Lilies add graceful elegance and fragrance to any garden, blooming from early summer all the way through fall, depending on the type. By carefully blending early, mid-season, and late varieties into your garden, you will enjoy their magnificent blooms from spring through first frost. At home in both formal and naturalistic settings, most lilies also take readily to containers.
Lilies come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Of all the different types of lilies, orange lilies are some of the most majestic. With their vibrant color and delicate petals, they’re a sight to behold.
If you’re lucky enough to have an orange lily in your garden, or if you’re thinking of buying one, you’ll want to learn how to take care of it. In this post, we’ll discuss the different types of orange lilies and how to care for them.
- Fire King Lily
- Royal Sunset Lily
- Fiery Belle Lily
- Michigan Lily
- Japanese Turk’s Cap Lily
- Tiger Lily
- African Queen Lily
- Leopard Lily
- Sunny Morning Lily
- Ditch Lily
- Orange Pixie Lily
- Philadelphia Lily
- Columbia Lily
- Orange Orienpet Lily
- Martagon Lily
- David’s Lily
- Henry’s Lily
- Canada Lily
- Lily ‘King Pete’
- Orange Marmalade Lily
- Panther Lily
- Tiny Double You Lily
Fire King Lily
Fire King Lily is a vibrant Lily with showy, outward-facing flowers featuring rich reddish orange recurved petals adorned with purple freckles.
Royal Sunset’ lily
‘Royal Sunset’ lily is a vigorous lily with large, mildly fragrant, caramel orange flowers with golden throats and pink petal tips. Blooming in early to mid summer, the satiny flowers are adorned with a bouquet of prominent stamens, adding further appeal.
Fiery Belle Lily
The fiery belle lily is another hybrid and is a result of breeding between the Asiatic and Aurlien lilies. This type of lily has a bell shaped flower and a very bright and distinct color. The petals are fiery orange but have some hints of deep red as well. They give off a lovely delicate fragrance and are the perfect summer addition to your garden.
Michigan Lily is an incredibly graceful species with slender stems clad with lance-shaped leaves arranged in whorls. In early to mid summer, orange-red flowers resembling Turk’s cap Lilies appear at the top of the stems and last about 1 month. Downward facing and strongly reflexed, they are covered with purple speckles, giving them the appearance of the skin of a tiger.
Japanese Turk’s Cap Lily
Japanese Turk’s Cap Lily is a vigorous, erect bulbous perennial with racemes of up to 12 small, fragrant, bright yellow-orange flowers in early summer. Each thick, recurved tepal is spotted purplish-brown near the base. The narrow pale green leaves are arranged in whorls around the stems for a very symmetrical and neat appearance.
Tiger lilies crossed-bred with Asiatic lilies resulted in hybrid tiger lilies of different colors. The tiger lily flower wears orange petals with black spots which suit the summer bulb flowers vibe. The orange-black color made it look like the tiger’s skin, a good reason for earning the name tiger lily.
African Queen Lily
African Queen Lily is a spectacular Trumpet Lily with huge bright apricot-orange trumpets, facing outward or somewhat downward, marked with garnet-brown on the outside. Celebrated for its delicious fragrance, this prolific Lily produces clusters of 15-20 blossoms per stem for a fascinating long-lasting display.
Iris domestica, commonly known as leopard lily, blackberry lily, and leopard flower has 3-5-stems and 8-14 leaves per stem growing in a fan, with flowers ascending proximally having orange-red scattered spots of darker pigment, blooming during summer.
Sunny Morning Lily
Sunny Morning Lily is a stunning martagon hybrid with its racemes elegantly covered with bountiful golden-orange blossoms delicately sprinkled with dark mahogany spots. Resembling a Turk’s cap with their strongly recurved petals (hence the common name), the downward facing flowers form a pretty floral candelabra with up to 50 blooms on one stem.
Like other daylilies, their flower lasts only one day, with each flower opening in sequence. Ditch lilies, unlike hybrid daylilies, may have as many as twenty buds on a single stem. The dense display of orange begins in early summer and ends in late autumn. Their botanical name isHemerocallis fulva.
Orange Pixie Lily
Orange pixie lily is a hardy Asiatic hybrid and the shortest type of lily (about 2 to 3 feet tall), that has been used widely in breeding and many of the more spectacular modern cultivars are derived in part from this species. . ‘Orange Pixie’ bears large, upward-facing orange blooms without fragrance and makes an excellent cut flower.
Philadelphia Lily also known as the wood lily can grow to 3-4 feet tall and a foot wide. The leaves are alternate and narrow that taper to a point. It is in bloom from June to August. The flowers are red-orange with the bottom-middle being yellow with speckled brown spots.
Columbia lily is a very attractive perennial wildflower arising from an ovoid bulb having several thick, ovate-lanceolate scales, about two to 3 cm long. The flowers are clustered at the top of the stem in an open raceme of several to twenty flowers. Individual flowers 6 tepals (petals and sepals are similar) which are a bright yellowish-orange to reddish-orange color, with numerous deep red or purple spots.
Orange Orienpet Lilies
Orienpet Lilies or Hybrid Lilies are the result of crossing Oriental Lilies with Trumpet/Aurelian Lilies. They combine the incredible beauty of the Oriental Lilies with the robustness, heat tolerance and colors of the Trumpet & Aurelian Hybrids. Heavy-stemmed, these extraordinary lilies rise up to 3-8 ft with orange waxy flowers with slightly recurved petals.
Martagon Lilies feature bountiful 2-4 inch blossoms mostly downward facing with strongly recurved tepals and resembling a Turk’s cap. The flowers are light orange in color and often accompanied by whimsical speckles and freckles. Blooming in early – mid summer, they come back year after year and constitute excellent border plants, providing striking color and contrast to the perennial border and mix beautifully with annuals and other summer flowering bulbs.
David’s Lily is an erect bulbous perennial lily with an unbranched stem bearing scattered linear leaves. From mid to late summer, striking pendant to nodding flowers ranging in color from red to reddish-orange, are loosely arranged in a showy raceme. Resembling a turk’s cap with sepals and petals reflexed, the ravishing blossoms are adorned with a profusion of reddish to maroon spots.
Henry’s Lily is simply irresistible with its clusters of nodding flowers featuring maroon spotted, upward curving orange tepals, delicately and gracefully brightening up the surroundings from mid to late summer. Native to China, it was discovered by an Irish explorer, Augustine Henry in the limestone gorges of Hubei province.
Lilium canadense, commonly called either the Canada lily, wild yellow-lily, or the meadow lily is an erect perennial lily with a single tall green stem bearing prominent whorls of lance-shaped leaves. In early to midsummer, it is crowned with striking clusters of nodding bell-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, orange or red. The ravishing blossoms are adorned with dark purple or red spots in their throats.
King Pete Lily
King Pete lily is a fascinating Asiatic Lily with showy, upward-facing, wide-open flowers with broad and bright yellow petals contrasting with an deep-orange heart and chocolate freckles. Blooming in early – mid summer, this Lily constitutes an excellent border plant, providing striking color and contrast to the perennial border.
Orange Marmalade Lily
Orange Marmalade is a fascinating bulbous lily with dainty, star-shaped, bright tangerine-orange flowers. Resembling a Turk’s cap with their strongly recurved petals (hence the common name), the downward facing flowers form a pretty floral candelabra with up to 30 blooms on one stem. Orange Marmalade lily is an ideal naturalizing subject that grows well between shrubs or in light woodland conditions.
Tiny Double You Lily
Specially bred in the Netherlands as a dwarf lily, Tiny Double You is the ideal addition to sunny front borders, containers or edging a walkway. Glorious reddish-orange, upward-facing, 4-inch double blooms top 16–20 inches stems surrounded by verdant, lance-shaped leaves. It creates a stunning floral display, especially when planted in groups or even as a mass planting.
What Conditions Do Orange Lilies Need to Thrive?
There are a few different types of orange lilies, and they all have different needs in order to thrive. So, what conditions do they need? Like all lilies, orange lilies need plenty of sun and well-drained soil to thrive. They also prefer to be planted in slightly acidic soil, so if your soil is alkaline, you can amend it with peat moss or oak leaf compost.
For orange lilies is plenty of sunlight means that, they need at least six hours of direct sun per day to really flourish. You’ll also need to water them regularly- at least once a week- and make sure the soil is moist but not wet. Feed them once a month with a balanced plant food to keep them healthy. And finally, lilies don’t like cold weather, so make sure you bring them inside before the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to Care for Orange Lilies
Now that you know all about the different types of orange lilies, it’s time to learn how to care for them. Here are a few tips:
- Lilies need plenty of sunlight, so make sure to place them in a spot where they will get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
- Water lilies regularly, making sure to drench the soil completely.
- Fertilize lilies every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
- Deadhead lilies regularly by removing spent blooms with sharp scissors. This will encourage new blooms to form.
How Often Should You Water Orange Lilies?
When it comes to watering orange lilies, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. It really depends on the climate, the soil type, and the size and age of the plant. In general, though, you should water them around once a week.
If the soil is dry to the touch or if the leaves start to droop, it’s time to water them. You can either water them from the top or from the bottom; it doesn’t really matter. Just make sure that you water them thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out before watering again.
What Type of Fertilizer Is Best for Orange Lilies?
The best way to fertilize your lilies is by using a balanced fertilizer that is low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potassium. This will help promote blooming and ensure that your lilies stay healthy and vibrant.
There are a few different types of orange lilies, and each one has its own specific care requirements. By understanding the different types and their needs, you can better care for your orange lilies and ensure they bloom beautifully year after year.
We hope this guide has been helpful and that you now have a better understanding of the different types of orange lilies and how to care for them. Thanks for reading!