10 Outrageous Orange Perennial Flowers To Grow In Your Garden

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Brock Ingham
Brock Ingham

If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your garden, orange perennials are an excellent choice. These vibrant plants can add a bold and cheerful touch to any landscape, especially when combined with yellow perennials and other warm color pallets.

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Want to make a statement in your garden this year? Try growing these hardy flowers that come back every year with little care or maintenance. Let’s explore some of the most beautiful and interesting orange perennials that are sure to catch your eye.


1. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

With multiple ascending coarse stems and bowl-shaped flowers, butterfly weeds are native to eastern and southwestern North America. They belong to the Asclepias family and have long been used in herbal remedies. 

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Butterfly Weed is one of my favorite flowers to plant among other drought-tolerant full-sun perennials like Coneflowers and Black-eyed Suzans. Look for companion varieties that have a similar warm tone to elevate your garden design. As an added benefit, planting Butterfly Weeds aids in the efforts to protect the monarch butterfly and its native habitat.

Blooming from early through late summer, this tuberous-rooted perennial plant requires gritty soil, adequate sun exposure, and very little aftercare. Butterfly weeds attract a legion of butterflies, and they get bushier with age. Remember to pinch back young stems to achieve a disheveled appearance. 

Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Growth Rate: Slow 
Native Range: Eastern and Southwestern North America
Hardiness Zones:3 to 9
Soil Needs: Fast-draining, gritty soil 
Blooming Period:Early to late summer
Water needs:Low
Exposure:Full sun
Butterfly Weed Growing Guide Chart

2. Alstroemeria Apricot (Alstroemeria ‘Koncahusky’)

Alstroemeria apricots are vibrant, long flowering perennials that grow 25cm tall and 30cm wide. They come in a wide range of colors, such as yellow, orange, pink, and purple. 

The tuberous perennial boasts lily-like apricot flowers with striking soft brown spots and green waxy foliage. Also known as “Peruvian Lilly”, these flowering blossoms thrive in warmer regions. 

Botanical Name: Alstroemeria Hybrida Dwarf Apricot
Growth Rate: Fast 
Native Range: South America 
Hardiness Zones:7-10
Soil Needs: Moist, Well-drained 
Blooming PeriodLate spring to early fall, depending on conditions
Water needs:High 
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Alstroemeria Apricot Growing Guide Chart

3. Orange Tiger Lily (Lilium bulbiferum var. croceum)

Orange lily is a herbaceous perennial with underground bulbs, growing all year-round. Blooming in early summer with striking, flaming orange petal tips, these perennial plants are excellent border plants. 

Since it has average watering needs, orange lilies can be a viable option for those looking for a hassle-free, low-maintenance flowering plant. 

Botanical Name: Lilium bulbiferum var. croceum
Growth Rate: Fast 
Native Range: Europe 
Hardiness Zones:3-9
Soil Needs: Moist, well-drained 
Blooming Period:Early to mid-summer
Water needs:Low
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Orange Tiger Lily Growing Guide Chart

4. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Birds of Paradise belongs to the Streliziaceae family and is acclaimed for its unique exotic flowers and inherently large glucous leaves. With distinct gray-green leaves and brilliant orange flowers, this ornamental plant is indigenous to the arid regions of South Africa. 

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If you happen to live in a warm climate that allows for Birds of Paradise to overwinter, try creating your own lush garden oasis. Plant among other tropicals like hibiscus, canna, and palms.

Due to its enormous size, the green leaves are good for air circulation. If you live in a colder region like me try growing Birds of Paradise indoors, they make a great tropical houseplant.

Botanical Name: Strelitzia reginae 
Growth Rate: Fast 
Native Range: South Africa 
Hardiness Zones:10-12
Soil Needs: Moist, Well-drained 
Blooming Period:Winter to spring, though in some climates, it can bloom sporadically throughout the year.
Water needs:High
Exposure:Full sun to light shade
Birds of Paradise Growing Guide Chart

5. Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens)

Monkeyflower is a flowering herbaceous perennial that is known for its mouth-like shaped flowers, resembling a monkey. Native to North America, its genus Mimulus can be found in other parts like Asia, Africa, and Australia. 

It grows quickly in damp soil and requires a regular watering schedule. Try planting Monkey flowers along the edges of pond edges and rain gardens.

Botanical Name: Mimulus ringens 
Growth Rate: Moderate 
Native Range: North America
Hardiness Zones:3-9
Soil Needs: Moist, Well drained 
Blooming Period:Late spring to early fall
Water needs:Moderate
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Monkey Flower Growing Guide Chart

6. Rock Rose (Cistus)

Rock rose is an evergreen perennial that is commonly used in herbal tinctures like the Bach flower remedies.

These medium-sized shrubs are native to the Mediterranean region. Rock roses have shown themselves to be ‘tough as nails’ in all soil conditions making it an excellent addition to your xeriscaping garden once established.

Botanical Name: Cistus 
Growth Rate: Moderate fast
Native Range: Mediterranean region of Europe 
Hardiness Zones:8-11
Soil Needs: Moist, Well drained
Blooming Period:Late spring to early summer
Water needs:Low
Exposure:Full sun
Rock Rose Growing Guide Chart

7. Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

Sneezeweed

Sneezeweed is one of the ‘coneflowers’, belonging to the Asteraceae family. Its abundant blooms can be found in late Summer or Fall. With erect, branching stems and clump-forming flowers, sneezeweed can be cultivated in any soil condition. 

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As you plan your summer garden try incorporating Sneezeweed among other late bloomers like Asters and Goldenrod. This will create a cascading effect as one flower ends and a new one begins.

Formerly, its dried leaves were used in the powdered form to get rid of evil spirits. In recent times, sneezeweed has proved effective in treating colds and headaches. It’s also included in my list of the 12 flowers that look like daisies that I’ve written about.  

Botanical Name: Helenium autumnale 
Growth Rate: Fast 
Native Range: North America 
Hardiness Zones:3-8
Soil Needs: Wet or Moist Soil 
Blooming Period:Late summer to early fall
Water needs:Low 
Exposure:Full sun
Sneezeweed Growing Guide Chart

8. Globeflower (Trollius ledebourii)

Globeflower

Globe flowers are titular round flowers growing in shades of yellow and orange. This perennial flowering plant requires very moist soil, so frequent watering is expected. 

Native to Europe and Western Asia, these flowers are used by gardeners for their ability to attract hummingbirds. 

Botanical Name: Trollius Ledebourii
Growth Rate: Moderate 
Native Range: Europe and Western Asia 
Hardiness Zones:3-8
Soil Needs: Humus-rich moist soil 
Blooming Period:Late spring to early summer
Water needs:Medium 
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Globeflower Growing Guide Chart

9. Fool’s Gold (Abutilon)

Fools Gold

Fool’s gold is an upright semi-evergreen shrub that can be cultivated in poor soil. With bright orange tassel-like flowers, this herbaceous perennial is found in North America. 

You can grow it in a loam-based potting compost as long as it gets direct sun rays. Fool’s Gold is one of the many flowers I love that are shaped like little bells

Botanical Name: Abutilon 
Growth Rate: Medium 
Native Range: North America 
Hardiness Zones:1-5
Soil Needs: Moist, Well-drained 
Blooming Period:Spring to fall, depending on the variety and conditions
Water needs:Medium 
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Fool’s Gold Growing Guide Chart

10. Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis)

Crown Imperial

Crown imperial is a bulbous perennial perched atop tall stems. These bright golden-orange bell-shaped flowers are surrounded by small leaves, which also act as a great pest repellant. 

These perennial plants are pretty much impervious to any issues, so it requires less maintenance and after-care. 

Botanical Name: Fritillaria imperiallis 
Growth Rate: Moderate 
Native Range: Western Asia and the Middle East 
Hardiness Zones:5 to 8 
Soil Needs: Moist, well-drained 
Blooming Period:Early to mid-spring
Water needs:Average 
Exposure:Full sun to light shade
Crown Imperial Growing Guide Chart

Final Thoughts

While growing flowers in your garden can be cumbersome, these outrageous perennials add a pop of color, no matter the season. Based on your specific planting needs, you can take the time to slowly build your garden. 

After choosing the right orange perennial, you can enjoy the splendid view of the growing blooms without making changes to your standard gardening schedule. 

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