Peony News

Our Brooks Gardens 2018 peony catalog is online. These peony roots will be shipped during the fall planting season, beginning in early September, 2018. Fall is the best time of year to plant bare root peonies.

We offer a selection of colorful, fragrant peonies in a variety of flower styles, including compact plants, heirlooms and the Itoh intersectional peonies.

We identify many peonies that stand up well to the weather (no staking needed) as upright or best choice peonies. All Itoh intersectional plants have great upright plant habitat - they don't fall over in the wind and rain. There are so many choices in peonies today - take a look and find your favorites. 

Order early to reserve your choice, freshly dug, bare root peony plants. Get growing - and plant something stunning! 

U.S. and Canadian orders may be placed online. Contact us for other international orders. 

Wow, another peony digging season is here. Seems like yesterday we were wandering the bloom filled fields and gardens. 

While it's still very hot in this part of the country; cooler weather is sure to follow. Every day throughout September, October and November I will be digging, dividing, potting or planting peonies. I still have a lot of seed to gather, too.

It's a very busy time of year on a peony farm. I am grateful to work with peonies - just thinking about the blossoms to come, is inspiration to get the fall work done. 

We have a nice selection of bare root peony plants available to order online. peony roots 

As we dig, we will likely add additional varieties for sale. Peony roots will be shipped throughout the fall months.

We also have potted peony plants at Brooks Gardens - please contact us for open dates (we are available by appointment this fall).  

I hope you all have a very pleasant fall - enjoy these next few months in the garden. 



Yes!!  We have peonies for the weekend (WHEW!). It's been touch and go for the early peonies to bloom this season; but, they are coming along. The cool, wet spring delayed the start by about 5 to 6 days; then we had two days of heat to warm things up. We are still in the early season, with mid-season peonies just starting to show color. 

We will have Coral Charm peonies for Mother's Day, as well as an assortment of mixed peony arrangements in vases and bouquets for purchase at the farm - rain or shine. 

peony bouquets at Brooks Gardens Oregon farm    Coral Charm peonies  peonies at Oregon's Brooks Gardens

The Itoh (intersectional) peonies are starting to peak out of their sepals - Magical Mystery Tour, Callie's Memory, Julia Rose and others are either sporting a few blossoms or about to dazzle us in the next days. Lemon Chiffon and Prairie Moon, the two big, fluffy yellows are teasing us; and, I have even cut a few open blossoms for bouquets. So many varieties are just waiting for the right moment to pop open.

While we will have cuts for Mothers Day, we still are in the very early bloom stage, with much more to come in the next weeks. I anticipate our peak bloom will be after May 20th this year. With the weather fluctuating, it's anyone's guess at this point.

Our iris garden is starting to fill with fragrant blossoms and the 'wild wisteria' is in full bloom - alluring visitors to return for the sole purpose of seeing it again this year. It's an amazing backdrop for photos. 

Drop by the farm to see what's in bloom or to pick up a peony plant or bouquet. Bring your friends and delight them with a visit to Brooks Gardens. After 17 years, we are still touched to hear first time visitors express such delight at 'finding this hidden gem' tucked at the end of Topaz Street. A woman who visited for the first time last year, returned the other day and brought her friend, who stood in the iris garden and exclaimed "I have never, ever in my life been in such a place as this - it is so beautiful and amazing".

Stop by and be amazed. For those of you who can't make it to the farm, you can order peony roots online for fall planting and grow your own dazzling garden.


Directions: Brooks Gardens (Brooks, Oregon) is the hidden peony farm & iris garden just north of Brooks/Salem, Oregon at 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, OR 97305.  From I-5 take exit 263; drive one mile east to Brooks; turn left (north) onto 99 E; one mile to Topaz Street. Follow the purple Peonies & Iris signs.

From Woodburn, drive about six miles south on 99 E to Topaz Street.  We are about 40 minutes south of Portland, Oregon; 30 minutes south of Canby and Wilsonville.  

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