Welcome to Contrary Mary's!

We are a small, family-owned greenhouse located southwest of Chicago specializing in unusual perennials, hostas, peonies, and heirloom veggie plants that you won't find at big chain nurseries.

Because of the HUGE number of requests we receive, our complete selection of hostas and peonies are now available to be shipped as bare root plants! For our other great plants, come visit us at our Farm outside Chicago!

General Ordering and Shipping Information

Hostas ship, weather permitting, mid-April through early October. Last day to order hostas for 2014 delivery is September 29, 2014. Peonies ship, weather permitting, mid-September to early November. Last day to order peonies for 2014 delivery is November 2, 2014.

We are happy to take your order via our on-line store or as a phone order. For phone orders, please call us at (815) 521-9535 between 9a-6p Central time and have your credit card information available. Although we have LOTS of varieties, we do have LIMITED quantities of each and we want to be able to place them on hold just for YOU!!! Therefore, we do charge your credit card AT THE TIME THE ORDER IS PLACED in order to reserve your plants.

We ship orders via USPS Priority Mail which takes about 2-3 days to receive. Our basic shipping/handling charge is $7.95 plus $1.50 per plant ordered! We also track each order to ensure it gets to you in a timely manner.

You can also pick up your plants at the Farm and save on shipping. Just indicate the approximate date you’d like to come; we will contact you to confirm the exact date that they will be available (‘cause sometimes some plants are slower than others!)

Hostas

We ship Hostas, weather permitting, mid-April through early October. The last day to order hostas for 2014 delivery is September 29, 2014. You can expect your plants to have excellent root systems and to usually have multiple eyes. Most of them have come from one gallon containers or were field grown so they should re-establish quickly for you. Plant them as soon as possible (don't let them dry out!) in a shady to partial shade location that has been amended with compost. Water thoroughly after planting and make sure they get about 1" of water per week during the growing season. Just remember that hostas take several years to mature, so be patient as they're WELL worth the wait (speaking as a hosta addict!!!)

Peonies

Weather permitting, we will ship your bareroot Peony order mid-September to early November. The last day to order peonies for 2014 delivery is November 2, 2014. The colder zones get shipped first; for the health of the Peonies I ship to warmer zones starting in early October.  Due to the fragility of Peony eyes in the spring, we can ONLY ship them in the fall. They will be shipped to you via priority mail and will generally be 3-5 eyes although it will vary some depending on the growth habit of the individual variety.

If you want to pick up your Peonies at the Farm and they are already in pots and don’t have to be dug, they may be picked up at any time during the season - but please make prior arrangements first! However, just remember that bareroot Peonies are ONLY available September to early November as that is the only time that they can be safely dug!

Contrary Mary's $100 Gift Card

Contrary Mary's $100 Gift Card

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Hemerocallis Bright Sunset

Hemerocallis Bright Sunset

Huge 6" flowers are a coppery orange color with lighter gold throats and midribs (think the glory of the evening sky!) VERY fragrant, has extended bloom time, too! 32" ht.

  • Price: $11.95

Hemerocallis Heavenly Angel Ice

Hemerocallis Heavenly Angel Ice

HUMUNGOUS 8" ruffled, VERY distinctive blooms of pale icy white with green throats---she's both an extended AND repeat bloomer! WOWZERS! 34" ht.

  • Price: $12.95

Hemerocallis Monterrey Jack

Hemerocallis Monterrey Jack

This award-winning early bloomer has open, ruffled flowers that are clear yellow with raspberry eyes... so impressive planted with 'Nosferatu' and 'Bela Lugosi!' 24" ht. Photo courtesy Walters Gardens.

  • Price: $12.95

Hemerocallis Pizza Crust

Hemerocallis Pizza Crust

A ‘licious newbie that has 6” blooms of different blended shades of peach, cream, yellow, and light pink with pie-crusted edges. A mid to late long bloomer with MANY buds and scapes! 30” ht.

  • Price: $13.95

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Contrary Mary's $25 Gift Card

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Contrary Mary's $50 Gift Card

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Contrary Mary's $75 Gift Card

Contrary Mary's $75 Gift Card

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