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Hi everyone.  I'm really lacking 'yellows' in the garden and would ideally like to find some lemon coloured or pale yellow plants to have in small groups in borders and a couple of small beds.  Not as strong coloured as marigolds and coreopsis for instance.

I already have a couple of robust potentilla but would like something more delicate looking and not a bush,  but strong and upright.  Not too tall - say up to 2 foot high.  Soil is 6-7+ ph and would be in full sun.  Also being Scotland - something which could get through winters and a fair amount of wet.  Have good drainage.

I'm lost for ideas and every year I realise I have no nice subtle lemons or yellows and would dearly like to have some.

Any advice?

Lemon balm? I have a yellow leaved variety in the garden which looks lovely. The flowers are quite small though and white.

Victoria Sponge

Hi yarrow

Ive got a few ideas but they might not be your cup of tea...

achillea credo

anthemis ec buxton

leucanthemum goldfinch 

Is kniphofia bees lemon too yellow? Mine hasn't flowered yet and I haven't seen one in real life

I like wild toadflax but not everyone does 

I have a light yellow halo hollyhock- perhaps there are small ones available...

There are some nice yellow lupins about but poss too yellow...

There are pale yellow scabious too...

Phlomis?   Have to keep and eye on it spreading too much though.



Wow!  What a quick brilliant response.  Thanks so much everyone.  They are all great suggestions.  I've looked up all of them and they all fit the bill.  Have to say Victoria Sponge the artemis EC Buxton is a perfect colour of what was in my mind and I like the idea of the aromatic leaves and - coincidence - I sowed some Yellow Toadflax yesterday.  Tried it last year and no success so more hopeful this year.  I'd never seen a pale yellow scabious which sounds ideal as well.  I also Auntiemand really fancy the phlomis.  And Dove and Victoria Sponge - the achillea Credo looks great too.  It would also be lovely to have Lemon Balm, I've thought about it for a while but never found any locally.  Maybe I will this year because it's so popular there's bound to be some around just now. I am going to have to seek and find locally.

Thanks so much everybody.  This is a great help.


I have a lovely wallflower, that is pale yellow and flowers before virtually anything else. I also get a lot of yellow from roses. Holly hocks, Californian poppies, you can get the most incredible cream colour; but you have to sow a lot and then weed out the colours you don't like, Broom comes in shades of yellow.


The pale yellow scabious is also called giant scabious.  It produces strong rosettes of well shaped leaves about 60cms high and wide and then really tall stems of light, airy creamy yellow flowers o stems up to 6' tall.  Mine is a stronger colour than the one shown here - but still creamy enough for your needs.

Mine enjoyed last summer and made lots of babies.  Happy bonus.

Geum Rivale 'Lemon Drops' is nice and out now.  It's only about a foot tall though and the flowers stems are arching rather than upright.  There are other pale yellow scabious if you don't want the very tall one. 


Dove - I was going to suggest Achillea too - perfect choice! 

Bees Lemon is quite subtle - lovely choice. I have a white broom in flower just now which is creamy. I love it. I know you don't perhaps want something that big but it can provide a good backdrop.


I have a yellow alpine poppy, and also some trollius and geums that are differnt shades of yellow from pale to quite bright - they look good planted amongst mixed borders and require little looking after (which is a bonus)!



..I quite like Echinacea's...don't know if you do, but there are a couple of yellow ones, including the new 'Aloha'...available up north from Larch Cottage... or the 'Sombrero Lemon Yellow'... available on eBay....   the first one has a very long flowering season, so I read.... I'd like that... but not everyone's cup of tea...


I saw a really nice pale yellow daylily this morning, flowering already, none of mine are. Unfortunately it's owner didn't know the name but a browse through a daylily catalogue would find it.

and aquilegias, some on the aquilegia thread are pale yellow. 

Fragrant Returns is a pale yellow daylily, I've put that in this year.  Stella de Oro is yellow but not sure what shade, might be darker.


Stella d'oro is bright, golden yellow if it bothers to flower. I got rid of mine, the flowers were very few.



..oh I love the Spring daylily...Hemerocallis lilio-asphodelus.... they have a wonderful clump at Wisley and I grew it in my last garden...always meaning to get another... it's not one you see everywhere..yet it has a lovely scent to it...


...that would be lovely...I see they have them for sale on the RHS website on offer.... 3 plants 9cm pots for 11.98....   I'm going to check what their delivery terms are...

Salino charge 4.95....I've just ordered my 3...oh I'm so pleased..


Honeysuckle - lonicera etrusca superba

Potentilla fruticosa Vilmoriniana

Iris Early Light

For later on there are some pale yellow and/or creamy dahlias and chrysanthemums.