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Peony Raspberry Sunday

Peony Raspberry Sunday
A Contrary Mary top 10 Pick!

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I have reluctantly made the decision to discontinue the shipping side of our business. I’m so sorry but WE WILL NO LONGER BE SHIPPING OUR HOSTAS, PEONIES, AND DAYLILIES. It has become too difficult to maintain the walk-in retail side and the mail order side, and I do not want quality and service to suffer. I unfortunately just can’t do it all!!!!

Contrary Mary’s is excited to offer the following selection of fabulous peonies.

An Peony Intersectional Peony in bloom!

An Peony Intersectional Peony in bloom!

PLUS – we also have a great selection of Intersectional Peonies (also called ITOH hybrid). These fantasic plants are a cross between an herbaceous and tree peony. An Intersectional Peony is more like its herbaceous parent in that it is easier (less picky about growing conditions) and quicker to bloom, but the flowers are every bit as stunning as its tree peony parent!We offer 80+ varieties of herbaceous peonies that make a great, low-maintenance, old-fashioned statement for your garden. Plan it right and you can have peonies blooming for a good six weeks! Just plant them in a sunny location in well-drained soil being careful not to site them too deeply (the eyes should be 1½-2” below the soil line.)  First year peonies will not be very floriferous as they spend that year getting established, but after that watch out!! Most make an outstanding cut flower, and even after they are done blooming their foliage remains attractive well into fall – most with blazing burgundy color.  They really are well-worth devoting some space in your garden to as they are very long-lived, no-brainer plants. They just sit and look pretty without many demands!! Once established they are VERY drought tolerant as they are deeply rooted. In late fall, just “whack” them down to the ground – no maintenance issues here!!

Here’s a list of our NEW awesome Peonies that will be available this year. Get your order in quickly as I do sell out of these wondrous lovelies! I’m also afraid that many are “gotta-haves,” especially the Intersectionals!!!

Peonies New
Cameo Puffs (24” midseason fragrant semi-double)
Charlie’s White (38” early fragrant bomb)
Cuckoos Nest (30” mid Japanese)
Dayglow Rose (20” mid Japanese very compact)
Embraceable Pink (26” mid fragrant Japanese very compact)
Festiva Supreme (26” mid fragrant double very stocky and sturdy)
Largo (36” mid Japanese excellent landscape variety)
Lora Dexheimer (30” mid fully double heirloom)
Lotus Queen (34” mid Japanese fragrant)
Oh My (32” mid double and aptly named!)
Princess Bride (32” mid bomb great cut)
Scatterbrain Pink (26” early single Wild & Wacky, very fragrant)
Sweet 16 (28” mid bomb fragrant strong grower)
Sweet Marjorie (28” early to mid cactus style fragrant, crazy)
Tecumseh (30” mid Japanese awesome cut)
Westhill (24” early fully double huge flowers, compact plant)

Herbaceous Peonies

‘Abalone Pearl’

Peony Abalone Pearl

(26” ht – $21.95) A semi-double with fragrant with coral-pink petals and a golden center. The foliage is dark green and attractive, and it blooms early. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




‘Angel Cheeks’

Peony Angel Cheeks

(26” ht – $32.95) A bomb type with fragrant cameo-pink flowers that have hints of red in the uppermost petals. Every bit as cute as its name implies, it is an American Peony Society Gold Medal Winner and a mid-season bloomer. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




Peony Anomala

Peony Anomala

(24” ht – $27.95) This early single is a species peony from Russia……VERY rare and limited! It has deeply divided green foliage that turns a beautiful orange in the fall, and 3” deep blood red single flowers that have a lily-of-the-valley type scent. A collector’s gotta-have!


‘Apron Strings’

Peony Apron Strings

(30” ht – $24.95) This one is double flowered form and late, and what a looker! VERY unusual (and Contrary of course!), with FRAGRANT bright pink blooms that have twisted and frilly lighter pink center petals. Truly a collector’s gotta-have!




‘Ave Maria’

Peony Ave Maria

(34” ht – $23.95) You’ll be singing this mid-blooming double Peony’s praises! She has HUGE fluffy white foliage with red streaks, and is very fragrant to boot!




‘Baby Whisper’

Peony Baby Whisper

(14” ht – $26.95) This wee little wonder is a rock garden Peony that blooms very early. She sports lavender purple single flowers with red overtones, and has awesome semi-cut leaf foliage. You can fit this tyke in anywhere and she always looks great! Available in VERY limited quantities.





Peony Bandit

(27” ht – $22.95) This peony is fully double, creamy pink with delicate silver hues, and blooms late season.




‘Baroness Schroeder’

Peony Baroness Schroeder

(36” ht – $24.95) This beautiful mid to late double flowered peony has very large white flowers with a pink blush that turn pure white. Has a terrific rose scent, great foliage, and is a fabulous cut flower!


‘Bashful Pink’

Peony Bashful Pink

(28” ht – $24.95) A midblo


‘Betty Warner’

(36” ht – $22.95) A great Japanese type that blooms late season with cranberry red flowers with centers just tipped in yellow. Very distinctive!





‘Bride’s Dream’

Peony Bride’s Dream

(28” ht – $23.95) This Japanese type is one of my favorites, soft and creamy with pale yellow centers in mid-season.




‘Burma Midnight’

(30” ht – $24.95) This single, early Peony has SCADS of small, deep dark red flowers with yellow eyes. Beacons you from across the garden! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘ Cameo Puffs’

Peony Cameo Puffs

(24″ ht midseason – $23.95) This petite cutie has semi-double, very FRAGRANT, poofy soft pink blooms with slightly darker park rounded guards. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.






Peony Carol

(28” ht – $27.95) This TRUE red double is an early bloomer with VERY sturdy stems (no flopping here!); excellent for cut flowers and GLOWS in the landscape!






 ‘Charles Burgess’

Peony Charles Burgess

(30” ht – $23.95) This Japanese form mid-bloomer has beautiful rich red guards surrounding a ruffley golden center. An absolutely fabulous landscape Peony. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.







‘Charlie’s White’

Peony Charlie’s White

(38” ht early – $23.95) A FRAGRANT bomb, he has STRONG stems with pure white flowers that have white guards. A sexy beast, he also makes an excellent cut flower! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.






Peony Cheddar Charm

(34” ht – $22.95) This Japanese type blooms late with ruby-red flowers with a starburst center etched in butter yellow. Very floriferous!





 ‘Cheddar Charm’

Peony Cheddar Charm

(34” ht – $22.95) This Japanese form mid-bloomer has VERY FRAGRANT full white guard petals surrounding brilliant yellow centers. Makes an excellent cut flower.





 ‘Cheddar Pom Pom’

Peony Cheddar Pom Pom

(36” ht – $23.95) A bomb type with pure white guard petals that have a twisted golden center. Early bloomer. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.






 ‘Cheddar Surprise’

Peony Cheddar Surprise

(30” ht – $24.95) This semi-double mid bloomer is FRAGRANT and has bright white fluffy blooms with full golden centers that have a surprise in the middle….a cluster of little mini white petals! Intriguing and adorable! Has deep green foliage and is an excellent cut flower and landscape specimen. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





 ‘Cherry Twist’

Peony Cherry Twist

(30” ht – $26.95) A midblooming single unique that’s a real Contrary Collector’s Peony with twisted, ruffly, fluted and Craaaazy petals that are white and streaked with cherry red. FRAGRANT and perfect in the landscape; Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




Peony Chinook

(36” ht – $24.95) This double late season Peony has FRAGRANT palest pink full blooms with swirls of raspberry in its center. Yep, one of my faves! Great in the landscape.


Peony Cincinnati

(32” ht – $22.95) This double mid-bloomer has clear, vivid pink blooms with silver edged petals; great for cut flowers and REALLY catches your eye from across the yard. Very handsome dense deep green foliage too!




 ‘Circus Circus’

Peony Circus Circus

(28” ht – $24.95) A semi-double with twisted petals that are streaked with raspberry and yellow pistils. A real festival of colors! Flowers are fragrant and it’s an early bloomer. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





Peony Clown

(34” ht – $23.95) This single mid-bloomer is a goofy guy that will make you smile with his deep rose pink single petals that have fluffy edges, and large yellow stamens. Unusual and FRAGRANT too!




 ‘Cora Stubbs’

Peony Cora Stubbs

(32” ht – $24.95) This stunning mid-season Japanese type Peony is one of the very BEST! She’s got it ALL goin on…HUGE 6″ fragrant flowers with raspberry pink guards and fluffy french vanilla centers; a vigorous grower with fantastic foliage too! Available in limited quantities! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





 ‘Coral Charm’

Peony Coral Charm

(36” ht – $24.95) A GORGEOUS  hybrid with semi-double blooms that have deep coral buds that open to coral peach blossoms. Blooms early season. American Peony Society Gold Medal Selection! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




  ‘Coral Fay’

Peony Coral Fay

(30” ht – $23.95) This semi-double is rose red with coral overtones; very unusual combination! Blooms early and has very attractive foliage all season long!


 ‘Coral Sunset’

Peony Coral Sunset

(28” ht – $28.95) A semi-double with intense coral blossom that have shades of pink and dark yellow stamens. I’m sure all my Plantheads will NEED this one! Oh, forgot to say that it is also an American Peony Society Gold Medal Selection, blooms early, is fragrant, and has an outstanding habit. Get yours early ‘cause we sell out quick! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.



 ‘Coral Supreme’

(36” ht – $26.95) This double flowered form is an unusual salmon coral color and it blooms early season. VERY vigorous and a heavy bloomer!


 ‘Crazy Myrtle’

Peony Crazy Myrtle

(30” ht – $22.95) (Well at least it’s not called Crazy Mary!) This Single form has twisted  & flared petals that are streaked with raspberry and red with a yellow center. Something VERY different for your peony collection; she blooms mid-season.



 ‘Crinkled Linens’

Peony Crinkled Linens

(32” ht – $24.95) Now THIS one has such a cool name and is so distinctive, I’m SURE you can make room for it! It is a single flowered early bloomer that blooms its little heart out! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




‘Cuckoo’s Nest’

Peony Cuckoo’s Nest

(30” ht mid – $23.95) This one is a Japanese form with purpley plum guards that surround raspberry centers. Beautiful deep olive green foliage too! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.



 ‘Dairy Anne’

Peony Dairy Anne

(24” ht – $22.95) A Japanese form with white blooms with red, showy stigmas. It is a mid-season bloomer.



‘Dayglow Rose’

Peony Dayglow Rose

(20” ht – mid bloomer – $24.95) This is a VERY compact grower with HUMUNGOUS 7″ blooms! The flowers are a Japanese form with cream and rose centers and pinky/red guards. Really does glow in the landscape and will fit in anywhere; in VERY limited quantities! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





Peony Dayton

(20” ht – $22.95) This double flowered peony has HUGE (7”!!!) cerise-rose FRAGRANT showy blooms late in the peony season. VERY sturdy and compact! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.



 ‘Delavan Rose’

Peony Delavan

(24” ht – $24.95) This is a Japanese form mid to late bloomer, with 5” FRAGRANT flowers. The guards are deep pink, and the centers are frilly cream to soft pink. A compact and neat grower, it produces absolutely SCADS of flowers!



‘Do Tell’

Peony Do Tell

(32” ht – $26.95) This great mid-bloomer is a Japanese type with soft shell-pink compliments and white and pink center. Very limited quantities! American Peony Society Gold Medal Selection! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




 ‘Don Richardson’

Peony Don Richardson

(36” ht – $23.95) This early to mid Japanese form is an extremely strong grower and awesome landscape plant. He has deep cranberry red flowers with full yellow stamens which make a great contrast. A great cut flower too!





 ‘Early Scout’

Peony Early Scout

(21” ht – $23.95 This American Peony Society Gold Medal winner boasts MASSES amounts of single BRIGHT red flowers early season. GORGEOUS cut leaf foliage makes this one a show-stopper all season long!





  ‘Edwin C. Bills’

Peony Edwin C. Bills

(30” ht – $24.95) A midblooming double, he’s a VERY full, INTENSELY red, big & bodacious boy with strong stems and a great landscape presence….Magnificent! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





 ‘Electric Festival’

Peony Electric Festival

(36” ht – $24.95) A mid to late bloomer, this single and semidouble is a real Contrary Creature as she produces multiple blossom forms on each plant! They are all bright, rosy-red and FRAGRANT, but can be single, semi-double, or somewhere in between! Available in VERY limited quantities. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





 ‘Eliza Lundy’

Peony Eliza Lundy

(24” ht – $27.95) She is a double early bloomer with very dark, blood red flowers and a compact growth habit; an Award of Landscape Merit winner which truly makes her a gotta-have!





‘Embraceable Pink’

Peony Embraceable Pink

(26” ht – mid – $24.95) This Japanese form has FRAGRANT flowers with a double row of raspberry guards surrounding fluffy light yellow centers. A petite cutie that will fit in anywhere! Available in very limited quantities. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




 ‘Emperor’s Buttons’

Peony Emperor’s Buttons

(24” ht – $24.95) A single, early bloomer that’s as cute as a you-know-what with lavender-red cupped and upward facing flowers that have distinct yellow to lavender stigmas. VERY strong stems and a compact growth habit make this baby a great cut and perfect in the garden! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





 ‘Eskimo Pie’

Peony Eskimo Pie

(22” ht – $29.95) This is a double, very full pure white peony with red stigmas…looks good enough to eat! An EXCELLENT landscape plant with a compact growth habit; mid bloomer.






Peony Fairview

(36” ht – $24.95) A mid-blooming double that is BRIGHT white (a Contrary fave ya know!) with VERY strong stems, she is FRAGRANT, so get her while the gettin’s good! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




 ‘Fairy Princess’

Peony Fairy Princess

(24” ht – $22.95) This little hybrid is a single flower form with bright fire-engine red dainty cupped blossoms early season. Her diminutive habit fits in anywhere!




 ‘Fairy’s Petticoat’

Peony Fairy’s Petticoat

(30” ht – $26.95) Doesn’t this just sound like a Contrary favorite?! You really can imagine a fairy donning this dainty pink, very full bomb type flower. It’s fragrant too! It made this year’s list as a Contrary Mary Top 10 Honorable Mention!




 ‘Fancy Nancy’

Peony Fancy Nancy

(30” ht – $24.95) This elegant mid-season Japanese type has clear cerise pink guards and starburst centers of darker pink and white staminoides; VERY showy!





 ‘Feather Top’

Peony Feather Top

(30” ht – $24.95) A mid blooming Japanese form with vivid pink base and a lighter pink center with yellow stamens….VERY striking! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.






 ‘Festiva Dream’

Peony Festiva Dream

(24” ht – $23.65) This mid-bloomer produces heavenly full double white flowers with red flecks; a VERY strong grower with tons of flowers! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




‘Festiva Supreme’

Peony Festiva Supreme

(26”ht.- mid – $24.95) This one is a double flower form but resembles a bomb form, with FRAGRANT pure white flowers with red tipped centers. A VERY sturdy and compact grower, so a great landscape peony and great for cuts! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





Peony Flame

(26” ht – $23.95) This single, early beauty GLOWS in the garden with COPIOUS amounts of coral red, rounded, single blooms that have bright yellow stamens. Glossy deep green compact foliage too!




 ‘Garden Parfait’

Peony Garden Parfait

(34” ht – $24.95) A mid-blooming bomb that produces a very distinct and multi-layered looking flower. She has shell pink double guards and a very textured golden and pink center…yummy! FRAGRANT and an excellent cut. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




 ‘Gold Rush’

Peony Gold Rush

(36” ht – $23.95) A mid to late bloomer of Japanese form, this treasure has a double full row of bright white guards with cheerful gold centers that have little white petaloids (think mini flowers!) CUUUUTE! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





Peony Golly

(34” ht – $22.95) This double form has apple-blossom pink guards and center with a circle of gold staminodes. A mid bloomer.



 ‘Great Lady’

Peony Great Lady

(30” ht – $24.95) A single hybrid cross between albiflora x lobata with flowers that GLOW and beckon! Vivid pink with yellow centers, they remind me of lotus flowers and are superb! Available in VERY limited quantities. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




 ‘Green Halo’

Peony Green Halo

(30” ht – $27.95) A very unusual early-mid season bloomer with semi-double flowers that have white petals arising from a light green petal base. COOL!





‘Green Lotus’

Peony Green Lotus

(28” ht – $29.95) This is one UNUSUAL peony with single, cactus-flower dahlia type 4-5” blooms that are white with lime-green streaking and tinges of soft pink…a real collector’s plant! VERY floriferous and an early bloomer.




 ‘Honey Gold’

Peony Honey Gold

(30” ht – $27.95) A bomb type that has an outstanding and unusual combination of soft white and honey-gold. Fragrant and an awesome cut flower; blooms mid season.




 ‘Hot Chocolate’

Peony Hot Chocolate

(36” ht – $24.95)





 ‘Ivory Atlas’

Peony Ivory Atlas

(36” ht – $22.95) This single, early peony has a double row of ivory-white guards that surround a bright yellow center. A very vigorous grower!






‘Ivory Escort’

Peony Ivory Atlas

(28” ht – $24.95) A semi-double, mid-season bloomer, ‘Ivory Escort’ is a perfect landscape Peony! It has VERY fragrant sumptuous, full white flowers with some red streaking and gold saminoids; beautiful deep green foliage too!





‘Jubilee Pink’

Peony Jubilee Pink

(28” ht – $23.95) This Japanese mid-bloomer is a riot of fragrant flowers that are double to triple rows of deep pink guards with fluffy yellow centers. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘June Rose’

Peony June Rose

(28” ht – $26.95) A double early with EXCELLENT FRAGRANCE, she is very striking with her HUGE fully double deep rose-pink blooms. A fantabulous cut and landscape plant! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Karl Rosenfield’

Peony Karl Rosenfield

(32” ht – $23.95) A double mid-bloomer that’s a fantastic grower and an awesome color! Huge, fully double, DEEP red blooms are held atop deep green, strong foliage. He is excellent for cuts and outstanding in the garden and will be available to go home with you! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





Peony Kevin

(36” ht – $23.95) A handsome, double flowered early guy with dark pink fully double flowers and beautiful strong, glossy foliage. Great for cut flowers! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Lancaster Imp’

Peony Lancaster Imp

(26” ht – $24.95) A bomb type that has pure white guards and a full white center that has occasional red streaking. Very fragrant, and an early bloomer.






Peony Largo

(36”ht – mid – $21.95)) This Japanese form has perky pink guards that surround a glowing, deeper pink and gold center. He is an EXCELLENT landscape variety with very strong stems. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.






Peony Lenora

(28” ht – $24.95) This mid double is the kind of Peony I swoon at ‘cause we all KNOW by now how I love the fluffy whites! She is exceptional, with the palest tinge of pink billowy flowers.





‘Lights Out’

Peony Lights Out

(36” ht – $23.95) Another unusual peony, this one is a single flower type with vibrant red petals and golden stamens. It is an early season bloomer.





‘Lord Cavin’

Peony Lord Cavin

(30” ht – $23.95) This mid-bloomer has double white flowers that have striping and flushing of pink on the edges…lovely!





‘Lora Dexheimer’

Peony Lora Dexheimer

(30”ht – mid bloomer – $23.95)) She is an Heirloom variety from 1913, and boasts fire engine red fully double blooms on strong, hardy stems. She is great for cuts and has awesome fall color too! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Lotus Queen’

Peony Lotus Queen

(30”ht – mid – $23.95)) A Japanese form that is aptly named as she has pure white guards that are cupped like a lotus flower, and serene yellow centers; FRAGRANT too! A VERY unusual and exotic flower, and I’m afraid a “Gotta-have”! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.

‘Love’s Touch’

Peony Love’s Touch

(26” ht – $24.95) A semi-double to double with shell pink flowers blooming mid-to-late season.





Peony Madison

(28” ht – $23.95) A Japanese mid-bloomer that is a FRAGRANT compact grower! It has clear, medium pink, full guards and full yellow centers….what a contrast! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Marshmallow Button’

Peony Marshmallow Button

(24” ht – $23.95) A mid-blooming bomb, this one is (wait for it….) as cute as a you know what! A Contrary Mary favorite, with FRAGRANT white petals that have yellow bases, it also has great foliage and a compact growth habit. She’ll fit in anywhere!







Peony Martha

(28” ht – $26.95) This double mid-bloomer is quite a looker with a very layered and textured flower that has many rows of deep pink petals. She’s FRAGRANT and unique and VERY limited ! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




‘Martha Reed’

Peony Martha Reed

(28” ht – $26.95) This mid-blooming double has stupendous, very full creamy white foliage; has VERY big petals which ripple like puffy clouds….Contrary Mary can’t resist her, so how could you??! A PERFECT landscape plant with VERY strong stems.





‘Miss Congeniality’

Peony Miss Congeniality

(36” ht – $26.95) Mid to late, Japanese form. A FRAGRANT peony that has rosy-pink full guards and a billowy salmon pink center. A VERY unusual color combo that is (Yup) a “gotta-have”! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




‘Mister Ed’

Peony Mister Ed

(28” ht – $24.95) This double early is an unusual creamy pink….he sometimes produces white flowers that are dappled with rose. Cool! VERY FRAGRANT, a great grower and awesome in the landscape, he’s available in VERY limited quantities. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Mme. Emile Debatene’

Peony Mme. Emile Debatene

(26” ht – $24.95) A double mid bloomer, this little miss has VERY FRAGRANT deep pink full flowers and LOTS of ’em! A perfect dainty compact growth habit too!







‘Mons. Martin Cahuzac’

Peony Mons. Martin Cahuzac

(30” ht – $24.95) This double mid-bloomer has possibly the DARKEST red flower of all Peonies! An heirloom from 1899, he’s got scads of jaw-dropping very full flowers atop strong, stiff stems that really hold up in the landscape. Can’t you just see him paired with bright white ones like ‘Ave Maria,’ ‘A la Mode,’ ‘Marshmallow Button,’ and ‘White Wicker’??? Sure to scoot on outa here fast!





‘Moon River’

Peony Moon River

28” ht – $23.95) A double form with creamy marshmallow-white flowers that have a pink blush.yum! Blooms mid season. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘My Petite Cherie’

Peony My Petite Cherie

(20-22” ht – $23.95) Ooh La, La! This dainty doll is soft pink with semi-double flowers that are fragrant. Blooms mid-season. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




‘Nancy Nicholls’

Peony Nancy Nicholls

(36” ht – $24.95) This astonishing peony has blushing cream pink flowers that age to a rosy pale pink; produces MASSES of very fragrant flowers mid-season.





‘Nellie Saylor’

Peony Nellie Saylor

(36” ht – $26.95) This Japanese type peony has wine-red guards with a creamy yellow and pink tufted center; STUNNING combination! Fragrant flowers and sturdy stems make this a great cut and landscape peony; mi to late bloomer. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




 ‘Norma Volz’

Peony Norma Volz

(36” ht – $23.95) This double, mid-blooming beauty has large, fully double snowball blooms with blush pink highlights. An American Peony Society Gold Medal winner!




 ‘Odd Lot’

Peony Norma Volz

Peony Norma Volz

(34” ht – $22.95) A  mid Japanese bloomer that has lovely bright white flowers with double rows of guard petals and a serrated center.




‘Oh My’

Peony Oh My

Peony Oh My

(32”ht – mid bloomer – $23.95) Yep, that’s what you’ll say alright when you see this vision of loveliness! She has bright raspberry red fully double blooms that will beckon you from afar……wowzers!

Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




Peony Pal

Peony Pal

(32” – $23.95) This double form has light pink blooms with silver overtones; blooms mid season.





Peony Paramount

Peony Paramount

(30” – $23.95) An early blooming single that is a vision of beauty with lotus-looking salmon blooms  with distinctive yellow stamens…striking! VERY limited! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Paree Fru Fru’

Peony Paree Fru Fru

Peony Paree Fru Fru

(26” – $24.95) GREAT name for a very distinctive peony with bomb type flowers that are dark pink tufts that burst out from butter yellow centers—fragrant and incredible! A Contrary Mary Top 10 pick!




‘Paul M Wilde’

Peony Paul M Wilde

Peony Paul M Wilde

(36” – $24.95) A late double bloomer with HUGE 6″ clear red blooms….wowzers! Another Contrary “gotta-have” and just stunning in the landscape. Available for adoption! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




  ‘Paula Fay’

Peony Paula Fay

Peony Paula Fay

(35” – $21.95) This semi-double type has deep shocking pink wavy-textured blooms in early season and a great growth habit.





‘Peachy Pink Cobbler’

Peony Peachy Pink Cobbler

Peony Peachy Pink Cobbler

(30” – $24.95) A FRAGRANT mid-bomb that had me at her name! I adore bomb-forms, and this beauty has soft clear pink guards and pink and soft yellow shaded fluffy and textured center. YUUUUMY and very limited. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Peppermint Twist’

Peony Raspberry Twist

Peony Raspberry Twist

(30” – $22.95) This single to semi-double  has twisted and fluted flower petals that are raspberry pink with a white base and peppermint-raspberry streaking. Fragrant, it blooms mid-season and is a real eye-catcher!




‘Petite Elegance’

Peony Petite Elegance

Peony Petite Elegance

(26” – $23.95) This semi-double to double form has very large 6” blooms of magenta pink with yellow stamens. A mid-bloomer and a hot new color!




 ‘Petticoat Flounce’

Peony Petticoat Flounce

Peony Petticoat Flounce

(24” – $24.95) This pretty perky posy has soft pink bomb type flowers with creamy white at the base and at each center. AWESOME cut flower, early season bloomer and a great landscape peony.




 ‘Philippe Rivoire’

Peony Philippe Rivoire

Peony Philippe Rivoire

(30” – $27.95) This double mid-to-late season bloomer from France is one of the MOST FRAGRANT peonies available! He has deep red double flowers that REALLY stand out in the garden; obviously makes a great cut flower too! Sure to dance outa here fast!




‘Pink Hawaiian Coral’

Peony Pink Hawaiian Coral

Peony Pink Hawaiian Coral

(36” – $26.95) A semi-double hybrid with a rose shaped bloom of soft coral with delicate yellow stamens. An American Peony Society Gold Medal Selection, it is fragrant and blooms early. A Contrary Mary Top 10 pick!




‘Pink Luau’

Peony Pink Luau

Peony Pink Luau

(33” – $22.95) This early semi-double reminds me of a dahlia; VERY unusual and sure to be commented on! Raspberry streaking runs through her full pink petals, with a cheery yellow center. VERY fragrant and excellent stem strength.





‘Pink Parasol Surprise’

Peony Pink Parasol Surprise

Peony Pink Parasol Surprise

(30” – $27.95) An early bomb type, this one really lives up to her name! She has soft pink guards, creamy yellow centers, and the surprise on top—a pink “parasol”! A fittingly Contrary Peony, it is also VERY fragrant and a strong grower (great landscape Peony!).





‘Pink Salutations’

Peony Pink Salutations

Peony Pink Salutations

(26” – $24.95) A single, mid and FRAGRANT bloomer with multiple rows of deeply streaked pink and raspberry petals…..VERY Contrary! A real attention grabbe!






‘Pink Spinners’

Peony Pink Spinners

Peony Pink Spinners

(24” ht – $24.95) This mid, unique form has a wondrous mix of creams, pinks and raspberry on twisted, fluted, dancing petals….FRAGRANT too! It would be a picture of awesumnicity (??!) as a contrast to fuller flowered varieties such as Chinook, Lenora, Mme Emile Debatene….you get the picture! A collector’s gotta-have! Did I mention VERY limited also….!





 ‘Port Royale’

Peony Port Royale

Peony Port Royale

(28” ht – $21.95) A Japanese type with deep wine red petals that have a spiky red center. Great fragrance and a mid-bloomer! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘President Taft’

Peony President Taft

Peony President Taft

(36” ht – $24.95) A late double form that is as big and bold as his name! Sports apple-blossom light pink, very fluffily HUGE flowers, often with flecks of red (just to give him even more character!) Did I mention FRAGRANT too? Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.






Peony Primavere

Peony Primavere

(34” ht – $21.95) This Japanese type has creamy outer petals and a large yellow center… a rare color for peonies! Blooms mid-season.






‘Princess Bride’

Peony Princess Bride

Peony Princess Bride

(32” ht – midseason -$24.95) A bomb form, she has pure white, HUGE flowers that are truly fit for royalty….I think I’m in love! A great cut flower also. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Raspberry Clown’

Peony Raspberry Clown

Peony Raspberry Clown

(34” ht – $29.95) As you probably know, I’m a sucker for big fluffy peonies, and this one is surely a Contrary fave!!! It’s a semi-double soft pink with intense raspberry streaking and blotching; fragrant and unusual! A mid-bloomer.




‘Raspberry Splash’

Peony Raspberry Splash

Peony Raspberry Splash

(30” ht – $24.95) A unique blossom mid-bloomer. I just ADORE goofy, happy, crazy ones and this one’s got it ALL goin’ on! He produces raspberry streaked, fluted, FRAGRANT flowers that dance atop strong deep green foliage. A Contrary one for sure! Grab him up quick. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





‘Raspberry Sundae’

Peony Raspberry Sunday

Peony Raspberry Sunday

(27” ht – $24.95) This bomb-type blooms in mid-season and has yummy blush pink and raspberry topping on petals of white. Fragrant and great for cuts!





‘Raspberry Twist’

Peony Raspberry Twist

Peony Raspberry Twist

(28” ht – $23.95) A real Contrary Peony, this early single bloomer has VERY fragrant fluted and twisted flowers with raspberry streaking; her buds are even streaked! Will dance outa here fast!





Peony Renato

Peony Renato

(32” ht – $22.95) A mid-blooming double, he has VERY fragrant glowing ember-red flowers that are very large and full; a true siren in the garden! Excellent as a cut flower and a great landscape Peony.




‘Richard Carvel’

Peony Richard Carvel

Peony Richard Carvel

(36” ht – $26.95) An early double, he has SCADS of very full bright crimson flowers on strong stems…awesome landscaper! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





 ‘Rooster Reveille’

Peony Rooster Reveille

Peony Rooster Reveille

(28” ht – $23.95) A semi-double form in the cactus/dahlia style with shaggy twisted petals of white with red candy streaking. Fragrant, and blooms mid-to-late.





 ‘Rose Tinkerbelle’

Peony Rose Tinkerbelle

Peony Rose Tinkerbelle

(24” ht – $24.95) A midblooming semi-double, this petite little angel has darling flirty glowing magenta flowers with perky yellow anthers. She will fit in anywhere! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




  ‘Roy Pehrson’s Best Yellow’

Peony Roy Pehrson's Best Yellow

Peony Roy Pehrson’s Best Yellow

(30” ht – $34.95) This VERY RARE early to mid single bloomer belongs in every Peony Fanatic’s collection! He boasts scads of flowers with rounded, fluted and cupped very soft yellow petals with deeper yellow stamens. Oh so elegant when paired with the likes of Flame, Eliza Lundy, Tango, and others of the bold and vivacious variety! VERY limited.




 ‘Scatterbrain Pink’

Peony Scatterbrain Pink

Peony Scatterbrain Pink

(26” ht – early – $24.95) A wild and wacky one with an awesome name, this one fits right in here at Contrary Mary’s! This single bloomer has very FRAGRANT twisty, dancing, fluted petals of light pink with raspberry and green streaking. A “gotta-have” for SURE! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




‘Serene Pastel’

Peony Serene Pastel

Peony Serene Pastel

(28” ht – $22.95) This double mid-bloomer has rounded guards of light salmon with hints of pink. Flowers are fragrant and irresistible!






Peony Showgirl

Peony Showgirl

(36” ht – $27.95) An early-to-mid Japanese form . Produced on a sturdy, EXCEPTIONAL landscape plant, she has clear pink guards and light yellow fluffy petaloids….sweeeet! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.





Peony Sorcerer

Peony Sorcerer

(36” ht – $23.95) This early single magical creature has striking deep blood-red flowers with sunny yellow centers. A STRONG grower and fabulous landscape plant!






Peony Spiffy

Peony Spiffy

(28” ht – $24.95) A Japanese type with fuchsia red blooms that have a pink-cream center with a sprinkle of fuchsia. Very fragrant and mid-bloomer..





‘Steve’s Choice’

Peony Steve's Choice

Peony Steve’s Choice

(30” ht – $27.95) This one is a mid double bloomer. Steve truly is wise to have chosen This beauteous creamy white full bloomer (a Contrary choice too!) that is FRAGRANT also! Snap him up quickly. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




 ‘Summer Carnival’

Peony Summer Carnival

Peony Summer Carnival

(30” ht – $22.95) Now, I know when you see this unique mid-season flowered creature, it will be a gotta-have! She’s resplendent with GOBS of streaked raspberry colored flowers that have flaring petals; DEFINITELY one for the Peony Collector!




 ‘Sunshine Festival’

Peony Sunshine Festival

Peony Sunshine Festival

(28” ht – $23.95) This mid Japanese bloomer produces MASSES of flowers that have brilliant white guards, bright yellow centers, and red stigmas; excellent foliage also! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




‘Susie Q’

Peony Susie Q

Peony Susie Q

(24” ht – $24.95) A mid double bloomer that is short, sweet and sassy! Fragrant and compact, she has bright, full, clear pink flowers in abundance! Very limited! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.




 ‘Sweet 16’

Peony Sweet 16

Peony Sweet 16

(28” ht – midbloomer – $23.95) A pale sweet pink FRAGRANT bomb, this strong upright grower that makes an excellent cut flower is beautiful! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.

‘Sweet Marjorie’

Peony Sweet Marjorie

Peony Sweet Marjorie

(28” ht – early to mid bloomer $23.95) This cactus-style Peony has FRAGRANT pink flowers with deeper pink, green, and cream streaks; another wild and crazy one to make ya smile! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.

‘Sweet Shelly’

Peony Sweet Shelly

Peony Sweet Shelly

(28” ht – $23.95) A Japanese type with a double row of red guards with a cream center and red-tipped stigmatas. Very fragrant and excellent foliage and a mid-bloomer.





Peony Tango

Peony Tango

(28” ht – $22.95)  This one is single form with vibrant and eye-catching orangey-red velvety petals with full yellow centers….Bazinga! Blooms are cupped and plant is perfect as a landscape Peony.


Peony Tecumseh

Peony Tecumseh

(30” ht – mid bloomer – $24.95) This Japanese form Peony has double, apple-blossom pink guards with deep yellow staminoids and fluffy pink surprise petals! A great landscape peony and wonderful for cuts. Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.

‘Tom Cat’

Peony Tom Cat

Peony Tom Cat

(26” ht – $24.95) This mid-bloomer has Japanese form bright carmine red guards with bomb shaped cream and red protruding centers; magnificent! Fragrant too! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.

‘Victorian Blush’

Peony Victorian Blush

Peony Victorian Blush

(27” ht – $27.95)  This double late is (yep you guessed it) yet ANOTHER Contrary fave! With rounded white guards that have a tiny hint of yellow at the center and deep green compact foliage, she is marvelous with deep reds, yellows or corals such as Philippe Rivoir, Renato, Coral Supreme, Coral Charm, Coral Magic, Bartzella….FRAGRANT too!


Peony Vixen

Peony Vixen

(26” ht – $23.95)  A foxy Japanese type with deep pink guards and a brilliant yellow fluffy center. A mid-bloomer.


Peony Westhill

Peony Westhill

(24” ht – early bloomer – $24.95) A REALLY adore these compact growers with HUUUUGE flowers! This outstanding Peony has fully double flowers in shadings of pink; romantic, perfect, and compact! Available in very limited quantities, so no procrastinating! Photo courtesy Klehm’s Nursery.

‘White Wicker’

Peony White Wicker

Peony White Wicker

(28” ht – $27.95) As you all probably know by now, I just ADORE big fluffy Peonies. Well, THIS one is DEFINITELY a Contrary fave, as it has HUGE pure white fragrant mid-season blooms that practically make me swoon!

Intersectional Peonies

I cannot say enough praise for these Intersectional Peonies! They have the beautiful form/texture and HUMUNGOUS almost unreal blooms of the tree Peony parent, but are easy going (and easy growers) like their Herbaceous parent….what’s not to love?! As a bonus, the foliage looks great all season! They are WELL worth the price!


‘Bartzella’ (ITOH)

Peony Bartzella (ITOH)

Peony Bartzella (ITOH)

(30-36” ht – $65.00)  This multiple award winning Intersectional Peony will make your eyes pop right outa your head! She boasts semi-double clear YELLOW, VERY fragrant flowers that make incredible long-lasting cut flowers. Winner of the 2006 APS Gold Medal and the 2009 Award of Landscape Merit, she is probably the BEST growing yellow now available! My stock won’t last long, so don’t delay! Available in VERY LIMITED quantities.

‘Garden Treasures’ (ITOH)

Peony Garden Treasures (ITOH)

Peony Garden Treasures (ITOH)

(24” ht – $65.00) This Intersectional was an American Peony Society Gold Medal winner, and you can surely see why! This is a picture from my customer/friend Cyndy’s yard; and just think, this was a young plant….imagine how it will be even MORE awesome as it continues to mature! It has FRAGRANT lemon-yellow semi-double blooms mid to late season. One of the LONGEST bloomers!

‘Hillary’ (ITOH)

Peony Hillary (ITOH)

Peony Hillary (ITOH)

(30” ht – $65.00) This one won the APS Award of Merit, and boy is she always interesting as she is always changing! She starts to bloom red, then softens to red with cream swirls, then ends a pale vanilla yellow…..STUNNING! PERFECT paired with consistently yellow ones like ‘Bartzella’ and ‘Garden Treasure’! A mid bloomer.

‘Pastel Splendor’ (ITOH)

Peony Pastel Splendor (ITOH)

Peony Pastel Splendor (ITOH)

(28” ht – $65.00) This dainty doll is a mid-yellow with charming pink edges and dark purple center flares. A mid bloomer and very intriguing!

‘Yellow Water Lily’ (ITOH)

(28” ht – $75.00) A HUGE semi double to double mid blooming Intersectional with clear yellow flowers that have lavender flares and yellow stamens. VERY zen!

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