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Swenson Gardens is now open for 2023 ordering!

New for 2023

49 new varieties are available this year. This includes intersectional hybrid or Itoh’s hybrid peonies and garden peonies. You may want to order early as they sell out in a hurry.

ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT

ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT

(Saunders, 1941)

26” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$70

Students, please pay attention to your professor, Dr. A.P. Saunders, at Hamilton College else your name may adorn this semi-double fiery, fire-engine red peony! Oops he already did…congratulations Alexander Wollcott!

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ANGELIC BEAUTY ANGELIC BEAUTY ANGELIC BEAUTY ANGELIC BEAUTY

ANGELIC BEAUTY

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

30” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, early

$150

Transfix your gaze upon this elegant peony and you will certainly be mesmerized. A subtle softness that will enthrall and charm your gardens.

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ANGELIC BLOOM ANGELIC BLOOM ANGELIC BLOOM ANGELIC BLOOM

ANGELIC BLOOM

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2023)

26” tall, 34” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$225

Fluffy, sophisticated and a charmer for sure in your garden and vase. The buttery yellow color with rosy red flares will surely cheer you up outside and inside.

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ANGELIC DAWN ANGELIC DAWN ANGELIC DAWN ANGELIC DAWN

ANGELIC DAWN

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

28” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, very early

$500

A new era of peonies has arrived here at Swenson Gardens! Yes, the world’s first very early blooming, semi-double, fragrant and lilac colored peony.

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ANGELIC GIFT ANGELIC GIFT ANGELIC GIFT ANGELIC GIFT

ANGELIC GIFT

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

34” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$300

Thank you, ‘Ludovica’, for providing the pollen on this amazing new, and improved, peony. Oh, and our unnamed pod parent helped out as well too!

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ANGELIC LACQUER ANGELIC LACQUER ANGELIC LACQUER ANGELIC LACQUER

ANGELIC LACQUER

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 42” wide, semi-double, early

$500

Having the only ‘Red Lacquer’ peony AND our unnamed pod parent available in commerce in the world has its benefits. Introducing the first child of Red Lacquer.

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ANGELIC LILAC ANGELIC LILAC ANGELIC LILAC ANGELIC LILAC

ANGELIC LILAC

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 42” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$250

Thank you May Lilac for providing a later blooming lilac colored peony. However, your new child has a divine fragrance and is semi-double.

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ANGELIC PRESENT ANGELIC PRESENT ANGELIC PRESENT ANGELIC PRESENT

ANGELIC PRESENT

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

28” tall, 36” wide, semi-double, mid

$400

One of the worlds most hybridized peony variety, Lemon Chiffon, has done it again. What a beauty you will have in your gardens if you, sorry, purchase this present.

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ANGELIC PURPOSE ANGELIC PURPOSE ANGELIC PURPOSE ANGELIC PURPOSE

ANGELIC PURPOSE

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

30” tall, 44” wide, double, very late

$300

Dan Zabel, our world renown hybridizer, has been focusing his efforts over the past few years on very late blooming peonies, well, his purpose is fulfilled!

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ANGELIC RED ANGELIC RED ANGELIC RED ANGELIC RED

ANGELIC RED

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 42” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$250

The passion and energy that went into this child from Majesty’s Favor and Heavenly Red truly focuses all attention visually and now our sense of smell!

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ANGELIC SQUIRT ANGELIC SQUIRT ANGELIC SQUIRT ANGELIC SQUIRT

ANGELIC SQUIRT

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

24” tall, 34” wide, semi-double, early

$150

Though my father, Squirt, was a compact size peony, I’m a tad taller and wider. Look at my bloom type, yes, semi-double and smell my fragrance, yes!

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ANGELIC SUGAR ANGELIC SUGAR ANGELIC SUGAR ANGELIC SUGAR

ANGELIC SUGAR

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

30” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$500

Yes, peony enthusiasts, my father is Sugar n’ Spice! I am his child and will enhance his attributes with a semi-double bloom and pleasing fragrance.

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ANGELIC SURPRISE ANGELIC SURPRISE ANGELIC SURPRISE ANGELIC SURPRISE

ANGELIC SURPRISE

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 40” wide, semi-double to double, early to mid

$500

True my father is Rosedale, which some of my semi-double blooms may resemble, I also present double blooms on the same plant from my mother.

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ANGELIC THOUGHT ANGELIC THOUGHT ANGELIC THOUGHT ANGELIC THOUGHT

ANGELIC THOUGHT

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

34” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$200

Who would have thought that my mom, Majesty’s Bonnet, would produce children like me? Well, she did and thanks to my dad, an unnamed seedling, I’m here!

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ANGELIC TWIRL ANGELIC TWIRL ANGELIC TWIRL ANGELIC TWIRL

ANGELIC TWIRL

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

18” tall, 24” wide, novelty, mid

$75

To move or spin around rapidly, suddenly or repeatedly. No apologies here as this novelty bloom will surely cause some minor neck pain!

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ANGELIC TWIST ANGELIC TWIST ANGELIC TWIST ANGELIC TWIST

ANGELIC TWIST

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

18” tall, 24” wide, novelty, mid

$75

And now for something completely different and pleasantly amusing, each bloom is configured with multiple turns, curves and bends!

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ANGELIC WONDER ANGELIC WONDER ANGELIC WONDER ANGELIC WONDER

ANGELIC WONDER

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 36” wide, semi-double to double, early to mid

$300 Sold Out

Sometimes a new variety peony bloom comes along that provides astonishment, admiration and mystery. Look deeply into its blooms and you may see it?

BARBARA BARBARA BARBARA BARBARA

BARBARA

(unknown)

38” tall, 46” wide, double, mid to late

$30

A lacy and luxuriant double from Poland that is nearly a bouquet all by itself. Not registered in America as the name was registered before it emigrated.

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BEST MAN BEST MAN BEST MAN BEST MAN

BEST MAN

(Klehm)

34” tall, 40” wide, double, late

$35 Sold Out

I will not faint during the growing season! Though others may fall, watch me stand up straight while holding a 6-8” saucer above my head.

BLUE ROSE BLUE ROSE BLUE ROSE BLUE ROSE

BLUE ROSE

(Lins, 1957)

32” tall, 40” wide, double, mid to late

$50 Sold Out

It’s a toss up here: 1) This shade of deep ‘rose’ color carries more ‘blue’ color than any peony of its time, or 2) The fragrance of ‘roses’ permeates outside and inside spaces. Choices!

CAMELLIA WHITE CAMELLIA WHITE CAMELLIA WHITE CAMELLIA WHITE

CAMELLIA WHITE

(Klehm, 1998)

32” tall, 42” wide, double, mid

$35

Beautifully formed blooms evoke spring with smooth petals touched with pink, should breezes be cool. Strong stems and extraordinary fragrance make an exquisite cut flower.

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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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CHEESE COUNTRY CHEESE COUNTRY CHEESE COUNTRY CHEESE COUNTRY

CHEESE COUNTRY

(Klehm)

28” tall, 38” wide, Japanese, mid

$30

Unexpected center swirls of pink and bright yellow captivate, and foliage is attractive well past blooming. Sturdy stems bear several flowers with a delicate fragrance.

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CHRISTMAS VELVET  CHRISTMAS VELVET  CHRISTMAS VELVET  CHRISTMAS VELVET

CHRISTMAS VELVET

(Anderson, R.F., 1992)

30” tall, 42” wide, bomb double, mid

$50

This much-sought-after bomb is the very definition of opulent color and elegant form, with extravagant, richly toned petals and excellent posture from strong stems.

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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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FUCHSIA CUDDLES FUCHSIA CUDDLES FUCHSIA CUDDLES FUCHSIA CUDDLES

FUCHSIA CUDDLES

(Klehm, 1999)

18” tall, 24” wide, single, early

$30

Don’t you just want to cuddle me? I love to live in small spaces, especially in rock gardens. Being petite has its advantages too!

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FUCHSIA DRAGONFLY  FUCHSIA DRAGONFLY  FUCHSIA DRAGONFLY  FUCHSIA DRAGONFLY

FUCHSIA DRAGONFLY

(Klehm, 1998)

28” tall, 38” wide, Japanese, late

$30

Not too many gardeners know me, because I am new to the neighborhood. I produce an amazing amount of blooms for a major splash of color.

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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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GOLDEN GLOW GOLDEN GLOW GOLDEN GLOW GOLDEN GLOW

GOLDEN GLOW

(Glasscock, 1935)

24” tall, 36” wide, single, very early

$40

Make sure your site location is in full sun and well-drained soil! Bright scarlet red blooms with orange undertones awaken your gardens in very early spring time.

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GREEN MARTIAN GREEN MARTIAN GREEN MARTIAN GREEN MARTIAN

GREEN MARTIAN

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 40” wide, novelty, mid

$100

Be on the lookout for ‘green’ peonies that may be lurking in your garden. Not only are their heads ‘green’ but their entire body forms a luscious, dark ‘green’ stature.

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ILLINI ROSE ILLINI ROSE ILLINI ROSE ILLINI ROSE

ILLINI ROSE

(Glasscock/Falk, 1964)

28” tall, 38” wide, double to bomb double, mid

$50 Sold Out

Tightly woven petals form a rose-colored softball held fairly high on stout stems. Hard to find variety in commerce and well worth the investment for something different.

KING MIDAS KING MIDAS KING MIDAS KING MIDAS

KING MIDAS

(Lins, 1942)

30” tall, 40” wide, double, mid to late

$50 Sold Out

You too can encircle your home with this rare peony just like King Midas of Phrygia did with his gardens surrounding his castle. Stately plant that now deserves its place in commerce.

LEMON CHIFFON LEMON CHIFFON LEMON CHIFFON LEMON CHIFFON

LEMON CHIFFON

(Reath, 1981)

32” tall, 40” wide, double, mid

$55

Give this beauty some time to fully mature into a one-of-a-kind peony. Fragrant, fertile and fabulous. What more can you achieve in your garden and vase?

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LOTUS BLOOM LOTUS BLOOM LOTUS BLOOM LOTUS BLOOM

LOTUS BLOOM

(Saunders, 1943)

36” tall, 40” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$40

A whimsical bloom that will surprise you every growing season. Not in a bad way of course, but, its flat blooms may increase or decrease in width each season. Stunning color for sure!

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MARCELLA MARCELLA MARCELLA MARCELLA

MARCELLA

(Lins, 1952)

30” tall, 40” wide, double, mid

$40 Sold Out

A strong plant in the garden with its double white blooms and dark green foliage. Perhaps a collector of Mr. Lins varieties will add this to your garden? Just a few to share.

MARY BRAND MARY BRAND MARY BRAND MARY BRAND

MARY BRAND

(Brand, 1907)

36” tall, 40” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$30

A whimsical bloom that will surprise you every growing season. Not in a bad way of course, but, its flat blooms may increase or decrease in width each season. Stunning color for sure!

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PALE MOON RISING PALE MOON RISING PALE MOON RISING

PALE MOON RISING

(Laning/Klehm, 2007)

26” tall, 38” wide, single, early

$40

Not too much is known about this herbaceous hybrid peony. It has had limited exposure in commerce so perhaps this may rise up early in your gardens in a few years!

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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.

RIVIDA RIVIDA RIVIDA RIVIDA

RIVIDA

(Harrell, 1985)

32” tall, 38” wide, single, mid

$30

Sure, my bloom is charming and my foliage is attractive, but my greatest attribute is in the fall when my seedpods turn red. Use me in fall arrangements to enhance another opportune season.

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ROGER’S BLUSH ROGER’S BLUSH ROGER’S BLUSH ROGER’S BLUSH

ROGER’S BLUSH

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2023)

22” tall, 36” wide, double, early to mid

$200 Sold Out

When Roger Anderson saw a picture of his seedling, hard to tell, but I think he blushed as much as this peony certainly does.

ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT

ROGER’S DELIGHT

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

24” tall, 36” wide, semi-double to double, early to mid

$1000

How could we ask for more after seeing this Roger Anderson seedling? Be patient as the ‘blooms’ take some time to fully open. Of course, now, it’s time to open up your pocket book!

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ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE

ROGER’S PRIZE

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

30” tall, 40” wide, semi-double, mid

$500

Though hybridizing is not an official contest, this seedling certainly does not have an equal in the world. Perhaps the ultimate prize is growing this in your garden!

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ROGER’S RED ROGER’S RED ROGER’S RED ROGER’S RED

ROGER’S RED

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

30” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, mid

$400 Sold Out

This darkest semi-double red will not fade and is the first peony Roger Anderson has allowed to bear his name. A very special herbaceous hybrid seedling.

ROGER’S SALUTE ROGER’S SALUTE ROGER’S SALUTE ROGER’S SALUTE

ROGER’S SALUTE

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

26” tall, 36” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$750

Roger Anderson is one of the greatest peony hybridizers in the world. We ‘salute’ you Roger on another seedling never before seen in the world!

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ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER

ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2023)

30” tall, 44” wide, double, early to mid

$1000

We temporarily interrupt your perusing of our peonies to induce a standing ovation for one of Roger Anderson’s most beautiful herbaceous peonies. Congratulations!

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ROSE PEARL ROSE PEARL ROSE PEARL ROSE PEARL

ROSE PEARL

(Bigger, 1963)

34” high, 48” wide, double, mid

$35 Sold Out

The queen of fragrance has arrived! My rose scent permeates throughout the garden. Bring me inside for a delicate, long-lasting aroma.

ROSEDALE ROSEDALE ROSEDALE ROSEDALE

ROSEDALE

(Auten, 1936)

24” tall, 36” wide, semi-double, early

$30

Being an early dark red and possessing a light fragrance has its advantages inside a vase and in the garden. Some even call me medium height, dark and handsome!

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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.

WHITE GRACE WHITE GRACE WHITE GRACE WHITE GRACE

WHITE GRACE

(Klehm, 2000)

30” tall, 40” wide, semi-double, mid

$35

If you like one 8” white, flat bloom per straight and strong stem, pick me! I will grace your vase and garden with my light fragrance and floriferous performance.

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WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS

WONDEROUS CANVAS

(Swenson Gardens, 2020)

36” tall, 48” wide, Japanese, mid

$100

My father, Scarlet Tanager, would like to introduce me to you as one of his children. He describes me as a portrait that was recently painted on a canvas.

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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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