10 Beautiful Yellow Flowers (with Pictures)

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by Max - last update on May 14, 2020, 8:53 am
Types of Yellow Flowers

Yellow is a color that represents hope and happiness; therefore, it’s easy to see why yellow flowers are synonymous with spring. These radiant and optimistic flowers serve as a bright and cheerful reminder that new life is blooming, and summer is on its way. They add a vibrancy to a garden that will bring a smile to anyone's face.

Yellow is a common color among flowering plants, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find yellow flowers that are suitable for growing in your climate and in your garden conditions. To help you find the perfect yellow flowering plant for your situation, browse this list we have compiled of some of the best yellow flowers readily available today.

10 Types of Yellow Flowers

1. Avens

Avens

Scientific Name: Geum

Mature Size: Up to 3 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average to high water needs

Soil: Well-draining, fertile

Special Features: Attractive to pollinators

Yellow Varieties: Geum ‘Gimlet’, Geum ‘Flore Plena Sunrise’

These perennial plants form neat clumps of green, serrated foliage, with cup-shaped flowers rising out to create a blanket of blooms. The large, double flowers bloom from mid to late spring right through to summer. These are moisture-loving plants, so a well-draining soil is a necessity to ensure they get their water needs met while avoiding problems with root rot. Though they will tolerate a range of soils, including poor or sandy soils, a rich and fertile soil would be preferable. Bees and butterflies love this cheerful plant, which can be grown in beds, borders, containers, and rock gardens.


2. Sword Lily

Sword Lily

Scientific Name: Gladiolus

Mature Size: Up to 5 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Light: Full sun

Water Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, fertile

Special Features: Showy flowers

Yellow Varieties: Gladiolus ‘Lemon Drop’, Gladiolus ‘Jester’, Gladiolus ‘Charisma’

These striking plants feature tall upright spikes from which ruffled flowers bloom, with each spike blooming for around two weeks during summer. Sword Lilies grow from bulbs, so one way to ensure a long show of flowers is to plant a few bulbs every two weeks from the last frost through to summer so that they grow in succession and have an extended presence in the garden. These plants need plenty of moisture during the growing season, so a well-draining soil is important, though aside from this requirement, sword lilies will adapt to a wide range of soils. After flowering, reduce watering until the following spring. These yellow flowers make great border plants and also grow well in containers. They will produce most flowers in a position of full sun.


3. Sunflower

Sunflower

Scientific Name: Helianthus

Mature Size: Up to 12 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-11

Light: Full sun

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining, fertile, alkaline

Special Features: Easy to grow

Yellow Varieties: Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Helianthus annuus ‘Giant Sungold’, Helianthus annuus ‘Mammoth Grey Stripe’, Helianthus annuus ‘Teddy Bear’, Helianthus ‘Happy Days’

These easily recognizable plants are grown for their iconic flowers, which can range in size depending on the variety. Sunflowers can be perennial or annual plants and have thick, sturdy stems, which are covered in coarse hairs, with sprouts of medium green foliage. These flowers grow easily in bright conditions, requiring very little care. Due to this, they are popular among families for teaching children how to plant seeds and care for plants. Dwarf and giant varieties of sunflowers are available, though the most common sunflowers typically grow to between six and eight feet. They work well on the back row of borders, and sometimes require staking or fixing to a fence or wall. The flowers themselves bloom throughout summer and into fall. They come in a range of colors and styles, with some flowers being ruffled, frilled, with long or short petals.


4. Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris

Scientific Name: Iris germanica

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining, rich

Special Features: Can bloom repeatedly each year

Yellow Varieties: Iris germanica ‘Acapulco Gold’, Iris germanica ‘Better than Butter’, Iris germanica 'Champagne Walz’, IrisIris germanica ‘Grand Canyon Sunset’, Iris germanica ‘Pure as Gold’, Iris germanica ‘Tiger Honey’

These elegant plants feature ruffled flowers with a musky fragrance. They are heavily flowering perennials, with each stem generally producing at least eight blooms. The blooming season for this plant is heavily dependent on the weather, with flowering occurring in either late spring or early to mid-summer. Some varieties of bearded iris can bloom several times a year between spring and fall, with most prolific blooming being a result of a full sun position, though these plants can adjust to some partial shade. The flowers sit atop of tall spikes, with attractive lance-shaped foliage forming a crown around the base of the plant. These plants are suitable for container growing and are also commonly used as border plants.


5. Leopard Plant

Leopard Plant

Scientific Name: Ligularia

Mature Size: Up to 5 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun to full shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Fertile, deep

Special Features: Tolerant of poor soils and wet conditions

Yellow Varieties: Ligularia ‘King Kong’, Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’, Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’, Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’

These perennial plants have one of either two types of flowers; clusters of daisy-like blooms or tall racemes covered with tiny blooms. Leopard plants also benefit from attractive deep green leathery foliage. These plants are incredibly versatile and will thrive in a wide range of conditions, which are usually considered adverse for most plants. For best results, these plants prefer dappled shade, but they will tolerate any light condition, from full sun to partial shade or even full shade.

They will also grow in a wide range of soils, including heavy clay soils, and unlike the majority of plants, they do not require their soil to drain well. They are moisture lovers and will thrive in moist soils as well as vert wet conditions, making them a good choice for planting in boggy locations such as by the side of a stream. The flowers of this plant have a long blooming season, from the middle of summer until fall. They make great cut flowers and can be divided every three or so years to create new plants.


6. Daffodil

Daffodil

Scientific Name: Narcissus

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Early bloomers

Yellow Varieties: Narcissus ‘Baby Boomer’, Narcissus ‘Carlton’, Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’, Narcissus ‘Fortune’, Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil’, Narcissus ‘Peeping Tom’, Narcissus ‘Rip Van Winkle’

These flowering bulbs often signal the first sign of spring, with their blooms making an appearance from March through to May. Daffodils are noted for their vibrant yellow flowers in open trumpet shapes, but many varieties now exist in various other shades, with slightly adapted flower shapes.

The majority of daffodils will grow to be between one and two feet tall, but some miniature species are widely available that produce smaller flowers and grow to a maximum of just ten inches tall. Daffodils of any size work well in borders, as well as containers, and are enormously popular as cut flowers. They grow easily in a variety of soil types so long as it is well-draining. They enjoy plenty of moisture during spring, but watering should be cut back after this period. They are considered to be exceptionally low-maintenance flowers, developing over the winter underground after being planted in fall (Royal Horticultural Society).


7. Persian Buttercup

Persian Buttercup

Scientific Name: Ranunculus asiaticus

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Luxurious-looking flowers

Yellow Varieties: Ranunculus asiaticus ‘Tomer Yellow’, Ranunculus asiaticus ‘Delano Yellow’, Ranunculus asiaticus 'Tecolote Yellow’

These showy plants grow from tuberous root systems and can act as both annuals and perennials. In warmer climates, they will bloom in spring, while colder climates will see their Persian buttercups blooming in midsummer. The flowers of these plants rise out from a mass of delicate and finely lobed foliage, with blooms emerging from tall, leafless stems. The flowers are luscious and elaborate, with a luxurious appeal. They range between varieties to include semi-double and fully double blooms, with petals tightly packed together. The flowers last a long time, up to six weeks on the plant, and are also long-lasting when used as cut flowers. These plants will not self-seed but can be propagated through division every few years. They will grow in a range of soil types so long as they drain well.


8. Rose

Rose

Scientific Name: Rosa

Mature Size: Up to 10 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-10

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Huge choice of varieties

Yellow Varieties: Rosa ‘Charlotte’, Rosa ‘Eternal Flame’, Rosa ‘Golden Beauty’, Rosa ‘Golden Gate’, Rosa ‘Julia Child’, Rosa ‘Radiant Perfume’, Rosa ‘Sunsprite’

Roses are incredibly versatile plants, with thousands of different varieties in existence that include everything you could want from a plant. Roses are available as climbers, shrubs, container plants, in tall, dwarf, and medium sizes. A huge variety of colors are available, with yellow flowers varying from creamy pastel yellow right through to striking luminous yellow. Roses are quite hardy plants, and their flowers differ between varieties from dainty old-fashioned romantic looking blooms to more open, modern, large blooms. While roses are predominantly grown for their luscious flowers, their foliage is attractive too, usually in a deep glossy green. These plants tend to flower freely from summer through to fall and make excellent cut flower bouquets. Most roses enjoy full sun, though in warmer climates, some afternoon shade is appreciated. Keep soil moist during the growing season and ensure it drains well.


9. Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia

Mature Size: Up to 3 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Fertile, well-draining

Special Features: Easy care

Yellow Varieties: Rudbeckia ‘Little Goldstar’, Rudbeckia fulgida var. Deamii, Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Denver Daisy’, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’

These cheerful plants encompass more than 20 species, which are predominantly grown for their heavily flowering habit. Flowers are various shades of yellow, from chirpy sunny yellow through to burnt orange golden yellow, and all have the telltale black centers which is how they earned their common name. They can act as biennials, perennials, and annuals, and reliably bloom all summer long, often until the first frost kills them off. They are very low-maintenance, requiring little other than the occasional watering. These plants are fairly drought-tolerant but would prefer to be kept in moist soil. They naturalize well in ideal conditions and are best suited to wildflower gardens or casual beds and borders. They also make wonderful cut flowers.


10. Tulip

Tulip

Scientific Name: Tulipa

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Light: Full sun

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Wide variety available

Yellow Varieties: Tulipa ‘Antoinette’, Tulipa ‘Big Smile’, Tulipa ‘Fringed Elegance’, Tulipa ‘Golden Artist’, Tulipa ‘Hocus Pocus’, Tulipa ‘Monte Carlo’, Tulipa ‘Yellow Purissima’

There are in excess of 3000 varieties of tulips, including late bloomers, early bloomers, and those with single or double flowers. They are considered to be one of the most popular types of plants grown from bulbs and are often thought of as a sign of spring and new life. The flowers of tulips bloom atop of long and slender upright bright green stems and make excellent cut flowers. The showy flowers perform best in full sun and enjoy a well-draining soil, which is kept moist throughout the growing season.

Tulips are renowned for their bright and cheerfully colored flowers, and there are many varieties in various different shades of yellow. They are versatile in that they work well in containers, borders, and beds.

10 Beautiful Yellow Flowers (with Pictures)

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