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Hidden Springs Flower Farm
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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
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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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.

$20.00

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Peony Bartzella GM/ALM   (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.

$79.00

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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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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.

$35.00

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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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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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Classic Double White Peony Festiva Maxima

Peony Festiva Maxima   (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.

$25.00

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Antique Red Double Peony Francois Ortegat

Peony Francois Ortegat Rare Antique and Limited  (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.

$25.00

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Brilliant Yellow Itoh Peony Garden Treasure

Peony Garden Treasure GM/ALM  (Hollingsworth 1984)
Peony Garden Treasure Gorgeous yellow Itoh intersectional hybrid of garden and tree peony parentage. It is semi-double to a full double bright yellow color with red flares at the base of the 20 - 50 petals. APS Gold Medal and Award of Landscape Merit Winner! Very hardy and vigorous. Plant in full sun. These are full size divisions from mature field grown plants that are true to type.

$75.00

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White Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis alba plena RARE White Double Memorial Day Peony
LAST ONE!

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



$38.00

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



$25.00

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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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Red Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis rubra plena Red Memorial Day Peony  (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 will also have a very limited number in large pots at the nursery for our local customers.



$30.00

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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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Long Lasting Peony James Pillow

Peony James Pillow  (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.

$25.00

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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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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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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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