Orange can bring cheer and brightness to your garden. Popular with both spring and fall blooms, this color is sure to bring a smile to your face all year round.

Check out the list below to find out more about how to add some brightness to your garden. Be sure to read the growing zone, as well as the sun and soil needs to make sure you have a fitting space to keep blooms healthy.

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Begonia Begonia

Begonias come in many different varieties but most have large double flowers that come in yellow, orange, red, white and pink. They bloom on top of dark green leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

6 - 11

Flower Tip

Begonias need moderate amounts of sun and prefer to stay out of the wind. Do not overwater but keep the soil moist.

Bird of Paradise Strelitzia

The Bird of Paradise flower has tropical, fan-like foliage and a crane headed bloom. They do best when grown as potted plants and kept indoors.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

10 - 12

Flower Tip

As a native of South Africa, Bird of Paradise is hardy to right below the freezing point. Damage is likely when it is exposed to cold temperatures. Make sure there is a thick layer of mulch to protect the roots if it is planted outdoors.

Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum

Commonly referred to as Mums, Chrysanthemums are a classic addition to a fall garden. There are hundreds of varieties that give you choices between color, height, flower size and even time of bloom.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Pinching is the most important care technique for Mums. It entails removing the main steam which forces the plant to grow two new stems.

Marigold Tagetes

Marigolds are popular annuals. Their popularity likely comes from their bright colors and ability to bloom all summer long. They have carnation-like flower heads with thick layers of ruffled petals.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Although they can grow in pretty much any soil, Marigolds need lots of sunshine. Be sure to water from the base rather than overhead and allow the soil to dry before watering again.

Rosa

With over 2,000 varieties and hundreds of years of cultivation, the rose has an extensive family and a long history. Old roses, which are classified as existing prior to the 1867 tea rose, generally have more fragrance, more complicated blooms and greater disease resistance. Modern roses offer an endless color selection and all-season blooms.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

Plant roses in an area where they will receive at least 5 hours of sun a day.

Lilium

Lilies are one of the most popular flowers for floral arrangements because of their large showy blooms and pleasant fragrance. They have 6 trumpet-shaped petal that stand on top of a long stem.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

If you live in zones 9 or 10, refrigerate your lily bulbs before planting. They require a cold, dormant period for spring growth.

Tulipa

Tulips come in virtually every color of the rainbow. They are usually brightly colored flowers with a simple cup shape that grow on a green stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 8

Flower Tip

Never deliberately water a bed in which your tulips are planted. They dislike excessive moisture.

Dianthus caryophyllus

Carnations are popular for the spectrum of colors they come in. They grow full blooms of serrated petals on a long, narrow stalk.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Remove spent flowers promptly to encourage continued blooming.

Gerbera Daisy Gerbera Jamesonii

These bright and cheerful flowers come in many different colors. Gerbera Daisies can also range in size from 2 to 5 inches in diameter.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Be aware of crown rot which is when the crowns are planted too deeply. This is a common problem with Gerbera Daises.

Daylily Hemerocallis

Daylilies grow easily and spread quickly despite their delicate appearance. Their trumpet-shape bloom grows on top of a tall, leafless stem. They can be found in many different colors as there are tens of thousands of hybrids in existence

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

If you remove wilted flowers, the bloom time can be long even though each individual flower only lasts for one day.

Iris Iris

Irises come with 3 upright petals and 3 drooping petals which are often a different color. They have delicate-looking, intrinsic blooms that can be found in shades of purple, blue, orange, pink and white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Check your soil before planting these flowers. Some prefer alkaline soil, others prefer acidic.

Ranunculus Ranunculus

Ranunculus come in bright colors and grow on long stems. They are perfect cut flowers because they has a long vase life and many blooms.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

Do not remove the foliage until the end of summer when they are yellow. Green leaves will gather sunlight for next year's garden.

Bulbine Bulbine frutescens

Bulbine is a succulent with grass-like foliage and yellow or orange blossoms. Flower stalks usually grow to 2 feet and tend to grow in clumps.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

As a native of South Africa, this perennial is perfect for the heat and dry soil of Florida. Remove dead flower heads to encourage more blooms.

Cosmos Cosmos

Cosmos are showy annuals with bowl-shaped flowers and long stems. They are great cut flowers and will bring birds and butterflies to your garden.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Remove faded flowers to prolong flowering and stake when necessary.

Aloe Aloe barbadensis

Aloe flowers bloom on a long stem that grows above their thick, variegated leaves. The blooms are red-orange and tube-shaped.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

Aloe grows well in containers which is recommended as it is not frost tolerant. They require lots of sunlight so keep in mind when picking a spot to place them.

Alstroemeria Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is a common florist favorite for good reason. The talk stems product three colorful blooms in an array of colors. Each flower has 6 petals and can be flecked, stripped or streaked with darker pigmentation.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

If you choose to plant in your garden rather than in a pot, be sure to pick a shelter site and stake the plants so they don't collapse in wind or rain.

Canna Canna

Cannas are summer bulbs with ruffled spikes that taper to relatively petite buds. They come in different colors and boast large paddle-shaped leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

Because of their tropical origins, Cannas require lots of sunshine and fertile, moist soil. If they like their environment, they will need very little care.

California Poppy Eschscholzia californica

California Poppies cover the dry, grassy areas of their namesake and color valleys in orange, cup-shaped blooms.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

5 - 10

Flower Tip

The heat-loving plant closes its bloom when it is rainy or overcast. When removing dead blooms, make sure you are not removing healthy ones that are just waiting for sunlight.

Lion's Tail Leonotis leonurus

This tall perennial can add a splash of color to your garden with its bright orange flowers. Lion's Tail

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

10 - 11

Flower Tip

Lion's Tail is drought-tolerant and great for xeriscaping. Be sure to wear gloves when handling. The spines are covered in sharp edges.

Zinnia Zinnia elegans

Zinnias have a bright, daisy-like heads on a tall, slender stem. They grow up to 3 feet and bloom annually.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

These flowers are relatively easy to grow. Remove faded blooms to ensure continued flowering and fertilize lightly.

Dahlia Dahlia

Dahlias are colorful flowers with many spiky petal which form their large, round heads. They range in color and size.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Dahlias struggle in cold soil. Wait until the ground temperature reaches 60 degrees.

Cymbidium Orchid Cymbidium

Cymbidium Orchids are loved for their long-lasting bloom and the fantastic range of color. They blossom in winter and can have up to 15 or more flowers per stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 10

Flower Tip

Orchids are generally more difficult to care for. The Cymbidium Orchid is said to be one of the easier varieties. It should still be protected from strong mid-day sun and freezing temperatures.

Lantana Lantana

Lantana produces an abundance of bright-colored blooms from summer to fall. It needs very little water and can grow well in containers.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

2 - 11

Flower Tip

These flowers grow well in hot, dry area. Only grow them in your outdoor garden if you live in a frost-free zone.

Crown Imperial Fritillaria imperialis

This dramatic, spring-flowering bulb has cup-shaped flowers that cannot be held upright by the stems. The green and glossy foliage grows all along the tall stem and then forms a crown at the top.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 10

Flower Tip

It is best to plant this bulb on its side to ensure that water does not cause rot on the top. Once flowering is complete, cut the stems just above the ground.

Helenium Helenium

Helenium is a late-season flower with a daisy-like face that comes in warm tones from yellow to red. The petals are often two-toned with a lighter color along the edge.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 8

Flower Tip

Remove dead flowers to extend bloom time and divide the clumps of flowers every few years to make sure they stay healthy.

Butterflyweed Asclepias tuberosa

This bushy perennial has clusters of flat-topped, orange flowers. The flowers grow above lance-shaped leaves which nicely frame the bright blooms.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Butterflyweed frequently has problems with aphids. You can either leave them for ladybugs are blast the plant with water to remove them.

Red Hot Poker Kniphofia

Red Hot Poker, also known as Torch Lilies are named because of their bright orange blooms that grow on top of a long, slender stem giving the appearance of a poker or torch.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

5 - 9

Flower Tip

Be diligent with water these flowers during hot or dry periods. When initially planting, do not bury the crown of the plant deeper than 3 inches.


Photo Credit: Lily via Нацку, Gerbera Daisy via Fan Wen, Alstroemeria via Dominicus Johannes Bergsma, Lion’s Tail via Tintazul, Pincushion Flower via BetacommandBot, Butterflyweed via Josve05a.