70 Cheerful Plants with Yellow Flowers

Garden border with yellow flowers-coreopsis, daylily, and ligularia.
My Garden Life
October 2, 2023
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Yellow is a color associated with sunshine, optimism, and happiness. Since yellow is an integral part of many flowers (the central disc of a daisy for example) yellow flowers naturally complement a wide range of other flower colors. You can use yellow flowers to brighten and energize your outdoor surroundings.

Perennial yellow flowers can be enjoyed year after year and require less maintenance than annual flowers. However, annuals add a pop of instant color, bloom all summer long, and you can easily experiment with new flower varieties every year, or even change your mind in the same season! Climbing plants with yellow flowers can make a lovely addition to a trellis or chain-link fence. Many of the yellow flowers in our list can be grown in pots for your deck, patio, or balcony. Here are suggestions for popular yellow flowers based on the plant’s size and whether they are annual or perennial. Discover how easy it is to bring the warm, cheerful effects of yellow into your landscape!

Tall Perennial Yellow Flowers

Tall flowering perennials can be used to create a dramatic and colorful background for shorter plants. Use a clump to create a strong focal point for a corner or in the center of an “island” planting. Tall plants also have the advantage of bringing the beauty of flowers closer to eye-level.

False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

Compact, uniform plants with bright, extra-large blooms. An elegant, long-season display of showy blooms. One of the best flowers for adding lasting color to hot, dry situations. Effective in borders and cutting gardens. Excellent for planting along fences and walls. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora)

Foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora)

This lovely foxglove species produces spikes of yellow, tubular flowers that are favored by butterflies and hummingbirds. The glowing color is a great contrast with dark foliage plants and bright annuals. Creates a great vertical dimension in the garden. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Especially nice in woodland gardens. Terrific plant for hummingbird gardens.
Maximillian Sunflower (Helianthus maximillianii)

Maximillian Sunflower (Helianthus maximillianii)

Tall, stately plants provide a burst of color in late summer. The seed heads are loved by goldfinches and butterflies. Maximillian sunflower requires little attention and can even be left standing for the winter to create interest in the landscape. Just cut down in spring before the new foliage emerges. Makes a great focal point, background in a border, or planted along foundations and fences.
Torch Lily, Tritoma, Red Hot Poker ‘Flamenco’ (Kniphofia uvaria)

Torch Lily, Tritoma, Red Hot Poker ‘Flamenco’ (Kniphofia uvaria)

Rocket-like spikes of creamy white, yellow, orange, and red blooms. The flowers are loved by hummingbirds. Draws attention like no other garden flower! Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Excellent for planting along fences and walls. Creates a pivotal accent point in any garden.
Golden Marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria)

Golden Marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria)

Clump-forming plant is erect and shrubby. Golden yellow, daisy-like flowers bloom above attractive, fragrant foliage. This low-maintenance selection requires little attention. Effective in borders and cutting gardens. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Looks great in rock gardens. Best planted in groups.
Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida species)

Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida species)

This North American native wildflower can tolerate heat, drought, poor soil, winds and floods. It begins blooming in summer and continues well into Autumn. The yellow daisy-like flowers are a good nectar source for butterflies and birds enjoy the seeds. Makes a great focal point, background in a border, or planted along foundations and fences. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings. Excellent cut flowers for fresh arrangements.
Bigleaf Ligularia, Summer Ragwort, Leopard Plant (Ligularia dentata)

Bigleaf Ligularia, Summer Ragwort, Leopard Plant (Ligularia dentata)

A bold selection that thrives in wet soil. Large leaves with deep red leaf stalks, and red flower stems topped with yellow blooms, create dramatic yet tasteful contrast. Wonderful paired with fine or vertical leaved plants. Superb backing plant for mixed borders. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings. Best planted in groups.
Garden Lupine, Big Leaf Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)

Garden Lupine, Big Leaf Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)

This lupine species is native to Western North America and prized for its beautiful natural blue flower color, as well as many varieties that can be found in a broader range of colors. Dozens of tiny, pea-like blooms cluster on upright stalks in an attention demanding display. They thrive in light, acidic soil and cool summers. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Ideal choice for cutting gardens. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Best planted in groups.
False Sunflower, Ox-eye (Heliopsis helianthoides)

False Sunflower, Ox-eye (Heliopsis helianthoides)

One of the best flowers for adding lasting color to hot, dry situations. Heliopsis add a sunny, casual touch to gardens and bouquets with their long lasting blooms on sturdy stems. A quick, low maintenance solution for creating large sweeps of color. Effective in borders and cutting gardens. Excellent for planting along fences and walls. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.

Medium Height Perennial Yellow Flowers

Medium-height perennial flowers are the perfect filler between taller perennials or shrubs and lower, edging plants. They can also be planted in a row along a wall or fence to create a dense flow of color in an otherwise barren setting. Medium-sized perennials are useful for foundation plantings where you don’t want the view of your home overwhelmed with plantings.

Evening Primrose, Ozark Sundrops (Oenothera missouriensis)

Evening Primrose, Ozark Sundrops (Oenothera missouriensis)

A vigorous, trailing plant with lance-shaped green foliage with white midribs. Cup-shaped, luminous yellow flowers bloom over a long season. Interesting winged seed pods follow the blooms. This evening primrose species has been reclassified from Oenothera missouriensis to Oenothera macrocarpa. Perfectly sized for rock gardens, border fronts, slopes, and banks.
Black-Eyed Susan ‘Goldsturm’ (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Black-Eyed Susan ‘Goldsturm’ (Rudbeckia fulgida)

‘Goldsturm’ is the German translation for ‘gold storm’ and it’s a perfect description for the “storm” of color this variety creates from summer into fall. The cheerful, golden-yellow flowers are excellent for cut arrangements. Bees and butterflies flock to the blooms and birds enjoy the seed heads after the flowers fade. A great choice for borders and naturalized areas. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Coneflower ‘Sombrero® Series’ (Echinacea hybrid)

Coneflower ‘Sombrero® Series’ (Echinacea hybrid)

The Sombrero® series of coneflowers are all low-maintenance, compact selections. Plants produce bright, richly colored flowers with petals that stand out stiffly. The vibrant blooms attract butterflies to the garden! Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings.
Blue-Eyed Grass ‘Yellow Stone’ (Sisyrinchium californicum)

Blue-Eyed Grass ‘Yellow Stone’ (Sisyrinchium californicum)

Also known as “yellow-eyed grass”, this charming plant produces yellow, star-like flowers in summer held well above a clump of compact, iris-like foliage. The pert, spiky plants provide a season long interest. Easy to grow and very rewarding. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Looks great in rock gardens. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings.
Reblooming Daylily ‘Stella de Oro’ (Hemerocallis hybrid)

Reblooming Daylily ‘Stella de Oro’ (Hemerocallis hybrid)

Without a doubt one of the most carefree, long-blooming perennials around. The golden yellow trumpet-shaped blooms appear in early summer and continue right up to frost. This is a rugged plant, well-suited to hot, dry locations where other plants would fail. Also appropriate in high traffic areas along walks or along the edge between the lawn and garden border. The loose, grassy foliage moves easily to resist damage if bumped or stepped on.
Strawflower, Common Everlasting (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)

Strawflower, Common Everlasting (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)

Hot, dry conditions are no match for this plant. The soft silvery foliage keeps its cool where other plants would surely wilt. Beautiful flowing over walls or the side of a planter box, and the glowing foliage is a lovely contrast in mixed plantings. Prized for its long-lasting, yellow-button blooms that are excellent for cut flowers and for fresh or dried arrangements.
Garden Loosestrife, Whorled Loostrife (Lysimachia punctata)

Garden Loosestrife, Whorled Loostrife (Lysimachia punctata)

Sometimes called whorled loosestrife for the way the blooms progress up the length of the stem in a whorled pattern. These eye-catching yellow cups, on tall stems, bring a burst of sunny energy to the garden. A vigorous spreader tolerant of a range of soil conditions. Appropriate near water and in damp woodland settings. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Nice for larger patio containers.
Cushion Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma)

Cushion Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma)

Cushion spurge is a must for early season color in border plantings! Rich green foliage is complemented by unusual yellow flower bracts. Foliage turns a beautiful blend of orange, purple and red in autumn. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Best planted in groups.
Cheiranthus, Siberian Wallflower (Erysimum x allionii)

Cheiranthus, Siberian Wallflower (Erysimum x allionii)

The deliciously fragrant, sunny blooms of Erysimum x allionii (AKA Cheiranthus x allionii) continue deeper into the summer than other Erysimum. A good clipping after flowering and dry toes in the winter are all it takes to bring out the best in Erysimum. Wonderful for mixed borders and rock gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Best planted in groups.
Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum orientale)

Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum orientale)

Charming yellow, daisy-like flowers appear in early spring. Sturdy stems form low clumps with deep green, heart-shaped leaves. Will spread slowly, but is not invasive. Beautiful in woodland settings, borders and containers. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Coreopsis, Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)

Coreopsis, Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)

The longest blooming Coreopsis available! Yellow daisies are a real stand-out against lacy, dark green foliage. Coreopsis adds a soft, delicate quality to the garden and flowers heavily until frost. Combines beautifully with small ornamental grasses. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings.
Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Native to moist, boggy soils, marsh marigolds bring a burst of spring color with their glossy, bright yellow blooms. Sturdy, kidney-shaped leaves continue to contribute beauty long after the flowers are finished. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Perfect for use in swampy areas and areas around ponds, lakes and streams. Makes a dependable mixed border plant.

Short Perennial Yellow Flowers

Short flowering perennials bring color and interest along the edges of a large flower border. Use them as an edging plant along pavement or gravel paths, walkways, or a patio. Many are appropriate for use in containers, either solo or mixed with other plants.

Helichrysum ‘Silver Leaf Yellow’ (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)

Helichrysum ‘Silver Leaf Yellow’ (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)

Silver-gray foliage and bright yellow flowers add contrast to any garden. Hot, dry conditions are no match for this plant. The soft silvery foliage keeps its cool where other plants would surely wilt. Prized for its long-lasting, yellow-button blooms that are excellent for cut flowers and for dried arrangements. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes.
Golden Creeping Jenny, Gold Moneywort ‘Aurea’ (Lysimachia nummularia)

Golden Creeping Jenny, Gold Moneywort ‘Aurea’ (Lysimachia nummularia)

All the great reliability of the standard creeping Jenny with a touch of pizzazz. This creeping selection forms a dense mat of glowing golden-green, rounded leaves. Produces cup-shaped, bright yellow flowers throughout summer. A reliable groundcover for any location. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Looks great filling in between rocks and spilling over container edges.
Leopard’s Bane ‘Little Leo’ (Doronicum orientale)

Leopard’s Bane ‘Little Leo’ (Doronicum orientale)

This dwarf, compact variety of leopard’s bane is sure to become a springtime favorite. Cheerful daisy-like flowers appear in early in the season to chase away the dull days of winter. A great choice for planting among spring-flowering bulbs. Beautiful in woodland settings, borders and containers. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Oxslip Primrose (Primula elatior)

Oxslip Primrose (Primula elatior)

Oxslip is a wonderful selection for shaded, damp areas. Despite its delicate appearance, this is a rugged plant; very tolerant of poor soils. Clusters of soft yellow flowers are a welcome sight in the spring! Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Especially nice for mixing with spring bulbs.
Daffodil ‘Tête-à-Tête’ (Narcissus hybrid)

Daffodil ‘Tête-à-Tête’ (Narcissus hybrid)

A delightful miniature daffodil that blooms earlier than taller forms to bring spring to your doorstep even faster! These little charmers can be tucked throughout the garden and will die back as other garden plants begin to take over later in the spring and early summer. Wonderful for mixed borders and rock gardens. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings.
Sea Daisy ‘Gold Coin’ (Odontospermum maritimum)

Sea Daisy ‘Gold Coin’ (Odontospermum maritimum)

Easy carefree color for hot, dry locations. The spreading grey-green foliage is a great filler for rocky areas or set free to cascade over walls, containers or baskets. This a terrific choice for anyone seeking plants that don’t require a lot of watering to look great. Perfect for use in containers, hanging baskets, and rock gardens.
Lamiastrum, Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon)

Lamiastrum, Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon)

A vigorous spreader that thrives in shade. The straight species has green leaves and yellow blooms, but the most popular named varieties offer a range of silvery variegations to the foliage. A very quick filler and brightener for lifeless shady areas. A reliable groundcover for any location. Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Effective under trees where lawn has difficulty establishing.
Golden Alyssum (Alyssum montanum)

Golden Alyssum (Alyssum montanum)

This drought tolerant selection brings a cooling effect to hot, dry locations with its soft, silvery gray foliage. Bright yellow blooms join the slightly mounding foliage, making it a wonderfully contrasting companion to broad leaf and spiky succulents. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Tumbles beautifully over rocks, slopes, and banks.
Viola Perennial (Viola cornuta)

Viola Perennial (Viola cornuta)

Violas have been a garden favorite for generations. The dainty flat-faced flowers are a cheerful sight in the early spring. They tolerate cool temperatures and are ideal for planting around spring-flowering bulbs or in window boxes. Makes an excellent pressed flower for crafts or putting in a note or greeting card. Perfectly sized for rock gardens, border fronts, and containers. Especially nice for mixing with spring bulbs.
Creeping Potentilla, Spring Cinquefoil (Potentilla verna)

Creeping Potentilla, Spring Cinquefoil (Potentilla verna)

Creeping potentilla is a mat-forming plant that produces cheerful yellow, saucer-shaped flowers. This selection has an exceptionally long bloom season. A good choice for hot, dry locations. A reliable groundcover for any location. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Great for erosion control on steep banks and rough slopes.
Amur Stonecrop (Sedum selskianum)

Amur Stonecrop (Sedum selskianum)

A succulent evergreen perennial for hot, dry planting sites. Flat, green leaves with scalloped edges form attractive rosettes. Named varieties may have variegated, silvery or golden foliage. Fun to pair with plants having purple tinted leaves or blooms. Classic plants for rock gardens! Looks great filling in between rocks, paving stones, and spilling over container edges.
Coreopsis ‘Nana’ (Coreopsis auriculata)

Coreopsis ‘Nana’ (Coreopsis auriculata)

One of the toughest, most durable perennials available! Low-growing plant becomes a cheerful mass of yellow-orange flowers. The flowers attract bees to the garden! Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Appropriate for informal gardens and naturalized areas. Makes a good small scale groundcover.

Tall Annual Yellow Flowers

Tall annual flowers are a great way to bring consistent color to a perennial flower garden. As the perennial plants go in and out of bloom, annuals continue to fill the space with color. Tall annual plants are also perfect for creating a central focal point for a mixed planter or add height and dimension to large or small garden spaces.

Gloriosa Daisy Annual (Rudbeckia hirta)

Gloriosa Daisy Annual (Rudbeckia hirta)

Big, bold daisy-like blooms offer richly hued solid or bicolor petals. The warmth of their sunny colors carries over into autumn, making them wonderful companions to late season perennials and the changing foliage of nearby trees. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Tall Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Tall Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

A must-have for gardeners who enjoy creating their own cut flower arrangements. The long-lasting blooms add great height, texture and fragrance to mixed arrangements. In the garden they make a great background plant. Also effective planted in small groups to create dramatic focal points throughout the landscape. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Suitable for container plantings but may require staking.
Annual African Bush Daisy (Euryops pectinatus)

Annual African Bush Daisy (Euryops pectinatus)

A striking combination of feathery gray-green foliage and bright yellow daisies. Grows fast with a vigorous, shrubby habit. Blooms over a long season bringing bright color to difficult dry locations where few other plants survive. Grown as a perennial in frost-free climates. Wonderful for mixed borders and rock gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers.
Cucumberleaf Sunflower, Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis)

Cucumberleaf Sunflower, Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis)

This is a plant found naturally along beaches and dune areas, but it will grow just as well in any garden. It’s a tough plant tolerant to any type of soil, drought conditions and salts from sea spray. The vibrant yellow flowers are very attractive to butterflies. This is an ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Birds enjoy the seeds.
Lantana (Lantana )

Lantana (Lantana )

Lantana are native to several tropical regions and popular as heat tolerant annuals for gardens and containers. Their clusters of tiny blooms come in a good range of colors and are loved by butterflies. They may be upright or trailing, depending on variety chosen, but all have nicely textured foliage and good drought tolerance. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Looks great in rock gardens.
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Tall, strong-stemmed plants produce huge, richly colored blooms. The flowers are packed with seeds that attract songbirds! One of the easiest and most satisfying flowers for your garden. Sunflowers are resilient and generally stay insect- and disease-free. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Cut sunflowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

A favorite of gardeners and butterflies alike, Zinnias bring long-lasting, bright color and rich texture to any planting. Removal of spent blooms will assure the most prolific and ongoing floral display. Use in beds, borders, containers and window boxes. Provides long lasting cut flowers.
African Marigold (Tagetes erecta)

African Marigold (Tagetes erecta)

African Marigolds sport large blooms and sunny bright colors. Their texture is the perfect compliment to broad leaf and trailing companion plants. Removing spent blooms will assure the most prolific flowering. African marigolds are a perfect choice for beds and borders. Also superb for baskets, containers, and window boxes. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.

Medium Height Annual Yellow Flowers

Medium-height annual flowers are popular for using as a filler in a mixed flower garden, hanging basket, combination planters or grown solo in a decorative pot.

Petchoa (Petunia x Calibrachoa hybrid)

Petchoa (Petunia x Calibrachoa hybrid)

Petchoa is a genetic cross between petunias and calibrachoas. They tolerate a wide range of temperatures and will bloom non-stop through the heat of summer right up to frost.
Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

Daisy-like blooms atop sturdy stems make gerbera daisies an excellent choice for bringing color and definition to plantings. The blooms are incredibly long-lasting whether growing in the garden, a pot, or using as cut flowers. Color selection ranges from pastel to sunny bright.
Scoparia, Licorice Weed (Scoparia hybrid)

Scoparia, Licorice Weed (Scoparia hybrid)

An abundance of dainty, star-shaped blossoms. Blooms continuously from spring to autumn. Attractive, fine-textured foliage has an unusual red licorice fragrance for added appeal. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Tuberous Begonia (Begonia x tuberhybrida)

Tuberous Begonia (Begonia x tuberhybrida)

Tuberous begonias are available in upright growing and pendulous varieties in a wide range of flower forms and colors. The bloom types also vary from single to double and tiny to large, but all are complimented by attractively asymmetrical foliage. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monk’s Cress (Tropaeolum majus)

Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monk’s Cress (Tropaeolum majus)

A tasteful and tasty choice! The colorful and edible trumpet blooms of nasturtium are excellent for brightening annual combinations, and for spicing up salads with their peppery bite. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. The perfect choice for beds and borders, and planting in a vegetable garden.
Hybrid Marigold (Tagetes hybrid)

Hybrid Marigold (Tagetes hybrid)

Marigolds bring a non-stop burst of sunny bright blooms to the garden all summer long. Their texture is the perfect compliment to broad leaf and trailing companion plants. Removing spent blooms will assure the most prolific flowering. A great choice for beds and borders. Also superb for baskets, containers and window boxes.
Sanvitalia (Sanvitalia speciosa)

Sanvitalia (Sanvitalia speciosa)

A fun trailing plant with lush foliage and blooms resembling miniature sunflowers. Native to the Southwest U.S. and Mexico, Sanvitalia make a wonderful groundcover or hanging basket selection for hot, sunny garden spots. Perfect for all kinds of containers, including window boxes, hanging baskets and combination planters. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts.
Dahlia (Dahlia hybrid)

Dahlia (Dahlia hybrid)

Native to the mountains of Central America, Dahlias are a garden favorite throughout the world. The huge selection of varieties provides for a multitude of flower forms and colors to choose from. Dahlia tubers can be dug and stored for reuse, but careful attention to timing, moisture and potential fungal infection is needed. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Calendula, English Marigold, Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula, English Marigold, Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Masses of sunny yellow or orange blooms are produced well into autumn. Calendula is an excellent backup for your garden favorites that have shorter bloom times. Calendula often self-seeds, providing you with bonus plants that are easily enjoyed, or easily removed for sharing. An ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.

Short Annual Yellow Flowers

Short flowering annuals can be used to create a colorful edging for a large border planting, along a garden path, or to add color and definition to a paved walkway. They’re great for mixed flowering containers, individual pots, or in a vertical wall planter. Plant a few flowering annuals in your vegetable garden to add beauty and entice even more pollinators to your vegetable flowers.

Dwarf Cockscomb, Crested Celosia (Celosia cristata)

Dwarf Cockscomb, Crested Celosia (Celosia cristata)

Cockscomb gets a lot of attention for its unique flowers that resemble the comb on the head of a rooster, otherwise known as a “cock”. The dwarf version has a compact habit perfect for garden beds or containers. Like all celosia, the flowers are available in a range of vibrant colors and a single bloom can last up to eight weeks. The dwarf habit is a good size for window boxes. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh or dried arrangements.
Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)

Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)

Pansies have been a garden favorite since the first hybrid varieties were developed from wild Viola species back in the 1800’s in England. The charming flat-faced flowers and array of colors continue to make pansies a popular choice for garden beds or container plantings. Pansies enjoy cooler temperatures and can be planted earlier in the spring than most other flowering annual plants. Also a good choice for baskets, pots, and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Dahlberg Daisy (Thymophylla tenuiloba)

Dahlberg Daisy (Thymophylla tenuiloba)

Bright golden yellow daisies are set against finely cut, deep green foliage. A splendid choice for adding soft texture to the landscape. Ideal for adding warm color to any garden planting. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Dwarf Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Dwarf Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

The same fun flowers as taller snapdragon varieties but on a charming, compact plant. A perfect size for containers or edging the garden bed. Snapdragons actually prefer cooler temperatures, so this is a great plant for early spring or late fall enjoyment. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Looks great in rock gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Lysimachia, Dense Flowered Loosestrife (Lysimachia congestiflora)

Lysimachia, Dense Flowered Loosestrife (Lysimachia congestiflora)

A cheerful groundcover, rock garden or container plant with charming bright yellow flowers all through the season. Very low-maintenance and it grows quickly to form a spreading mat of dark green foliage. Sure to bring bees and butterflies to the garden! Especially nice in waterside gardens and looks great filling in between rocks.
Garden Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Garden Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Garden purslane provides carefree color for poor soil and hot, dry situations.  The trailing stems produce fleshy, succulent leaves and vibrantly colored, cup-shaped flowers. The blooms close in the evening and on dark, cloudy days but reopen with the sunshine. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Nemesia (Nemesia hybrid)

Nemesia (Nemesia hybrid)

Nemesia bring color and a light, airiness to the garden or patio with their dainty blooms and leaves floating about on slender stems. These loose, open plants are softening companions to those with more broad, stiff or upright foliage. Generous watering during hot spells is the key to continuous blooms. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Annual Ice Plant (Delosperma congesta)

Annual Ice Plant (Delosperma congesta)

Delosperma bring a long-lasting display of bright, daisy-like blooms to the most challenging of hot, dry planting sites. The fleshy, mat forming foliage sparkles in the sunlight providing a rich backdrop for the blooms and a softening effect to the harsh surroundings it thrives in. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. A reliable groundcover for any location. Tumbles beautifully over rocks, slopes, and banks.
Gazania (Gazania hybrid)

Gazania (Gazania hybrid)

Durable plants for poor conditions! Compact plants produce bright, daisy-like flowers held on short stems. The blooms close at night, or on heavily cloudy days, and reopen with the sunshine. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.

Climbing Vines with Yellow Flowers

Climbing vines with yellow flowers are an easy way to “drape” brilliant color along a fence, privacy trellis, or trained to a wall. Climbing plants can also be grown in a large pot with a cage or trellis for support to grow on a deck or patio. Use climbing vines on a privacy trellis to add color and an extra layer of screening and noise control.

Carolina Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

Carolina Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

A twining evergreen vine that provides trumpet-shaped yellow flowers. The sweetly fragrant blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This is a fast grower that can quickly cover a trellis or fence to hide unattractive features or provide a screen for privacy. Beautiful trained to posts, latticework and trellises. Commonly used to climb fences or walls.
Golden Clematis (Clematis tangutica)

Golden Clematis (Clematis tangutica)

Clematis-lovers will adore this yellow-flowered species for adding incredible interest and a long season of color to the landscape. Vines produce a steady supply of nodding, lantern-shaped blooms over a long season. The flowers are followed by attractive silky seed heads. Beautiful trained to fences, posts, latticework and trellises. Great for privacy screening on decks or blocking unsightly views.
Common Cat’s Claw Vine, Yellow Trumpet Vine (Macfadyena unguis-cati)

Common Cat’s Claw Vine, Yellow Trumpet Vine (Macfadyena unguis-cati)

A fast growing, drought tolerant vine that quickly creates a burst of brilliant color and a lush natural look. This vine is a vigorous spreader that can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. The common name “Cat’s Claw” refers to the vine tendrils that resemble claws and cling tight to just about anything. Take care to put this plant in a location where it can spread without attaching to surrounding plant.
Thunbergia, Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)

Thunbergia, Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)

A fun, twining vine with dark-eyed blooms on most varieties. An evergreen perennial in its native habitat of tropical Africa, it makes a wonderfully heat tolerant annual elsewhere. Works well as a trailing or climbing selection. Beautiful trained to fences, posts, latticework and trellises. Makes a breathtaking potted specimen plant. Looks great spilling over container edges.
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

A vigorous, twining climber that brings cottage charm to any setting with its rambling habit, delicious scent and pleasant color. The fragrant blooms will attract a proliferation of butterflies and hummingbirds well into late summer. Commonly used to climb fences or walls. Beautiful trained to posts, latticework and trellises. Great for privacy screening on decks or blocking unsightly views.

More Ways to Use Yellow Flowers

Yellow is a versatile flower color. Use it in combination with white or pink flowers for a soft, low-key look. The complementary color to yellow is purple, so this is a good combination if you like an interesting color contrast.  Planting yellow with other warm tones, such as red and orange, results in one of the most vibrant flower color combinations. Bright, warm colors work especially well for small plantings, such as a planter, window, or balcony box that you want to really stand out. Whatever your design scheme or mood, there’s a yellow flower to suit your needs. For more ideas on plant selection and how to design your outdoor spaces see our article, Garden Design: Planning a Beautiful Garden.

A lush perennial border with pink roses, yellow black-eye Susan, and purple hyssop.

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