18 Beautiful Yellow Perennials to Brighten Your Yard

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Here are 18 beautiful yellow perennials to make you smile every time you see these flowers.

Yellow stands for happiness and positivity.  When we see objects that are yellow, we associate them with joy and optimism.  We may paint a room yellow to brighten a space up. 

Yellow can mean freshness, energy, clarity, and so much more.  Perhaps this is why a bouquet of yellow flowers makes us happy.  

Imagine if you could have a garden full of yellow flowers to brighten your day!  You can make that dream a reality. 

By planting yellow perennial flowers, you will be guaranteed to have gorgeous flowers each year.  

Here we have compiled a list of our favorite yellow perennial flowers that are sure to bring beauty to your garden.  

Best Yellow Perennial Flowers

Evening Primrose

large yellow evening primrose flower

Attracting birds and hummingbirds, this fragrant flower can be grown in sun, partial shade, or full shade. 

Blooming July to September, this sunny flower will grow 3 to 6 feet tall. 

Featuring a hairy stem that often has a purplish tinge, large yellow flowers with four petals bloom up to 2 inches in diameter. 

This spreading groundcover does best in zones 3 to 11.  

Hardy Ice Plant

bumble bee on yellow hardy ice flowers

The Hardy Ice plant grows 3 to 6 inches tall with a width of 2 to 4 inches.  

With tiny hairs growing from the fleshy foliage,  it resembles ice. 

Growing best in zones 5 to 9, this sunny yellow plant will bloom a good duration of the summer and fall. 

This drought-tolerant flower is an excellent addition to a space in your garden that is on the dry side.  A variety of the succulent family, this plant needs very little maintenance. 

Sombrero Lemon Yellow Coneflower (Echinacea)

Sombrero Lemon Yellow Coneflower

Sunny yellow flowers with many petals surround a copper cone. 

Best grown in zones 4 to 9, this glorious flower grows up to about 2 feet in height and spreads 1 to 2 feet. 

This easy to care for flower thrives in full sun or light shade.  It is a hardy flower that attracts hummingbirds, birds, and butterflies. 

Blooming mid to late summer, this golden gem will look great as a border in a garden but also does well in containers. 

Daylilies – Happy Returns

Closeup of yellow Happy Returns Daylily

The Happy Returns Daylily is a bright, lemon yellow flower that blooms in May through the summer.

If you have deer or rabbit in your yard, these daylilies are resistant to both.

Preferring full sunlight to partial shade, these beauties grow best in zones 2 to 9.  Growing 12 to 18 inches in height, these flowers will spread 12 to 24 inches. 

This cheerful flower looks amazing when used as a border or in containers. 

Baptisia Sphaerocarpa ‘Screamin Yellow’

lots of yellow baptisia sphaerocarpa flowers

These gorgeous lemon yellow flowers reach about 3 feet in height and prefer full to mostly full sun. 

Blooming in late spring to early summer, they do best in zones 4 to 9.  Well branched foliage compliments flower spikes. 

While they attract butterflies, they are deer resistant.  

Sweet Black-Eyed Susan

Closeup of Sweet Black-Eyed Susan flower with yellow petals and dark brown center

Growing best in zones 4 to 8, these tall flowers grow between 3 to 5 feet. 

They bloom in late-summer to mid-fall and are beneficial to pollinators.  These are easy to grow and are a versatile flower in every garden, complementing yellow, purple, blue, white, and pink flowers. 

Bright yellow colored petals adorn this flower with a dark brown, almost black center.  With this beauty, butterflies and bees are both drawn to it.  And we will enjoy their lasting beauty. 

Bearded Iris – Zesting Lemons

Zesting Lemons Tall Bearded Iris

This type of bearded iris features creamy yellow flowers with orange with orange beards. 

This cheery flower will grow 36 inches in height and spread 12 to 18 inches.  It does best in zones 3 to 9.  

It prefers full sun and is very easy to care or.  It looks amazing next to many flowers in a garden. 

Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Lanceleaf Coreopsis - beautiful closeup of yellow flower

Bright yellow flowers burst into bloom in early summer to around mid fall.-24 Thriving in zones 3 to 9, it will grow 18 inches and spread 12 to 18 inches. 

Attracting butterflies and moths, the Lanceleaf Coreopsis will look great in planters, rock gardens, and flower beds.  It prefers full sun and is rabbit resistant. 

Gold Yarrow

golden yarrow flowers

If you are looking for a wildflower, the gold yarrow is for you. 

With clusters of small yellow flowers, this plant will be 12 to 36 inches tall.  Hardy in zones 3 to 10, it will spread 18 to 24 inches.  The bee and butterfly attracting plant blooms in May through November. 

This glorious flower will look great on your deck in a planter or will thrive in mass plantings or a flower garden. 

Heliopsis – False Sunflower

False Sunflower

Thriving in zones 3 to 8, Heliopsis grows 4 to 6 feet tall. 

Preferring full sun, this yellow perennial is perfect to add to borders..

This low maintenance flower blooms for months. 


Peonies are beautiful perennial flowers that come in many different colors, with yellow being a more rare color. The Bartzella Itoh Peony is one of the rare yellow varieties.

This flower will bloom in mid to late spring.  Doing best in zones 3 to 8, it will grow up to 32 inches and spread 24 to 36 inches. 

California Poppy – Chrome Queen

A yellow flower that makes a great groundcover. The Chrome Queen poppy grow to 16″. This poppy has 4 to 6 petals and thrives in zones 2-8.

Full sunlight is needed for this late spring to early summer bloomer. 

Yellow Lupine

Close up of a sleeping bee on a Marigold flower

The Yellow Lupine is a short lived perennials, which means it will live for two to five years before you’ll need to plant new ones. They have attractive flowers that features tall spikes with yellow or yellow and cream-colored blooms. 

These magnificent flowers grow 18 to 24 inches in height and will spread 12 to 16 inches.  They grow best in zones 4, 5, and 6. 

The Yellow Lupine will attract butterflies and hummingbirds and will be sure to make an excellent addition to your garden. 


Close up of a sleeping bee on a Marigold flower

Best known as the Blanket Flower, this charming yellow flower features branches that are uniform with gorgeous yellow blooms measuring 2.5 to 3.5 inches in diameter. 

The blooms have a globe-shaped head with seeds in the center.  With all-star raves from master gardeners, this flower will grow 16 to 18 inches with a spread of 20 to 22 inches. 

Full sunlight is preferred by these flowers that look amazing in patio containers or gardens.  

Yellow Brick Road Rose

Easy Elegance® Yellow Brick Road Rose

Roses are a delightful flower to put in any garden, but the Yellow Brick Road Rose is amazing.  With its rich yellow blooms, this flower will delight when in bloom.

Glossy deep green foliage will set the pointed blooms off.   Best grown in zones 5 to 9, this rose variation will grow 2-3 feet tall.  With a wonderful fragrance, this rose will require full sun.  

Showy Goldenrod

Showy Goldenrod

This plant has plumes of yellow flower that is a butterfly and bird magnet.

These gems will grow best in zones 3 to 8, will grow 2 to 3 feet tall and spread to 18 inches.  They do require full sun and will make a great impression on your flower garden.  

Tulip Bulbs – Golden Parade

I don’t think it’s possible to list yellow perennials and not include tulips to the list.

The Golden Parade tulip thrives in zones 3 to 8 and will grow 20 to 24 inches tall.  These bulbs do well in full sun and partial shade.

You’ll want to plant these bulbs in fall to get beautiful flowers the following spring.  

Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’

Large clump of Banana Cream Shasta Daisies

The Leucanthemum flower is a dream come true.  They can last for a couple weeks if you want cut flowers for vases around your house.

Growing 18 inches tall, these bright lemon yellow flowers are perfect to brighten up your garden. 

With a 4-inch bloom, these beautiful yellow to cream-colored flowers look like yellow daisies. 

This Shasta variation has dark foliage that branches out.  Blooming early to late summer, this flower will look impeccable in your garden.  This is an easy to care for flower that has long-lasting blooms. 


As you can see, there are many wonderful yellow perennial flowers that look great in gardens.  All of these blooms can bring a positive vibe to your flower bed and create an attractive space for your front or back yard. 

Consider picking several yellow perennials for your garden to bring joyful beauty to your life.  Or if you are not able to have a full garden, many of these will thrive in a planter.

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