Peonies are treasured by gardeners for their longevity, lush foliage, rich fragrance and garden uses. The species are discussed, and from the thousand odd listed cultivars of both tree and herbaceous peonies, Rogers singles out the truly superior for recommendation, along with some more-recent introductions which show great promise.
Al Rogers, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, acquired his first peony cultivar in 1929 at age eight. He owned and operated Caprice Farm Nursery, a successful peony nursery and mail-order supplier, for more than twenty years. Over the years he has written and lectured on peonies and other perennials, and served as a director on the board of the Perennial Plant Association for eight years.
His writing is authoritative and scholarly. Pacific Horticulture 19990606 The amateur is well served here, but so too is the would-be commercial grower. Rogers offers the equivalent of a full course in every aspect of peony raising, from culture to propagation. -- Ann Lovejoy 20000201 An invaluable reference work, long overdue. -- Piers Trehane 20000201 Reading this book has made me almost forget that peonies only bloom about two months a year, and that the rest of the season one has to make do with the shape and colour of their leaves. -- G. Van Uffelen, Leiden University, Hurtus Bontanticas Blumeaissue 19961201 Neither merely for the home gardener nor strictly for professionals, [this] clearly and astutely written book is for all plant lovers. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 19950901 This new book has filled a serious void in the world of published references available to growers. -- Paul Sansone The Cut Flower Quarterly 19960101 He has packed this book with a wealth of detailed information about these magnificent, old-time favorites, and included an impressive listing of all species and cultivars currently available. -- Ethel Fried Journal Inquirer 19951221 The first conprehensive peony treatise in several decades... Breeders, propagators, and home gardeners alike will enjoy the very readable text... a valuable reference for all peony lovers. Highly recommended. -- L.C. Ewart Choice 19960501 It combines obvious passion for peonies...with meticulous historical and scientific research. Homeground 19960201 Enthusiastic amateurs and professionals alike will be thrilled with the complete and detailed information supplied in Peonies - an important book for any gardeners' library. Perennial Plants 19960201 The book is very informative and written in a straightforward, readable style suitable for the academician as well as the avid gardener. -- Sharon Bale HortScience 19960601 Rogers' love affair with peonies shows through his book, introducing a new generation to another flower out of our grandmothers' gardens, guaranteeing perpetuity. -- April Ober Pacific NW Gardener 19961001 Anyone who loves peonies will be delighted with this new book. -- Brian Porter The Saskatchewan Gardener 19960201 I would suggest that those gardeners, and even would-be Peony nursery proprietors will find a rich source of sensible practical information that will do much to optimise the chances for success with this beautiful, much admired, greatly desired and often frustrating genus. -- Trevor Nottle Australian Horticulture 20000201 An important book for any gardener's library. American Peony Society Bulletin 20040621