14 Yellow Perennial Flowers That Will Brighten Your Garden

These cheery blooms will fill your landscape with color.

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Few colors have more of an impact in the garden than yellow. The cheerful hue brightens landscapes and complements a range of garden styles, from English cottage to xeriscape. By adding perennial plants with yellow flowers to your landscape, you can watch them bring life to your garden year after year. When choosing yellow perennials, you'll find the selection is vast. To help you narrow down your search, we're sharing some of the most visually impressive yellow flowers around.

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Yellow Dwarf Iris

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A woodland perennial with petite golden-yellow flowers, yellow dwarf iris (Iris danfordiae) brings charm to any garden. "Each of the petals has a darker yellow center and is sometimes spotted," says Peggy Anne Montgomery, horticulturist for Flowerbulbs.com. "Its adaptability to partial shade makes it an excellent choice for naturalizing and adding a touch of sunshine to woodland settings."

  • Zone: 5 to 8

  • Size: 6 inches tall x 6 inches wide

  • Growing conditions: Part shade; well-drained soil

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Yellow Parrot Tulip



Yellow parrot tulips (Tulipa × gesneriana Parrot Group) have unique, full, ruffled petals with intricate fringed edges, says Montgomery. No two are exactly alike, giving you plenty of visual interest in the garden. "Their sunny, cheerful color makes them a symbol of happiness and positivity," she says.

  • Zone: 3 to 8

  • Size: 16 to 18 inches tall x 6 inches wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun to light shade; moist, well-drained soil


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Perfect for a meadow garden, goldenrod (Solidago) has mustard yellow flowers that form plume-like clusters at the top of each stem. "They are a sign of fall, adding that golden hue when many gardens are dull and brown," says Mary Phillips, head of Garden for Wildlife and Certified Wildlife Habitat programs at the National Wildlife Federation. The native plant is considered a keystone plant, meaning it supports many species of wildlife, including birds, butterflies, moths, and bees, says Phillips.

  • Zone: 2 to 8

  • Size: 1 to 6 feet tall x 1 to 3 feet wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Yellow Canna Lily

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Despite the name, yellow canna lilies aren't true lilies. In the family, Cannaceae, this perennial has large, frilly flowers that have a tropical feel. "The color is clear, illuminating yellow," says Montgomery. "The background of deep green foliage magnifies the color effect. Best of all, they bloom from mid-summer to frost."

  • Zone: 8 to 11

  • Size: 30 to 48 inches tall x 14 to 20 inches wide

  • Growing conditions: Part shade; organically rich, well-drained soil with medium moisture


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One of the most well-known perennials, daffodils (Narcissus) boast trumpet-shaped flowers with a central cup surrounded by various petals. "Its large, yellow flowers are bright, cheerful, and provide early spring color," says Montgomery. Beyond how beautiful they are, daffodils are very low maintenance. "Once planted, they naturalize and multiply on their own," she says.

  • Zone: 3 to 8

  • Size: 6 to 24 inches tall x 4 to 6 inches wide

  • Growing conditions: Full to part sun; well-drained soil


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Native to most of the United States, Tickseed (Coreopsis) is known for its long-lasting, bright daisy-like blooms. "Golden yellow flowers create a glorious early summer display attracting numerous butterflies, while birds eat the late summer seeds," says Phillips. "The foliage is typically delicate and fern-like, adding a unique texture to the garden."

  • Zone: 2 to 8

  • Size:  12 to 24 inches tall x 1 to 18 inches wide

  • Growing conditions: Full to part sun; sandy or rocky well-drained soil

Perennial Sunflower

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Native perennial sunflowers, which are in the Helianthus genus, are known for their late season showy blooms. The perennial resembles smaller versions of the classic annual sunflower, but they come back year after year. "They have an abundance of cheery, bright yellow or orange petals surrounding a central disc that last for weeks," says Phillips. "Sunflowers attract butterflies in early to mid-summer. Leave later flowers for songbirds to feast on the seeds."

  • Zone: 3 to 9

  • Size:  3 to 8 feet tall x 1 to 3 feet wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun; loam, clay, or sandy soil that is fertile and well-drained

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Black-Eyed Susans

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Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) have black centers that perfectly contrast the plant's yellow flowers. Keep in mind that black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) can be perennial, biennial, or annual depending on the variety. "A couple of perennial varieties are ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Cheyenne Sunset," says Linda Langelo, horticulture specialist at Colorado State University.

  • Zone: 3 to 9

  • Size:  2 to 3 feet tall x 2 to 3 feet wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun; moist, organically rich soils

Related: How to Grow and Care for Black-Eyed Susans, Vibrant Self-Seeders That You Can Plant in the Fall


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A perennial plant recognized for its flat-topped clusters of tightly packed flowers, yarrow (achillea) is a low maintenance bloom that's easy to grow. "Feathery, fragrant, gray-green foliage adds to its ornamental and pollinator value, making it irresistible to butterflies and bees," says Kelly Funk, president of Jackson & Perkins.

  • Zone: 4 to 9

  • Size:  9 to 12 inches tall x 10 to 12 inches wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade; well-drained soil


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Daylilies (Hemerocallis) produce new blooms every single day. "Daylilies are perennial flowering plants known for their vibrant and showy blooms from summer until the first frost," says Funk. "These flowers have six petals that form a trumpet-shaped blossom. The foliage is long and grass-like, adding an attractive contrast to the bright yellow flowers." Deadhead spent flowers and foliage to encourage additional blooming.

  • Zone: 3 to 10

  • Size:  1 to 2 feet tall x 1 to 2 feet wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun; average soil


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Sneezeweed's showy flowers have yellow rays and yellow disk centers with two different yellow hues. "It does equally well as a fall blooming flower, which blooms from August to October," says Langelo. "The flowers attract pollinators, as they produce abundant nectar." Avoid over-fertilization with Sneezeweed, which causes the plant to grow too tall.

  • Zone: 3 to 8

  • Size:  3 to 5 feet tall x 2 to 3 feet wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun; average soil

Evening Primrose

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Fill your garden with the scent of fresh lemons by planting evening primrose (Oenothera biennis). The delicate flower blooms later in the afternoon and evening to attract night pollinators. "Bats and moths find their way to these flowers," says Langelo. "These are long flowering plants because of the number of buds they produce."

  • Zone: 4 to 9

  • Size:  3 to 5 feet tall x 2 to 3 feet wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun; neutral or acidic soils that are well-drained

Related: The 11 Most Fragrant Flowers to Plant in Your Garden

Blanket Flower

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With its globe-shaped seed heads and yellow flowers, blanket flower (Gaillardia) is a show stopper in the garden. The pollinator-friendly perennial attracts bees and butterflies. "Dividing plants in spring or early fall every two to three years will keep them vigorous," says Langelo.

  • Zone: 5 to 10

  • Size:  14 to 16 inches tall x 20 to 22 inches wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun; rocky, sandy, or loamy well-drained soil

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Peonies are known for their lovely fragrance and showy blooms. For a particularly gorgeous option, try Paeonia ‘Garden Treasure,' which is a large golden yellow, semi-double flower with 20 to 50 petals, says Langelo. The flower is relatively low maintenance, but note that it doesn't transplant well and can take up to two years to bloom.

  • Zone: 4 to 9

  • Size:  30 inches tall x 60 inches wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade; moist but well-drained soil

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