Peonies are among the most popular perennial flowers in the United States. Early reds, which provide striking accents in a garden or a perennial border, are available in single-petal and double-petal varieties.
Blaze is a hybrid that produces several rows of single petals on a stalk that grows anywhere from 28 to 34 inches tall yet requires no staking. Dark green foliage surrounds a flower with a yellow center.
Red Charm, a ruffled peony with little fragrance, won the 1956 gold medal at the Peony Society show and is the standard for deep crimson early-blooming peonies. It has a large ball of petals on top of a 30-inch stalk.
The bloom color of Buckeye Belle, which has no fragrance, is so dark that it may be called maroon. The flower emerges atop stalks that reach 28 to 34 inches in height. The foliage turns dark red in fall.