Brighten up Your Garden with these 20 Varieties of Orange Blooms

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Orange ballerina tulips blooming

Orange flowers may not be as bold as yellow or as vibrant as red, but they still bring a lot of happiness to any garden. Orange flowers symbolize excitement, joy, friendship, and good health, making them a great addition to any landscape. They can be combined with blue flowers for a stunning effect, and can also be seen in berries and seed pods. There are 35 different types of orange flowers to choose from, but be aware that some of them are toxic to humans and animals. One example is the orange blossom, which is actually white and star-shaped with a sweet citrus scent. Another popular orange flower is the Lantana.

Lantana plant with tiny white and orange flower clusters on end of stem closeup

Lantana, also known as Lantana camara, produces clusters of small, bright flowers from the middle of summer until the first frost in the fall. The plant has dark green, wrinkled oval leaves that give off a pleasant scent. These tropical plants are often grown as annuals in colder regions, making a beautiful home for butterflies. Some Lantana varieties can survive as perennials up to zone 7. It’s important to note that Lantana is harmful to animals.

– Common Name: Lantana
– Scientific Name: Lantana camara
– USDA Growing Zones: 7 to 11, depending on the specific variety
– Color Varieties: Orange, red, yellow, white, purple
– Sun Exposure: Full sun
– Soil Requirements: Average soil with medium moisture levels and good drainage

Moving on to the next plant, the Orange Lily.

Orange lily plant with orange trumpet-shaped flowers and buds

The vibrant Orange Lily, also known as Lilium bulbiferum var. croceum, is a striking lily species that boasts showy orange blooms adorned with red accents and brown spots. These flowers typically bloom in early summer, with each mature bulb producing approximately six flowers. After the flowering season ends, it is advised to trim back the foliage once it starts to turn yellow. It is important to note that all lilies are toxic to animals.

Plant Name:
Orange Lily (Lilium bulbiferum var. croceum)
USDA Growing Zones:
3 to 9
Color Varieties:
Sun Exposure:
Full sun to part shade
Soil Requirements:
Average, medium moisture, well-drained

The Frizzle Sizzle Orange Pansy, a unique and captivating flower, adds a touch of whimsy to any garden or landscape setting.

Pansy flower with orange circular and flat petals closeup

Pansies are a favorite choice for gardeners due to their vibrant colors and bloom time from mid-spring to early summer. These short-lived perennials or biennials are typically grown as annuals, and are also loved as a fall flower in warmer climates. With flower sizes ranging from 2 to 4 inches across and a flat appearance, they can be easily maintained by removing spent blooms to encourage new growth.

If you’re a fan of orange flowers, the ‘Frizzle Sizzle Orange’ (Viola x wittrockiana ‘Frizzle Sizzle Orange’) is a great choice, along with other varieties like ‘Matrix Orange’ and ‘Orange Sun’. The Frizzle Sizzle Orange pansy thrives in USDA growing zones 6 to 10 and offers a range of colors including orange, red, pink, yellow, blue, purple, maroon, white, and bicolor. These pansies prefer full sun to part shade and do best in humus-rich, moist, and well-drained soil.

In addition to pansies, another beautiful flowering plant to consider is the Flowering Maple.

Flowering maple plant with small orange-red bell-shaped flower hanging down

The flowering maple, scientifically known as Abutilon x hybridum, resembles a small maple tree with its bell-shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors. These subtropical plants are sensitive to cold weather, so it’s best to bring them indoors during the winter months unless you’re treating them as annuals. In their natural habitat, they bloom seasonally and maintain their green foliage throughout the year.

Common Name:
Flowering maple
(Abutilon x hybridum)
Suitable USDA Growing Zones:
9 to 10
Available Colors:
Orange, yellow, red, pink, white
Ideal Sun Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil Requirements:
Rich, well-draining soil with medium moisture levels
Photo Credit: The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

5 out of 35: Orange Ballerina Tulip

Orange ballerina tulips closeup

Tulips are a popular choice for spring gardens, showcasing a range of colors except for blue. Orange tulips, such as the vibrant ‘Orange Ballerina’ variety, are a standout option with their various petal shapes and sizes. Other top picks for orange tulips include ‘Orange Princess’, ‘Orange Emperor’, and ‘Princess Irene’.

To ensure a successful bloom in spring, plant your tulip bulbs 4 to 6 inches deep in the autumn. Allow the foliage to brown and wither before removing it, as it provides energy for the bulb. Keep in mind that tulips are toxic to both humans and animals.

Orange Ballerina tulip (Tulipa ‘Orange Ballerina’) thrives in USDA growing zones 3 to 8, requiring full sun and well-drained, rich soil with medium moisture. Embrace the beauty of orange in your garden with these stunning tulips, a true spring delight.

Butterfly weed with orange flowers and buds closeup

The Butterfly weed, also known as Asclepias tuberosa, is a plant native to the eastern and southern regions of the United States. It typically grows in small clumps reaching heights of 1 to 3 feet. During the summer, you can spot clusters of vibrant orange flowers on hairy stems, which are a favorite among butterflies. However, it’s important to remove the seed pods promptly to prevent the plant from spreading uncontrollably. Keep in mind that Butterfly weed is slightly toxic to both humans and animals.

Name: Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 9
Color Varieties: Orange, yellow
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained

Chinese Lantern, the next plant on our list, offers a unique and captivating appearance.

Chinese lantern plant with orange-red seed pods surrounded by leaves

The Chinese lantern, scientifically known as Physalis alkekengi, is a perennial plant that typically grows in clusters, reaching a height of 1 to 2 feet. During the summer, it produces small white flowers that are then followed by its standout feature: vibrant orange-red calyces resembling lanterns. Due to its spreading nature, it is advisable to plant it in a contained area to control its growth. It’s important to note that this plant is toxic to both humans and animals.

Known as the Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy, this plant thrives in USDA growing zones 3 to 9. It boasts a striking color combination of white flowers and orange-red calyces. The Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy thrives best in full sun exposure and well-drained, average, and moist soil.

Orange Oriental poppy flowers

The vibrant Oriental poppies bring lively hues to your garden in the summer, with blooms that resemble delicate crepe paper. These plants form small clusters with grey-green leaves that fade after blooming. To protect them during the winter, consider applying a layer of mulch.

Along with the popular ‘Prince of Orange’ Oriental poppy, other excellent orange options include ‘Fireball,’ ‘Eye Catcher,’ and ‘Champagne Bubbles Orange.’ While these poppies add beauty to your garden, it is important to note that they are mildly toxic to both humans and pets.

Botanical Name: Papaver orientale ‘Prince of Orange’
USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 7
Color Varieties: Orange, red
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Requirements: Rich, moderately moist, well-draining soil.

9 out of 35

Calendula plant with orange ruffled and radiating petals with brown centers

Calendula, also known as pot marigolds, are a popular choice for annual flowers in the garden. They are simple to grow from seed, either starting indoors around seven weeks before the last frost or planting them directly outside after the frost has passed. These flowers resemble chrysanthemums with blooms that can reach a few inches in diameter, and deadheading them can encourage more blooms to appear.

Name: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
USDA Growing Zones: 2 to 11 (typically grown as annuals)
Color Varieties: Orange, yellow
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Needs: Average, medium moisture, well-drained

Montbretia is another beautiful flower to consider for your garden.

Montbretia plant with red tubular flowers and blooms in sunlight

Montbretia, also known as Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, is a popular choice for floral arrangements. With foliage resembling that of irises and flowers reminiscent of freesias, these plants can grow up to 2 to 4 feet tall. It’s important to protect them with a layer of mulch during the winter in the colder northern regions of their growing zones.

Plant Name: Montbretia (Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’)
Suitable USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 9
Color Varieties: Red-orange
Preferred Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained soil with medium moisture

The Cleopatra Canna Lily is another beautiful addition to your garden.

Canna lily with bright orange and yellow petals on end of stem closeup

The canna lily, despite its deceptive name, is not actually a true lily as it does not belong to the Lilium genus. However, it boasts beautiful orange blooms reminiscent of lilies and can reach heights of up to 5 feet. For those in colder climates, it is possible to dig up and preserve canna rhizomes during the winter months.
In addition to the stunning ‘Cleopatra’ canna lily, other varieties in shades of orange include ‘South Pacific Orange’, ‘Orange Punch’, ‘Lucifer’, and ‘Orange Beauty’.
Known as Cleopatra canna lily (Canna ‘Cleopatra’), this plant thrives in USDA growing zones 7 to 10 and offers a range of color varieties such as red, orange, yellow, pink, and cream. It requires full sun exposure and thrives in rich, moist, and well-drained soil.
Another vibrant option to consider is the Orange King Zinnia.

Zinnia plant with orange dahlia-like petals closeup

Zinnias are popular annual flowers known for their vibrant, colorful blooms, with shades of orange being a favorite among gardeners. Plant the seeds once the frost danger has passed, and sow more seeds every few weeks for a continuous display of flowers throughout the summer. Deadhead the spent blooms to encourage new flowers to bloom.

There are numerous orange zinnia varieties to choose from, each with different flower types and plant sizes. Some top picks include ‘Benary’s Giant Orange’, ‘Inca’, ‘Profusion Orange’, ‘Short Stuff Orange’, and ‘Orange King’ (Zinnia elegans ‘Orange King’).

Commonly known as the Orange King zinnia, this variety thrives in USDA growing zones 2 to 11 when grown as annuals. Zinnias come in various colors, excluding blue and brown, and prefer full sun exposure with humus-rich, well-draining soil.

13 out of 35 Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine with small orange tubular flowers and leaves clustered on stem

The trumpet vine, scientifically known as Campsis radicans, is a robust climbing plant that can adorn any garden structure like an arbor, trellis, or fence. Its trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of orange to red bloom beautifully in the summer, attracting hummingbirds with their nectar. Regular pruning is necessary to control its growth.
If you prefer a yellow hue, you can opt for the Campsis radicans f. flava variety. Keep in mind that the plant is toxic to humans.
Name: Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)
USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 9
Color Varieties: Orange, red
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Needs: Average, medium moisture, well-drained

New Guinea Impatiens is another plant option to consider for your garden.

New Guinea impatiens flowers

New Guinea impatiens are a low-maintenance flower that is a favorite among gardeners in regions where they are not native. These beautiful flowers produce large, flat, colorful blooms that brighten up any garden. If you want to enjoy them year-round, you can bring them indoors and place them by a sunny window during the winter.

Some great orange varieties of New Guinea impatiens include ‘Infinity Orange’, ‘Divine Orange’, ‘Sunstanding Flame Orange’, and ‘Sonic Orange’. These vibrant blooms add a pop of color to any garden.

Commonly known as Nasturtium, New Guinea impatiens thrive in USDA growing zones 10 to 12 and are often grown as annuals in other regions. They come in a variety of colors including orange, pink, red, purple, and white. These flowers prefer partial shade and thrive in rich, moist, well-drained soil.

Nasturtium plant with round leaves surrounding small orange flowers

Nasturtiums are a beautiful addition to any garden, blooming brightly throughout the summer and early fall. They are perfect for cooler zones and add interest long after other flowers have faded. These annual plants prefer some shade from the hot afternoon sun and are relatively low maintenance, able to withstand periods of drought. The pure orange flowers of the species form are a sight to behold, but there are also cultivars available in shades of red, yellow, and various combinations.

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
USDA Growing Zones:
2 to 11 (annuals)
Color Varieties:
Orange, red, cream, yellow
Sun Exposure:
Full sun
Soil Needs:
Average, medium moisture, well-drained

American Bittersweet is another plant worth considering for your garden.

Bittersweet plant with tiny orange circular flower clusters on branches with yellow leaves

The bittersweet berries, with their reddish-orange fruits covered in a golden husk, are a popular choice for autumn crafts enthusiasts. If you want to grow these berries in North America, it is best to opt for the native American bittersweet plant (Celastrus scandens) instead of the invasive Oriental bittersweet. This vine can be grown on a support structure or left to trail on the ground. It is important to note that American bittersweet is toxic to both humans and animals. This plant thrives in USDA growing zones 3 to 8, with greenish-white to yellow flowers and yellow-orange fruits. It requires full sun exposure and average, medium moisture, well-drained soil.

Mexican Sunflowers are a vibrant addition to any garden with their eye-catching colors and stunning blooms.

Mexican sunflower with orange radiating petals surrounding yellow center closeup

The Mexican sunflower, also known as Tithonia rotundifolia, is a vibrant annual plant that can reach heights of 4 to 6 feet with a spread of 2 to 3 feet. Its stunning bright orange blooms are a magnet for butterflies. To keep this beauty blooming, remember to deadhead the spent flowers regularly.

Common Name: Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Suitable USDA Growing Zones: 2 to 11
Color Varieties: Orange-red flowers with yellow centers
Preferred Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preferences: Average, well-drained soil with dry to medium moisture levels.

The Aurora Crown Imperial, in comparison, offers a different kind of beauty with its unique characteristics.

Crown imperial plant with light orange bell-shaped petals below short vertical leaf cluster

The crown imperial is a bulb that blooms in the spring, showcasing vibrant red, yellow, or orange flowers that hang downward, making it tricky to see the intricate details inside the bell-shaped blooms. However, the inner markings are stunning, featuring six shiny white dots near the base of each petal. To protect the bulbs during the winter, consider adding a layer of mulch over them. Along with the ‘Aurora’ variety, other cultivars like ‘Bach’, ‘Rubra Maxima’, and ‘The Premier’ also boast orange or orange-red blooms. It’s important to note that the plant is toxic to humans.

One of the stunning varieties is the ‘Aurora’ crown imperial (Fritillaria Imperialis ‘Aurora’), which thrives in USDA growing zones 5 to 8 and comes in shades of red, orange, and yellow. This plant prefers full sun to part shade and thrives in rich, well-drained soil with medium moisture. Another vibrant option to consider is the Bright Sunset Daylily.

Orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva) blossom

Jacky Parker Photography presents stunning images of daylilies, which grow in clusters, reaching a few feet in height and spreading wide. During the summer, they bloom with striking flowers on graceful, arching stems. These plants are quite adaptable to various growing conditions, including hot temperatures and high humidity. It is advisable to divide the clusters when they become overcrowded to maintain the plants’ health.

There is a wide variety of daylily cultivars in the orange spectrum, ranging from soft salmon hues to deep red-oranges. Apart from the popular ‘Bright Sunset’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Bright Sunset’), other options to consider include ‘Blaze of Glory’, ‘Centerton One’, ‘Franz Hals’, ‘Marse Connell’, ‘Mauna Loa’, ‘Ming Toi’, or ‘Primal Scream’. However, it is important to note that this plant is toxic to cats.

Known as the Bright Sunset daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Bright Sunset’), this plant thrives in USDA Growing Zones 3 to 9 and comes in various shades except true blue. It prefers full sun to partial shade and requires average, well-drained soil with medium moisture levels.

Switching gears, the Orange Glow Begonia is another stunning plant worthy of attention.

Begonia flowers with small curling orange flowers on end of branch with large leaves closeup

The Begonia plant family is quite extensive, with many frost-tender perennials that gardeners often treat as annuals. These plants produce flowers in various colors, one of which is a vibrant orange hue. They are prone to mildew and rot, particularly in humid environments, so make sure to space them out for proper air circulation to prevent this issue.

In addition to the ‘Orange Glow’ begonia variety, which is showcased here, some other great orange cultivars to consider are ‘Ruffled Apricot’, ‘Picotee Lace Apricot’, ‘Nonstop Fire’, and ‘Nonstop Orange’. It’s important to note that begonias are toxic to animals.

Name: Orange Glow begonia (Begonia ‘Orange Glow’)
Growing Zones: USDA Zones 10 to 11
Colors Available: Red, pink, orange, white, bicolor
Exposure to Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Requirements: Rich, moist, well-drained soil

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