Peonies forum→Where to purchase

Views: 784, Replies: 13 » Jump to the end
Name: Lisa
North Carolina
LisaLisa1001
Apr 30, 2020 5:35 PM CST
I've been looking at Peony's Envy website and considering purchasing some plants. Has anyone ordered from there? Any shops especially recommended otherwise? Thanks!
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
Apr 30, 2020 5:57 PM CST
I recommend Adelman peonies and Solaris Farms. I have been buying from them almost every other year since I started this hobby 8 years ago. I have received great plants that bloom the following spring with exception of a few.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
Forum moderator
Image
Mieko2
Apr 30, 2020 7:29 PM CST

Moderator

Lisa, go over to Dave's Garden Watchdog and look at the reviews for Peony's Envy there. I always check a company out there before I order.

I agree with Karen's recommendations, too.

LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
crawgarden
Apr 30, 2020 7:42 PM CST
This is a great place https://www.hiddenspringsflowe...

The owner is a former professor at the Univ of Mn, purchased several plants from them, never had a problem.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
Foliage Fan Ferns Hellebores Irises Peonies Amaryllis
Image
aspenhill
Apr 30, 2020 7:53 PM CST
Peony's Envy always has a vendor booth at the Philadelphia Flower Show and I started buying peonies from them four years ago. The first time, I just bought one to see how it would do. It put up nice foliage the first year and started blooming the next. Each year after that I have bought 5 or 6, so somewhere close to 20 from them now. They have all done well. The employees who work at the booth are always so nice. I haven't experienced their shipping because I get them at the show, so can't comment on it, but based on my interaction with the employees and the quality of the peonies themselves, I would bet the shipping is done well.
Connecticut (Zone 6b)
krazyquilter
Apr 30, 2020 8:35 PM CST
I have ordered from Adelman's and agree with Karen also. I just checked reviews on Dave's Garden Watchdog for several other places also that I have ordered from, and the reviews are spot on. Do yourself a favor and check there first. Thanks, Mieko2 for guiding us to Watchdog.
Name: Tracey
Midwest (Zone 5a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Tomato Heads Pollen collector Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Cat Lover
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Seed Starter Region: Wisconsin
Image
magnolialover
May 1, 2020 5:13 AM CST

Moderator

My favorite places to buy peonies are Solaris Farms, Adelman Peony Gardens, Hidden Springs Flower Farm, Fina Gardens and Song Sparrow (probably their last year though). I have also heard very, very positive comments here about Lyndaker Farms, but haven't had the opportunity to order from them.

I like that I get nice hearty divisions, 90% of which will have at least one flower (sometimes more!) that first spring after planting. I know that if I contact them about anything at all, I will hear back from a knowledgeable person who will answer my question in a kind a respectful manner. With the above small businesses, I also know that if I am by chance sent the wrong peony cultivar, they will make it right (send you the correct replacement OR credit you if they are unable to due to lack of stock). But honestly, in all of the years I have ordered from these places, it's happened maybe twice.

But that's just me. I love freshly dug, nice sized roots shipped at the optimal planting time for my area. And knowing that I am supporting small peony farm operations with a passion for what they do. Lovey dubby
[Last edited by magnolialover - May 1, 2020 3:49 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2223713 (7)
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Dragonflies Butterflies Bulbs Birds Bee Lover
Annuals Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader
Image
LizinElizabeth
May 1, 2020 6:29 AM CST

Moderator

Agree with above. Solaris, Adelman's Peony Paradise and Hidden Springs are the 3 major ones I use. Gold City Flowers, A & D and Oh My Peonies are all good as well but I don't order from them every year.
LizB
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
May 1, 2020 7:11 AM CST
Well said, Tracey! I can't express as well and you captured all that I felt. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
Cat Lover
Image
anyagoro
May 1, 2020 12:14 PM CST
My favorite places to order are Solaris and Adelman's Peony Paradise, but I also liked receiving roots from Fina Gardens, Gold City, Swenson, Lyndakerfarms, Broooks, Peony Shop in the Netherlands.
Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
May 1, 2020 4:21 PM CST
If you watch the posts here, most of us post pictures of the roots we receive. You can make you own judgement. Look back at Peony Roots 2016/2017/2018/2019 etc. The pics of roots are all there.
Name: Lisa
North Carolina
LisaLisa1001
May 1, 2020 8:12 PM CST
Thank you, everyone! I will check these all out. Thank You!
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Image
SoCalGardenNut
May 2, 2020 9:47 AM CST
I was about to order from them, then I went back to look at the roots people posted for 2017, 2018, 2029. I decided not to order from them. So many places with very good roots. That's before I ordered from Spring Hill, Holland Bulb farms, Hollingsworth, and Michigan Bulb. I think I've paid the price of a newbie. It's not the money, it's the time I wasted.
2022 wishlist: Pastelorama, Pastelegance, and Blonde Vision.
[Last edited by SoCalGardenNut - May 2, 2020 10:57 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2225019 (13)
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
Forum moderator
Image
Mieko2
May 2, 2020 10:03 AM CST

Moderator

SoCal, yes it's the wasted time and effort!!! We all anticipate a certain bloom, and then you get something entirely different!! I get so exasperated!!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Peonies forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by arctangent and is called "Time for Bed"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.