Red

  • ( Dessert & Méchin 1890) For over a hundred years this fine purple red peony has been very popular, very widely grown and very well regarded as a great cut flower and garden specimen; the color is deep and lustrous, more so than in the photo here; some yellow stamens may show between the petals; strong stems with foliage tinged red in fall; a feast for the eyes, but perhaps not for the nose.
    Available also in pots at the nursery.
  • Probably no other red peony matches the warm, glowing cardinal red of this treasure; maintains its intense color throughout the bloom; cup-shaped semi-double will be a robust bloomer in your garden; 24 inches or more; outstanding in every respect, rarely available.
  • America

    $24.00
    (Rudolph/Roy Klehm 1976) Magnificent glowing red single is big, showy and slightly ruffled, with golden centers and a mild fragrance; a mature plant is loaded with blossoms that stand high above the foliage; excellent stature, needs no support.  
  • Big Ben

    $22.00
    (Auten 1943) Rich dark purplish red double with wide guard petals; blooms have heavy substance and intense fragrance; plant height to 48 inches, so even with its stiff stems will likely need staking.
    Available in pots at the nursery.  
  • Blaze

    $20.00
    (Orville W. Fay 1973) Large, fiery scarlet red with two rows of rounded petals and a center of bright sunny yellow stamens; plant height to 30 inches; vigorous grower.
    Available in pots at the nursery.
  • (Mains 1956) Very dark maroon semi-double; large flowers with heavy substance; the combination of large outer petals surrounding narrow center petals add depth to the bloom and often makes the flower look fully double; plant height 30 inches or more here.
    Available in pots at the nursery.  
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    (Glasscock 1951) Bright red single, an APS Gold Medal winner decades ago, is still considered one of the best reds; large tuft of red stamens edged in gold; an abundance of blooms for a long period of time; medium height, strong stems need no staking; fragrance mild to none.
  • (Krekler 1963) Large vivid crimson Imperial (aka Japanese) with center of burgundy staminodes tipped with light gold; height to 30 inches with dense foliage.
    Available in pots at the nursery.  
  • (Krekler 1962) Deep pink double with a bit of silver edging on the tips of petals, an effect that makes the peony really stand out in the garden; some golden stamens show through the petals.
    Available in pots at the nursery.  
  • (Auten 1952) A cheerful deep red single that shows off a multitude of pretty blooms about 3 inches in diameter; forms a mound of deep green fine cut foliage that makes an attractive plant even when the blooms are gone; a gem for the rock garden, no taller than 24 inches and one of the earliest hybrids to bloom; emerges with vivid purple stems that turn green as they grow.
    Available in pots at the nursery.  
  • (Auten 1952) A cheerful deep red single that shows off a multitude of pretty blooms about 3 inches in diameter; forms a mound of deep green fine cut foliage that makes an attractive plant even when the blooms are gone; a gem for the rock garden, no taller than 24 inches and one of earliest hybrids to bloom; emerges with vivid purple stems that turn green as they grow.
    Available in pots at the nursery.  
  • (Krekler 1975) Medium size double bomb flowers of deep scarlet red on a plant no more than 24 inches in height; a cheerful bright red for the front of a border or an entire border.
    Available in pots at the nursery.
  • (Doriat 1925) This hefty Japanese variety becomes a veritable thicket of foliage with tall and thick stems that bear very large velvety deep carmine maroon blossoms; the petaloids are tipped white which creates a distinct effect; profuse bloomer; some fall coloring to the foliage.
    Available in pots at the nursery.  
  • (Krekler 1965) Wine red Imperial gives abundant blooms with minium care; large flowers on sturdy stems about 34 inches tall; staking usually not required.
    Available in pots at the nursery.
  • (Bockstoce 1955) An enormous dinner plate size scarlet red double on tall stems up to 40 inches in height; the petals are heavy substance with a deep, dark sheen; grow in full sun and plant to stake; nothing short of awesome when in bloom, but not a heavy bloomer.
    Available in pots at the nursery.
  • (Hollingsworth 1986) A prolific bloomer with many medium-size flowers whose buds hold for weeks in refrigerated storage; a brilliant shade of red that is rich and warm; many stems form a medium size bush; provides a good show in the landscape, too.
    Available in pots at the nursery.
  • (R. G. Klehm 1999) A cactus type Japanese flower, an unusual form gaining popularity; the 5-inch blooms open flat with fluted and undulating petals; white with bright and showy raspberry red streaking; stunning in bouquets.
    Available in pots at the nursery.
  • (Auten 1933) Tall bright red Japanese variety with a center mass of yellow staminodes streaked with the same color as the guard petals; a prolific bloomer that stand sturdy at 36 inches; withstands heat and wind; sets seeds.
  • Tom Cat

    $25.00
    (Krekler-Klehm 2000) Vivid carmine red Imperial flecked throughout with creamy white and carmine petaloids; large impressive flowers, two or three buds per stem; plant height to 26 inches.
    Available also in pots at the nursery.
  • (Holland) Lustrous black red double sometimes flecked with golden stamens; very large rose form flowers; noted as an improved M. Martin Cahuzac, which had been known as the darkest peony; in the morning the petals seem to have a black sheen over the deep maroon; handsome foliage turns red in the fall; stiff stems; superb cut flower.
    Available also in pots at the nursery.
  • (Wild 1964) Large velvety cabernet wine red double that is excellent in every respect and is always among the top rated reds; mild fragrance; plant height to about 32 inches; strong upright stems but the heavy flowers might need support.
    Available also in pots at the nursery.
  • (Krekler 1958) Dark burgundy red guard petals surround a mass of same color staminodes that are tipped with yellow gold; compact grower to about 34 inches; staking usually not necessary.
  • (Glasscock 1944) Gigantic double bomb piled high with a mass of red petals framed with a fan of wide red guard petals; old rose fragrance with a hint of cloves; the many blooms a mature plant show off deep, dark glossy pure red, then as the blooms past peak, a slightly purple cast comes on; probably the most popular peony.
    Available also in pots at the nursery.
  • (Glasscock-Klehm 1980) One of the most popular true reds; dark petals of this double bomb bunch together to form an almost perfect ball; strong stems about 30, no sidebuds; vigorous and a prolific bloomer.
  • (Origin unknown) Deep red full double, an ancient species (or possibly hybrid) known to Europeans since the middle ages; in the U.S. it's known as the Memorial Day Peony because it was the only peony usually in bloom at that time; some find it has a cinnamon fragrance.
    Available also in pots at the nursery.
  • (Falk-Glasscock 1956) A tall fiery red single with large goblet shaped blooms; strong grower that can reach 4 ft.  in height; floriferous with side buds that extend the bloom.
  • (Winchell 1956) One of the most desirable of the bi-color peonies; the guard petals of deep burgundy red surround a center of white and creamy yellow staminodes; medium size flowers; good bloomer superb for cut flowers; strong stems about 32 inches have never needed staking here; American Peony Society Gold Medal Winner.
    Available also in pots at the nursery.
  • (Krekler 1975) A 36-inch tall Imperial with a deep red to black red flower that can rival Chocolate Soldier; wide guard petals surround a mass of golden staminodes interlaced with black red petaloids; a stunning complement to the pink or white flowers in your border.
    Available also in pots at the nursery.
  • (Auten 1941) Rich deep red semi-double hybrid with petals that appear slightly folded on one another; color noted in registration as ‘exceptioonally fine’; Long bright yellow stamens are held erect on long pinkish red filaments; light fragrance.
  • (Doriat 1924) A lovely globe of loose petals is surrounded by large guard petals the same color; a deep rich crimson with touch of brown; excellent in the garden and as a cut flower; mild fragrance.
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    (Sosnovetz 1960) Majestic rose-red double, named in honor of the river cruiser whose guns fired on the Winter Palace starting the 1917 Revolution in Russia; big blooms thick with petals get up to 6.5 inches on stems 30 to 39 inches; staking needed.
  • (Saunders 1941) The shoots emerge in spring a unique shining yellow chartreuse color burnished with red bronze; as the foliage unfurls the plant becomes lime green; the flower is a fiery cherry scarlet single to semi-double with a small tuft of stamens in the center;    
  • (Saunders-Hollingsworth/Smetana 1994) Bright, glossy red single that blooms here in early May; a fern leaf peony hybrid with slender foliage; forms a stout plant with 24 inch stems that stay erect; vigorous grower.
  • (Rivière 1911) Lovely dark crimson red double with a bright blackish sheen; its alluring peony fragrance has assured its presence in gardens and bouquets for over 100 years; 30 inches or more in height, with flowers a little over 4 inches; wiry stems.
  • Bordeaux

    $35.00
    (Saunders 1943) Wine red petals wrap around a large showy center of yellow-fringed stamens and wine red petaloids; reliable bloomer comes on early and spectacularly when little else is in bloom.
  • Paladin

    $18.00
    (Saunders 1950) Glowing cherry red semi-double that looks like a tulip; forms a wide low growing mound, about 18" high that belong in the front of the border; robust grower, profuse bloomer.
  • Ming Joy

    $28.00
    (Krekler 1978) Very desirable glossy dark red that carries a black sheen over the dark petals; loosely built 5-inch flower with a few golden stamens showing through; strong stems 30 inches tall with splendid foliage; well regarded as a cut flower.
  • (Wild 1962) A huge dark ruby red bomb type flower with loose, billowing petals that have somewhat of a ragged edge; an unusual look for so big a flower; strong stems and good foliage; photo shows 3 flowers on a stem.
  • (Bigger 1975) An APS Gold Medal winner in 2012, this 30 inch single dark red brings a cheerful beacon to your garden; plant a threesome for a bigger bouquet.