Peony Roots

Let us help you bring the joy and excitement of peonies to your garden!

Whenever people talk to me about peonies they express their wish to grow them locally.  Many have tried and been met with disappointment.  Through my experience of growing almost 1,000 peonies in over 50 varieties, I have learned that some thrive in our mild climate while others do not perform as well.  In response to your requests, I have identified a select number of roots I am growing and that are hardy, floriforous and gorgeous in our California climate.

I have a limited supply, so place your peony root orders now for 2018!

Peony roots are shipped (at cost) between October 15  and 30, 2018.  For local orders (Auburn-Sacramento area), let’s discuss delivery options.  Email Karen at to place your order.  

Charles Burgess – This striking Japanese peony is a rich burgundy color with an absolutely heavenly scent!  It is one of my favorite peonies because it is very floriferous, fragrant and looks stunning in a bouquet. It is very hardy with long, strong stems and foliage that looks great throughout the growing season. It is an early season bloomer. 30” height. $18 per root.


Coral Sunset – I love this coral peony with its abundance of petals, gorgeous color and lovely fragrance.  It’s also a favorite because Coral Sunset is one of the first to bloom and never fails to remind me why spring is such a fabulous time of year.   This peony starts as coral and turns to ivory as it ages.  It has a great vase life and is gorgeous every moment as it changes and opens. This is a vigorous plant that stands 32 + inches tall and is covered with spring blooms.  $24 per root.


Dr. Alexander Fleming — Named for Sir Alexander Fleming, the British scientist who discovered penicillin, this peony is noted for its sweet fragrance and full double flower form.  The rose-like buds are delightful from the start and the large rosy pink flowers fade to a lighter pink towards the edges.  These plants are tall and vigorous and the blooms make an outstanding cut flower. Blooms in the mid- to late-season and stands 34” tall.  $22 per root.



Dr. F.G. Brethour – If you are looking for a large, pure white peony, this could be the one for you.  The bloom’s fragrant, fully double form make for an excellent cut flower as well as gorgeous delight in the garden.  The plant, which reaches 34+ inches in height, is vigorous with beautiful dark green foliage.  $22 per root.



Kansas – The beautiful watermelon red bloom of Kansas is a wonderful addition to any garden.  The blooms start with a rose shape and slowly open becoming a large, fully double peony with a rich, jewel tone. It is gorgeous!  These lovely flowers are held on strong stems and the foliage is a beautiful dark green.  The plant blooms mid to late in the season and reaches 32”.   $18 per root.


Largo – “Wow!” is what you will say when you see the number of blooms on this lovely Japanese style peony.  Largo is extremely floriforous with blooms that frequently reach 6 or more inches in diameter.   It starts blooming mid-season and keeps flowering until the end of the season.  Although the stems are long and strong, because of the abundance of large flowers, Largo benefits from support.  34” Tall.  $16 per root 



Minuet – What a beauty!  This fully double, soft pink peony is very large and fragrant too.  This is an exceptionally large plant reaching 36 or more inches in height with beautiful green foliage to the ground.  It has excellent plant habit and long, strong stems.  Requires staking in the garden.  $22 per root.


Nick Shaylor — This is one gorgeous peony!  As a bud, Nick Shaylor is a burgundy and pink bloom, and as it opens it evolves into a warm, soft pink, ultimately turning a lovely ivory white.  It produces very large flowers measuring 5″ in size.  The plant itself is also lovely and stands 34″.  Because of the bloom size, this plant benefits from staking.   $20 per root.


Paula Fay —You can’t find a brighter, more cheerful peony than Paula Fay.  An early season bloomer, Paula Fay is a large, beautiful, hot pink peony that flowers in profusion.  This 30″peony is excellent in the garden while also producing an abundance of gorgeous cut flowers.  The bees will love you for planting Paula Fay (or any other peony for that matter)!  $18 per root.


Sea Shell – This peony reminds me of sunshine and happiness on a stem.  It is light and airy in form and the blooms are huge, often 8 or more inches in diameter.  The flowers are held high on long, strong stems.  This mid-season bloomer  is a cheerful flower that looks great in a vase or on the plant.  36” height.  $16 per root.