I mail plants all over Canada. Peonies, dormant bulbs and bare root perennials can be mailed. However, I don’t send roses, fruit, or shrubs by mail.
Every plant in the catalogue shows whether it is available by mail. The image below shows that “By mail in Canada” has a red “x”. That means that this plant won’t be mailed. You can pick it up or I can deliver it locally.
The peony below is available by mail, since “By mail in Canada” has a green “v”. Peonies are mailed bare root, packed in peat moss to preserve freshness.
Peonies, bulbs, and bare root perennials are mailed in fall and in spring. Fall is the best time to plant peonies, as they need a period of cold weather to establish their roots before foliage and flowers are grown.
Mail Order Timeline
Fall-shipping peonies are mailed in October. Orders to colder zones are prioritized.
Fall-shipping bulbs are mailed in late September through early October.
Spring-shipping perennials (except peonies), corms, and bulbs are mailed in late March through late April, with some late orders leaving in May.
Spring-shipping peonies are mailed in April and early May. Peonies planted in spring may be growing somewhat slowly in the first year or two. Plant them in cold soil as soon as you receive them. Planting in the heat of the summer is the worst you can do to a peony root, so if May is warm where you live, you may want to avoid ordering peonies in the last minute for spring shipping. Instead, order for fall planting (best for peony health) or very early in spring (so that I can mail them to you early).
No plants are mailed between late May and early September.