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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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