20 Orange Flowers for Zesty and Energizing Garden
Orange energizes your eyes and is associated with great seasons, like summer and fall. Orange flowers brighten your garden and create great decoration in vases or planters. These 20 orange blooms are great to bring zest to your home.
1. Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
Also known as torch lilies, Red Hot Poker is as hardy as its name. The spear-like blooms have reddish orange shades that appear in late spring. They last for decades, tolerant of drought, and attract bees and butterflies. They like well-drained soil and full sun.
2. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Butterfly weed has clusters of small, orange flowers that attract butterflies and bees. The flowers bloom from summer to early winter. The plant thrives on almost any soil types. Butterfly weed is drought-resistant but needs regular watering during early growth. Cut off seed pods to control the spread.
3. Helenium (Helenium autumnale)
Helenium has a daisy-like appearance with warm colors, from yellow to reddish orange. Helenium loves acidic soil with full sun. The flowers have two-tone petals with prominent yellow “eyes”. They can thrive with infrequent fertilizing, usually around spring.
4. Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis)
Crown Imperial has bell-shaped blooms that point downwards, surrounding the stalk in crown-like formation. The flowers don’t have a pleasant smell, making them deer-resistant. Crown Imperial loves rich, well-drained soil and full sun.
5. Lantana (Lantana camara)
Lantana is a perfect orange flower for hot, dry regions. The flowers bloom from summer to fall, with a bright orange color that fades into pink during the period. Lantana is a shrub plant, but it has vine-like branches that make them perfect for hanging pots.
6. Cymbidium Orchid (Cymbidium)
Cymbidium is one of the most cold-resistant among popular orchids. These flowers have a wide range of colors, including orange. Cymbidium grows in a special pot mixture for orchids, usually consists of humus, peat moss, fir bark, and perlite. The orchids bloom in winter and thrive in partial shade.
7. Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)
Orange zinnias grow well on neutral, well-drained soil. They love full sun and warm temperature and are drought-tolerant. The ‘Orange Star’ is one of the most popular orange zinnia varieties. Deadhead the flowers after blooming for robust growth.
8. Lion’s Tail (Leonotis leonurus)
Lion’s Tail is a perennial plant from the mint family, originated in Africa. The flowers have a spiky design, spread on shrub foliage. Lion’s Tail is perfect as accent plants, and very drought-tolerant. It thrives on any types of soil, with full sun. The plant has spines that require gloves for handling.
9. California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
California poppy is an annual plant that has small, cup-like orange flowers. They are perfect as covering plants or wild gardens. The flowers love full sun and will close when the sky is cloudy. Avoid removing closed-off flowers during the cloudy day.
10. Canna Lily (Canna generalis)
The tropical Canna lilies have tubular blooms that range from yellow to orange and pink. They love rich, moist, well-drained soil and full sun. Canna lilies need slightly acidic soil pH and regular watering. They bloom during summer and require deadheading for robust growth.
11. Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria)
Peruvian lilies are popular cut flowers that bloom in late spring. They come in different color varieties, including pink, yellow, and orange. Peruvian lilies love full sun and well-drained soil. They are sensitive to wind, draft, and fluoride in water.
12. Aloe (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe plant is prized for its jutting leaves, but the flowers are also beautiful. The flowers are thin, spiky, and jutting from tall stalks — with bright colors, such as yellow, red, or orange. These flowers may appear years after planting. Aloe is low maintenance, drought-resistant succulent.
13. Cosmos (Cosmos)
Cosmos flowers are easy to grow and covering the garden nicely. They attract butterflies and look great when planted in a vegetable garden. Cosmos can grow on soil with average fertility, as long as they receive full sun and regular watering.
14. Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens)
Bulbine is a succulent, which means it is drought-resistant and low-maintenance. The foliage is thin like grass, and the stalks grow as high as two feet. The flowers are bright orange or yellow. Bulbine likes well-drained soil and full sun, but not too much direct sunlight.
15. Ranunculus ‘Cloni Dark Orange’
Cloni Dark Orange is one of the ranunculus hybrids with a bright orange shade. The flower looks almost like an English rose. Cloni Dark Orange likes rich, well-drained soil and full sun. The flowers are perfect for vases or planters.
16. Daylily (Hemerocallis)
Daylilies are different from true lilies. The leaves grow from the crown, at the soil line, while lilies’ leaves grow along the stalks. Daylilies have three true petals and three sepals in star shapes, while lilies have six true petals in cup shapes. Daylilies love well-drained soil and full sun.
17. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
Gerbera daisies have a wide range of colors, including orange. They love well-drained soil and full sun. Gerbera daisies can develop root rot if they are planted too deeply. Daisies bloom in spring and perfect as planter flowers.
18. Orange Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
Bird of Paradise provides dramatic bloom in late winter and spring. It prefers rich and moist soil, high humidity, and bright indirect light. Bird of Paradise flowers once every four to five years. Water in a spray bottle is necessary to keep it moist. Bring the flower inside when the frost comes.
19. Garden Dahlia (Dahlia pinnata)
Garden dahlias come in various bright colors, including orange. Dahlias bloom from around July to October, and deadheading makes them grow more robustly. Low-nitrogen fertilizer is the best option for dahlias, applied during the mid-season. Dahlias are perfect for bed plants and cutting flowers.
20. Coneflower ‘Firebird’ (Echinacea)
Coneflower ‘Firebird’ has unique shuttlecock/like blooms with reddish orange color. They are perennial plants that bloom from July to October. Coneflowers can grow on various types of soil, with proper drainage and full sun. They are drought-resistant and perfect for landscape or rock garden.
Orange flowers are great to improve the garden and indoor planter with bright color. Choose these orange blooms to bring summer and fall atmosphere into the house.