15 Best Orange Flowering Plants For a Bright Vivid Garden


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After long, dreary winter days full of hues of brown and grey, you are probably ready for some pop of color. Orange brightens up your garden and adds to the spring and summer cheer and vibrancy associated with enthusiasm, joy, and sunshine. Combining the happiness of yellow and the energy of red, orange is an upbeat and enthusiastic color that quickly grabs your attention.

Bright orange flowers are often used to feature garden designs and make them seem more intimate. Additionally, they also stir up feelings of courage and positivity. Here are some of the bright orange flowers you can plant in your garden

This piece discusses the top 15 orange flowering plants that are sure to spruce up your garden. Read on to learn more.

Angel’s trumpet

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As the name suggests, this plant is characterized by large drooping flowers that take the shape of a 10-inch trumpet. The flowers are creamy-white when they first bloom and gradually change to apricot-orange after a few days.

These plants are pretty heavy feeders and require a lot of water or start wilting. They thrive in warm outdoor temperatures. However, it would help if you planted them in a sheltered area with moist, well-drained soil. The plant is susceptible to pests such as aphids and spider mites.

Begonias

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Producing magnificent double flowers with a diameter of up to 10 centimeters, non-stop begonias would be perfect for any garden. The popping orange forms a perfect contrast against the serrated, heart-shaped, dark green leaves.

The plant is drought and heat intolerant and grows perfectly in moist but well-drained loam soil. In an outdoor setting, tuberous begonias can grow up to 3 feet or even more.

Begonias start blooming quite early and have a continuous blooming period all summer long. As they are not winter-hardy, you might want to consider digging up the tubers before winter sets in and store them in a cool, dry place. Once the season is over, plant them in early spring.

Bird of paradise

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This is a tropical evergreen whose colorful flowers more or less resemble tropical birds. Apart from the beautiful bird-like flowers, the leathery green leaves are also quite attractive.

A South African native, the plant grows quite well in warm temperatures and well-drained soil. By planting your bird of paradise plants in containers, you can move them into a heated, well-lit room during the winter and then back out during the spring and summer.

It would be best if you pruned off worn flower stalks and old leaves from time to time. While they do not have many pest attacks, they can be occasionally infested with mealybugs, aphids, and whiteflies. These can easily be treated using insecticidal soap.

Blackberry Lily

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Also known as the leopard flower, the blackberry lily is an herbaceous plant that grows as tall as four feet. It has sword-shaped leaves that extend upward.

The most striking blackberry lilies are the orange flowers with crimson-red spots that last only a day. They then dry into tight spirals and fall to reveal shiny black seeds. However, the short flower lifespan should not deter you from planting them as other blossoms quickly follow.

Plant the blackberry lily seedlings outdoors in early autumn or spring to get perfect blooms. Plant them in a lightly shaded or sunny area in moist, well-drained soil.

Buttercups

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Buttercup flowers are from the Ranunculaceae plant family, which has over 400 species. The petal-packed blooms have made Buttercup flowers a favorite for gardeners. While they can grow as high as 30 centimeters, you can choose the dwarf variety that grows to about 20 centimeters high.

The flowers begin to bud in early spring and will continue to bloom up to the onset of summer. Although you could plant them in containers, they are perfect border plants. They thrive in sunny conditions but also do well in partially shaded areas. To encourage blooming, keep your ranunculus moist, cut worn stems off, and trim the foliage.

As they are perennials, you can leave the bulbs in the ground for the following year.

Butterfly Weed

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The herbaceous perennial North American native produces showy orange, red, or yellow blooms throughout summer. It is rightfully named as it attracts butterflies, particularly Monarch butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other insects. They are common in dry fields, meadows, open woods, prairies, and by the roadside.

Known to thrive in poor soils, the butterfly weed sprouts late in the spring and rapidly grow up to 2 feet tall. They require minimal effort to grow and maintain. You only need to keep the soil around the plant moist until it is well established. After that, water only once in a while. You do not need to add any fertilizer to the plant. Doing so may harm it.

Calendula

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Popularly known as pot marigold, calendula was used as a yellow coloring in butter and cheese in ancient times. The petals were also used in broths, salads, and stews to add a spicy taste similar to saffron.

The calendula plant is quite independent, and too much care may result in stunted or slow growth. They do well in poor to average soil. Once the plant is established, you only need to water it occasionally. You can plant them in the sun, shady areas, or containers.

If you deadhead your calendula plants regularly, they can bloom from the spring through fall and even beyond.

Canna Lily

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Canna lilies are a perfect choice if you want to make your garden a tropical paradise. Shortly known as cannas, these plants produce flowers ranging from vibrant orange to pale pastels.

While the canna lily is a herbaceous perennial, it can be grown as an annual plant, particularly in cooler climates. Cannas like lots of heat, so they will thrive in full sun. But they can also do well in areas with partial shade.

Plant your canna lilies earlier in the summer or late spring when the soil is warm. They will do well in almost any garden soil as long as you water them occasionally.

Chrysanthemums

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Commonly referred to as ‘mums,’ chrysanthemums are among the most popular garden flowers. They are members of the Asteraceae family and are related to cosmos, dahlias, marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias. The hardy perennial plants do quite well when they are planted earlier in the spring.

Mums thrive in areas where they can receive full sun. They need good air circulation and proper water drainage. These are predisposed to mildew and rot, so keep them dry. As they are heavy feeders, ensure you fertilize them every month.

Cut off the plants’ tips when they are six inches high to encourage more blooms and business. Keep cutting off every few weeks for heavy blooming in the fall.

Cosmos

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This plant gets its name from ‘kosmos,’ a Greek word meaning ‘beautiful. Besides orange, cosmos flowers come in other colors:: maroon, yellow, and white. The three to five-inch flowers that resemble daisies may be open-cup or bowl-shaped. This explains why they are magnets to beneficial insects, butterflies, and bees.

Cosmos thrive in soils with little or no organic matter. They do quite well, even in hot and dry areas. Once the flowers wither away and the cosmos seeds fall, they will germinate on their own once the conditions are right. Your new plants will take about seven weeks to bloom.

Dahlia

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Color your garden with vibrant dahlias that bloom from around midsummer to fall. Dahlia flowers come in various colors, including cream, yellow, pink, red, maroon, orange, etc. They are also quite versatile: You can grow them in containers, as border plants, or treat them as cutting-flower crops.

The dahlia plant does well in areas with moderate climatic conditions. As overwatering may cause the tuber to rot, you only need to start watering after the plant sprouts. At this, low-nitrogen fertilizer will do the plants some good.

Cut about three to four inches off the bud when the plant is one foot tall to increase the stem count. Disbudding also encourages larger flowers.

Daylilies

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Daylilies are a classic among gardeners, and for a good reason: they are among the most beautiful and easy to care for flowers. The bright orange flowers with ruffled edges could be as wide as three and a half inches, and they last for only one day.

Unlike most of the other perennials, daylilies are quite versatile. When panted in groups of three to five, they are perfect landscape plantings, while you can have mass plantings along walkways or a fence.

The plant is rather low-maintenance. They do well despite poor soil, uneven sunlight, and hot, dry conditions. Daylilies are also virtually pest and disease-free.

Gerbera Daisy

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Originating from Africa, the gerbera daisy is characterized by bright daisy-like blooms that may be pink, orange, salmon, white, or yellow. The flower sizes range from two to five inches.

You can either plant the seeds or begin with a grown plant. The latter is quite costly, but you will enjoy its flowers almost immediately. Your gerbera daisies will do quite well if you plant them in early spring. When properly cared for, they can last up to three years.

Gerbera daisies thrive in the direct morning sunlight and an afternoon shade. It would help if you watered the plants once or twice a week deeply. As they are susceptible to plant lice and aphids, ensure you stock up on herbicides.

Heleniums

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Heleniums or sneezeweed are perennial plants that could be two feet, seven feet, or anything in-between, depending on the variety. They are perfect when planted in groups or between bunches of crocosmia.

The plant does well in moist, well-drained soil and full sun. You need to water it regularly and deadhead withering blooms for a consistent supply of flowers. Clumps can become quite congested with time. Therefore, unclamp them in the spring or fall.

Lantana

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Lantana flowers are from the verbena family. Indeed, they are so similar to the verbena flower that it is almost impossible to tell them apart. The only difference is that the lantana plant grows taller. The vibrant flower clusters bloom throughout spring and summer. In warm climates, they bloom all year round. They are available in other colors, including pink, purple, red, yellow, or a combination of several colors in one cluster.

Lantanas thrive in full sun and well-draining soil. Being a heavily branched plant, it works perfectly as a hedge. You will need to prune it every once in a while to prevent it from becoming too leggy.

Conclusion on 15 best orange flowering plants

Orange flowers are the perfect choice for a tropical garden’s theme. Not only are they visually appealing, but they also raise your awareness of your surroundings. Bright orange flowers can also be perfectly paired with other hues.

I also wrote an article about another color that’s the best to grow in your garden. Suppose you want colors Blue, Red and White. You can read it by clicking those colors, and it will take you to another article.

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Tony O'Neill

I am Tony O'Neill, A full-time firefighter, and professional gardener. I have spent most of my life gardening. From the age of 7 until the present day at 46. My goal is to use my love and knowledge of gardening to support you and to simplify the gardening process so you are more productive

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