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Love Peonies? Now is the time to plant peony roots for voluptuous, fragrant flowers. These easy care perennial plants come back year after year, emerging each spring. The stems fill out with gorgeous foliage and each stem produces a bud that will open into an amazing flower in mid - late spring. Plant peonies September through November in most areas.

Good Sun  Pick a spot in the garden or yard that gets good sun and decent soil drainage and your peonies can literally last a lifetime. Full sun is great - most thrive in half a day or more of sun. Don't be afraid of a little shade or filtered sun: you'll see more vibrant colors in your peony flowers when they have a couple hours of afternoon shade. Too much shade and you will have a lovely bush with little or no flowers. 

Soil - Peonies love clay type soils with good drainage. Some people love amending soil, some need too. We grow our peonies in a heavy, well drained clay soil - no amendments. We do have good, natural nutrients in our soil. If you find great success with growing other plants in amended soil in your yard or garden, the peonies will like that, too. Try an experiment and grow a peony in an unamended spot, just to see if it really needs extra soil/compost. 

Not too Deep - Plant peonies with the fleshy roots going down into spaded soil and the eyes (buds) at the top, just an inch or two below the ground surface. Take care to not plant peonies too deeply. In warmer climates, such as in parts of California, the peony eyes are barely covered with soil, closer to the surface. 

Water - Give your transplanted peonies a drink of water and keep slightly moist until the fall rains come. Once established, ground grown peonies are rather drought tolerant; but, appreciate a drink of water now and then. Do water them occasionally the first two summers. (If growing in containers, they will need frequent watering in dry weather). 

Peonies do well in USDA zones 2-8 and many gardeners are having success with them in zones 9. They do best with a winter chill and thrive in warm summers.  

Peony plants add texture, foliage and fragrance to your landscape and the flowers can’t be beat for cutting gardens. Plant peonies this fall to enjoy every spring.

You can order bare root peony plants online throughout the fall. Planting tips included. 

peony roots for sale

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. 



We are in the middle of a hot, Oregon summer. Scorching this week at 108° yesterday and today! Unusual and record breaking heat - I always think it's too hot over about 85°.

I've kept the field peonies moist with irrigation; and, the potted peonies in the nursery are getting watered a couple of times a day, so they don't dry out. It's refreshing to walk under a sprinkler; sometimes I linger there. It's so hot, that I could almost watch my tomatoes turn from green to yellow to orange while I watered the vegetable garden. Really. Tuesday there wasn't a touch of color to them; Wednesday afternoon I picked ripe cherry tomatoes. 

The peony plants are beautiful this summer. I let a few develop seed pods, imaging what they may produce down the road. Some are swelling with plump seed and a few have cracked open over the past couple of weeks. Peony seed can take 4 or 5 years to produce a flower; although we've seen a few blossom sooner. Planting peony root cuttings will generally produce flowers in 1 to 2 years, with the plant approaching maturity at 3 years.  

The start of something new - planting for the future, is a great thing to look forward to. My sisters and I particularly love it when customers in their 90's are buying peony plants. Some younger folks will say, 'it takes so long for a peony to grow, I don't have that much time'; while others are looking forward to the future and say 'in just a few short years, I'll have glorious flowers to enjoy the rest of my life'. Such anticipation can positively impact our quality of life. 

With the hot weather of August, it's kind of hard to believe that digging/planting season will begin in a matter of weeks. But, it's coming.

Plant the peonies - leave a legacy of beauty.

My e-book of peony flowers is available through Amazon

I published the book 'Peonies - 200 Garden Varieties' - for all peony lovers - those who garden and those who don't. A browsing book of photos to compare colors and flower forms of these magnificent flowers. The book includes a bit of information on planting and care for those who want a few tips on growing their own peonies.

Formatted for viewing on e-readers, phones, tablets and computer monitors. Take a look by clicking the photo:  

Peonies, an e-book of 200 Garden Varieties, perfect for browsing your favorites

The last day of our open farm this season is today. I always want the season to go on and on; but, the petals are falling and barely a side-bud remains to open.  While there is still a bit of raggedy bloom in the fields to spy a flower form or color, our display tables are filled with nice blossoms for a good look at perhaps 80 varieties. 

We still have a selection of potted peonies and you can also order bare root for fall planting at the farm or online.

As we wind down another bloom season, I reflect on the wonderful help we enjoyed this spring. Friends and family pitched in to mow, weed, sell flowers and plants; and, do whatever needed to be done as my husband recovered from shoulder surgery. We are grateful. Bless you all. 


Peony Farm Open Dates and Hours

We've extended our open dates for visiting the farm - now open through June 17, 2017: daily - 10 am - 6 pm.

The late peonies are still blooming, although the earlier heat and recent rain has moved them along. You can check out the growth habitat of the plants and see many colors and flower styles. We have many early, mid-season and late varieties on display in our flower tents, so you can browse the variations in peonies to compare your favorites. 

peonies on display at Brooks Gardens

It's been another whirlwind peony season at Brooks Gardens - slow to bloom this season, then really warm, with a lot of bloom bursting the last week of May. 

Potted Peonies on Sale

Potted peonies are discounted 20% now through June 17th. We will continue to accept online orders throughout the summer and fall for bare root peonies; they are shipped in the fall for planting then. You may also order roots here at the farm. 

Thank you  for visiting this season; we appreciate meeting so many of you and are just as thrilled as you are when you spot the flower that touches your heart and soul. Yesterday, Madeline cried when she saw the peonies. I overheard her say that her daughter brought her out for her birthday; that she couldn't believe she was actually here. She was a great-great grandma and this was her first visit to a peony farm. 

I think she may have been the happiest peony lover I have ever met; and, that was before I slipped out to the field and cut her some fresh peonies. When I gifted her the 'birthday bouquet', she smiled, cried and then kissed me on the cheek. Made me smile all day.

Directions to Brooks Gardens

Brooks Gardens (Brooks, Oregon) is the hidden Oregon 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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The peony field is bursting with flowers this week. We also keep about 80 varieties of cut peonies on display in our flower tents so you can easily compare colors and flower styles. 

The mid-season peonies are in full bloom, with the late varieties still budded up to open over the next week or so. Looks like we'll be enjoying bloom through mid-June. 

Our historic iris garden has hundreds of different colors in bloom and visitors continue to be amazed with our 'secret garden' that adjoins the peony fields. The comments we hear from first time vistors range from 'you have a treasure trove of a garden' to 'I can not believe this place exists'. They are delighted they were able to visit this season; and, after 17 years of growing peonies, we continue to smile at their reactions to the sights and senses. 

Stop by this week to take a peak at our hidden peony farm and iris garden. Fresh cut peonies and peony plants for your garden are waiting, just for you.

Open Daily Now through June 10, 2017. Hours: 10 am - 6 pm.

Directions: Brooks Gardens (Brooks, Oregon) is the hidden Oregon 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 our 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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