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Intersectionals

Intersectionals, also know as intersectional hybrid or Itoh’s hybrid peonies, are truly the next generation of peonies. These strong-stemmed plants are a cross between a tree peony and a garden peony, look spectacular, and are easy to grow.

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AL'S CHOICE

(Anderson, R.F./Rogers, Allan, 2004)

32” tall, 50” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$75

Gorgeous bright yellow petals are artfully streaked with orange that pools in the center. This variety was the favorite of Al Rogers.

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ANDERSON'S KALEIDOSCOPE ANDERSON'S KALEIDOSCOPE ANDERSON'S KALEIDOSCOPE ANDERSON'S KALEIDOSCOPE

ANDERSON'S KALEIDOSCOPE

(Anderson, R.F./Kornder, 2006)

30" high, 40" wide, single, mid

$40

An exotic, outrageously extravagant beauty with petals that appear water-colored in rose, plum, and cream. Every bloom is unique. Attractive, shrub-like foliage.

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BARTZELLA BARTZELLA BARTZELLA BARTZELLA

BARTZELLA

(Anderson, R.F., 1986)

32” tall, 54” wide, semi-double to double, mid and late

$60

A famous celebrity in the peony world, beloved for its enormous, lemon-scented blooms and extended bloom time. We love the foliage, too!

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BORDER CHARM BORDER CHARM BORDER CHARM BORDER CHARM

BORDER CHARM

(Hollingsworth, 1984)

20” tall, 60” wide, single, mid-late

$25

Plentiful yellow blooms with red flares on blue-green foliage that turns golden in the fall makes this a terrific addition to borders and rock gardens.

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CALLIE'S MEMORY CALLIE'S MEMORY CALLIE'S MEMORY CALLIE'S MEMORY

CALLIE'S MEMORY

(Anderson, R.F., 1986)

30” tall, 42” wide, semi-double, mid

$40

Apricot and peach hues on gently ruffled petals open looking like a rose and bearing a light fragrance. Loved for its attractive foliage. Named for Roger’s beloved dog.

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CANARY BRILLIANTS CANARY BRILLIANTS CANARY BRILLIANTS CANARY BRILLIANTS

CANARY BRILLIANTS

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

32” tall, 48” wide, double, mid-late

$40

What a show off! Opens as soft beige, develops as canary yellow, and nestles a heart of rich apricot deep inside. Light, pretty fragrance.

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CHIEF BLACK HAWK CHIEF BLACK HAWK CHIEF BLACK HAWK CHIEF BLACK HAWK

CHIEF BLACK HAWK

(Anderson, R.F./Kornder, 2008)

28” tall, 38” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$175

High drama from the darkest red of all intersectional hybrids, set off with golden centers and held against handsome foliage. Stunning impact.

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COURT JESTER COURT JESTER COURT JESTER COURT JESTER

COURT JESTER

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

24” tall, 36” wide, single, mid

$40

At each stage, these petals try on different colors, and abundant side buds mean all colors at once: peach, apricot, burgundy, cream. An arresting, showy form.

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FIRST ARRIVAL FIRST ARRIVAL FIRST ARRIVAL FIRST ARRIVAL

FIRST ARRIVAL

(Anderson, R.F., 1986)

30” tall, 48” wide, semi-double, early-mid

$40

The elegant and first-blooming intersectional of the season is floriferous, with terminal and side buds of rose-scented lavender pink. Cut while in bud for best results.

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GARDEN TREASURE GARDEN TREASURE GARDEN TREASURE GARDEN TREASURE

GARDEN TREASURE

(Hollingsworth, 1984)

24” tall, 60” wide, semi-double, mid and late

$30

An admired award-winner producing dozens of lemon-scented blooms when mature, this hybrid is considered the finest yellow intersectional. Plant near Bartzella, but leave room!

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GOING BANANAS GOING BANANAS GOING BANANAS GOING BANANAS

GOING BANANAS

(Anderson, R.F.)

32” tall, 40” wide, single, mid

$40

Often imitated, but this is the original! Large, elegant single blooms of light yellow petals with red flares, held on bright green, glossy foliage.

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GORDON E. SIMONSIN  GORDON E. SIMONSIN  GORDON E. SIMONSIN  GORDON E. SIMONSIN

GORDON E. SIMONSIN

(Anderson)

30” tall, 42” wide, semi-double, mid

$150

It’s fantastic. Hybridizer Roger Anderson favors this over Bartzella, an impressive choice. Ruffled petals of incredible color on well-shaped foliage are simply stunning.

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HILLARY HILLARY HILLARY HILLARY

HILLARY

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

30” tall, 42” wide, double, mid

$40

Nuanced shades of mauve and red open into cream and velvety vanilla in a refined, graceful form as elegant as an antique rose. Exceptional presence.

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JAPANESE ITOH JAPANESE ITOH JAPANESE ITOH JAPANESE ITOH

JAPANESE ITOH

(Unknown)

26” tall, 44” wide, single, mid

$30

Rumored to be one of Itoh’s original yellows, its originator is unknown. What is certain is this is an excellent, well-composed pale gold with extraordinary presence.

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JOANNA MARLENE JOANNA MARLENE JOANNA MARLENE JOANNA MARLENE

JOANNA MARLENE

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

26” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, mid

$60

It’s pink, it’s mauve, it’s peach. Wait an hour, you’ll have a new color. An ever-evolving beauty, with silky petals, six-inch blooms, and dark foliage.

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JULIA ROSE JULIA ROSE JULIA ROSE JULIA ROSE

JULIA ROSE

(Anderson, R.F.)

28” tall, 42” wide, semi-double, mid

$40

Like Hillary, with fewer petals and the same color sequence: cherry red, pale apricot, creamy ivory, and touches of light purple. Delightful, spicy fragrance.

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Kopper Kettle Kopper Kettle Kopper Kettle Kopper Kettle

Kopper Kettle

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

32” tall, 48” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$100

Rare, limited, and from Roger Anderson’s original stock. Not a clone! Remarkable, striking copper and brass tones on blooms measuring seven inches across.

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LEMON DREAM LEMON DREAM LEMON DREAM LEMON DREAM

LEMON DREAM

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

32” tall, 48” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$40

Prized for its deeply cut, glossy, elegant foliage. The light yellow blooms can surprise with an occasional lavender streak or even a half-lavender flower.

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LOLLIPOP LOLLIPOP LOLLIPOP LOLLIPOP

LOLLIPOP

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

30” tall, 48” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$60

This sweet treat has candy stripes and sprinkles of strawberry red on lemony yellow petals, and makes one impressive show in the garden.

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LUXURIANT LUXURIANT LUXURIANT LUXURIANT

LUXURIANT

(Anderson, 1986)

32” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, mid

$150

Lush petals of ivory take on a pale lavender cast around a center touched with deep lavender flares. Blooms are held high above dark foliage.

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MORNING LILAC MORNING LILAC MORNING LILAC MORNING LILAC

MORNING LILAC

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

32” tall, 48” wide, single to semi-double, early to mid

$60

Enormous, fragrant, outright fabulous-colored blooms make an impact from a distance, exquisite color nuances impress close up. Prolific bloomer with compact foliage.

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NEW MILLENIUM NEW MILLENIUM NEW MILLENIUM NEW MILLENIUM

NEW MILLENIUM

(Anderson, R.F., 2012)

30” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, mid

$100

New and rare, considered the best of the darker intersectionals. Abundant blooms with highly ruffled and notched petals of uncommonly intense corals and peaches.

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NORWEGIAN BLUSH NORWEGIAN BLUSH NORWEGIAN BLUSH NORWEGIAN BLUSH

NORWEGIAN BLUSH

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

30”t, 48”w, single to semi-double, mid

$125

Ya sure, you betcha, this plant is gorgeous. Pale pink-edged petals with deeper rose centers are set against wonderfully shaped, heavily textured dark green foliage.

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OLD ROSE DANDY OLD ROSE DANDY OLD ROSE DANDY OLD ROSE DANDY

OLD ROSE DANDY

(Laning, 1993)

30” tall, 48” wide, single, mid

$30

A quick grower with prized, glossy foliage. Freesia-scented blooms open in muted mauves an antique brick, then fade to a creamier yellow.

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PASTEL SPLENDOR PASTEL SPLENDOR PASTEL SPLENDOR PASTEL SPLENDOR

PASTEL SPLENDOR

(Anderson R.F., 1996)

26” tall, 36” wide, single, mid-late

$30

Delicate, pastel blooms with deep, dramatic centers deliver brilliant impact, and tidy, compact foliage is especially charming planted in front of irises.

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PEPPERMINT BLUSH PEPPERMINT BLUSH PEPPERMINT BLUSH PEPPERMINT BLUSH

PEPPERMINT BLUSH

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson, 2018)

36” tall, 54” wide, single, mid

$150

Broad-leaved, intriguing foliage is dramatic in its own right. Add soft apricot and pink candy petals and the impact is spectacular.

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PRAIRIE CHARM PRAIRIE CHARM PRAIRIE CHARM PRAIRIE CHARM

PRAIRIE CHARM

(Hollingsworth, 1992)

30” tall, 42” wide, semi-double, mid-late

$25

A simply stunning cut flower, particularly after the plant has matured, and an award-winning plant. Frothy, butter-yellow petals open to reveal an orange-red heart.

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PREDAWN BEAUTY PREDAWN BEAUTY PREDAWN BEAUTY PREDAWN BEAUTY

PREDAWN BEAUTY

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson, 2018)

30” tall, 40” wide, single, mid

$150

Like the interplay of light in a spring sunrise, the top and underside of these petals try on shades of mauve, pink, and fuchsia to stunning effect.

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PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN

PURPLE REIGN

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson, 2018)

34” tall, 50” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$250

Purple color and glossy foliage unlike any other intersectional! If you saw me at Peony Field Days, here’s your chance to bring me home!

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ROYAL BLUSH ROYAL BLUSH ROYAL BLUSH ROYAL BLUSH

ROYAL BLUSH

(Anderson, R.F.)

32” tall, 48” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$50

Afternoon shade keeps the delicate blush shades vibrant. Pink-tinged petals of creamy ivory open to expose a center of berry rose. Excellent foliage and habitat.

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SAFFRON INNOCENCE  SAFFRON INNOCENCE  SAFFRON INNOCENCE  SAFFRON INNOCENCE

SAFFRON INNOCENCE

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

32” tall, 48” wide, single, mid

$100

One of the tallest intersectionals and a special yellow, with clear, saffron blooms and no red flares. Foliage is outstanding and dark green in contrast.

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SCARLET HEIGHTS SCARLET HEIGHTS SCARLET HEIGHTS SCARLET HEIGHTS

SCARLET HEIGHTS

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson, 2018)

28” tall, 38” wide, single, mid

$175

Glorious, long-legged blooms of velvety carmine-colored petals are held high above pretty foliage on very strong stems. A Roger Anderson hybrid.

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SHINING LIGHT SHINING LIGHT SHINING LIGHT SHINING LIGHT

SHINING LIGHT

(Unknown)

26” tall, 36” wide, semi-double, mid

$25

Lightly crinkled petals of soft yellow with vibrant red flares and yellow stamens. Tidy, compact, and mounded foliage that turns yellow and scarlet in autumn.

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STRAWBERRY BLUSH STRAWBERRY BLUSH STRAWBERRY BLUSH STRAWBERRY BLUSH

STRAWBERRY BLUSH

(Anderson, R.F., 2010)

30” tall, 50” wide, single, mid

$150

Strawberry-colored blooms up to five inches across that fade to berries-and-cream on this floriferous plant. Attractive foliage is mounded with no runners.

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TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY

TONKA BERRY

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

24” tall, 42” wide, single, mid

$175

Minnetonka is filled with natural beauty and remarkable private gardens. Our new “berry” has raspberry blooms with delicately crinkled petals, buttery yellow stamens, and spectacular foliage.

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TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH

TONKA PEACH

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

30” tall, 48” wide, semi-double, mid

$300

Sunsets on Lake Minnetonka are best viewed from a boat and evoked in the garden. Exquisite peach and apricot petals around delicate, wispy stamens. Splendid foliage.

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TONKA PINK TONKA PINK TONKA PINK TONKA PINK

TONKA PINK

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

30” tall, 48” wide, semi-double, mid

$200

Post-Civil War, elegant hotels on Lake Minnetonka filled their lobbies with the perfume of blooms like our light-hearted pink petals with reddish flares and pale yellow stamens. Wonderful foliage.

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WATERMELON WINE WATERMELON WINE WATERMELON WINE WATERMELON WINE

WATERMELON WINE

(Anderson, 1999)

30” tall, 42” wide, single, mid

$60

Standout color so succulent it almost looks juicy! Happy gardeners gave us glowing reports about this intersectional, so we have released a few more.

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WHITE EMPEROR WHITE EMPEROR WHITE EMPEROR WHITE EMPEROR

WHITE EMPEROR

(Seidl, 1989)

28" high, 36" wide, semi-double, mid to late

$75

Here it is: the purest white intersectional growing whiter as it ages, cupping a center of light yellow set against stunning, dark-green foliage. Magnificent.

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