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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
Peony Accent

Peony Accent  (Bigger 1979)
Peony Accent is a very fine double, dark red, with a rose type shape that is notably fragrant. It has a very well proportioned flower on a 32" stem with dark green foliage. The large flowers appear in the late part of peony bloom season which is often absent of red doubles which typically bloom earlier in the season. It's excellent plant habit includes; disease resistant foliage that covers the entire stem and very good strong stems. Fragrant. Week 5 bloom rating. Grow in full sun.

$25.00

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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.

$25.00

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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.

$27.00

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Huge Double Red Hybrid Peony Carol

Peony Carol  (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!

$25.00

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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.

$25.00

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Fragrant Red Hybrid Peony Diana Parks

Peony Diana Parks  (Bockstoce 1942)
Peony Diana Parks. It's love at first sight for most people when they see this big, fragrant, bomb shaped brilliant, glittering carmine red blooms with a hint of orange on this hybrid peony with 38" stems. Splendid texture and color. Very fragrant. I can’t imagine being without this wonderful double flowered hybrid. Make sure it is planted in an area with good drainage as with all peonies they do not like wet soggy soil. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$45.00

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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.

$22.00

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Fern Leaf Peony Hybrid and Gold Medal and Award of Landscape Merit Winner Peony Early Scout

Peony Early Scout GM/ALM  (Auten 1952)
Peony Early Scout is a very early blooming single to semi-double hybrid that has very dark crimson-red flowers above finely cut ferny foliage from its fern-leaf peony parent. 21" The plant will spread to form an impressive plant. APS Gold Medal and Award of Landscape Merit Winner! Plant in full sun in well drained soil. Week 2 bloom date rating.

$22.00

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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 winner. Mild, pleasing fragrance and a good cut flower creating a huge demand for this peony for wedding flowers. Week 6 bloom date rating.

$25.00

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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.

$20.00

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Mildly Fragrant Double White Peony Gardenia

Peony Gardenia  (Lins 1954)
Peony Gardenia, loveliest large double blush white peony on strong 34" stems. Dark green leaves. A sweet but mild enchanting fragrance to admire when cut for weddings, table decoration or gift giving. A great show and garden flower which is a vigorous grower. Blooms early midseason. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$25.00

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Fragrant Peony Gay Paree

Peony Gay Paree ALM Winner for 2015!  (Auten 1933)
Peony Gay Paree is outstanding, fragrant, vigorous, distinct cerise pink guard petals with a white rose flushed anemone center, dainty in effect. Dramatic contrast for your peony collection. And, the American Peony Society has recognized it'as outstanding garden performance with an Award of Landscape Merit. Given to only 3 peonies this year! Late-midseason on 40" stems. If you remove the side buds while they are pea-sized you will have a very beautiful, much larger bloom. Leave the side buds on if you prefer an extended bloom season, but you should try to see how much larger the bloom gets by removing the sidebuds you'll be amazed. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$25.00

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Fragrant Double Red Hybrid Peony Henry Bockstoce

Peony Henry Bockstoce  (Bockstoce 1955)
Peony Henry Bockstoce an enormous double red, tall, hybrid, lovely dark burgundy red with a rose center. Strong 32" stems. Very fragrant. Plant in full sun in well drained soil. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$27.00

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Floriferous Gold Medal Peony Kansas

Peony Kansas GM  (Bigger 1940)
Peony Kansas, tall bright clear red to fuchsia-purple double blooms mid-season on strong 36" stems. Very clean bright green foliage, full flower is excellent for cutting. Easily grown and blooms freely. An APS Gold Medal Winner! If you want huge blooms remove the side buds when they are the size of a small green pea. Or you can leave them on the stem to extend the bloom season. Plant in full sun. Light fragrance adds to it's appeal. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$20.00

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Award of Landscape Merit Winner Peony Krinkled White

Peony Krinkled White ALM  (Brand 1928)
Peony Krinkled White is an Award of Landscape Merit Winner from the American Peony Society. Large single flowers with broad pure white petals, especially fine for cutting with strong slender straight stems. Light green foliage color. Plant noted for its drought tolerance and performance under adverse conditions once established. A very fine garden subject. 31" stems. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$20.00

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Peony Lady Alexandra Duff  (Kelway 1902)
Peony Lady Alexandra Duff is a superb semi-double to double blush lavender-pink flower with large center flower surrounded by smaller semi-double side blooms so a single stem makes a whole bouquet. Strong stems very floriferous with a graceful garden effect. Fragrant. There are two peonies in the trade under this name and the one we offer matches the original description having a pleasant fragrance. The other has little to no noticable fragrance but is a lovely peony none-the-less and we afre building up a supply to offer it in the future. For now get the real thing while we have it offered this year. Week 5 bloom date rating. 36" stems. Plant in full sun.

$25.00

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Rare Saunders Hybrid Peony Lotus Bloom

Peony Lotus Bloom Sold Out  (Saunders 1943)
Single to Semi-double pink hybrid, 38" tall strong stems hold large lightly fragrant blooms beautifully. You are lucky to own one of these Saunder’s hybrids that are becoming harder to find all the time. Week 4 bloom date rating. Plant in full sun.

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Delicate White Japanese Ikebana Peony Lotus Queen

Peony Lotus Queen  (Murawska 1947)
Peony Lotus Queen This peony variety looks like a giant quilled chrysanthemum. It's intricate flower parts make it distinct and unusual enough to be considered one of the fine collectable varieties of this form of peonies.

Japanese cup shape pure white guards surround fine narrow yellow center petals that are rolled into tubes for half of their length ending in frilly tips. Lightly fragrant its 36” long stems are a perfect length for cutting and use in flower arrangements. Dark green foliage. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$20.00

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Rare French Antique White Double Peony Mme Emile Lemoine

Peony Madame Emile Lemoine   (Lemoine 1899)
Peony Madame Emile Lemoine is rarer and not nearly as easy to find, this double white French Antique peony with a tall center with red flecks is slightly fragrant. The advantage of this variety over other similar varieties is the stronger stems and darker green foliage. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$25.00

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Fragrant Gold Medal Winner Peony Miss America

Peony Miss America GM   (Mann and van Steen 1936)
Peony Miss America is a peony of the highest quality, very large semi-double blush white flowers of good substance on strong 36" stems. APS Gold Medal Winner, and fragrant too! This variety has been used successfully as a parent of the Itoh hybrids. And to top it off it is a good cut flower variety. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

$22.00

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Fragrant Pink Double Peony Miss Eckhardt

Peony Miss Eckhardt SOLD OUT  (Roelof-Arendsveen 1928)
Peony Miss Eckhardt is a bright pink double, very large fragrant flowers, midseason bloom on 34" stems. Popular in Europe its clear color and good flower size make it a delightful addition to your garden. Plant in full sun. Week 4 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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