Swenson Gardens

New for 2019

36 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.

ANGELO COBB FREEBORN ANGELO COBB FREEBORN ANGELO COBB FREEBORN ANGELO COBB FREEBORN

ANGELO COBB FREEBORN

(Freeborn, 1943)

40” tall, 48” wide, double, mid

$25

Mrs. Freeborn describes this pale coral shade as “shrimp pink.” The very large blooms require some support and deliver gorgeous impact from afar.

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BARBARA

(unknown)

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

$25

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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BROTHER CHUCK

(Klehm, 1995)

28” tall, 40” wide, double, mid

$30 Sold Out

A peony lover’s peony, this is one amazing cut and show flower, often judged top in its class and a 2008 grand champion. A showstopper.

CAMELLIA WHITE CAMELLIA WHITE CAMELLIA WHITE CAMELLIA WHITE

CAMELLIA WHITE

(Klehm, 1998)

32” tall, 42” wide, double, mid

$30

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.

CARRARA CARRARA CARRARA CARRARA

CARRARA

(Bigger, 1952)

36” tall, 42” wide, Japanese, early to mid

$25 Sold Out

White as the marble it’s named for, distinctive guard petals open to reveal centers ranging from golden yellow to elegant cream, all atop stiff stems.

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CENTURY SNOWDRIFT

(Anderson/Kornder/Swenson, 2014)

36” tall, 48” wide, single, mid to late

$25

Grouped in mass plantings to show off their alabaster petals, these pearly beauties offer the effect of a snow drift, without the brrrr temperatures.

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CHIFFON PARFAIT

(Klehm, 1981)

36” tall, 48” wide, double, very late

$25 Sold Out

Like many a late bloomer, this one is a spectacular beauty worth the wait. Buds and petals of the palest pink with bright green foliage.

ERMA (‘ERMENEGILDA MANTAGNA’) ERMA (‘ERMENEGILDA MANTAGNA’) ERMA (‘ERMENEGILDA MANTAGNA’) ERMA (‘ERMENEGILDA MANTAGNA’)

ERMA (‘ERMENEGILDA MANTAGNA’)

(Leighton)

36” tall, 40” wide, single, early

$35

This exotic-looking show-off with evenly spaced petals is a stunner. Originally registered by Alfred Mantegna and then purchased from Don Smetana in Washington.

FAIRY PRINCESS FAIRY PRINCESS FAIRY PRINCESS FAIRY PRINCESS

FAIRY PRINCESS

(Glasscock/Falk, 1955)

20” tall, 28” wide, single, early

$25 Sold Out

A petite delight of compact, rounded foliage and brilliant, sassy blooms. Perfection in rock gardens, borders, and wherever space is small but big impact is desired.

FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB

FIRE BOMB

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

26” tall, 40” wide, bomb, early to mid

$150

Absolutely, positively fire engine red! Densely packed bomb of such a clear, definite red that is fairly pops against its well-formed foliage.

GREEN LOTUS GREEN LOTUS GREEN LOTUS GREEN LOTUS

GREEN LOTUS

(Klehm, 1995)

28” tall, 38” wide, single, early

$25 Sold Out

A knockout novelty bloom with crimped and ruffle-edged petals of pale green and white, touched with soft brushstrokes of rose. Huge blooms on dark foliage.

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IVORY VICTORY

(Klehm, 1988)

28” tall, 38” wide, double, mid

$30 Sold Out

These big, bountiful blooms are densely petaled and make extraordinary bouquets (and oil paintings!). One of the most popular, bestselling whites, with sturdy stems.

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KOKADEM

(unknown)

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

$50

This mysterious variety is from a famous hybridizer’s garden, yet its precise origins are unknown, so its offspring are noted as seedling pollen and/or pod parent.

LAVENDER LAVENDER LAVENDER LAVENDER

LAVENDER

(Saunders, 1939)

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

$100 Sold Out

A exceptional favorite from the famed hybridizer, Professor A. P. Saunders, this pale lilac flower is intricately shaded and is offset by elegant blue-grey foliage.

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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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LOTUS BLOOM

(Saunders, 1943)

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

$30

This hard-to-find Saunders hybrid has blooms the size of water lilies. Strong stems will support the blooms, if planted in a wind-protected spot.

LOVEBIRDS LOVEBIRDS LOVEBIRDS LOVEBIRDS

LOVEBIRDS

(Goldsmith/Smetana, 1994)

32” tall, 48” wide, single, early

$30

Gift the garden of newlyweds with the palest of pink-white blooms, held aloft on entwined carpels, which inspired its name. Excellent, shrub-like foliage.

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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MARY BRAND

(Brand, 1907)

30” tall, 42” wide, double, mid to late

$25

This 100-year-old variety may have graced your grandmother’s garden. It’s still a classic beauty in arrangements (and exhibits!), with deep red blooms and tidy, dark-green foliage.

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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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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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PASTELEGANCE

(Seidl, 1989)

30” tall, 40” wide, double, mid

$200

Rare, exquisite, and a bit slow to mature, with semi-glossy foliage and blooms that look like wedding cake frosting. Romantic and voluptuous, with limited amounts this year.

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PINK FLIRTATION

(Anderson, R.F./Kornder/Swenson, 2014)

36” tall, 40” wide, bomb, mid to late

$50

Being flirtatious has its benefits Whether it means have a great bloom or attractive carpels, it’s all good. Her offspring will be seen in the next few years.

PLUM SURPRISE PLUM SURPRISE PLUM SURPRISE PLUM SURPRISE

PLUM SURPRISE

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

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

$100 Sold Out

Mulberries are a bit too blue, pomegranates a bit too red. It’s a fresh-picked plum that these densely packed petals resemble, fresh as fruit salad against its crisp greens.

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PRINCESS BRIDE

(Klehm, 1988)

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

$25 Sold Out

White on white guard petals and double bomb center ball that are pure enough for a pristine bridal bouquet. Striking against its dark green foliage.

QUEEN ROSE QUEEN ROSE QUEEN ROSE QUEEN ROSE

QUEEN ROSE

(Saunders, 1949)

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

$100 Sold Out

Saunders called this ‘Masterpiece’ among his lobata hybrids. Perhaps his most gorgeous variety, this holds an exceptional hue, blushing to white in densely packed petals.

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RASPBERRY CHARM

(Wissing/Klehm, 1985)

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

$30

Vibrant, raspberry-colored blooms hold their intensity regardless of the weather. Bright yellow gold centers are cupped by semi-double petals. Sturdy stems and wonderful cut flower.

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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.

ROSA BONHEUR ROSA BONHEUR ROSA BONHEUR ROSA BONHEUR

ROSA BONHEUR

(Dessert, 1905)

30” tall, 40” wide, double, late

$30

This extraordinary centenarian classic flourishes in the gardens of collectors of fine peonies. Now these large, rose-scented blooms are available to you!

ROSELETTE’S CHILD ROSELETTE’S CHILD ROSELETTE’S CHILD ROSELETTE’S CHILD

ROSELETTE’S CHILD

(Saunders)

36” tall, 50” wide, single, early

$30

Creamy peach-colored blooms on sturdy stems arrive in early spring, and stately foliage sets off other border plants for the rest of the season.

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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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SARAH BERNHARDT

(LeMoine, 1906)

36” tall, 48” wide, double, late

$25

Meet the number one cut flower in all the world. Its large, fragrant double blooms of pastel pink have been beloved for more than 100 years.

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SCHAFFE

(Krekler, 1965)

34” tall, 38” wide, Japanese, mid to late

$25

This Japanese bloom type can be as luxuriant as a double. Depending on the growing year and climate, blooms can approach a true lavender shade.

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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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SOLANGE

(Lemoine, 1907)

30” tall, 38” wide, double, late

$20 Sold Out

Though not a prolific bloomer in our Zone 4, Solange produces abundant, fragrant, barely pink blooms in warmer zones. Petals are densely packed and gorgeous.

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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

(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

(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

(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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TRUTH

(Bigger, 1968)

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

$25 Sold Out

Really? Buds open as a delightful green that evolves through a plethora of fascinating shades before finally settling on that most pure color, white.

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