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The best orange blooms

Add a brilliant dash of colour to your beds

The winner:
Orange Meadowbrite Coneflower
Echinacea ‘Art's Pride'

Tough and beautiful, with blossoms that range in colour from orange to coral, vermilion, tangerine and amber, Orange Meadowbrite coneflower adds va-va-voom to the garden. Recently introduced by the Chicago Botanic Garden (in partnership with Morton Arboretum and the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois), this perennial is the first orange coneflower in cultivation.

From midsummer to frost, the orange blooms—with their slightly drooping petals and handsome, yellow-brown cones—are held proudly atop 60- to 90-centimetre-tall stems and make good cut flowers. While loved by butterflies and bees, thankfully this coneflower is mostly ignored by deer. Adaptable to many soil types and pH levels, Orange Meadowbrite thrives in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. The plant has a spread of 50 to 90 centimetres. Zone 4.

Honourable mentions:
‘Orange Profusion' zinnia
Zinnia angustifolia ‘Orange Profusion'

Height 30 to 45 cm Spread 30 to 50 cm Location full sun Cultivation prefers moist, well-drained soil but tolerates drier ones; easy to grow from seed Flowers bright orange with yellow centres; early summer until frost; attracts butterflies; good cut flower Foliage medium green annual.

Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa

Height 30 to 75 cm Spread 60 cm Location full sun to part shade (blooms best in sun) Cultivation moist, well-drained soil; drought-tolerant and deer-resistant Flowers orange-yellow; June to September; great cut flower and butterfly magnet Foliage medium green fruit small, milkweed-like pod Zone 3.

‘Orange Emperor' Fosteriana tulip
Tulipa ‘Orange Emperor'

Height 35 cm Spread 15 cm Location full sun; use for naturalizing and flower arrangements Cultivation moist, well-drained, average soil; plant bulbs 15 cm deep any time in fall Flowers orange with a few narrow green streaks, April Foliage medium green; goes dormant after flowering Zone 3.

Runners Up:
‘Illumination Orange' begonia
‘Illumination Orange' (Illumination Series), Annual.

‘Mini Star Tangerine' gazania
Gazania ‘Mini Star Tangerine'
(Mini Star Series), Annual.

‘Mauna Loa' daylily
Hemerocallis ‘Mauna Loa', Zone 4.

‘Super Elfin Bright Orange' impatiens
Impatiens ‘Super Elfin Bright Orange' (Super Elfin Series), Annual.

‘Padparadja' pansy
Viola x wittrockiana ‘Padparadja', Zone 6.

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