Monday, February 25, 2019

2019 Solaris Farms Adds New Hot Herbaceous Peonies

Peony 'Dreamtime'

I noticed something quite interesting when I was creating my 2019 Herbaceous Hot 100 Peony Catalog Price Comparison List this year. Solaris Farms has become the leader in the "hot herbaceous" category this year, adding 8 more high demand varieties than last year for a total of 22 offered this year. Hollingsworth Nursery is still right up there with 21 "hot herbaceous" varieties offered. These two have been trading the leader position for the last couple of years in this category, but no other peony grower even comes close to the number of pricey, next generation peonies offered by these two growers. Both Solaris Farms and Hollingsworth Nursery have offered hot peony variety selections in the double digits, while all of the other growers have single digit offerings. Somehow I was lucky enough to get a root of Peony 'Dreamtime' last year. I am really looking forward to seeing what it does this spring!

Peony 'Dreamtime' Offered at Solaris Farms 2019


  1. Both of these nurseries have the advantage of access to hybridizing work that's been going on for quite a few years. While there are many new folks going into hybridizing these days, it can take 12-20 years to hybridize something new and then bring it to market. For some years to come, we will be seeing most of our new peonies coming from those who got a head start on this process.

    1. Bob,

      We'll be excited to see some of your creations hitting the market in years to come (from Adelman's, I presume). Good luck with your crosses. It looks like you had several promising plants when I looked at your selections growing in your section there. I wish I could have seen a progression during the bloom season of all of the varieties. I'm sure they were beautiful.