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Adelman Peony Gardens

Mailing Address:
5690 Brooklake Road NE
Salem, Oregon 97305 (United States)

Phone: (503) 393-6185
Fax: (503) 393-3457

Catalog Order Page: Hyperlink
Paper Catalog Cost: Free

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Positive LRobinson
Littleton, CO
(3 reviews)
April 20, 2020
I highly recommend Adelman and will definitely purchase from them again if I can find another spot in the yard for more peonies. Such kind and helpful folks.

July 2019 - I emailed Adelmanís to ask if I was too late to plant peonies for the year. Carol graciously replied that peonies are shipped as roots and planted in the fall. I dutifully ordered 10 peony plants and waited. While I was waiting, I began researching to find out more about this lovely flowering perennial that I remembered from my Grandmotherís garden in Northern Saskatchewan.

Looking back Iím embarrassed by my lack of knowledge and my naive email to Adelman. On the other hand I was SO LUCKY that I stumbled on Adelman in my original Google search. The peony roots arrived in mid-September 2019. Beautiful large roots with several eyes on each. I didnít know to count the eyes - next time. I followed the planting instructions to the letter.

Now, Spring 2020, all 10 peonies have sprouted. Two of them (Christmas Velvet and Etched Salmon) are about 8Ē tall, and each of the 3-5 stalks have a bud. Iím delighted!

Last week we had two snowstorms and record cold temperatures down to 10F. I contacted Adelman and asked about covering the peonies. Kady responded quickly and recommended covering for temps that low. I did, and all survived with no damage. Thank you Adelman!
Positive GeneSkCan
(8 reviews)
October 13, 2019
I have been buying peonies regularly from Adelman over the past 5 years. Without question, the quality and variety of peony roots that they provide is extremely good and I highly recommend buying from this supplier.
Positive anthemis28
Duluth, GA
(1 review)
October 23, 2017
Money well spent. My order was processed and shipped quickly. The tubers are high quality, with more than seven eyes. I should have purchased more.
Positive Ves
Buffalo, NY (Zone 5b)
(13 reviews)
October 22, 2017
I ordered from Adelman twice by now and each time they exceeded expectations. Their peony roots are large, healthy, and with many more 'eyes' than usual in mail orders. No wonder they flower nicely. Their service and communication are great as well, and I would not hesitate to order from them again.
Positive Qdangson
Quincy, MA
(16 reviews)
October 17, 2015
Just received 2 bareroot Hillary Itoh peonies today. Great packing in peatmoss and good size. Each root had more than 6 eyes and the roots were cleaned up without cutting them back too much. It looks like they have started sprouting so hopefully they will stall growth until spring.
Positive pataskala
Beechwood Trails, OH
(2 reviews)
June 8, 2014
Ordered five different varieties, planted in fall 2013. All are doing well, and all have bloomed their first season even after the miserable winter they had to endure as youngsters. Have ordered again, I was very pleased with this company's quality
Positive AS
(Zone 7a)
(46 reviews)
May 14, 2014
Posted on October 23, 2012, updated May 14, 2014
Nice sized, healthy looking roots. The prices were reasonable (I ordered older varieties) and service was prompt and professional.
On May 14th, 2014, AS added the following:

After seeing DonnaMack's post, I wanted to mention that my peonies were also a little tough to get started, too, compared to those I've gotten from other companies. I thought it was just bad luck, or maybe the weather gods being uncooperative.

Only a single stem came up from each peony plant the first year, though there was a flower on each. In their second year, they have 1-3 stems, though the single stemmed plants at least have a tall, robust one with lots of leaves.

On the other hand, I thought one plant had little chance for survival - something bit a big chunk out of the stem last year, leaving it bent in half. I taped it and tied it to a sturdy stake, and it somehow survived for the season while looking completely pathetic. I was surprised to see it return this year, healthy and with a bloom. So I assume the root was fairly robust.

Still, they were all true to name and had lovely flowers, and seem to be on their way to becoming nice bushes now.
Positive DonnaMack
Elgin, IL (Zone 5a)
(64 reviews)
November 19, 2013
Posted on October 31, 2013, updated November 19, 2013
Posted on September 19, 2003, updated October 31, 2013
I just received my first order from this company. I purchased 2 herbacious peonies, and they are fabulous - the best I've ever seen. Tourangelle (double pink) has 4 very large eyes and 1 small one. Paul M. Wild has 5 enormous eyes. They are incredibly fresh. I faxed my order, waited a few days, and then e-mailed the company to make certain my order was received. Jim and Carol Adelman almost immediately e-mailed a gracious response. Thank you, bettyann279, for your comments on great customer service. This company has a great reputation in the trade, and first rate customer service is the icing on a terrific cake of wonderful selections and first rate quality.
On October 31st, 2013, DonnaMack changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

I feel obliged to change my rating. I have purchased peonies from a variety of suppliers, and met with success. The only company whose peonies have all failed for me is Adelman. Tourangelle never appeared. Moonstone took three years to appear and then died. Paul M. Wild never appeared. Because I bought all of these failed peonies in 2002, and because of the many raves, I was reluctant to comment, and it does not seem fair that I waited so long . But I think now that I understand the problem. The Adelman peonies that I received tended to be very vertical, with big thick roots at the bottom. To get the eyes to be 1-2 inches below the soil the roots had to be buried very deep. They rot. I have been given gifts of Adelman peonies with this same formation, possibly six in all. Some in soil with a fair amount of clay, some in loam. They all failed.

I have had success with peonies from companies with middling ratings, and have received peonies from at least six different companies.
On November 19th, 2013, DonnaMack changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I am very pleased to let everyone know that Kady Adelman has contacted me privately and that the peonies will be replaced next year, and the timing is at my request. This has been handled so graciously that I would like to change my rating back to positive in anticipation of receiving them. Any company that would replace peonies after these many years deserves praise.
Positive LVerrico
Collins, NY
(8 reviews)
October 1, 2013
I have been getting their catalogs for a couple of years and
have finaly put an order in last week.
They sure do sell out fast as i waited so late but the service and comunication was great.
They shipped my order on Thursday and i had them by Saturday.Thats fast service.
The packaging was great very well protected and really nice size root.
Can not wait till spring.
Great company.
Thank you
Positive Dodsky
Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b)
(8 reviews)
October 5, 2012
I placed an order for eight peonies back in June 2012 and received all of the bare root divisions right on time in late September. They were all clearly labeled, packed in slightly moist peat moss and were in a plastic bag in a well secured box. I received an email notification when the box had been shipped so I knew to keep an eye out for its delivery. The status of my order and communication via email has been great.

The bare root divisions were just as others have described: large, numerous eyes, fresh and very healthy. I am very pleased with the quality plants and the hassle-free purchasing experience. I shopped around and the prices at Adelman Peony Gardens are quite reasonable, especially considering the size and quality of the plants I received. I've purchased peonies from several other sources over the years and the plants from Adelman Peony Gardens are definitely of the highest quality and value. I also appreciate the wide and varied selection of cultivars offered. They carry several cultivars I couldn't find anywhere else. All of the plants I purchased were herbaceous peonies: Blaze, Cytherea, Goldilocks, Merry Mayshine, Nippon Beauty, Red Red Rose, Sunny Girl, and Roy Pehrson's Best Yellow. Judging by the size of the roots, most (probably all!) will bloom next spring. :-)

I will definitely purchase from Adelman Peony Gardens again as I expand my flower beds and make room for more peonies. ;-)
Positive learnergirl
Longview, WA
(1 review)
April 17, 2012
I made my first trip to Adelman's on Mother's Day two years ago. Beautiful! As a mother/grandmother I received a beautiful bouquet of peonies as well. At that visit I bought a potted Mr.Ed peony for my husband (of course, his name is Ed). The next spring, the peony came up and quickly died. All of my other peonies were fine, so I wrote to Adelman's and they quickly confirmed that they would send another Mr.Ed in the fall. On time a healthy root arrived, it is planted and I look forward to many years of remembering my first trip to Adelman's when Ed's peony pops through the ground. I can't wait to return!
Positive ksikorski
Mountain Park, GA
(1 review)
October 9, 2011
Adelman has an incredible selection of beautiful peonies. I have ordered herbaceous, ITOH and tree peonies from Adelman and have been extremely satisfied with the size and quality of the roots and resulting plants.
Positive bryana
Albany, NY
(72 reviews)
October 2, 2011
Posted on November 11, 2010, updated October 2, 2011
I have ordered from this company several times. They have a very good assortment of peonies with accurate descriptions. You receive very large roots. This is the only source of peony roots that I have ordered from where the peonies produced flowers and bloomed the year after planting (all of them) - amazing. Only once did I get a root that was not what I ordered and they cheerfully replaced it. good service.
On October 2nd, 2011, bryana added the following:

ordered 4 peony roots - all large and well packaged.
Positive WhatzaWeed
Strasburg, PA
(1 review)
September 30, 2011
This was my first order of peonies from Adelman's. The plants sent were the absolute best that I have ever received!! I look forward to ordering from them next season. Huge rootstock!! Can't wait until next spring!!
Positive focusme2
Greenbrier, TN
(2 reviews)
September 26, 2011
If you want great quality peonies, let me asure you-- this is the company you want to do business with because they ship prize-qualtiy root stock. I just received my first order and was impressed at the quality of the root and with the packaging--- this company takes great pride in shipping exceptional peony roots. I placed a second order today (for a gift to my sister) after receiving my first shipment last week. I will pass the word on to other peoney lovers about this great company.
Positive iykim
Hillsborough, CA (Zone 10a)
(23 reviews)
September 23, 2011
Wow! The Itoh peony I ordered had a huge root system, and 12 eyes! The price was very reasonable, and the packaging was great, and the shipment was fast. I would definitely order peonies from them again. Thank you, Adelman Peony Gardens!
Positive NancyMcD
Grand Marais, MI
(4 reviews)
September 16, 2011
Adelman had the peonies I wanted, and the chunks they sent are big and healthy - five eyes on one and six on the other. They were beautifully packaged, too. The prices are not low, but bargain basement peonies often take longer to get established. The peony chunks that came in the mail today were well worth the dough.
Positive ycn4chin
Dickson, TN
(38 reviews)
November 15, 2010
Absolutely the best peony divisions I have ever received. I am confident that these roots will grow and flourish in my lovely creek bottom soil. Superfast shipment and excellent packing insured that everything arrived across the miles without a problem. All the rave reviews here were substantiated by my order. Highly recommend this company to anyone who enjoys quality plant material.
Positive StaticCling
Meadville, PA
(15 reviews)
October 17, 2010
I received nice, healthy peonies from Adelman's. I would definitely buy there again.
Positive karlarhae
Germantown, OH
(3 reviews)
October 4, 2010
I ordered two intersectional peonies and was very happy with what I received. Very large roots and quite healthy looking. Quick shipping too.
Positive WeeklyWeeder
Polson, MT (Zone 5b)
(16 reviews)
September 22, 2010
Placed an order for 10 peonies in July which were shipped right on time (Sept. 15) for planting in my zone 5b garden.
Was I impressed!
All of the peonies had huge rhizomes and multiple healthy eyes, averaging 5 or more each. But, what really blew me away was Henry Bockstoce with 9 eyes. This puppy should really take off next spring. Thanks, Carol, for the high-quality order. Will try to make more room next year for additional purchases.
Colleen in Polson, MT
Positive klem_a_tis
near des moines, IA (Zone 5a)
(5 reviews)
May 25, 2010
I ordered a dozen roots 2 years ago. the plants have outgrown my peony plot...large roots and even larger plants!
Positive k_la
Atlanta, GA
(1 review)
May 17, 2010
I ordered 3 plants (roots) from Adelman's in the fall- they all flowered beautifully this spring-with huge blooms on all three.
Positive minotpeonies
Minot, ME
(2 reviews)
October 9, 2009
Ordered 18 peonies for this fall from Adelman's and every peony had huge roots with 5-6 eye divisions.Bartzella had 8-9 eyes on it.I would say that there is no one out there that will beat the size of Carol's divisons.I also ordered from other well know peony companies which delivered very nice divisons but not even in the same league as Adelmans.Carol can't wait to see next springs catalog!! Thank You
Positive juanwillis
Winchester, MA (Zone 6a)
(28 reviews)
September 7, 2009
I've ordered 15 peonies from Adelman over the past few years; all of them were large, healthy roots and nearly all of them bloomed the following spring. Adelman is my first choice for buying peonies mail-order.
Positive bjaquez
Loyalton, CA
(3 reviews)
April 25, 2009
After reading the positive reviews for Adelman Peony Gardens, I ordered two plants. I planted them last fall. This spring, I have four buds on on one plant and a bud on the other. Often it can take 3 years for peonies to bud and bloom. Great stock, great selection, great service. AAAA+++++
Positive rp5225
Loveland, OH
(1 review)
March 6, 2009
It is now early March, 2009 and I have some peonies from Adelman's peeking up under the mulch that I planted in October, 2008. Four varieties, my first from Adelman's and my last from anyone else. The roots I received were gorgeous - just magnificent - and they would blow anyone else's away. Carol Adelman is super to work with (I wanted a couple of last-minute additions). Can't recommend them any more highly! Thanks, and get ready for this year's order! Rick Porter
Positive LiliesNRoses
Moore, ID (Zone 3b)
(2 reviews)
November 1, 2008
I had placed my order in April with the expectation of a fall shipment. When I had not received anything from the company in October, I contacted them. After they did a thorough search of their records, this is when I learned my order had been lost in cyberspace. Instead of telling me that their shipping season was over and that I would have to wait until next year, they made a special effort to fill my order. The peonies I received had very large tubers and well-developed eyes - not some cast offs to appease a disgruntled customer. In addition, I received very detailed intructions and illustrations on how to properly plant the peonies. What could have been a very negative experience turned into a positive one for me thanks to the professionalism of Adelman Peony Gardens.
Positive kenzgarden
Doylestown, PA
(3 reviews)
October 18, 2008
I ordered from Adelman's for the 1st time this year. I was very impressed with their selection. I was very pleased with the size and the apparent health of these plants. I can't wait to see them in the spring. I know that they will be spectacular! I am planning on ordering from them again in 2009. if you are lucky enough to live on the west coast and love peonies, you need to visit them during the blooming season. I am sure it is a beautiful site, that won't soon be forgotten. Thank you Jim and Carol.
Positive keelybird57
Aurora, IL
(11 reviews)
October 14, 2008
I ordered 3 peonies this fall and was very impressed with Adelman's. The roots were well packed, large and appeared very healthy. Planting instructions were clear and I look forward to many years of beautiful blooms.
Positive daylilly99
northern, VA (Zone 6b)
(4 reviews)
October 11, 2008
I just received my peony 'Sunny Girl' from Adelman Peony company. It's a wonderful, large healthy plant and I'm totally happy with it. That, however, is just the beginning of my delight with this company.

Just before ordering from them I won peony 'Cora Louise' from an Ebay grower. When it arrived as was appalled by this 1.5" x 1" piece of crown with several eyes and a couple of stems. Not having grown an intersectional peony before I thought I should solicit advice before complaining. Not only was Carol Adelman confirming of my thought that this was not a good plant, but she was very supportive through the course of several e-mails and even said I could reference her by name. Very helpful and reassuring.

Imagine my delight and awe when I opened the box from Adelman Peony Garden today and found not only the 'Sunny Girl' but a HUGE piece of 'Cora Louise' which Carol had included as a gift. I will never buy peonies from anyone else again.

The reason I found Adelman's in the first place is I saw a video on dividing peonies which they had on YouTube. The size of the roots they show there will give you an idea of their generosity and I recommend watching it. I hope this address will work for you.


Thank you, Carol, and Adelman Peony Garden a thousand times over.

Positive SteveIndy
Greenwood, IN (Zone 5b)
(21 reviews)
October 11, 2008
I ordered from Adelman for the first time this fall, and in fact placed three orders, though I have used other peony vendors, with some of them being quite good. Well, I agree with the other posters - the roots were astoundingly large and fresh. In fact, I ordered a Bartzella and it was easily and foot and half long and very thick, much bigger than I ever expected, as was the Cream Puff they sent. The other roots were massive as well and had lots of fat eyes. I am so impressed with the size and quality and am eagerly awaiting to see what sprouts next spring. I just finished planting tonight. This company's product is among the very best out there, and I'll be sure to be a return customer next year.
On May 6th, 2009, SteveFtWorth added the following:

Just an update to last fall's order - I got first year blooms on about two-thirds of the plants I received. Multiple blooms on Red Charm, Bartzella, Cream Puff and others. I am still impressed by the size of the rooststock this company sells. I have already placed a couple of fall orders for more!
Positive barb3204
Great Falls, MT
(2 reviews)
September 23, 2008
I was totally blown away by the size and condition of the root stock! I have never seen such nice and big roots, and in such good condition. I'm also, looking forward to spring!!
Positive p1mkw
Danville, IN (Zone 5b)
(11 reviews)
September 22, 2008
I ordered 5 peonies from Adelman's and chose them in a large part due to the reviews out here. I certainly wasn't disappointed. My order arrived today and the size of the roots are just unbelievable. I dug up some in the spring that I had bought at a home improvement store last year that just weren't doing anything. The largest root in that group was about the size of a pencil. What I received today from Adelman's are HUGE! They look like hot dogs . I can't wait until next spring.
On September 22nd, 2008, p1mkw added the following:

I forgot to add .. I took pictures if you want to see.
Positive gardenstogo
westerville, OH (Zone 5b)
(2 reviews)
June 28, 2008
Have ordered a few times from Adelman's. Roots are nice size. Peonies bloom first year! I had opportunity to visit them, and as expected, they were great!
I recommend them without hesitation.
Positive cks12
Chester, CT
(1 review)
January 25, 2008
The peonies I received from Adelman's are absolutely magnificient. Their customer service is outstanding! I had chosen a plant that they were out of, and was given a substitute specifically chosen to match the one I wanted. When I have received the plants, they are huge! and they grow into wonderful, beautiful plants! I cannot say enough about this company. I have purchased peonies from two other mail order companies, one of them, a "high end" company, and will NEVER do so again! Adelman's is the best by far for peonies.
Positive LSRitts
Alexandria, VA
(1 review)
October 21, 2007
Within several days I received large and healthy peony roots of a species I had been looking for for perhaps 10 years. I can't wait until spring!
Positive peony61
(10 reviews)
October 13, 2007
fine plants, kind people
Positive sorensee
Riverton, UT
(13 reviews)
September 24, 2007
I ordered a peony from Adelman's this fall. When I received it I was shocked at how big the root was. I knew from previous reviews that it would be large but it was beyond my expectations. I can't wait til spring to watch it grow.
Positive PlantsnobIN
Paoli, IN
(31 reviews)
October 16, 2006
I called last Friday, Oct 13, to see if I was too late to place an order. I spoke with Carol and she said it was OK. She also anwered my questions about hazelnuts. Today, Monday, Oct 16, my plants are already here. I don't see how that is even possible. From Oregon to southern Indiana in a weekend. I couldn't be happier with the service or the plants. Outstanding.

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