Garden Catalog Review: Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery
Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm began in 1852 as a nursery for fruit trees, and has been in the same family ever since. Charles Klehm, a lover of peonies and charter member of the American Peony Society (founded 1903), shifted the emphasis to ornamental plants. Their website is here.
Klehm’s, currently located in southern Wisconsin, offers a wide variety of perennial and woody plants, They specialize, however, in Peonies, Clematis, Daylilies, and Hosta. The Klehms have been skilled hybridizers of Peonies and Daylilies for multiple generations.
At first I was not a big Peony enthusiast, I planted them mainly to please Judy. They have grown on me, however. All of my Peonies come from Klehm’s. In the 2015 catalog I was captivated by a new Klehm’s introduciton, ‘Pearled Lemon Cream’, a single early hybrid. In all, Klehm’s offers about 125 varieties of Peonies and Tree Peonies.
Among the new Daylilies, I was attracted to another Klehm hybrid, ‘Priceless Gold Strike’, an early to mid-season bloomer that grows about 3′ tall.
Another plant that caught my eye was a new compact variety of Helenium autumnale, ‘Short’n’Sassy’ – just 18-22″ tall. Don’t think I have seen this one before.
Klehm’s is not cheap, but I can attest to the fact that their plants are healthy and substantial – generally two to four years old. Plus their catalog is very satisfying, with luscious photos and understated but engaging text. I confess that I do not know their policy on the use of neonicotinoids and other pesticides.
And now to change the subject for a moment. I am told by WordPress that I have published 500 posts since I started Garden In A City three years ago. This does seem like a significant milestone. I hope the next 500 are just as much fun, and I am grateful to all of you who read and comment on what is written here..
Do you have a favorite source for Peonies?