Recommend another with fragrance!

michael_in_chicago(z5)July 5, 2006

I have 3 peonies that I purchased for the fragrance first, and their shrubby form in the garden second. Festiva Maxima is nice, but not the overwhelming fruity-sweet old-peony scent I grew up with, and its foliage is a little coarser than I really like. Sara Bernhardt was recommended as a pink, but unless it's mismarked, I get very little from it in terms of fragrance.

Divisions of my parent's still-unnamed pink peony is the only one that yields overwhelming perfume every spring. I'm ditching SB and replacing it. I don't mind peony rings, because I'm after fragrance, which seems to come with big, floppy blooms.

Please recommend!

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I love the soft, sweet fragrance of 'Vivid Rose.' But I found that this year the scent was quite faint - I think due to all the rain. The past two years it has been heavenly. But it's all a matter of taste.

I've been told that Duchess de Nemours is very fragrant.

Good luck in your search.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 2:23PM
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Thanks! I believe my Mom's peony is a Vivid Rose, but D d N is new to me; I'll look into it. Others?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 9:30PM
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Just looking at the Countryman's Peony Farm list of available peonies for this year, here's what they say is fragrant (when asked, they also say that fragrance is a very personal thing):

Avalanche (white, double, late)
Duchess de Nemours (white, double, early)- very fragrant
MME. de Verneville (white, bomb, late)
Norma Volz (blush w.yellow & pink highlights, double, mid season to late)
Sarah Bernhardt (rose pink, double, late)

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 3:10PM
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Thanks! I wonder if I got a non-Sarah Bernhardt.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 4:28PM
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flowerluvr(Z5 IN)

Could be, Michael. My Sarah Bernhardt smells great. 'Raspberry Sundae' is another of my favorites for fragrance and as a bonus, it's gorgeous and sturdy.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 5:05PM
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laurelin(z5a/4b Upstate NY)

'Philippe Rivoire' and 'Amalia Olson' have a great old-rose perfume. PR is a dark crimson double, and AO is a pure white double.


    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 3:29PM
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My Sarah Bernhardts (all five of them) have wonderful fragrance --they are about 4 years old now and this year, these plants look fantastic.


    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 4:57PM
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