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Intersectionals

Intersectionals, also known as intersectional hybrid or Itoh hybrid peonies, are truly the next generation of peonies. These strong-stemmed plants are a cross between a tree peony and a garden peony. They look spectacular, and are easy to grow. Think tree peony flower and foliage on a garden peony stem that can be cut down in the fall.

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

$60

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

$40

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

$50

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)

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

$55

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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CORA LOUISE CORA LOUISE CORA LOUISE CORA LOUISE

CORA LOUISE

(Anderson, R.F., 1986)

26” tall, 40” wide, semi-double, mid

$60

I’ve been asked when my blooms are placed in a vase, am I made out of silk? Yes, my blooms are that attractive…and real!

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COURT JESTER COURT JESTER COURT JESTER COURT JESTER

COURT JESTER

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

24” tall, 36” wide, single, mid

$45

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

$50

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)

26” tall, 60” wide, semi-double, mid

$50

Another famous celebrity in the peony world returns for a chance to find its way into your gardens. Shorter in height but plan enough space for a 60” width.

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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

$90

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

$60

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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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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Kopper Kettle Kopper Kettle Kopper Kettle Kopper Kettle

Kopper Kettle

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

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

$150

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

OLD ROSE DANDY

(Laning, 1993)

30” tall, 48” wide, single, mid

$40

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

$40

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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PRAIRIE CHARM PRAIRIE CHARM PRAIRIE CHARM PRAIRIE CHARM

PRAIRIE CHARM

(Hollingsworth, 1992)

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

$35

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

$75

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)

28” tall, 50” wide, single, mid

$150 Sold Out

Back for another potential show in your garden. Yes, I am the original ‘purple’ performer here at Swenson Gardens. Limited engagements available so order early.

ROSY PROSPECTS ROSY PROSPECTS ROSY PROSPECTS ROSY PROSPECTS

ROSY PROSPECTS

(Anderson, R.F.)

32” tall, 26” wide, semi-double, mid

$60 Sold Out

This splendid intersectional is a brilliant, crisp, true-white, with a center touched with what else?-rosy prospects! Exceptional rich green foliage.

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

$50

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

$75

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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STRAWBERRY BLUSH STRAWBERRY BLUSH STRAWBERRY BLUSH STRAWBERRY BLUSH

STRAWBERRY BLUSH

(Anderson, R.F., 2010)

30” tall, 50” wide, single, mid

$100

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

$100 Sold Out

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.

TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA

TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2020)

34” tall, 50” wide, single, early to mid

$150 Sold Out

In the gardens reaching down to Lake Minnetonka shores, nothing sets off vivid aqua waters better than shameless, unabashedly luxurious pink. Long, lush golden stamens.

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

$100 Sold Out

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.

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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YELLOW EMPEROR YELLOW EMPEROR

YELLOW EMPEROR

(Itoh/Smirnow, 1974)

28” tall, 46” wide, semi-double, mid

$40

Yes, an original ‘Itoh’ hybrid peony is available this year. Thankfully Louis Smirnow was able to find and register this peony in 1974.

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