Plants with yellow flowers

From pale lemon to deep gold, yellow flowers come in many different shades.


Browse our plant database for over 250 plants with yellow flowers.

Yellow is a cheerful, sunny colour, and is very versatile, too – it can be combined with flowers in shades or red or orange (including rudbeckias, dahlias and heleniums) to create a ‘hot’ border, or contrasted with blue or magenta for a vibrant, bold look.

If bright yellow is too much for you, choose a few yellow plants for a pop of colour at key times of the year. Or go for paler lemon yellows, such as Achillea ‘Moonshine’, which contrast well with pinks and blues for a softer look.

You can enjoy yellow flowers in the garden for almost 12 months of the year, from the scented blooms of witch hazel and mahonia in winter to through to late-flowering perennials such as rudbeckias.

Here are some plants with yellow flowers to try.

Yellow is a cheerful, sunny colour, and is very versatile, too.


Sophora microphylla ‘Sun King’ is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree with attractive glossy, dark green leaves and bright yellow, drooping flowers that have distinctive, long anthers. It lights up the garden in late winter and early spring. Grow Sophora in full sun in well-drained soil.

Canna ‘Tropical Yellow’

Cannas have lush green foliage and bright flowers, making them perfect for exotic or jungle-style. planting schemes. Canna ‘Tropical Yellow’ has yellow flowers and looks good with crocosmia and agapanthus. Medium sized, it’s ideal for a pot – keep it well watered.

Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Sungold’

Most buddlejas come in shades of purple, white or pink, but Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Sungold’ has unusual, golden yellow flowers, which have a strong fragrance. For best results, cut plants back to their base in March. It’s very popular with butterflies.


Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, looks great at the back of an ornamental border – it has airy, finely divided foliage and attractive, plate-like yellow flowers, followed by aniseed-flavoured seeds. The flowers are attractive to insects, especially hoverflies, and the seeds are eaten by birds.

Geum ‘Custard Tart’

Geum ‘Custard Tart’ has beautiful custard-yellow flowers on tall, green stems, throughout summer atop compact mounds of mid-green foliage. Grow it in a sunny or partially shaded border. It makes a good cut flower.

Peony ‘Bartzella’

Paeonia ‘Bartzella’ has large, frilled, lemon-yellow flowers, flashed with pink at the centre. They have a delicate, citrus fragrance and make good cut flowers. It flowers in early summer but may produce a second flush of flowers in September.

Verbascum ‘Cotswold Queen’

Verbascum ‘Cotswold Queen’ has tall spires of yellow flowers with a pink-purple eye. It has a long flowering season throughout the summer months – cut back old stems to prolong flowering. Grow in sun or partial shade.


Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullvantii ‘Goldsturm’ has glowing yellow, daisy flowers with distinctive black-brown centres, from August to October. It’s ideal for creating a splash of late-summer colour and works well in prairie-style schemes, with ornamental grasses.

Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’

Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’ is a popular, modern climbing rose, that has deep yellow, flowers with a rich, lingering scent. It repeat flowers from July to September and is a vigorous grower that is resistant to disease. It was voted the ‘World’s Favourite Rose’ in 2009.

Achillea filipendula ‘Cloth of Gold’ has deep gold, flat flower heads that contrast beautifully with other flower shapes and make perfect landing pads for insects, especially hoverflies. It’s perfect for growing towards the middle of border or in a wildlife or gravel garden.


Other plants with yellow flowers

  • Aconites (winter)
  • Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Texas Yellow’
  • Alchemilla mollis
  • Bidens ferulifolia
  • Eremurus isabellinus ‘Rosalie’
  • Euphorbia
  • Forsythia
  • Helianthus
  • Iris pseudacorus
  • Marigold
  • Mahonia
  • Mimosa
  • Narcissus
  • Potentilla
  • Rose of Sharon (Hypericum)
  • Solidago
  • Witch hazel

Shade-loving perennial flowers: 15 beautiful choices

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While shade may feel like a limiting factor when it comes to colorful garden plants, it simply isn’t. Yes, your plant palette may not be quite as full as it is in a sunny garden, but there are scores of excellent shade-loving perennial flowers that produce bright blooms all season long. Shade gardeners are often told they need to focus on variegated or colorful foliage plants if they really want to have a lot of color in their gardens. But, while having various textures and hues of foliage can certainly add a lot of pizzazz to a shady garden, foliage plants aren’t the only option. Case in point: the 15 blooming shade perennials featured below.

What does “shade” really mean?

Before introducing you to the best shade-loving perennial flowers for your garden, it’s important to explain what “shade” really means when it comes to a garden.

Typically, shade conditions are divided into two categories: partial shade and full shade.

  • Partial shade flowering perennials are happiest where they’re protected from the sun during the mid-day hours when the sun is at its strongest, or else they’re planted in a spot where the sunlight is dappled, perhaps under the shelter of a small shade tree or beneath a pergola or trellis.
  • Full shade flowering perennials thrive in areas that receive no direct sunlight, even though they often do receive some sunlight, largely in the form of reflected or heavily filtered light. Full shade areas are often found under large trees or on the north side of structures.

Shade gardens can be colorful spaces, as long as you select the right plants for the job.

When choosing shade-loving perennial flowers for your garden, it’s important to note how much shade each specific plant prefers. If a full shade flowering plant receives more light than it can handle, foliage burn, leaf curl, or wilting could be the result. To make your decision easier, I’ve separated the 15 best blooming shade perennials on this list into two categories – those that prefer full shade and those that prefer partial shade.

The best shade-loving perennial flowers for your garden

1. Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica): This lovely flowering shade perennial grows between 1 and 2 feet in height and produces attention-grabbing elongated red flowers that open into a yellow star. Bloom time occurs in June and lasts for several weeks. Hummingbirds are quite fond of this tough native plant that’s hardy from USDA growing zones 5 to 9. (Source for Indian pinks).

Indian pinks are a fantastic perennial for shade gardens. The red tubular flowers with yellow, star-shaped centers are a real stand-out.

2. Yellow Bleeding Heart (Corydalis lutea): If you’re looking for a blooming shade perennial that produces flowers for months, instead of weeks, this is the plant for you! Hardy in zones 5 to 7, yellow bleeding heart thrives even in dense shade. The bluish green, 12 inch tall, ferny foliage forms neat mounds that are constantly covered with clusters of yellow, tubular flowers. No deadheading required. This is one of the longest blooming of all the shade-loving perennial flowers out there. It self-sows in the garden, too, spreading nicely into a colony if you don’t weed out the unwanted seedlings. (Source for yellow bleeding hearts).

Corydalis lutea is a very long-blooming shade perennial that’s in flower from April through October.

3. Dwarf Chinese Astilbe (Astilbe chinensis var. pumila): Native to the high mountains of Asia and hardy in zones 4 to 8, this shade perennial flower is in bloom from mid-spring through late summer. The purple-pink flower spikes stand 10-12 inches tall, above serrated green foliage. Dwarf Chinese astilbe makes a great flowering groundcover for the shade and is more tolerant of dry soils than most other astilbes. (Source for dwarf Chinese astilbe).

Dwarf Chinese astilbe produce gorgeous pink-purple flower spikes that are very long lasting.

4. Fern-leaf Bleeding Heart (Dicentra exima): This trouble-free, North American native shade perennial has every trait you could ever want in a flowering perennial for the shade. Its soft blue foliage isn’t bothered by pests, its growth habit is compact, and it produces pink, white, or red blooms from April straight through to fall’s first frost with no care required. With a height of 12-18 inches and an equal spread, there are many hybrids and cultivars of this plant so there’s many to choose from! Hardy in zones 3 to 9. (Source for fern-leaf bleeding hearts).

Fern-leaf bleeding hearts have lovely blue-green foliage and pink flowers. They bloom for months on end.

5. Hardy Begonia (Begonia grandis): Yes, there is such a thing as a hardy begonia, and when it comes to shade-loving perennial flowers, it’s one worth seeking out. Winter hardy down to zone 6, this shade perennial flower stands tall at 18-24 inches and produces clusters of pink or red flowers from summer through fall. It tolerates heavy shade quite well and will even survive under a black walnut tree where little else will grow. There are many cultivars available, including ‘Heron’s Pirouette’ and ‘Pink Teardrop’. The large heart-shaped leaves and thick stems add interest to the shade garden, too. (Source for hardy begonia).

6. Barrenwort (Epimedium spp.): Though barrenwort is only in bloom for a week to ten days, it’s a plant worth growing because it tolerates both dense shade and very dry soil, making it a good fit for under pine trees and dense shade cover. There are many different species that produce varying bloom colors, but all have elongated, heart-shaped leaves and spread nicely throughout the garden. Standing around 12 inches tall and hardy from zones 5 to 9, barrenwort is a great full shade flowering perennial.

Though the flowers are small and short-lived, Epimediums are worth growing. Their leaves are semi-evergreen and great for dry shade.

7. Berry Exciting Corydalis (Corydalis anthriscifolia ‘Berry Exciting’): Similar to the yellow bleeding heart described above, ‘Berry Exciting’ also has lovely, soft, lace-like foliage, but instead of being bluish green, it’s bright chartreuse. And then to add icing to the cake of this blooming shade perennial, it’s topped with clusters of grape-purple, tubular flowers almost all summer long. Hardy in zones 5 to 9, this plant doesn’t tolerate drought and may shift into summer dormancy if it’s grown in very hot climates.

Group 2: Partial shade flowering perennials

1. Mourning Widow Perennial Geranium (Geranium phaeum): Of all the hardy geraniums, this variety is the best one to include on a list of shade-loving perennial flowers because it tolerates more shade than most other species. The green leaves are splotched with a central chocolate-brown marking and the dark maroon-purple (almost black) blooms pop up above the foliage from early spring through late summer. Winter hardy down to zone 5, mourning widow grows up to 2 feet tall and is very low maintenance.

2. Toadlily (Tricyrtis spp.): Toadlilies are among the most unique shade-loving perennial flowers. Almost orchid-like in appearance, both the plant and the late-season blooms are capable of stopping the neighbors in their tracks. There are many different varieties of toadlilies, but most have white blooms splotched with speckles of pink, rose, or burgundy. The leaves wrap around the stems, and they come in a wide range of plant heights, depending on the specific variety you choose. Toadlilies are hardy in zones 5 to 8 and spread very nicely (but not invasively!). (Source for toadlilies).

The striking flowers of toadlilies brighten shady spots late in the season.

3. Creeping Veronica (Veronica umbrosa ‘Georgia’): Zones 4 to 8 hardy, creeping veronica is a wonderful perennial groundcover for shade. There are other cultivars of this plant, but ‘Georgia Blue’ is a personal favorite as is ‘Waterperry Blue’ (see photo below). The bright blue flowers in late spring have a white central eye and the trailing foliage is a glossy green that turns burgundy in the autumn. If you don’t want to use it as a groundcover, it also makes a great addition to the front of a woodland perennial garden. This shade perennial reaches just 6 inches in height.

‘Waterperry Blue’ veronica is a lovely low-growing shade perennial, just like its darker-colored cousin, ‘Georgia Blue’.

4. Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla): The heart-shaped leaves of this blooming shade perennial are covered in small hairs, making them unpalatable to deer and rabbits. Plus, the self-sowing nature of this perennial means it naturalizes into a nice colony within a few years. Clusters of tiny blue flowers smother the plants every spring. Reaching a height of about 18 inches and hardy in zones 3 to 8, Siberian bugloss is a must for any shade garden. (Source for bugloss).

5. Leopard plant (Ligularia spp.) : Probably the most striking of all the shade-loving perennial flowers, this bold and beautiful plant is tough to miss. Depending on the species, tall spikes or clusters of bright yellow flowers shoot out above the heart-shaped or serrated leaves in mid-summer. Reaching an imposing height of up to 4 feet, Ligularia tolerates wet soils but wilts readily if allowed to dry out. Hardy in zones 4 to 8, you can’t beat this big, bold shade perennial’s flowers. There are several different varieties, including spiky ‘The Rocket’ and red-leaved ‘Brit Marie Crawford.’ (Source for leopard plant).

Ligularia is a striking perennial for shade gardens. The flowers can be spikes or daisy-like, depending on the species.

6. Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis): Another big shade perennial with bold flowers and foliage, bear’s breeches is an absolute knock-out. The long, serrated leaves and thorn-covered stems are imposing, but the tall spikes of hooded flowers make it all worth it. The bumblebees adore this plant, and with a height of 3 to 5 feet, it requires a large growing space. Hardy down to zone 6, these shade-loving perennial flowers will not be easily forgotten. (Source for bear’s breeches).

The bold, tall flower spikes of bears breeches stand tall above the garden, whether it’s in sun or shade.

7. Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum): Another excellent shade perennial groundcover or for the front of the border, the low, medium green leaves of this beauty are covered in canary yellow, daisy-like blooms in the early spring. A fast spreader (but not invasive) that forms a dense mat, this North American native plant is a must for any shade garden with a lot of ground to cover. Topping out at just 6 inches tall, the plants are hardy in zones 5 to 9. (Source for Chrysogonum).

Green and Gold is a lovely small perennial for the shade. It make a great ground cover and blooms in the spring.

8. Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum): Though the main flowering show of this shade perennial is in the early spring, if you cut the plants back hard soon after flowering a second flush of foliage and flowers quickly pops up out of the ground. A word of warning about this one, though: it readily self-sows, sometimes to the point of becoming obnoxious, so I don’t recommend it for small gardens or places that aren’t regularly weeded. The yellow, cup-shaped flowers are borne in clusters above the foot-tall foliage and the plant is hardy from zones 4 to 9. (Source for celandine poppy).

Celandine poppies prolifically bloom in the shade, but be forewarned that they throw a lot of seeds.

As you can see, there are many colorful choices of shade-loving perennial flowers available for your garden. We hope you’ll give some of them a try and bring a touch of brilliance to your shady landscape areas. Oh, and if their beauty isn’t enough, all of the plants mentioned here are also deer resistant. (And here’s another post on more deer-resistant plants for your garden, if you want even more to choose from.)

For more information on perennial gardening, check out the following posts:

  • 24 Purple perennials to brighten your garden
  • Flowering shrubs for shady areas
  • The ultimate list of cottage garden plants
  • Pint-sized plants for a miniature plant garden
  • 10 of the longest flowering perennials
  • Early blooming perennials: 10 favorites
  • Beautiful annual flowers for the shade

Do you garden in the shade? Tell us about some of your favorite shade perennials in the comment section below.

Daisies are full of surprises. They belong to one of the largest plant family and make up 10 percent of the world’s flowering plants.

Daisies are full of surprises. They belong to one of the largest plant family and make up 10 percent of the world’s flowering plants. It may not look like it but they’re actually composed of two flowers in one. The white petals is counted as one while the central yellow disc is considered another.

Daisies can be found in all parts of the world except for Antarctica. They can thrive even in hostile places so when left uncontrolled, these pretty flowers can become serious weeds.

Achillea millefolium

Growing up to three feet high, this flower goes from seed to blooms in only four months and can come in a variety of colors including yellow, peach, orange, red, and bronze, among others. It is easy to find growing in fields and looks spectacular in vases, containers, and even window boxes. Perennial in nature, the Achillea millefolium can be found all over the world.


Also known as Bluemink, Blueweed, and Floss Flower, the Ageratum has spiky-looking petals that droop slightly, creating an elegant look. They need to be deadheaded and they are available in colors such as lavender, blue, pink, and white. They are fluffy, attract butterflies and bees, and are very fragrant as well.

Anaphalis margaritacea

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Also known as the Pearl, these flowers consist of short white petals and yellow centers. They are quite small and are often dried out and used for winter decorations.


This daisy has creamy white petals and yellow centers and it is typically called the Mayweed or Chamomile. They are a beautiful flower that is what many people think of when they think of daisies and their cheery look makes them a great addition to any garden.


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Consisting of 40-50 different species of annual and perennial plants, the Arctotis has petals that are elongated and dark contrasting centers. Their colors can include a bright red-orange and they are also known as the African Daisy due to where they originated.


Commonly known as the Marguerite or Paris Daisy, the type of daisy is full-bloomed and comes in colors that include various shades of pink. It looks great in vases and containers mixed with other plants. The blooms will last until the first frost if you deadhead.


With bright yellow-gold centers, these flowers come in colors that include purple, all shades of pink, and even white. There are many varieties of Asters and they are the perfect all-around flower that seems to look great in anyone’s garden, regardless of what else you’ve planted there, thanks in part to their dense, full look.

Baccharis halimifolia

This is a shrub-like flower with blooms that consist of shredded-like petals that point towards the sky and are contained in a large, round bulb-type center. It only thrives in bright sun and therefore should never be planted in the shade. The flower comes in colors such as white or a silvery-grey.

Bellis perennis

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Also known as the English Common Daisy, this one has full blooms that are usually white or pink and a center that is the same color and protrudes slightly. It is eye-catching and can complement whatever is already in your garden.

Bidens humilis

With sparse, yellow-gold petals and a dark yellow center, these flowers are also called Burr Marigolds, Spanish Needles, and Tickseed Sunflowers. They are relatively small and have a nice, dainty look.

Calendula officinalis

These are often called Marigolds or Pot Marigolds and they are not only beautiful to look at but have medicinal and culinary uses as well. It has full petals that come in a variety of colors and they can be bi-colored as well. Their centers are small and when they come in colors such as orange and bright yellow, they are quite eye-catching.

Catananche caerulea

Also known as the Blue Cupidone or Cupid’s Dart, these sky-blue flowers bloom in masses and can reach up to two feet in height. Their dark centers contrast with the beautiful shade of blue and they last a very long time even in winter. Many people place them in vases or dry them out for winter decorations.


Also known as the Tickweed, their foliage is very small and fine-leafed and their bi-colored petals come in colors such as bright gold with red-burgundy highlights. Similar to the Bidens, these flowers perform well and are perfect for flower beds or containers.

Cosmidium burridgeanum

The Philippine variety of this flower has red-burgundy petals with bright yellow tips and a red-burgundy center. Its leaves are long and slender and it is attractive because of its bright contrasting colors and large petals.

Cosmos bipinnatus

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There are roughly 20 species of this type of daisy, and it comes in colors that include pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. Native to Mexico, the flowers have bright yellow centers and sometimes have bi-colored petals. Some of the flowers have a nice, mild aroma.

Cynara cardunculus

Also called the Globe Artichoke, this flower has a large base resembling an artichoke and long, spiky petals that reach towards the sky. One of the colors they come in is a beautiful blue-lavender, which is quite striking regardless of where they are planted.


These perennials are tuberous and consist of an almost globe-shaped dome of petals. They bloom in late summer or early fall. Colors include white, purple, red, orange, and yellow and their full shape is a definite eye-catcher in any flower bed.

Echinacea purpurea

This is typically called a coneflower and has drooping petals and a large, protruding center. Available in colors that include yellow, white, pink, red, and purple, they can also be used for medicinal purposes, including for their immune-strengthening capabilities. They are a beautiful complement to anyone’s garden, especially when you plant various colors of them together.

Echinops bannaticus

Normally called the Globe Thistle, this flower has full petals, usually in more than one color, and no noticeable center. Its thin stems grow quite high and it can come in colors such as purple with lavender tips. Its fullness makes it especially attractive and loved by many flower lovers.

Erigeron annus

With over 150 known varieties, the Erigeron type of daisy are herbaceous perennials, although some are annuals, and some will even grow in rocks and through cracks. White when open, the flower changes to pink and then purple later on, making it a truly spectacular flower. Other species can be yellow, violet, or orange and they have beautiful spiky petals and large centers.

Euryops pectinatus

Also called the Golden Daisy Bush, these produce large petals and yellow-gold centers; because the petals are also yellow or gold, they are quite striking. One thing that makes this plant unique is that all parts of it are poisonous so if you plant them, you should do so with caution. It also has fern-like greyish-colored leaves that bring out the color of the rest of the plant.


This flower has spiky, sparse petals and bright green foliage and blooms from early summer to the first frost. They are electric blue in color with beautiful yellow-gold centers and they are sturdy, easy to grow, and inexpensive as well.

Gazania linearis

Also called a Treasure Flower, these daisies have leaves that contain white, woolly hairs and petals that come in colors such as yellow, orange, white, or scarlet. They close up at night and some are double blooms and are therefore extra dense.

Gerbera jamesonii

Also called the African Daisy or the Gerber Daisy, it is a popular flower with full yellow-gold petals and a yellow-gold center. It is sturdy and looks beautiful in a vase or as a border in your garden bed.


Often called Sneezeweed, this flower is hardy but needs to be divided on a regular basis. It has a thick, large center and can have bi-colored petals in colors such as orange and yellow. Make sure to plant them in a very sunny spot for the best results.


The common name for this flower is the Sunflower and it comes in over 70 different varieties. The Helianthus flowers have edible seeds, are easy to grow, and consist of large centers surrounded by hair-like structures and petals that are often bi-colored in shades such as orange and burgundy. It is a truly striking flower that can easily be grown by children and others with little experience in the garden.


The Helichrysum, or Straw Flower, is full and round with petals in colors such as gold and dark pink. With no noticeable center, the full petals make the flower stand out as few others do.


The Inula is another yellow daisy plant with spiky, spider-like petals, usually in bright yellow, and a bright gold, wide center. Because of their unique look, these daisies are perfect for borders and to place in vases or containers.


Native to Asia and Siberia, these flowers grow very small and only have eight varieties. They have been around since the 1820s and consist of sparse lavender petals and a wide, yellow-gold center. They are truly unique and noticeable regardless of where you place them.


Also called the Ox-Eye Daisy, it consists of over 40 species and comes in colors that include white with gold centers. The petals are full and dense and they are elegant-looking and beautiful.

Olearia scilloniensis

These flowers are always white, have light-colored centers, and consist of silvery-grey foliage, making them quite noticeable. They are tolerant to drought and easy to grow. Their petals are compact and round in nature. They can be called Daisy Bush, New Zealand Holly, and Daisy Tree and there are over 130 different varieties.


Known as the Blue-Eyed Daisy or the Cape Daisy, these flowers are fairly hardy perennials that are usually lavender-blue in color with centers that are a little darker than their sparse petals. If you like purple or blue, these are flowers you’ll absolutely love.


These flowers are striking because of their contrasting colors, consisting of options that include white with purple tips and dark centers. They bloom in spring through the first frost and they are the largest genera of the flowering plants.

Ratibida columnifera

These flowers consist of only a few wide petals that are usually dark orange with light yellow trim. Their center is green and very large. When grown from seed, they usually don’t flower until the second year. They are native to North America and can be found blooming in plains, prairies, and roadsides.

Rudbeckia columnifera

A type of coneflower, it has won several international flower awards and looks great in beds and borders. The centers are green and the petals are bright orange and lemon yellow. Some varieties have centers that are almost black in color, which really brings out the color of the petals. Some are also multi-colored in shades such as burgundy and yellow for an added attractiveness.

Santolina chamaecyparissus

These flowers are also called Lavender Cotton or French Lavender and have small round shapes that are full in size with no noticeable centers. They can also come in creamy white in addition to lavender.


Also called the Golden Rod, this type of daisy is yellow and fairly flat in shape with beautiful bright-green leaves. They make excellent borders and highlights to other types of flowers.


This flower is available in various shades of yellow, orange, and gold and is fairly small in size. They look beautiful when planted next to other flowers of the same kind and can also be called the Aztec Marigold or the African Marigold.

Taraxacum officinale

This is the common dandelion and comes from the French word that means “lion’s tooth.” It has full, beautiful yellow or gold petals and comes in various varieties. Native to North and South America, they are what many people associate with weeds.


A type of Arctotis, they include 40-50 different species and usually come in colors such as bright orange or white with dark centers. They have large leaves that contribute to the plant’s beauty and they make great additions to any garden.

Xeranthemum cylindraceum

These flowers have mauve-pink petals and sword-like, silver-green foliage and their petals resemble stars. They are easy to grow, bloom well in the summer months, and are great as cut or dried flowers.


A type of Achillea, these hardy perennials come in groups of very small orange and yellow petals that produce massively from spring to the first frost. They can grow up to three feet high and are found all over the world in pastures, meadows, and alongside roadsides and embankments.


The Zinnia can bloom from the Spring to the first frost and can get as high as three feet. The winner of several international flower awards, this flower comes in colors that include gold, red, purple, white, orange, rose, pink, yellow, and buff so they truly offer something to suit everyone’s preferences and tastes.

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What is the tall yellow perennial in this image?

With all that exposed glass, I think your room needs warm color to make it cozy. Although I love grey, I think you have enough of it already. I’d like to see you pull one of the colors from the fireplace brick — a very unsaturated/muted terracotta, a ‘barely there’ color but deep and warm, and put that on your walls. It would work with the fireplace and work with the floors and work with your grey furniture. IMHO the harsh white of the trim needs to go and be replaced by a soft bone or off-white. I’d like to see: the bookcase top molding go entirely and the bookcases to be painted the same color as the wall so as to recede and let the fireplace be the single focal point; the mantelpiece be replaced by something darker and more rustic looking as it seems incongruent with the style of the fireplace; the rug on the floor, defining the seating area, perhaps over a very warm dark ‘griege’ or darker muted terra cotta plain pile rug. Furniture arrangement: two problems with the TV over the fireplace. The first is that you already have too many focal points on that wall (fireplace + TV + bookcases + knicknacks). The second is that sooner or later you’ll start to get neck problems watching at that height — the center of the TV should be at the level of your eyes when you’re seated. Accordingly, I’d like to suggest that you: move your sectional back; move the grey chair to where the foam cube is now, angling both chairs in front of the bookcases and flanking the fireplace; put the TV on the wall where the grey chair was, perhaps on the table which is now behind the sofa? Personally, not that you asked, I’d like you to lose the glass tables. Too much cold glass in this room. As for the artwork, I think those are too much all together if for no other reason than the heavy frames. However, even framed as is, I could see the two smallest ones paired up somewhere, and ditto with the two mid-sized ones, with the largest going solo. I think on warmer walls they’d work quite well. A note on alignment: although I think the idea may have been dropped once you revealed that window wall, it was suggested early on that you carry the molding over the bookcases through the room and over the doors. It appears, however, that the door is higher than the bookcase molding, and that, in fact, any number of things don’t align in any way which I think the eye wants. I’d suggest you consider this when you place the artwork. If there’s already a line nearby which is at an appropriate height, align one edge of the artwork first with that, and then if you’re hanging a group of artwork, align frame edges with each other in some way. How about a simple, large, deep-bevel-edge mirror over the fireplace?

2. Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) is a native wildflower that does best in full sun and organically-rich soil but tolerates average soil and even drought.

Varieties range from native Rudbeckia hirta, with its yellow-orange petals and dark brown centers, to hybrids in shades of deep orange and red. This garden classic blooms from June to September on stalks of up to 3 feet tall.

Black-eyed Susan provides continuous medium-height color saturation throughout the summer months. It self-sows, so either deadhead, or be prepared for seedlings to sprout next season. If you have a large space to fill, this can be a bonus. However, unless you have a native variety, your seedlings may not replicate the disease-resistance of their forbears.

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) Seeds via True Leaf Market

Try alternating black-eyed Susan with Montauk daisy and coneflower for an interesting grouping of medium-height flora with similar sun and soil requirements.

Place it in the middle position of borders and beds, with ground covers in front, and tall, structural elements like giant allium in back. Sow seeds or plants in early spring in zones 3 to 9.

Read our complete growing guide here.

3. Blazing Star

Blazing star (Liatris spicata) is a native wildflower that attracts pollinators to the garden. It prefers moist, organically-rich, well-drained soil.

Blazing star adds vertical drama to a garden.

Spikes laden with blossoms of pink, purple, or white may reach 4 feet in height.

This linear design makes a bold impact from July to September. And, because it’s sturdy and blooms from the bottom up, it lasts a long time in vase arrangements.

Blazing star (Liatris spicata) via Eden Brothers

Interplant blazing star at mid-story for unexpected vertical drama, or at the back of beds and border for structural definition.

Sow seed or plants in spring or fall in zones 3 to 8. Divide over time as needed.

Read our complete growing guide here.

4. Bugleweed

Bugleweed (Ajuga) is a fast-growing evergreen ground cover for sunny to partly shady areas with average to moist, well-drained soil.

Varieties range from blue to white with shiny green, purple, and variegated foliage, upright blossom spikes, and a height about 6 inches.

Ajuga and tulips in a spring garden.

Sow it right over your daffodils and hyacinths for low-profile May to June color. Use it along walkways and in troublesome areas where you can’t seem to get anything to grow. Ajuga’s key characteristics are its year-round interest and weed inhibition.

Chocolate Chip Ajuga via Burpee

Sow seeds or plants in early spring in zones 3 to 10.

5. Clematis

Clematis is a non-invasive flowering vine that grows in full sun to part shade in moist, organically-rich, well-drained soil.

Clematis can be found in almost any color imaginable and with different shaped flowers. And you can find spring and summer blooming varieties.

There are spring and summer bloomers, and some are fragrant.

Large, showy blossoms range from velvety burgundy to downy white, strewn along vines reaching over 12 feet long.

Clematis functions as “window dressing” in the garden. Train it up and over lattice frameworks, arbors, and fences to create privacy.

Blue Clematis ‘Rasputin.’

Train it up a lamppost, over a wall, or anywhere you want a mass profusion of blooms. Dress up that boring window-less garage wall with a foundation planting and decorative trellis.

Blue Light Clematis via Nature Hills Nursery

Plant rootstock in spring or fall. Do not prune until fully established, and then only on varieties that do not produce new shoots on old wood.

Read our complete growing guide here, and to protect your vines from frost and freezing temperatures see our clematis winter care guide.

6. Coneflower

Coneflower (echinacea) is a garden staple in my family. It prefers full sun and organically-rich, sandy, well-drained soil. Native purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and its cultivars often outperform today’s yellow and orange hybrids.

Choose coneflower for a summer’s worth of color.

Prized for centuries for its medicinal qualities, coneflower blooms from summer to fall, and its seed heads attract songbirds like goldfinches.

Topping out at about 3 feet, its key feature is the ability to provide consistent, long-lasting mid-level color. It is especially attractive interplanted with varieties of similar soil culture like black-eyed Susan.

Echinacea Coneflower Seeds via True Leaf Market

Sow seeds or plants in zones 3 to 9, in mixed beds, borders, or stand-alone drifts.

Read our complete growing guide here.

7. Cranesbill Geranium

Cranesbill geranium, or hardy geranium, is a mounding species that thrives in full sun in average, well-drained soil. Reaching heights of up to 3 feet, it’s a good middle-position filler in beds and borders, with shrubs behind, and shorter flora in front.

Cranesbill geranium fills the mid-level with a profusion of blooms.

This plant’s voluminous foliage makes it useful as a camouflage for unsightly faucets, hoses, utility meters, and other foundation eyesores. In autumn, it adds gold and umber shades to the landscape.

Cranesbill blossoms are showy and appear continuously from spring until frost. Choose cultivars in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white.

Hardy Geranium ‘Rozanne’ via Burpee

Sow seeds or plants in early spring in zones 4 to 9. Divide as needed in spring or fall.

Read our complete growing guide here.

8. Creeping Thyme

Creeping Thyme (Thymus Serphyllum) is a culinary herb that makes a stunning, color-saturated edible ground cover in full sun and average, well-drained soil. Brushing past or stepping upon it releases a pleasant, minty fragrance.

A pink carpet of creeping thyme borders a path.

It’s drought tolerant and in mild climates, evergreen.

Topping out at about 3 inches, it’s tiny pink-purple blossoms form a rich carpet of color as summer gets underway. Sow it en masse along walkways and driveways, at the very front of beds and borders, and in a drift of its own, to show off its primary asset, vivid color.

Creeping Thyme Seeds via Eden Brothers

Sow seeds or plants in early spring in zones 4 to 8.

9. Daylily

Daylily (Hemerocallis) is a clumping root plant with multiple bold, shapely blossoms per stem, each opening for just one day.

It grows heartily in full sun in organically-rich, well-drained soil. Cultivars are available in a vast array of colors including orange, pink, purple, red, yellow, and white.

The best features here are the elegant shape of the petals, and heights of up to 4 feet tall. It shows best en masse, with spring, summer, and fall bloomers for a continuous spring to frost display.

Use tall varieties to best advantage as stand-alones or back-of-border anchors in expansive beds with room for spreading. Shorter types may used to define border frontage with a swath of color. All types may be grouped en masse for vivid drifts.

‘Happy Returns’ Daylily via Nature Hills Nursery

Bed plants in spring or fall in zones 3 to 9. Deadhead spent blossoms to extend bloom time and divide as needed.

Read our complete growing guide here.

10. English Lavender

English Lavender (Lavandula aufustifolia) is a shrubby herb used in medicinal and culinary applications. If you have full sun and dry, sandy, somewhat acidic soil, this is the perfect choice for rockeries, beds, borders, and kitchen gardens.

Lavender’s foremost asset is without a doubt its fragrance. Be sure to place it near bed and border perimeters to encourage brushing past and releasing its pungent aroma. In addition to scent, the spikes of blue-purple blossoms add dramatic lines to the landscape.

With a compact form and 1- to 2-foot height, you may also use lavender to create a band of color and texture at the mid-story level. Consider mingling it with yellow yarrow for an appealing contrast.

Sow seeds or plants in early spring in zones 5 to 8. Enjoy color from June through August, and deadhead to promote optimal blooming. Prune every few years to maintain a compact shape.

Common English Lavender Seeds via True Leaf Market

Lavender comes in several different species but the English variety and the French type are the two most common.

11. Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica) grows from a root structure called a rhizome, in full sun to part shade. It prefers organically-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Cultivars are available in a rainbow of colors including blue, pink, purple, white, and yellow, with heights up to 4 feet.

Iris grows in showy clumps that takes center stage as a focal feature, naturalizing into dramatic drifts of color in the spring garden. Some varieties like to have “wet feet,” making them perfect solutions for dampish trouble spots. Slender stems with showy blossoms appear in late spring.

When the blossoms wither, prune away the entire stems. Leave the ornamental grass-like leaves intact to feed the rhizomes and add linear interest to the landscape right through fall.

‘Blue Moon’ Siberian Iris via Eden Brothers – Fall Planted or Spring Planted

Siberian iris is suitable for zones 3 to 8, where it may be bedded in early spring or fall. While you may sow singly, placing several together makes for an attractive clump. Plan to dig them up in about 4 years to remove withered rhizomes.

12. Giant Allium

Giant Allium (Allium giganteum) is a striking ornamental onion bulb that thrives best in full sun and moist, organically-rich, well-drained soil. Large globes of purple blossoms perch atop bare stems that reach up to 5 feet in height.

This giant variety provides whimsical pops of color and texture that seem to float on air.

Sow it sporadically for a quirky accent, mass it in a drift, use it to define the back of a border, or make it a focal point in the center of a bed. Giant allium blooms in May and June.

Giant Alliums via Burpee

Bed bulbs in fall in zones 5 to 8. Excessive moisture or poor drainage may cause rotting.

13. Hellebore

Hellebore (Helleborus orientalis) is an rhizomous evergreen prized for appearing in the garden as early as January and lasting well into spring. It likes organically-rich, moist, well-drained soil, and a little shade once the sun starts to heat things up.

Hellebore’s job in the garden is to usher in the springtime, and provide 1-foot-high, texturally-rich, glossy green foliage throughout the year. Cultivar colors include green, pink, red, and yellow.

Place beneath deciduous trees as a neutral ground cover, and the perfect companion to spring bulbs. After the bulbs wither, simply tuck their stems out of sight beneath the generous-sized hellebore leaves.

Hellebore ‘Phoebe’ via Burpee

Sow seeds, rootstock, or plants in early spring in zones 4 to 9.

Read our complete growing guide here.

14. New England Aster

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) earns it keep in the landscape as a native that attracts pollinators, and a last blast of color in the summer-to-fall transition period. It does best in full sun with average soil that’s moist, but well-drained.

Once it gets going, this aster is more like a shrub. Reaching heights of up to 6 feet, it’s a profusion of small, feathery purple blossoms that open continuously during August and September. Left to its own designs, it may require support. Alternatively, you may prune early in the summer to minimize legginess.

In addition, you may prune at season’s end or leave withered stalks for habitat and winter interest. Self-sowing and naturalizing contribute to its proclivity for spreading.

Heirloom New England Aster Seed via Eden Brothers

Sow seeds or plants in early spring in zones 4 to 8.

Read our complete growing guide here.

Spring is almost here and with it, an explosion of color! Today I bring you a collection of yellow spring flowers that is sure to cheer you up. See which ones you’d like in your garden and plant some.

Yellow Spring Flowers For Your Garden

Yellow is probably the first color we see in the spring. It’s a welcome way to get out of the winter blues! Here are just a few of the most popular yellow spring flowers from gardens everywhere.


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1. Forsythia shrubs

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blooming Forsythia bush that wasn’t impressive. They put on a much needed spring show that doesn’t disappoint.

Forsythia grows just about anywhere, and fast! I love snipping a few branches just before they bloom and bring them indoors. It brightens up the whole room and makes everyone happy.

Wouldn’t that look good on YOUR table? I bet it would. Forsythia bushes need to be pruned vigorously, so don’t feel bad picking a few branches to bring some “sunshine” into your home.

2. Yellow tulips

I see a lot more red or white tulips, but there are several types of yellow tulips that are just gorgeous!

These lily flowered tulips come in other colors too: they make a perfect addition to borders, beds and even containers.

What a gorgeous tulip! These yellow and red parrot tulips make a great statement in any setting. They are so worth adding to your spring garden!

Here are some red flowers to plant with your yellow tulips?

What a beautiful work of art! this beautiful fringed tulip will add some texture to your tulip garden.

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3. Yellow iris

I have yellow iris in my front yard: they are so beautiful and delicate! Right behind them I have pink peonies, giving me a really nice show of color and heavenly smell!

Here’s another view at these gorgeous yellow iris flowers!

4. Yellow hyacinth

Yellow hyacinths are rare, but so beautiful! Combined with purple and pink ones they make a real show of color and aroma when you pass them by.

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5. Yellow daffodils

Very popular everywhere, yellow daffodils are pretty much in every yard.

There are many color combinations of daffodils: I love this one with a bit of orange in the middle. So pretty!

They make beautiful cut flower bouquets too.

Daffodils are also loved by bees. Look at this none doing its work!

6. Yellow crocus

Plant them and forget them. I love this about my crocuses. Here are the first ones that popped up in my garden this spring.

7. Yellow Japanese rose

Not really a rose, this spring flower blooms lots of brilliant, double yellow flowers.

8. Yellow mimosa (Acacia)

Gorgeous tree/shrub with small beautiful yellow balls for blooms.

9. Yellow primrose

This is another one of my favorites. I love it especially together with other colors of primrose. They have such vibrant colors!

10. Yellow pansies

Yellow pansies are one of those plants everyone has in their garden one time or another during the year. They stat blooming in early spring and continue to bloom throughout the summer.

I like the yellow pansies, but I adore the yellow and purple pansies even more. They’re just so beautiful! Don’t you agree?

11. Yellow hibiscus

A late spring bloomer, hibiscus comes is a nice variety of colors including yellow. They are stunning!

I hope you enjoyed these gorgeous spring flowers and are inspired to try some in your own yard.

Yellow flowers pair really nice with blue flowers.

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