Swenson Gardens

Our New Seedlings

We are pleased to announce that our new intersectional hybrid (Itoh hybrid) and herbaceous peonies are now available. In 2013, we purchased Roger F. Anderson’s last generation of seedlings and are excited to share the results of his 45+ years of hybridizing with you. Roger is known around the world for his intersectionals and herbaceous peony originations and you will not find these one-of-a-kind varieties anywhere else!

Lake Minnetonka, named mni tanka by the Dakota Sioux, lies just west of Minneapolis and has great spiritual and historic significance to Minnesotans. This is where early winter-hardy apples were developed, maple syrup is harvested, and vacation hotels and streetcar boats flourished. The lake is made up of many bays, has 125 miles of shoreline, and the community of Minnetonka is home to many state leaders, celebrities, and artists. We honor its horticultural and artistic heritage with three new varieties.

TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY

TONKA BERRY

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

24” tall, 42” wide, single, mid

$150

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 CLOUD TONKA CLOUD TONKA CLOUD TONKA CLOUD

TONKA CLOUD

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

26” tall, 46” wide, semi-double, mid

$250

Sky-blue waters under fluffy clouds is the classic Lake Minnetonka view. True-white petals billow around blushing pink flares with gossamer, creamy stamens.

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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

$200

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.

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TONKA FUCHSIA TONKA FUCHSIA TONKA FUCHSIA TONKA FUCHSIA

TONKA FUCHSIA

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

24” tall, 32” wide, single, early to mid

$150

The most impudent of colors, gorgeous against its foliage or in a bouquet, with an exceptionally beautiful center.

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TONKA FUSION TONKA FUSION TONKA FUSION TONKA FUSION

TONKA FUSION

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

28” tall, 40” wide, single, mid

$175

When this fancy character opens, you can almost hear the fireworks! Cream streaks against audacious pink with a dramatic bright yellow froth. Handsome foliage.

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TONKA MULBERRY TONKA MULBERRY TONKA MULBERRY TONKA MULBERRY

TONKA MULBERRY

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

24” tall, 36” wide, single, mid

$300

Vibrant, vivid color that delights from across the garden and surprises up close with a frothy pop of buttery gold.

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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

$125

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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TONKA PURPLE TONKA PURPLE TONKA PURPLE TONKA PURPLE

TONKA PURPLE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

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

$750

For the discriminating collector, the only semi-double-to-double intersectional in this glamorous hue in the world. A showpiece in the garden.

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TONKA WHITE TONKA WHITE TONKA WHITE TONKA WHITE

TONKA WHITE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

28” tall, 44” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$300

Abundant and luminously white petals gather in flares of blushing crimson, in striking contrast to deep green, glossy foliage.

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BASHFUL QUEEN BASHFUL QUEEN BASHFUL QUEEN BASHFUL QUEEN

BASHFUL QUEEN

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

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

$250 Sold Out

May the new queen of the garden take her place! She surely exhibits royalty in color, uprightness and yes, fragrance. Oh, she also likes to come inside adorning us with her presence.

BUTTERFLY KISSES BUTTERFLY KISSES BUTTERFLY KISSES BUTTERFLY KISSES

BUTTERFLY KISSES

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

24” tall, 32” wide, single, mid to late

$50

I am a crowing achievement of my originator’s goal to develop petite plants with small blooms. My mere 4” bloom size presents a stunning accent in smaller gardens.

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LITTLE JEANNE LITTLE JEANNE LITTLE JEANNE LITTLE JEANNE

LITTLE JEANNE

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

24” tall, 32” wide, Japanese, late

$40

My petite size has its advantages for gardens with limited space. My originator developed numerous rock garden peonies that my grower is releasing over the next few years.

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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

$75

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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PINK FLIRTATION PINK FLIRTATION PINK FLIRTATION PINK FLIRTATION

PINK FLIRTATION

(Anderson/Kornder/Swenson, 2014)

24” tall, 38” wide, bomb double, mid to late

$40

Don’t get me wrong about flirting as it is okay to do that in garden situations! You will see me later in the bloom time, which is a good thing for extending color (and flirting) in your garden.

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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

$100

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

$150

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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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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STEPHEN E AMBROSE STEPHEN E AMBROSE STEPHEN E AMBROSE STEPHEN E AMBROSE

STEPHEN E AMBROSE

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

30” tall, 38” wide, double, mid

$400

This Roger Anderson hybrid is new, rare, and our most-requested herbaceous hybrid. Double red blooms can be 8 inches wide. Stems are exceptionally sturdy

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WONDEROUS AWAKENING WONDEROUS AWAKENING WONDEROUS AWAKENING WONDEROUS AWAKENING

WONDEROUS AWAKENING

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

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

$60

Awake, oh my soul, awake. As the sun reaches high above the horizon, our gardens are awakening to a noticeable difference. A Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedling.

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WONDEROUS BLONDE WONDEROUS BLONDE WONDEROUS BLONDE WONDEROUS BLONDE

WONDEROUS BLONDE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

28” tall, 40” wide, single, early to mid

$100

Blonde is certainly a beautiful color especially when you are a new Roger Anderson exclusive yellow seedling!

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WONDEROUS CIRCLE WONDEROUS CIRCLE WONDEROUS CIRCLE WONDEROUS CIRCLE

WONDEROUS CIRCLE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

20” tall, 30” wide, semi-double, mid

$175

Will the circle be unbroken? Knowing there’s a better home awaiting in the sky, for now though, lets gather round Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow peony and sing!

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WONDEROUS CRINKLE WONDEROUS CRINKLE WONDEROUS CRINKLE WONDEROUS CRINKLE

WONDEROUS CRINKLE

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

24” tall, 32” wide, single, mid

$100

Not as smooth as other single white peonies, however, my fragrance and crinkled petals attracts many gardeners and honey bees. too Hint, hint…

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WONDEROUS CUP WONDEROUS CUP WONDEROUS CUP WONDEROUS CUP

WONDEROUS CUP

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

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

$60

My cup runneth over with beauty, strength and fragrance. Not to be arrogant but I am certainly blessed to be one of Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedlings.

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WONDEROUS DELIGHT WONDEROUS DELIGHT WONDEROUS DELIGHT WONDEROUS DELIGHT

WONDEROUS DELIGHT

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

30” tall, 42” wide, double, early

$1000 Sold Out

Have you ever seen and smelled an ‘early blooming’ full double white? What an accomplishment at Swenson Gardens to release this new seedling to a few gardeners.

WONDEROUS GLOW WONDEROUS GLOW WONDEROUS GLOW WONDEROUS GLOW

WONDEROUS GLOW

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

22” tall, 32” wide, single, mid

$150

Though Roger Anderson is not quite as young as he used to be, his exclusive yellow seedling certainly has that youthful, attractive and happy glow up close and from a distance.

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WONDEROUS HALO WONDEROUS HALO WONDEROUS HALO WONDEROUS HALO

WONDEROUS HALO

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

26” tall, 36” wide, single, mid

$150

Yes, I am an exclusive Roger Anderson yellow seedling; however, the lower portions of my petals have a greenish hue with a light yellow…’halo’. Very unique and luminescent!

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WONDEROUS LIGHT WONDEROUS LIGHT WONDEROUS LIGHT WONDEROUS LIGHT

WONDEROUS LIGHT

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

26” tall, 38” wide, single, early to mid

$60

Light is consistently that, light. No darkness here especially when the sun is shining brightly. A Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedling.

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WONDEROUS LINEN WONDEROUS LINEN WONDEROUS LINEN WONDEROUS LINEN

WONDEROUS LINEN

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

30” tall, 40” wide, single, early to mid

$150

Linen is known for its strength, coolness and luster. All those attributes ascribe this new Swenson Gardens exclusive seedling. Very noticeable during early to mid bloom.

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WONDEROUS LOVE WONDEROUS LOVE WONDEROUS LOVE WONDEROUS LOVE

WONDEROUS LOVE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

22” tall, 30” wide, single, early to mid

$150

Do honey bees love me? Seems like every time they visit me their pollen press is full. Human photographers also love me for the unique colorations of my blooms.

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WONDEROUS MAUVE WONDEROUS MAUVE WONDEROUS MAUVE WONDEROUS MAUVE

WONDEROUS MAUVE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

26” tall, 38” wide, single, early to mid

$150

Back in 1856 an English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered this color. Little did anyone know that my mauve colored blooms could be seen by a few gardeners in 2021.

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WONDEROUS MEETING WONDEROUS MEETING WONDEROUS MEETING WONDEROUS MEETING

WONDEROUS MEETING

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

30” tall, 44” wide, single, early

$150

Roger Anderson’s new yellow seedling officially calls this meeting to order. Sorry no seating available so you will have to stand. I know there are many of you here so let’ get started.

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WONDEROUS PAPER WONDEROUS PAPER WONDEROUS PAPER WONDEROUS PAPER

WONDEROUS PAPER

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

34” tall, 46” wide, single, early

$250

You may know my mom, Little Dorrit, but I grew up much taller than her. Even my bloom is almost 7 inches wide. Mom is certainly proud of me as I also have a very pleasing fragrance.

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WONDEROUS PORTRAIT WONDEROUS PORTRAIT WONDEROUS PORTRAIT WONDEROUS PORTRAIT

WONDEROUS PORTRAIT

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2021)

24” tall, 32” wide, single, mid

$250

Hopefully you have optical stabilization on your camera as I think I see you shaking looking at me through your viewfinder. I know, I know, you have never seen a peony bloom like me.

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WONDEROUS SCRUNCH WONDEROUS SCRUNCH WONDEROUS SCRUNCH WONDEROUS SCRUNCH

WONDEROUS SCRUNCH

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

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

$250

Wrinkles, creases, pressed and folded describe my delicate appearance. Please do not crumple or squeeze me too hard even though my fragrance lures you in!

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WONDEROUS SECRET WONDEROUS SECRET WONDEROUS SECRET WONDEROUS SECRET

WONDEROUS SECRET

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

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

$750

Swenson’s have kept me hidden from you far too long! Finally, they have shown me to the world. Yes, I’m that lovely so negotiate your purchase quickly before they hide me again.

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WONDEROUS WHITE WONDEROUS WHITE WONDEROUS WHITE WONDEROUS WHITE

WONDEROUS WHITE

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

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

$500 Sold Out

Looking for a sublime ‘white’ peony? My qualities are sophisticated, extremely good, beautiful and enjoyable. Seriously I’m that noble and majestic!

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