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Recommend another with fragrance!

Posted by michael_in_chicago z5 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 5, 06 at 12:21

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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RE: Recommend another with fragrance!

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.

RE: Recommend another with fragrance!

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?

RE: Recommend another with fragrance!

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.

RE: Recommend another with fragrance!

Thanks! I wonder if I got a non-Sarah Bernhardt.

RE: Recommend another with fragrance!

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.

RE: Recommend another with fragrance!

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


RE: Recommend another with fragrance!

My Sarah Bernhardts (all five of them) have wonderful fragrance --they are about 4 years old now and this year, these plants look fantastic.


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