Orange-Flowered Perennials

Kniphofia ‘Creamsicle’ – This Red Hot Poker is part of the POPSICLE series from Terra Nova Nurseries. It was bred for a more compact size (ideal for containers) and a very long blooming time, which is June through October. ‘Creamsicle’ bears creamy orange bottlebrush blooms that have contrasting darker buds on the top. Grows 18″ high by 16″ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

Lewisia cotyledon – This evergreen perennial requires near perfect drainage (plant on an angle) and will require a very sandy or gravely soil. It is often available in mixed strains of yellow, pink, salmon and white (in solids and stripes), so if you want orange you will have to choose them in bloom. Flowers May-June and sporadically through summer. Grows 6-8″ high. Zone 3.

Papaver nudicaule ‘SPRING FEVER Orange’ – An incredibly hardy Iceland or Arctic Poppy with eye-popping hot orange blooms and contrasting yellow stamens held on compact flower stems. This species is usually a self-seeding biennial, but ‘SPRING FEVER Orange’ blooms in its first year. Deadhead for a prolonged flower display. Grows 10-12″ high by 12-15″ wide. Zone 2.

Gaillardia aristata ‘Oranges & Lemons’ (syn. Gaillardia¬† x grandiflora) – This Blanket Flower bears peachy-orange blooms edged in yellow (from June to September) with a bright gold central cone. It needs near perfect drainage to survive a west coast BC winter and has an upright growth habit. Deadhead to prolong the flower display. Grows 18-24″ high by 18″ wide. Zone 5.

Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Cleopatra’ – This Foxtail Lily is a cross of E. stenophyllus and e. olgae that was introduced back in 1954. It features stately spires of tangerine (that make good cut flowers) in June and July. Eremurus tubers should be planted with sand or gravel to provide near perfect drainage in a full sun exposure. The leaves also dry as it comes into bloom. Grows 3-4′ high. Zone 6.

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