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Types of Orange Lilies (and How to Care for Them)

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Lilies are gorgeous flowering plants which are grown from bulbs. These magnificent blooms are a breathtaking addition to any garden. They bloom from early summer to fall, depending on the type of lilies.

Lilies don’t require rigorous care and are easy to grow. Lilies have delicate shapes and come in a variety of beautiful and rich colors such as pink, gold, red, white and orange.

an orange hybrid lily

Here are 15 types of orange lilies that will add a touch of elegance in any garden as well as basic information and ways to take care of these majestic flowers.

Types of Orange Lilies

1. Brunello – Asiatic Lily

These vivid orange lilies bloom in early to mid-summer in full sun or partial shade and can grow up to 3 feet tall. They are upward facing, bowl-shaped flowers that have a dark red-colored stamen.

The flowers grow above a green foliage which you can cut back together with the stems after they have turned yellow when flowering is complete.

Brunello lilies are easy to grow and attract bees and butterflies. They are a great addition to gardens, seasonal flower beds, borders, and containers with their gorgeous summer color.

2. Fire King – Asiatic Lily

fire king lily

These striking and bold reddish-orange colored lilies will surely liven up your garden. They are lightly scented and can grow up to 6 feet in height.

Their petals are covered in purple spots and curl outward revealing orange stamens. These Fire King lilies have a pointy dark foliage that gives an alluring contrast of colors.

3. Enchantment – Asiatic Lily

These are a popular flower that can grow up to 3 feet in height. When they bloom, they produce a deep orange flower with black spots on the center.

These lilies favor rich and organic soils that have a medium moisture. They are unscented and bloom by mid-summer. The flowers grow easily and multiply quickly.

4. Gran Paradiso – Asiatic Lily

gran paradiso lily

Gran Paradiso lilies are large, up-facing and showy flowers that have wide glossy red-orange petals that curl at the ends. The center of the flower has a bright orange color and a tint of dark red on its underside.

They are good cut flowers that attract butterflies.

5. Royal Sunset – Asiatic Lily

The colors of this flower are reminiscent of a sunset with pink tips, burnt orange on the middle portion and yellowish in the center with some dark red spots.

These gorgeous looking flowers are large and showy and have a delightful fragrance. They bloom from June to July and are low maintenance.

6. Philadelphia Lily – American Lily

Also called Wood Lily, they grow well in cooler climates and bloom mid to late summer. They are native to North America and are best grown in rich and well-drained soils in sunny areas.

These wide, cup-shaped, upward facing flowers can produce 3 to 5 flowers per stem. It has an orange-red color with dark purple spots in the center and its petals fan out into a star shape.

7. Leopard Lily – American Lily

leopard lily closeup

Leopard lilies, also called Panther Lily, are native to the pacific coast region from California to Oregon. These blossoms hang like lanterns from its long stalk and its petals are fully recurved.

They are orange-red in color with a golden yellow center and dark spots. The Leopard Lilies are one of the variety of lilies that do well in partial shade.

They are often fragrant and grow in zones 5 to 9.

These are tall lilies that can reach up to 6 feet high and prefer good drainage and moist soils.

8. Columbia Lily – American Lily

columbia lily

These flowers are native to western America and are lightly scented. They are a popular kind of western wildflowers and flourish in shaded areas with moist soil.

Its petals are curled outward with a light orange hue and maroon speckles below light green leaves and a slender stem.

9. Michigan Lily – American Lily

Michigan lilies are a species of true lily and are wildflowers. They are usually seen growing in prairies along running bodies of water.

Blooming period for these lilies lasts about a month during early to mid-summer and favors medium to wet soil in a sunny location.

The flower hangs downward and dangles from its stem. Its orange petals are strongly curved backwards with its stamen protruding.

10. African Queen – Trumpet Lilies

african queen trumpet lily

These trumpet-shaped lilies are highly fragrant and grow between 4 to 6 feet in height and carry 15-20 blossoms per stem. They have a mix of apricot-orange color with hints of burgundy in the center.

They are large flowers which bloom either outward facing or downward facing. They bloom in mid to late summer and grow in zones 3 to 9.

They are long-lasting and can stand up to high temperatures. These African Queen lilies make a striking appeal to your summer garden.

11. Sunny Morning – Martagon Lily

sunny morning martagon lily

A Martagon hybrid, these lilies are disease-resistant and attract pollinators. They grow well in shrubs and woodlands and bloom in early to mid-summer.

They can grow up to 50 blooms in one stem. Sunny Morning lilies have a golden-orange hue covered in dark red colored spots. It faces downwards with its stamen sticking out.

12. Orange Lily

Orange lilies are one of the earliest to bloom and are fast-growing. With their big, flamboyant, triangular-shaped petals, they create a captivating star-shaped look.

The petals have a brilliant orange color that turns red on the edges. These flowers are scentless and love sunny places.

When planting, they require good moisture in the soil and are good to plant during spring or fall. They are a good border plant and are suited for containers as well.

13. Tiger Lily

orange tiger lilies

A native to Eastern Asia and Far East Russia, this plant is highly ornamental. They have a striking and appealing look with recurved peachy-orange petals, dark speckles and very dark stems.

They are bowl-shaped flowers that will thrive in full sunlight or in partial shade. Tiger lilies are drought tolerant.

In the first year, you have to water them regularly until their root system matures. Afterward, for them to really flourish, it is advisable for these lilies to get watered at least once a week.

14. Turk’s Cap Lily

These lilies are originally found growing naturally in woodlands and wet meadows of central and eastern parts of North America. They can grow up to a height of 7 feet in the wild and are actually edible.

Their petals are curled outwards and are red-orange in color with maroon freckles. These lilies bloom in abundance and need to grow in a soil that is moderately acidic for it to bloom magnificently.

15. Fiery Belles

Fiery Belles are interdivisional hybrids that resulted in the cross breeding between Aurelian and Asiatic lilies. These lilies are long-lasting and are resistant to the botrytis disease.

It is a large, bell-shaped flower with fiery and blazing orange-colored petals with maroon undertones. Fiery Belles are lightly fragrant flowers that dazzle in the sunshine.

When to Plant Lilies

To grow stunning large blooms, plant the lilies in the fall where they benefit from the winter chill. This would be okay in most regions. For other regions that have severe winters, it is advisable to plant during the spring time instead.

For lilies grown in containers, it is best to plant them anytime during early summer. When buying lily bulbs, buy them just before you actually plant them since they deteriorate over time.

closeup of an orange lily

Where to Plant Lilies

Plant the lilies in an open area that has access to direct sunlight to keep the stem straight and tall. Lilies need lots of sun exposure of at least 6 to 8 hours a day.

Choose a location where the soil drains well, like in a berm or raised bed.

Deep planting of the lily bulbs is essential for the roots to help stabilize the plant when growing. It also helps in keeping the bulbs cool during those high temperatures.

How to Plant Lilies

Grow different varieties of lilies in your garden to enjoy them all summer long. Prepare and loosen the soil with at least 12 to 15 inches in depth. Set the lily bulb in the soil.

The stem end should face upwards and its root disk should be facing downwards. Fill the hole with soil after placing the bulbs and water them thoroughly afterwards.

To get an attractive bloom, you can plant the lilies in clusters of 3 to 5 bulbs and make sure that the bulbs are evenly spaced out for them to grow splendidly. 

How to Care for Lilies

Water the lilies regularly.

Good watering means that the soil has sufficient moisture. Make sure you don’t overwater because the bulbs will rot if there is too much moisture.

Stake tall lilies since the blossoms can weigh down the stems and might impale the bulbs. For flowers that are faded, you can remove them but you should keep the leaves intact.

The leaves are crucial for the plant to store enough energy for the next planting season. 



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