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26 Sunny Yellow Flowers for Home Gardens (with Bloom Times)

collage of sunny yellow flowers for home gardens

In this article, I’ll be sharing the best yellow flowers for your home garden. I’ve included a photo of each plant along with my personal experience with the plant and all of the important details you need to decide which yellow flower is right for your landscape!

Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post for a table that includes the size, bloom times and key features of each plant in this list!

Looking for a different flower color? Check out my complete list of flowers arranged by color.

Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’

Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii)
Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 12-18” H x 12-18” W
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to Fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Cultivar of rudbeckia fulgida, which is native to North America
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Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’) is a hardy perennial with vibrant yellow-orange, star-shaped blooms and dark centers. It attracts butterflies, honeybees and other pollinators, making it a great addition to gardens. 

This plant is low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and suitable for various soil types. It blooms from midsummer to fall, adding cheerful color to the garden.

Black-eyed Susan Vine ‘Sunny™ Lemon Star’

Thunbergia hyb.

Black-eyed Susan Vine 'Sunny™ Lemon Star'

Thunbergia hyb.
Black-eyed Susan Vine ‘Sunny™ Lemon Star’ (Thunbergia hyb.)
  • Growing Zones
  • Light: Full sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 3-6′ H x 1.5′ W
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to frost
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia
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Black-eyed Susan Vine ‘Sunny™ Lemon Star’ (Thunbergia hyb.) is a vigorous annual vine that produces large, five-petaled lemon yellow flowers with deep purple funnel centers. This plant is known for its nonstop blooming, tumbling over baskets or climbing to four feet or more. 

It features shield leaves and pinwheel flowers, making it a vibrant addition to gardens. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil. This vine is great for containers and attracts pollinators, adding lively color to your garden from summer to fall.

Note: Black-eyed susan vine is a great addition to gardens where it can be grown as an annual. But in warmer climates where it doesn’t die off annually from frost, it can be quite aggressive. Please do further research before planting!

Early Sunrise Coreopsis

Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Early Sunrise’

Early Sunrise Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora
Early Sunrise Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora) in my garden. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 18-24″ H x 18-24″ W
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Dark Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Mid-Fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: North America
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The Early Sunrise Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Early Sunrise’) is a vibrant perennial with brilliant golden yellow, semi-double flowers that bloom from summer to mid fall. Its compact, tidy growth habit and dark green, thread-like foliage create a bold contrast with the sunny blooms. 

This plant thrives in full sun and is drought and heat tolerant.. It attracts bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. With its long blooming period and low maintenance needs, Early Sunrise Coreopsis is a standout choice for sunny gardens, borders and wildflower gardens.

Its long-lasting blooms and easy care make Early Sunrise Coreopsis a delightful addition to any garden landscape. In fact, when I tracked the bloom times of all the perennials in my own garden, it made it onto my long bloomers list.

Sunshine Calla Lily

Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Sunshine’

Sunshine Calla Lily

Zantedeschia aethiopica
Sunshine Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
  • Growing Zones: 8-11, annual in colder climates
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 12-24” H
  • Flower Color: Bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers
  • Foliage Color: Green leaves with lighter spots
  • Bloom Time: Mid-summer
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Southern Africa
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Sunshine Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Sunshine’) is a vibrant plant with large, sunny yellow trumpet-shaped flowers and green leaves adorned with lighter spots. This plant prefers full sun to partial shade and is easy to grow, making it a great addition to gardens or as a houseplant. 

It blooms in mid-summer for several weeks and loves humidity, making it a favorite in bridal bouquets and cut flower arrangements. 

It spreads by producing more bulbs (similar to daffodils) and can be left in the ground over winter in zones 8-10. In colder zones, bulbs should be dug up before the first frost and replanted in the spring. 

Real Sunbeam Shasta Daisy (REALFLOR®)

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Sunbeam’

REALFLOR® Real Sunbeam Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)
REALFLOR® Real Sunbeam Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 10-16” H x 8-14” W
  • Flower Color: Sunny Pale Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer, reblooming in late summer/fall with deadheading
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid
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Real Sunbeam Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Sunbeam’) is a cheerful perennial plant that adds sunny yellow blooms to your garden. Growing up to 16 inches tall and spreading up to 14 inches wide, it thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. 

This plant blooms in summer and can rebloom with deadheading, providing a vibrant display of pale yellow flowers with golden centers. It is low-maintenance once established and attracts pollinators. This plant is drought-tolerant once established and requires medium moisture during establishment. 

Shasta Daisy is an ideal choice for borders, rock gardens and containers.  It benefits from occasional deadheading and pruning in late autumn for optimal vigor and flowering.

Daffodil

Narcissus

Daffodil (Narcissus)
Daffodil (Narcissus)
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 12-20” H x 4-6” W
  • Flower Color: Various shades of yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green 
  • Bloom Time: Very early to late spring
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Southern Europe and North Africa
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Daffodils (Narcissus) are charming spring-blooming bulbs that grow in zones 3-8. These daffodils bloom from very early to late spring, providing a burst of color and joy to your garden for several weeks.

With its vibrant yellow flowers and rich, green foliage, it adds a cheerful touch to any garden. These daffodils are low-maintenance and deer-resistant, making them a great choice for gardeners looking for a hassle-free and beautiful addition to their outdoor space. 

Daffodils prefer well-drained soil and can tolerate various soil types. Plant them in full sun to partial shade for best results. 

If you love narcissus, click here for a huge selection of yellow daffodil varieties.

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A Four-Season Garden Essential!
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Happy Returns Daylily

Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’

Happy Returns Daylily

Hemerocallis
Happy Returns Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • Growing Zones: 2-9
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Size: 12-18″ H x 12-24″ W
  • Flower Color: Pale Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: May to Frost
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Eastern Asia
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The Happy Returns Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’) is a compact, easy-to-care-for perennial plant with cheerful, clear, light yellow-toned blooms. It blooms best in full sun but can tolerate part sun as well. This daylily starts blooming in May and continues to bloom all season long, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds with its fragrant flowers. It is a prolific bloomer, producing many flowers that last for a day each. The flowers are edible and can be used to add color to salads. 

This low-maintenance perennial has a compact, fountain-like habit with bright-bladed grass-like leaves that make it look great even when not in bloom. Happy Returns Daylily is versatile and can be used in various garden settings, including borders, walkways, containers and mixed borders. 

It is also a great choice for xeric and fire-prone areas, as it stores water in its fleshy roots and is included in many firescaping lists. 

Eyebright Dwarf Bearded Iris

Iris pumila ‘Eyebright’

Eyebright Dwarf Bearded Iris

Iris pumila
Eyebright Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris pumila)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 12” H x 12-18” W
  • Flower Color: Bright golden-yellow with brown veining on the falls
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Mid to late spring
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Europe and Eurasia
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The Eyebright Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris pumila ‘Eyebright’) is a striking plant for full sun to partial shade, featuring bright golden-yellow flowers with brown veining on the falls. The gorgeous yellow is complemented by glaucous-green foliage. 

Eyebright Dwarf iris reaches a height of 12 inches and spreads 12-18 inches, making it ideal for front borders and rock gardens. It blooms in mid to late spring, attracting pollinators with its distinctive flowers. The plant is deer resistant and quite tolerant of various soil types

Signet ‘Lemon Gem’ Marigold

Tagetes tenuifolia

Signet 'Lemon Gem' Marigold

Tagetes tenuifolia
Signet ‘Lemon Gem’ Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia)
  • Growing Zones: Annual
  • Light: Full sun
  • Size: 1′ H x 6-10″ W
  • Flower Color: Lemon yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to frost 
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Central America and Columbia
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Mexican Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia) is a compact annual plant with feathery, citrus-scented foliage adorned with masses of tiny lemon-yellow single flowers

It is heat and drought tolerant, attracts butterflies, bees and beneficial insects and is deer resistant

This plant is great for containers and as a cut flower. Pulling a few edible petals and sprinkling them on salads adds color and a bit of spicy flavor.

Lemon Drop Evening Primrose

Oenothera LEMON DROP® ‘Innoeno131’

Lemon Drop Evening Primrose

Oenothera LEMON DROP® 'Innoeno131'
Lemon Drop Evening Primrose in my mom’s garden. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.
  • Growing Zones: 5-11
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 8-12″ H x 10-12″ W
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid
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Lemon Drop® Evening Primrose (Oenothera LEMON DROP® ‘Innoeno131’) is a perennial plant that features vibrant, lemon-yellow flowers that bloom all summer

This plant loves the sun and dry soil, making it a great choice for hot sunny areas, patios, mixed perennial beds or mixed containers. It does not need deadheading and has a mildly fragrant scent that attracts butterflies and bees.

Lemon Drop® Evening Primrose is heat and sun tolerant, making it a beautiful and low maintenance addition to any garden.

Dwarf Sunspot Sunflower

Helianthus annuus ‘Sunspot’

Dwarf sunspot sunflower with 6 heads
Dwarf Sunspot Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) in my backyard. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.
  • Growing Zones
  • Light: Full sun
  • Size: 18-24″ H with 6-10″ diameter flower heads
  • Flower Color: Yellow petals with a golden brown center
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to frost, for 6 weeks
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Native Range: Central and southern United States and Mexico
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Dwarf Sunspot Sunflower (Helianthus annuus ‘Sunspot’) is a dwarf sunflower variety known for its large flower heads on short, 18-24″ stalks

Its vibrant yellow petals with a golden brown center add the cheer of your traditional sunflower in a smaller package. This sunflower is perfect for small spaces or container gardens. Its manageable height also makes it ideal for children to grow. 

‘Sunspot’ is an annual plant that attracts pollinators and birds with its edible seeds. Sunflower seeds can also be enjoyed by humans as a tasty snack.

Little Moonshine Yarrow

Achillea ‘Little Moonshine’

Little Moonshine Yarrow

Achillea
Little Moonshine Yarrow (Achillea)
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 9-12″ H x 9-12″ W
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Silver
  • Bloom Time: Summer, reblooming in Fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: North America, Europe
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The Little Moonshine Yarrow (Achillea ‘Little Moonshine’) is a charming perennial plant that thrives in tough conditions. Its bright yellow blooms and fragrant, ferny foliage attracts pollinators and butterflies. 

This plant is drought-tolerant and requires minimal care in well-drained soils.Even when not in bloom, its silver foliage adds a touch of elegance to any garden.

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Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Golden Yellow’

Zinnia elegans

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Golden Yellow'

Zinnia elegans
Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Golden Yellow’ (Zinnia elegans)
  • Growing Zones: Annual
  • Light: Full sun
  • Size: 3-4′ H x 2.5′ W
  • Flower Color: Golden yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to frost
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Native Range: Southwest United States, Mexico and Central America
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Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Golden Yellow’ (Zinnia elegans) is an annual flower that’s easy to grow from seed, even for beginners! It thrives in warm soil and produces sunny gold flowers that are perfect for cut flower arrangements. 

This zinnia variety grows to a height of 3-4 feet with a spread of 2.5 feet. It prefers full sun and rich, well-drained soil. Its golden yellow flowers attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects. This variety is also heat and drought tolerant, making it a resilient choice for summer gardens.

Zinnias are typically grown as an annual. You can collect seeds at the end of the season and plant them the following year! 

Sun Gold Tulip

Tulipa darwinhybrid ‘Golden Parade’

Sun Gold Tulip

Tulipa darwinhybrid 'Golden Parade'
Sun Gold Tulip (Tulipa darwinhybrid ‘Golden Parade’)
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 24-26” H
  • Flower Color: Golden-yellow
  • Foliage Color: Gray-green
  • Bloom Time: Mid spring
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Eastern Europe, Western Asia and China
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The Sun Gold Jumbo Perennial Tulip (Tulipa darwinhybrid ‘Golden Parade‘) has tall, sturdy stems reaching 24-26 inches in height. This tulip stands out like a burst of sunshine with its large, golden-yellow blooms adding cheerful color to your mid-spring garden display.

These tulips are perfect for adding beauty to spring borders and their jumbo size ensures a bold presence. Plant them in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade for best results.

Note: Most tulips look best in their first season of bloom, then decline over the following years. Click here for a list of tulips that come back strong year after year. 

Sundaze Flame Strawflower

Xerochrysum ‘Sundaze Flame’

Sundaze Flame Strawflower

Xerochrysum
Sundaze Flame Strawflower (Xerochrysum)
  • Growing Zones: 9-11, grown as an annual in colder zones
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 10-14” H x 12-18” W
  • Flower Color: Orange/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to frost
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Australia 
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The Flame Sundaze Strawflower (Xerochrysum ‘Sundaze Flame’) is an upright, ever-blooming plant that produces stunning orange/yellow flowers all season long.  It is pollinator-friendly and suitable for zones 9-11 as a perennial. In colder climates you can grow it as an annual.

 It is heat tolerant and ideal for use in annual beds, borders. The plant features thin, lance-shaped, grayish-green leaves and produces flowers on sandpapery, hollow, branching stems. 

Many grow strawflower as a fresh cut flower, but they’re also a great choice for dried floral arrangements, as its papery bracts dry beautifully without losing their color or shape.

Sombrero Lemon Yellow Coneflower

Echinacea SOMBRERO ‘Lemon Yellow’

Sombrero Lemon Yellow Coneflower

Echinacea SOMBRERO 'Lemon Yellow'
Sombrero Lemon Yellow Coneflower (Echinacea SOMBRERO ‘Lemon Yellow’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 24-26″ H x 16-22″ W
  • Flower Color: Lemon-Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Dark Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: United States
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Sombrero Lemon Yellow Coneflower (Echinacea SOMBRERO ‘Lemon Yellow’) is a vibrant perennial that features striking lemon-yellow flowers that bloom from summer into fall. With its compact, tidy habit, it’s perfect for borders, meadows, butterfly gardens and containers. 

Coneflowers are great for attracting pollinators and birds. They are also drought and heat tolerant, deer resistant and suitable for clay soils. If you’re looking to add bold, explosive color to your gardens and floral arrangements, this may be the plant for you!

Ox Eye False Early Sunflower

Heliopsis helianthoides

Ox Eye False Early Sunflower

Heliopsis helianthoides
Ox Eye False Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) on the 2023 Buffalo Garden Walk. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 30-36” H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Dark Green
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer to Fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and Southeastern Europe, Central Asia
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This OX EYE False Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), is a perennial native wildflower that boasts bright yellow, 3-inch flowers blooming from early summer to fall. Growing into a tall, bushy shrub about 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, it belongs to the Aster family. 

Ox Eye False Sunflower thrives in poor soils and full sun. It’s easy to grow and not soil-picky. This tough plant requires minimal care and is known for attracting pollinators.

Yellow Mammoth Crocus

Crocus ‘Yellow Mammoth’

Yellow Mammoth Crocus
Yellow Mammoth Crocus
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 4-6” H
  • Flower Color: Bright honey-yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Early spring
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Southern Europe, Middle East and China
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The Yellow Mammoth Crocus (Crocus ‘Yellow Mammoth’) is a perennial plant that blooms in early spring with bright honey-yellow cuppy flowers. This variety of crocus grows taller than other varieties and has big, showy blooms that are the first to appear as winter turns to spring. 

It is deer resistant and low maintenance, thriving in full sun to partial shade. This plant prefers well-drained soil and moderate moisture

The Yellow Mammoth Crocus attracts beneficial insects with its nectar and pollen-rich flowers and has a fresh, sweet fragrance

Popcorn Drift® Rose

Rosa ‘Novarospop’

Popcorn Drift® Rose

Rosa 'Novarospop'
Popcorn Drift® Rose (Rosa ‘Novarospop’)
  • Growing Zones: 5-11
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 1-2’ H x 2-3’ W
  • Flower Color: Buttery yellow, transitioning to various whites and yellows
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Spring to frost
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid
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The Popcorn Drift® Rose (Rosa ‘Novarospop’) is a compact plant with a low-growing, spreading habit and dark green foliage. It features beautiful, buttery yellow blooms in spring that transition to creamy-white and yellow hues. This creates a delightful display reminiscent of lightly buttered popcorn

This groundcover rose is perfect for various garden settings, including cottage gardens, low hedges and walkways. It attracts butterflies, making it a lovely addition to pollinator gardens

The Popcorn Drift® Rose is easy to care for, with excellent heat and humidity tolerance, as well as resistance to pests and diseases. This rose thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, requiring moderate moisture

Pruning is not necessary but can help maintain its shape and encourage healthy blooms.

Sunny Knock Out® Rose

Rosa ‘Radsunny’

Sunny Knock Out® Rose

Rosa 'Radsunny'
Sunny Knock Out® Rose (Rosa ‘Radsunny’)
  • Growing Zones: 5-10
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 3-4’ H x 2-3’ W
  • Flower Color: Butter-yellow fading to creamy white
  • Foliage Color: Dark green
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid
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The Sunny Knock Out® Rose (Rosa ‘Radsunny’) is a disease-resistant shrub rose known for its luscious, scented, butter-yellow blooms that fade to creamy white. Compact in size, it’s ideal for foundation planting, informal low hedges and mass plantings. It thrives in full sun and well-drained organically enriched soil

This rose is self-cleaning and requires no deadheading, making it low-maintenance. It attracts butterflies, adds vibrant color to gardens and is suitable for containers. 

Yes, they have thorns… so keep them away from walkways. Otherwise, Knockout roses are a perfect choice for home gardeners looking for long lasting blooms without the maintenance.

Dill Plant

Anethum graveolens

Dill (anethum graveolens)
Dill (anethum graveolens)
  • Growing Zones: 3-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 3-5’ H x 2-3’ W
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Blue-Green
  • Bloom Time: Short nights and warm days in summer
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Mediterranean region to Southern Russia
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The culinary dill plant (Anethum graveolens) is a fast-growing annual herb with stunning yellow umbels and delicate, lacy blue-green foliage

It grows 3-5 feet tall and is a member of the parsley family. Dill is known for its many culinary uses, including pickling, making it a great addition to herb gardens, pollinator gardens and cottage gardens. It is easy to care for, preferring full sun and well-drained soil with moderate water needs. 

Its fragrance is known for attracting Black and Anise Swallowtail butterflies to your garden. It’s a popular host plant, meaning that the adult female butterflies will lay their eggs on it to feed their caterpillars. So make sure you plant some extra for the butterflies to use!

Dill is also a wonderful companion plant in vegetable gardens, attracting beneficial insects while deterring unwanted pests. Its versatility and ornamental qualities make it a delightful addition to any garden.

This plant self-seeds readily without being invasive.

Dwarf Little Lemon Goldenrod

Solidago hybrid ‘Little Lemon’ (PP#17,297)

Dwarf Little Lemon Goldenrod

Solidago hybrid 'Little Lemon' (PP#17,297)
Dwarf Little Lemon Goldenrod (Solidago hybrid ‘Little Lemon’ PP#17,297)
  • Growing Zones: 5-8
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 8-14” H x 12- 18 W
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Late Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Nativar (cultivar of native plant)
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Dwarf Little Lemon Goldenrod (Solidago hybrid ‘Little Lemon’ (PP#17,297)) is a delightful perennial with well-branched lush green foliage covered in dense clusters of bright yellow flowers that bloom above the leaves in late summer. 

This plant thrives in full sun and can be trimmed back after flowering for a second round of blooms in the fall. It is adaptable to various conditions and is recommended for the front of perennial borders. This pollinator-friendly plant adds a cheerful touch to any garden.

Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla mollis

Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla mollis
Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
  • Growing Zones: 3-7
  • Light: Part Shade to Full Shade
  • Size: 18-24” H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Yellowish Green
  • Foliage Color: Gray Green
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) is a versatile groundcover perennial known for its clusters of tiny, star-like yellowish-green flowers and velvety gray-green foliage. It thrives in shady areas with regular moisture and well-drained organically enriched soil. 

This fast-growing plant is perfect for filling garden beds and borders. Its foliage is particularly attractive, ranging from soft olive to sagey gray-green. It can be used as living mulch or to hide bare stems of larger plants. Lady’s Mantle is also pollinator-friendly and can be used as a cut flower and in dried floral arrangements.

Little Rocket Leopard Plant

Ligularia stenocephala ‘Little Rocket’

Little Rocket Leopard Plant

Ligularia stenocephala
Little Rocket Leopard Plant (Ligularia stenocephala)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Part Shade
  • Size: 3-4’ H x 3-4’ W
  • Flower Color: Yellow with Purple
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe, central Asia
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The Little Rocket Leopard Plant (Ligularia stenocephala ‘Little Rocket’) is a striking perennial that thrives in partial shade. It features large, heart-shaped leaves and tall, dark purple spires adorned with vibrant yellow flowers, resembling bottle rocket fireworks

This compact plant is deer-resistant and cold-hardy. It is a great choice for water gardens, large containers, rain gardens and water features

Its dramatic appearance and pollinator-friendly blooms make it a standout in shady perennial borders and woodland gardens

Arnold’s Promise Witch Hazel

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ 

Arnold’s Promise Witch Hazel

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise'
Arnold’s Promise Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia)
Arnold’s Promise Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise')
Arnold’s Promise Witch Hazel in bloom.
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 15-20’ H x 15-20’ W
  • Flower Color: Yellow with pops of red
  • Foliage Color: Yellow and orange in the fall
  • Bloom Time: Winter for fragrant blooms, fall for foliage color
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Native Range: Hybrid plant; parents are native to Japan and China
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The Arnold Promise Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’) is a versatile shrub (almost a small tree) that thrives in tough landscape areas with its open, spreading habit. It features graceful yellow blooms with pops of red in the winter, making it a rare plant that provides cold-weather color. 

This multi-stem shrub is adaptable to both sun and shade, making it suitable for various environments. It boasts rich yellow and orange tones in the fall, making it perfect for multi-season interest. Its flowers emit an intoxicating fragrance, delighting guests and neighbors. 

Angelina Sedum

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Angelina Sedum

Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'
Angelina Sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 4-6” H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Bright Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Yellow (turns golden orange or reddish in autumn)
  • Bloom Time: All summer, well into autumn
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Croatia
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Angelina Sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’) is a vibrant groundcover with needle-shaped, yellow foliage that forms a 6-inch mat, crowding out weeds. It features bright yellow, star-shaped flowers that attract bees and butterflies

This heat-loving plant grows in full sun in zones 4 to 9, reaching 4-6 inches tall and spreading up to 2 feet wide. It is drought-resistant and prefers well-drained soil

Angelina Sedum is low maintenance, deer-resistant and makes an excellent choice for beds, borders, rock gardens, containers and pollinator gardens.

Tulips planted in flower garden bed
Here’s some of my tulips mixed with sedum ‘Angelina’ and blue juniper shrubs in my own garden. It turns yellow in the winter and slowly changes to green by late spring. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.

I absolutely love this plant and use it as as groundcover all over my garden.

Table: Size, Bloom Times and Key Features of Yellow Flowers

Plant NameHeightWidthBloom TimeKey Features
Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan12-18” H12-18” WMidsummer to FallYellow flowers, attracts pollinators
Black-eyed Susan Vine ‘Sunny Lemon Star’3-6′ H1.5′ WSummer to frostYellow flowers, fast growing
Early Sunrise Coreopsis18-24″ H18-24″ WSummer to Mid-FallYellow flowers, long blooming
Sunshine Calla Lily12-24” HMid-summerBright yellow flowers, easy to grow
Real Sunbeam Shasta Daisy10-16” H8-14” WSummer, reblooming in late summer/fall with deadheadingSunny pale yellow flowers
Daffodil12-20” H4-6” WVery early to late springYellow flowers, deer resistant
Happy Returns Daylily12-18″ H12-24″ WMay to FrostPale yellow flowers, reblooms all season
Eyebright Dwarf Bearded Iris12” H12-18” WMid to late springGolden yellow flowers with brown veining
Signet ‘Lemon Gem’ Marigold1′ H6-10″ WSummer to frostLemon yellow flowers, edible petals
Lemon Drop Evening Primrose8-12″ H10-12″ WSummerLemon yellow flowers, heat tolerant
Dwarf Sunspot Sunflower18-24″ H6-10″ diameter flower headsSummer to frost, for 6 weeksYellow petals with brown center, compact size
Little Moonshine Yarrow9-12″ H9-12″ WSummer, reblooming in FallYellow flowers, silver foliage, drought tolerant
Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Golden Yellow’3-4′ H2.5′ WSummer to frostGolden yellow flowers, easy to grow
Sun Gold Tulip24-26” HMid springGolden yellow flowers, large size
Sundaze Flame Strawflower10-14” H12-18” WSummer to frostOrange/Yellow flowers, everblooming
Sombrero Lemon Yellow Coneflower24-26″ H16-22″ WSummer into FallLemon yellow flowers, compact habit
Ox Eye False Early Sunflower30-36” H18-24” WEarly Summer to FallYellow flowers, attracts pollinators
Yellow Mammoth Crocus4-6” HEarly springBright yellow flowers, large size
Popcorn Drift® Rose1-2’ H2-3’ WSpring to frostButtery yellow fading to white, spreading habit
Sunny Knock Out® Rose3-4’ H2-3’ WLate spring to fallButtery yellow fading white, disease resistant
Dill Plant3-5’ H2-3’ WShort nights & warm days in summerYellow flowers, culinary & ornamental uses
Dwarf Little Lemon Goldenrod8-14” H12- 18 WLate SummerYellow flowers, compact size
Lady’s Mantle18-24” H18-24” WLate Spring to Early SummerYellowish green flowers, attractive foliage
Little Rocket Leopard Plant3-4’ H3-4’ WSummerPurple & yellow flowers, large leaves
Arnold’s Promise Witch Hazel15-20’ H15-20’ WWinter for blooms, fall for foliageYellow flowers in winter, fragrant
Angelina Sedum4-6” H18-24” WAll summer, well into autumnYellow foliage, yellow flowers

Wrapping Up

Adding these unique plants with yellow flowers to your garden is sure to infuse it with a charm that’s 100% unique to you!

Before reading this, I bet you didn’t imagine there’d be so many cheery yellow flower options for your garden! But, I hope you now see there’s so many options–no matter how much sun or space you have available! 

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