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Swenson Gardens is closed for 2022 ordering. We look forward to seeing you again in 2023!

New for 2022

55 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.

ADONIS ADONIS ADONIS ADONIS

ADONIS

(Sass, 1930)

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

$30 Sold Out

Bring on the glitz! Infuse pink with some yellow and you now have the true meaning of a cut flower from the 1930’s! A top performer.

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CENTURY SNOWDRIFT

(Anderson/Kornder/Swenson, 2014)

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

$30 Sold Out

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

COURT JESTER COURT JESTER COURT JESTER COURT JESTER

COURT JESTER

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

24” tall, 36” wide, single, mid

$45 Sold Out

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.

CRINKLED LINENS CRINKLED LINENS CRINKLED LINENS CRINKLED LINENS

CRINKLED LINENS

(Klehm, 1998)

30” tall, 38” wide, single, early

$30 Sold Out

In response to customer requests, this copious bloomer is back in limited availability. Broad, pure white petals with elegant guard egg yolk-yellow centers. Lovely foliage.

DIANA PARKS DIANA PARKS DIANA PARKS DIANA PARKS

DIANA PARKS

(Bockstoce, 1942)

38” tall, 44” wide, bomb double, early

$35 Sold Out

A flirtatious double bomb with fragrant blooms. Support the blooms, cut them when they are tennis-ball sized, and enjoy in a vase. Diana won’t disappoint.

EARLY WINDFLOWER EARLY WINDFLOWER EARLY WINDFLOWER EARLY WINDFLOWER

EARLY WINDFLOWER

(Saunders, 1939)

36” tall, 54” wide, single, very early

$40

Hang on to your hats as the very early spring winds blow. Blooms described as ‘slightly nodding’ and ‘foliage is fern-like and very handsome’. Saunders alert!

FAITHFUL DREAM FAITHFUL DREAM FAITHFUL DREAM FAITHFUL DREAM

FAITHFUL DREAM

(Stanek, 2014)

34” tall, 40” wide, semi-double to double, early

$100

True to its name, the older it gets the better it looks! Blooms may be smaller in its early years but dreamy, and huge, in later years.

FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB

FIRE BOMB

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

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

$200 Sold Out

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

GLORIOUS ARRIVAL GLORIOUS ARRIVAL GLORIOUS ARRIVAL GLORIOUS ARRIVAL

GLORIOUS ARRIVAL

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$500

Arriving with crepe like petals early in life is a good thing…for peonies. Silky and paper-thin petals present a stunning bloom with classic dark green foliage.

GLORIOUS BLUSH GLORIOUS BLUSH GLORIOUS BLUSH GLORIOUS BLUSH

GLORIOUS BLUSH

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

30” tall, 40” wide, semi-double to double, early

$750 Sold Out

No diffidence here! Bold, confident, assertive peony that looks forward to spring! In fact ‘early’ spring blooms of this color may make a gardener blush with joy.

GLORIOUS CHEER GLORIOUS CHEER GLORIOUS CHEER GLORIOUS CHEER GLORIOUS CHEER GLORIOUS CHEER

GLORIOUS CHEER

(Anderson, R.F/Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$1000

Take courage dear peony enthusiasts when bright red blooms emerge in the spring. Rejoice and be glad in it. Your heart (and eyes, nose and appendages) will truly shout for joy!

GLORIOUS GRACE GLORIOUS GRACE GLORIOUS GRACE GLORIOUS GRACE

GLORIOUS GRACE

(Anderson, R.F/Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$750

Just as God showed His unconditional love for us through His Son, Glorious Grace will find its unmerited favor in your peony garden.

GLORIOUS HONEY GLORIOUS HONEY GLORIOUS HONEY GLORIOUS HONEY

GLORIOUS HONEY

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

24” tall, 32” wide, semi-double to double, early

$750

Sweetness has never ‘smelled’ so good! Such a delight in a peony garden. Especially knowing ‘Melissa’ was her mom.

GLORIOUS HOPE GLORIOUS HOPE GLORIOUS HOPE GLORIOUS HOPE

GLORIOUS HOPE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$1000

Though not as big as her mom, Melissa, to trust and wait expectantly each spring, rewards peony enthusiasts the true meaning of a ‘dwarf’ cultivar.

GLORIOUS IMPRINT GLORIOUS IMPRINT GLORIOUS IMPRINT GLORIOUS IMPRINT

GLORIOUS IMPRINT

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$175

Finally, a vivid impression of what a mid to late blooming peony should look like. Outstanding plant habitat that is the essence in your garden.

GLORIOUS JOY GLORIOUS JOY GLORIOUS JOY GLORIOUS JOY GLORIOUS JOY

GLORIOUS JOY

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

20” tall, 34” wide, bomb double, early to mid

$1000

Check off all your senses when this variety blooms in the spring! Happiness abounds in small plants within your garden.

GLORIOUS LAVENDER GLORIOUS LAVENDER GLORIOUS LAVENDER GLORIOUS LAVENDER

GLORIOUS LAVENDER

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

34” tall, 44” wide, double, early

$2000

Through our new mom and A.P. Saunders ‘Queen Rose’ the dad, may we present their child, Glorious Lavender. Attributes never been seen or smelled this early, ever.

GLORIOUS LOOK GLORIOUS LOOK GLORIOUS LOOK GLORIOUS LOOK

GLORIOUS LOOK

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

30” tall, 40” wide, single to semi-double, early to mid

$150

Though scents are not present, the sense to stop and look will grab your attention during bloom time. Dark green foliage is definitely an eye catcher too.

GLORIOUS PASSION GLORIOUS PASSION GLORIOUS PASSION GLORIOUS PASSION

GLORIOUS PASSION

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$300

Roger F Anderson’s love for creating peonies is certainly exemplified in this new variety. His passion is being carried forward by us for many generations.

GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET

GLORIOUS SECRET

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$750

Not as tall as its sister, Wonderous Secret, smaller spaces may allow this ‘secret’ to fulfill its place in your garden. Lovely dark green foliage but don’t tell anyone.

GLORIOUS SOUND GLORIOUS SOUND GLORIOUS SOUND GLORIOUS SOUND

GLORIOUS SOUND

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$300

Our new mom certainly has an affection to A.P. Saunders. His ‘Fantasia’ and her produced a rather boisterous child named ‘Glorious Sound’.

GLORIOUS WHISPER GLORIOUS WHISPER GLORIOUS WHISPER GLORIOUS WHISPER

GLORIOUS WHISPER

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

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

$125

Our new mom also had an eye on R.G. Klehm’s ‘Lavender Whisper’. Their child far exceeds its dad’s original characteristics. Perhaps our new mom had a part in that?

GOLDILOCKS GOLDILOCKS GOLDILOCKS GOLDILOCKS

GOLDILOCKS

(Gilbertson, 1975)

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

$35 Sold Out

Lacey gathered skirts of petals in a scrumptious shade of butter-to-daffodil yellow, so treasured in peonies. Tip: wait a season or two to cut blooms for best results.

GREEN HALO GREEN HALO GREEN HALO GREEN HALO

GREEN HALO

(Klehm, 1999)

28” tall, 34” wide, single to semi-double, early to mid

$30

Appearing white in color from a distance reveals a plethora of lime green and chartreuse shades upon arriving at this unusual bloom colorations. Pictures are allowed!

JEANNE d’ARC JEANNE d’ARC JEANNE d’ARC JEANNE d’ARC

JEANNE d’ARC

(Calot, 1858)

36” tall, 42” wide, double, mid

$40 Sold Out

These voluptuous, magnificent blooms are as layered as a Renoir, and the pink-and-cream shades tipped here and there with red are exquisite. Impressive cut flower.

KARL ROSENFIELD KARL ROSENFIELD KARL ROSENFIELD KARL ROSENFIELD

KARL ROSENFIELD

(Karl Rosenfield, 1908)

32” tall, 40” wide, double, mid

$30 Sold Out

As a classic garden plant, I have been featured in flowerbeds for decades. If you are looking for your grandmother’s peony, here I am.

LAVENDER WHISPER LAVENDER WHISPER LAVENDER WHISPER LAVENDER WHISPER

LAVENDER WHISPER

(Klehm, 1999)

26” tall, 36” wide, single, early

$30

A hint of lavender color arrives at blooms opening but more importantly, a hint of lavender smell fills our olfactory epitheliums! Hope your sensory neurons are working?

LEMBROSE LEMBROSE LEMBROSE LEMBROSE

LEMBROSE

(Swenson Gardens, 2020)

32” tall, 38” wide, double, mid

$2500 Sold Out

Need we say more? The apex of new peony creations?

LITTLE DORRIT LITTLE DORRIT LITTLE DORRIT LITTLE DORRIT

LITTLE DORRIT

(Saunders, 1949)

20” tall, 28” wide, single, early to mid

$300

Saunders’s collector alert! Very rare and only a few to share so order early!

LOLLIPOP LOLLIPOP LOLLIPOP LOLLIPOP

LOLLIPOP

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

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

$60 Sold Out

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

LUXURIANT LUXURIANT LUXURIANT LUXURIANT

LUXURIANT

(Anderson, 1986)

32” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, mid

$125 Sold Out

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.

MAY LILAC MAY LILAC MAY LILAC MAY LILAC

MAY LILAC

(Saunders, 1950)

36” tall, 56” wide, single, early

$30 Sold Out

What would early May be without a lilac colored peony? I get a little lonesome unless we are planted together in a clump or row and provided afternoon shade.

NORMA VOLZ NORMA VOLZ NORMA VOLZ NORMA VOLZ

NORMA VOLZ

(Volz, 1962)

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

$30 Sold Out

Fragrance vs huge blooms vs support needed? All great with Norma Volz! Yes she is available this season for those of you who saw her in the peony field last year.

PICOTEE PICOTEE PICOTEE PICOTEE

PICOTEE

(Saunders)

18” tall, 26” wide, single, very early

$50

Small, petite and very early bloom season has its rewards. Saunders collectors alert!

PINK DERBY PINK DERBY PINK DERBY PINK DERBY

PINK DERBY

(Bigger, 1966)

24” tall, 38” wide, bomb double, late

$35 Sold Out

Very pink, very dramatic, very tightly packed with lovely petals. Large double bomb blooms are prolific and want support to look their best.

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

$150 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.

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.

RED CHARM RED CHARM RED CHARM RED CHARM

RED CHARM

(Glasscock, 1944)

34” tall, 40” wide, bomb double, early

$30 Sold Out

Fabulous double bomb blooms can reach the size of a small soccer ball. Support is definitely needed in the field, but not in a vase!

RED GRACE RED GRACE RED GRACE RED GRACE

RED GRACE

(Glasscock/Klehm, 1980)

34” tall, 40” wide, bomb double, early

$35 Sold Out

Last year’s second-most popular red peony. Intense wine-colored petals in dense formation are lush and memorable. Attractive, hedge-like foliage. This year’s number one?

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 Sold Out

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!

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 Sold Out

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!

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.

ROSA BONHEUR ROSA BONHEUR ROSA BONHEUR ROSA BONHEUR

ROSA BONHEUR

(Dessert, 1905)

30” tall, 40” wide, double, late

$35 Sold Out

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

RUTH ELIZABETH RUTH ELIZABETH RUTH ELIZABETH RUTH ELIZABETH

RUTH ELIZABETH

(Brand, 1936)

26” tall, 36” wide, double, late

$30 Sold Out

Waiting for my bloom is hard to do as I am one of the latest reds to appear. Not to brag but I am a worthy exhibition bloom in a vase and stunning in your garden.

SCARLET HEAVEN SCARLET HEAVEN SCARLET HEAVEN SCARLET HEAVEN

SCARLET HEAVEN

(Anderson, R.F., 1999)

30” tall, 48” wide, single, mid

$40

Roger’s original scarlet red intersectional hybrid peony is back. Often imitated in pots but these are root-stock grown in our chemical free fields.

SCARLET TANAGER SCARLET TANAGER SCARLET TANAGER SCARLET TANAGER

SCARLET TANAGER

(Saunders, 1942)

38” high, 42” wide, single, early to mid

$400

Saunders collectors alert!

SCHAFFE SCHAFFE SCHAFFE SCHAFFE

SCHAFFE

(Krekler, 1965)

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

$30 Sold Out

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.

SHINING LIGHT SHINING LIGHT SHINING LIGHT SHINING LIGHT

SHINING LIGHT

(Unknown)

26” tall, 36” wide, semi-double, mid

$30 Sold Out

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.

SOLANGE SOLANGE SOLANGE SOLANGE

SOLANGE

(Lemoine, 1907)

30” tall, 38” wide, double, late

$30 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.

STARLIGHT STARLIGHT STARLIGHT STARLIGHT

STARLIGHT

(Saunders, 1949)

28” tall, 38” wide, single, very early

$30

A restrained, oh-so-elegant Saunders hybrid of gardenia-like pale yellow or creamy ivory guard petals encircling a densely packed golden center. Timeless and lovely.

TONKA BURST TONKA BURST TONKA BURST TONKA BURST

TONKA BURST

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

30” tall, 44” wide, single, mid

$150

One of our new ‘Tonka’ series bursts forth with an explosion of never-before-seen colors. Keep a camera or phone handy when you see this beauty break open!

TONKA DELICACY TONKA DELICACY TONKA DELICACY

TONKA DELICACY

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

30” tall, 46” wide, single, mid

$150

This new ‘Tonka” series is certainly pleasing and appealing in your garden color palette. Like the fineness of texture and daintiness of lace, time for some indulgence?

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.

TONKA SUBLIME TONKA SUBLIME TONKA SUBLIME TONKA SUBLIME

TONKA SUBLIME

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

30” tall, 46” wide, semi-double, mid

$250

Nobility has its place with this new ‘Tonka’ series intersectional hybrid peony. Majestic color and supreme foliage will take a solid stance in your garden.

TRUTH TRUTH TRUTH TRUTH

TRUTH

(Bigger, 1968)

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

$35 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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