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Our New Seedlings

Looking for a new retail peony variety division? Swenson Gardens is for you. We specialize in unique world class peony hybrids. Herbaceous hybrid, lactiflora and intersectional hybrid or Itoh hybrid peonies are our one-of-a-kind creations. We also carry Roger F Anderson’s retail peony seedlings. Gorgeous, unique peonies are our specialty.

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

$100

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 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 MULBERRY TONKA MULBERRY TONKA MULBERRY TONKA MULBERRY

TONKA MULBERRY

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

24” tall, 36” wide, single, mid

$200

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

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 PINK TONKA PINK TONKA PINK TONKA PINK

TONKA PINK

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

30” tall, 48” wide, semi-double, mid

$100

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.

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

$500

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

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.

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

$250

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

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?

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?

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.

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.

WONDEROUS CRINKLE WONDEROUS CRINKLE WONDEROUS CRINKLE WONDEROUS CRINKLE

WONDEROUS CRINKLE

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

24” tall, 32” wide, single, mid

$60

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

WONDEROUS PORTRAIT WONDEROUS PORTRAIT WONDEROUS PORTRAIT WONDEROUS PORTRAIT

WONDEROUS PORTRAIT

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

24” tall, 32” wide, single, mid

$200 Sold Out

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.

WONDEROUS SECRET WONDEROUS SECRET WONDEROUS SECRET WONDEROUS SECRET WONDEROUS SECRET

WONDEROUS SECRET

(Swenson Gardens, 2021)

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

$500

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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