Countryside Gardens, Inc. - Peony Farm

Minnesota Peony Grower and Hybridizer

Are All Peonies Fragrant?

Laverne Dunsmore
Nick Shaylor Peony has no fragrance, however it has beauty and elegance both in the garden and vase.

Nick Shaylor Peony has no fragrance, however it has beauty and elegance both in the garden and vase.

Unfortunately, not all peonies are fragrant. Pink and white flowering varieties are usually more fragrant than red flowering varieties. Hybrid varieties typically do not have fragrance except for the yellow Itoh (Intersectional) Hybrids. Our most fragrant varieties include Duluth, Madame de Verneville, Myrtle Tischler, Festiva Maxima, Myrtle Gentry, Sarah Bernhardt, Myra MacRae and Garden Treasure. When selecting peonies for an arrangement, form, color and texture are just as important as fragrance. Fragrance can be added by inserting just a few stems of a fragrant variety within the mix.