11 Orange Annual Flowers to Plant This Season

Are you thinking of adding some orange annual flowers to your garden this season, but aren't quite sure where to start? There are many different options depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Natalie Leiker shares her favorite orange annual flowers, with botanical information and pictures of each!

Orange annual flower growing in garden with deep orange blooms.

Orange is a great color to add to almost any area and will surely brighten up any space. Whether in containers by themselves or in a hanging basket for your patio, orange flowers are a wonderful option to add some summer cheer to your garden.

There are plenty of orange perennials available in the market today, but planting with annual flowers gives a few more options to work with. These annual plants are oftentimes a little tougher in the summer heat due to their shorter life span.

If you are interested in adding some cut flowers to your garden, snapdragons or Gerbera daisies might be the right plant for you. Adding some color to a shady area of your yard or garden? Impatiens got you covered. There are many different options to choose from, so follow along with the list below for my favorite orange annuals you can add to your garden this season!



A close-up of Snapdragon with showy, tubular, orange flowers.  The cluster of flowers is attached to the upright, sturdy stem. There are other green plants in the blurred background.
Planting dwarf snapdragons in large numbers can create a stunning display.
botanical-name botanical name Antirrhinum
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10 to 24 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8 to 11

Most people identify snapdragons by their ability to pinch the small blooms and “snap” them open. Snapdragons are beautifully bold, versatile flowers that can be used in many settings. They do great in containers, as landscape borders, and make great cut flowers. 

These plants are low maintenance and can create a striking display when planted in large numbers. Dwarf snapdragons, which only grow to about 10 inches tall, are great as potted plants or garden borders.

Gerbera Daisy

Close-up of two flowers that are large, daisy-like with vibrant orange color, and have yellow central disc florets. Its stems are thick, fleshy, and green in color. The leaves are lobed, and deep green, which are arranged alternately along the stems.
Fertilize regularly and allow the plants to dry out between waterings.
botanical-name botanical name Gerbera jamesonii
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10 to 16 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8 to 11

Gerbera daisies are a perfect option for those looking to add cut flowers to their garden. They boast symmetrically round flowers on dark green foliage. They can be grown in containers but will do great in well-drained soil in the ground as well. 

Fertilize regularly to ensure frequent blooms. These plants are very susceptible to powdery mildew in hot and humid climates. Prevent this fungus by letting the plants dry out in between waterings.


A close-up of a Zinnia flower that has a daisy-like shape with a prominent central disk, and a vibrant orange color. The stem is erect, green in color, and covered in tiny hairs. Other flowering plants can be seen in the blurred background.
These flowers are a sun-loving annual with low maintenance needs.
botanical-name botanical name Zinnia spp.
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8 to 36 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10 to 11

Zinnias are a low maintenance, sun-loving annual that make great cut flowers too. Zinnias are a close relative of drought tolerant flowers such as sunflowers and marigolds. They will too withstand periods of hot and dry temperatures.

Plant zinnias in landscape borders that receive sunlight during the hottest part of the day, or in areas of your garden that need a pop of vivid color.

Zinnias attract bees, birds, and other pollinators. Towards the end of the growing season, the flowers will begin to seed and dry on the plant. Harvesting these seed pods is a fun, easy way to ensure you have zinnias next season.


Close-up of a flower that has bright orange petals with a central disk, resembling a sunflower. Its leaves are large, serrated, and deep green in color.
This plant is a valuable addition to cut flower beds or cottage gardens.
botanical-name botanical name Tithonia diversifolia
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 4 to 6 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8 to 11

Tithonia, also referred to as mexican sunflower, are super easy annuals to grow. These flowers attract loads of pollinators and beneficial insects, and will fill up an area very quickly once established. They can get fairly tall and bushy, so be sure to have ample space for these beautiful plants. 

Due to their irregular shape and height, they benefit from staking or other means of support – especially in open areas where they are subject to wind or other disruptive factors.

Tithonia makes a great addition to cottage gardens or cut flower beds, and is known to reseed itself for many seasons. 


A close-up of a Celosia flower that has a distinctive crested shape resembling a rooster's comb. The vivid orange flowers are arranged in dense clusters at the top of the stem. Its green leaves are lance-shaped, narrow, and taper to a point.
Ensure that the planting area of the plants receives enough sun throughout the day.
botanical-name botanical name Celosia spp.
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8 to 24 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8 to 11

These sun-loving annuals have vivid fuzzy blooms and add an interesting texture to any setting. Celosia does well in warm and dry climates but can also withstand humidity and wet periods. These plants require 6-8 hours of sunlight in order to flower.

If you are considering planting celosia, make sure the planting area receives a good amount of sunlight throughout the day. Cockscomb is available in many other colors besides orange, planting multiple colors in one area creates quite a striking combination.

Firecracker Plant

Close-up of a plant with bright orange flowers that are tubular in shape and have a lip at the end. Its stems are thick and woody, with a reddish-brown color. The leaves are oval-shaped, glossy, and green in color.
While orange cuphea may attract caterpillars, they are harmless and can be removed by hand.
botanical-name botanical name Cuphea ignea
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10 to 24 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9 to 11

Orange cuphea has the habit of growing to about 24 inches large and wide, quickly filling in space. Plant these in late spring once night temperatures stay about 50 degrees, these plants are very sensitive to cool temperatures. 

Cuphea attracts loads of pollinators and even hummingbirds, so planting these on deck borders or in butterfly gardens is your best bet. They also make great additions to planters or container gardens; just be sure they have enough room to grow and will receive enough sunlight (6 to 8 hours daily).

Orange cuphea is known to attract pesky caterpillars in the summer months, don’t be alarmed, while they do munch on the leaves of this plant, they are relatively harmless and can simply be plucked off of the foliage. 


Close-up of several flowers that are papery, daisy-like blooms in dark orange color, with a central disc of dark brown or yellow florets.
Their delicate, papery flowers can be used in fresh or dried floral arrangement.
botanical-name botanical name Xerochrysum bracteata
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10 to 18 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9 to 11

Strawflowers are easily started from seed, or can be purchased as transplants in late spring/early summer.

The light, crispy blooms come in several colors, and can be harvested and used in fresh or dried floral arrangements. Deadhead frequently, and be sure to not overwater, they do not like periods of wet soil. 


Marigold plants are shown with round, daisy-like, bright orange flowers. Its leaves are fern-like, pinnately divided, and green in color. The stems are slender, slightly hairy, and green in color.
Marigolds are often used by gardeners to create borders in their gardens or landscapes to attract beneficial insects.
botanical-name botanical name Tagetes spp.
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8 to 24 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2 to 11

Marigolds bloom in shades of orange, red, and yellow. Creating a garden or landscape border with marigolds is popular amongst many gardeners.

Using them as a landscape border is well known to attract beneficial insects. Harvest the dried flower heads at the end of the season to save for next year’s plantings.


Close-up of a flower that is small, daisy-like, with a central disk surrounded by bright orange petals. The flower is attached on top of the slender, smooth, green stem.
The delicate blooms and wispy foliage of Cosmos can be used to create cheerful floral arrangements.
botanical-name botanical name Cosmos bipinnatus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 12 to 36 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2 to 11

Cosmos are generally started as seeds sown directly into the ground, but are sometimes available as transplants at local garden centers. Growing cosmos can be as easy as scattering the seeds in prepared soil. 

The wispy, fern-like foliage and delicate blooms make for a great addition to any cottage garden or yard border. Fresh stems make cheery floral arrangements and can add joy to any home.

African Daisy

A close-up of three Gazania flowers that are large, daisy-like flowers with bright orange and red colors and dark centers. The short, sturdy stems hold the flowers upright. They have lance-shaped, glossy, green leaves with pointed tips.
Gazania is a plant native to South Africa that has similar blooms to its relative, Osteospermum.
botanical-name botanical name Gazania rigens
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6 to 12 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4 to 10

Native to South Africa, Gazania is often referred to as an “African Daisy”. Not to be confused with its relative Osteospermum “African Daisy”, these two have very similar blooms, but slightly different growing requirements.

A huge difference between the two is Gazania’s sensitivity to light. At night, and on cloudy or rainy days, the flowers close, and will reopen once it is sunny again.

While Osteospermum requires a little more upkeep, i.e deadheading, and fertilization, Gazania is very low maintenance. It loves warm weather and can withstand hot temperatures in full sun. The vivid orange daisy-like flowers appear on dark green, fuzzy foliage spring until late summer. 


Several Impatiens plants feature showy, five-petaled flowers that are red-orange in color. The leaves are oval-shaped with serrated edges and pointed ends and have a dark green color.
When choosing impatiens, it is important to consider the planting location.
botanical-name botanical name Impatiens x hybrida, Impatiens walleriana, Impatiens hawkeri
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8 to 12 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10 to 11

There are quite a few options when it comes to impatiens. The main thing to consider when growing impatiens is your planting location. If you are planting in a shaded area, you’ll want to plant new guinea or regular impatiens.

If you want to add a pop of color to a full sun area, keep an eye out for Sunpatiens. Most garden centers will have them separated according to their light requirements, but if you are unsure simply check the Latin name on the tag!

All impatiens grow to about 8 to 12 inches tall and wide, and display bright velvety flowers. They can withstand warm temperatures, but do not like to be overwatered. 

Final Thoughts

The most important thing to remember when shopping for plants is light and water requirements. Most of the annuals mentioned in this article are full sun, meaning they need 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. If you are planting in shade, impatiens might be a great option for you.

Many of the plants listed in this article bloom in other colors as well, so if one of these caught your eye but you aren’t sold on orange, keep an eye out for the other colors!

A small pod adorned with a mesmerizing waterfall, creating a tranquil oasis in nature. The gentle cascade flows into a serene pond, surrounded by a delightful assortment of plants and blooming flowers, adding a burst of colors to the landscape.


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