass of yellow petals in the center. Fragrant, 30" mid-season. Peony gardeners are so thrilled whenever it is offered because it makes a such a good cut flower and is so distinctive in the garden. Very impressive! Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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[Sold out, we suggest Faribo Gold as a similar choice.]

French Antique White  Double Peony Marie Jacquin

Peony Marie Jacquin SOLD OUT  (Verdier before 1916)
Peony Marie Jacquin is a fragrant, semi-double to double with pale pink petals that fade to white. The flowers have the cupped shape of a giant water-lily with large guard petals forming a cup for the water-lily like center petals. Side blooms make this multiflora peony incredibly beautiful in the garden. Midseason. Also known as Waterlily and Bridesmaid. This peony is well noted as a profuse bloomer and for those creating a cottage garden it is a perfect match! Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Peony Bartzella GM/ALM SOLD OUT  (Anderson 1986)
Gold Medal and American Peony Society Award of Landscape Merit Winner! Fragrant, full double yellow intersectional hybrid with red flares. The 6-8" blooms are held on strong 32" stems above the dark green foliage of the plant. A profuse bloomer with a long season of bloom. These are strong, full size field grown divisions from original stock not small tissue culture plants! Week 5 - 6 bloom date rating.

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[Sold out, we suggest Garden Treasure as a similar selection with bright yellow color. ]

Fragrant Peony Alexander Fleming

Peony Alexander Fleming SOLD OUT  (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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Classic Red Double Peony Karl Rosenfield

Peony Karl Rosenfield SOLD OUT  (Rosenfield 1908)
Peony Karl Rosenfield. This is a very showy flower for the garden and as a cut flower. Fragrant late blooming deep double red with a semi-rose form, very large blooms are a favorite garden and cut flower. Great foliage. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Classic Double White Peony Festiva Maxima

Peony Festiva Maxima SOLD OUT  (Miellez 1851)
Peony Festiva Maxima is often substituted with inferior whites with red flares but the true Festiva Maxima is a tall massive globular double white with red flares and is one of the oldest and still one of the best very fragrant lactiflora whites. 36" or more tall. The healthy , dark green and large foliage is very distinctive. Needs staking to support the large blooms in the garden. As a cut flower it is still very beautiful. Plant in full sun and give it some support for the flowers in bloom. When out of bloom the dark green foliage remains attractive in the garden. Week 5 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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