Spring Planting: Eye-Catching Orange Flowers to Brighten Up Your Garden

While not as flashy as yellow or red flowers, orange flowers are still a great addition to any garden. These vibrant blooms are known to represent excitement, joy, friendship, and good health. When combined with blue flowers, they create a stunning visual display. The color orange can also be incorporated into a garden through berries and seed pods. One popular plant that features orange flowers is Lantana.

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

Orange lily plant with orange trumpet-shaped flowers and buds

The orange lily is a lively type of lily that boasts striking orange blooms with red highlights and brown spots. It typically flowers during the beginning of summer, producing about six flowers per mature bulb. Once the blooming cycle is over, it’s best to trim the yellowing foliage. Looking for another vibrant option? Consider the Frizzle Sizzle Orange Pansy.

Pansy flower with orange circular and flat petals closeup

Pansies are a beloved choice for gardening enthusiasts, thanks to their vast array of colors and mid-spring to early summer blooms. These plants, which are typically classified as short-lived perennials or biennials, are often grown as annuals. Even in warm climates, pansies remain a popular choice for fall planting. Their distinct flat appearance is around 2 to 4 inches across in size. To ensure continued blooming, it’s important to remove any spent flowers. The flowering maple (Abutilon x hybridum) is another beautiful plant to consider for your garden.

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

The flowering maple looks similar to a tiny maple tree but is unique due to its bell-shaped flowers in multiple colors. As they thrive in subtropical regions, they require protection from frost and should be brought indoors during the winter unless used as an annual. In their natural habitat, they blossom seasonally and retain their green foliage all year round.

Orange ballerina tulips closeup

Tulips are a popular choice for garden enthusiasts during springtime. These lovely flowers come in a variety of colors, except for the elusive true blue. However, there are plenty of vibrant orange tulips to choose from, each with their unique petal shapes and sizes. Some of the award-winning orange tulip varieties include ‘Orange Ballerina,’ ‘Orange Princess,’ ‘Orange Emperor,’ and ‘Princess Irene.’
If you want to grow tulips in your garden, plant the bulbs around 4 to 6 inches deep during the fall season. Come spring, you’ll be delighted to see these cup-shaped flowers popping up in vibrant colors. Be sure to leave the foliage intact until it turns brown as it helps feed the bulb.
In addition to tulips, another great flower to consider planting is butterfly weed.

Butterfly weed with orange flowers and buds closeup

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

The Chinese lantern is a type of perennial plant that grows in clusters and can reach up to 1 to 2 feet tall. During summer, the plant produces small white flowers which are later followed by its most striking feature – its orange-red calyx or seed pod. Due to the unique appearance of the calyces resembling small lanterns hanging from the plant, it has been aptly named the Chinese lantern. However, it is important to note that this plant can spread easily under favorable conditions. To prevent it from overtaking other plants or areas, it is advisable to plant it in a restricted space. Another plant worth mentioning is the Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy.

Orange Oriental poppy flowers

Calendula plant with orange ruffled and radiating petals with brown centers

Pot marigolds, or Calendula, are a beloved type of annuals that many garden enthusiasts enjoy growing. These vibrant flowers can be effortlessly cultivated from seed and can be started indoors about seven weeks prior to the final estimated frost date or directly planted outdoors following the last frost. The stunning chrysanthemum-shaped petals can measure up to a few inches in diameter, and taking out the withered flowers can encourage more blossoming.

Montbretia plant with red tubular flowers and blooms in sunlight

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

Although it’s called the canna lily, it’s actually not a real member of the Lilium genus. But don’t let that fool you – this plant still boasts beautiful orange blooms that resemble lilies and can grow as high as 5 feet. If you live in a chilly area, you can remove and keep the canna rhizomes safe during the winter months. While ‘Cleopatra’ is displayed in the picture, there are plenty of other orange canna lilies to choose from such as ‘South Pacific Orange’, ‘Orange Punch’, ‘Lucifer’, and ‘Orange Beauty’.

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