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.
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.
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’
- Iris pseudacorus
- Rose of Sharon (Hypericum)
- Witch hazel