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12 Mood Lifting Yellow Perennial Flowers

Yellow Flowering Perennials that Will Add Brightness and Beauty to Your Garden

Yellow flowers remind us of spring time, sunshine and happiness, which is why so many people who have informal and formal flower gardens include yellow perennial flowers in their gardens as well as borders and walkways.

If you are feeling a bit down, there is nothing better than sitting in your garden or strolling around and seeing those golden mood lifting flowers flourishing around you.

There are several different types of yellow perennial flowers that will add brightness and beauty to your property. And choosing the right flowers is simply a matter of finding those flowers that you like that work in your location and climate.

Here is a look at some great choices for yellow flowering perennials.

Different types of yellow perennial flower.

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#1. Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan

It is only natural for Black-eyed Susans to come to mind when you think of yellow garden flowers. That is because these sunny yellow daisy-like flowers with black centers and rough textured hairy leaves tend to command attention.

Black-eyed Susans grow to be about 2 feet tall at maturity. These flowers bloom during the summer through the fall.

Native to North America, the Black-eye Susans grow best in zones 3 through 11 and respond best to well-drained soil and full or partial sunlight. These flowers come in orange and red as well as the more recognizable yellow.

#2. Tickseed


The Tickseed is an easy to grow yellow daisy-like flower for inexperienced gardeners. This flower can also be red, pink, orange or white. Native to North America this flower can grow anywhere from 6 inches to 4 feet tall.

Tickseed grows best in zones 4 through 9 and prefers to be grown in sunny or at least partially sunny locations with well-drained soil. Tickseed is not only easy to grow, but it is also attracts butterflies.

#3. Yellow Daylily

Yellow Daylily

Daylilies are popular garden flowers that come in a whole range of colors, including bright yellow. These flowers have long strappy green leaves and produce tons of flowers although blooms only last for a single day.

However, since a single plant can produce many flowers, most people don’t really notice the short lifespan. These flowers are also known for their pleasant fragrance.

Daylilies grow best in zones 3 through 9 and enjoy full sunlight and well-drained soil.

#4. Sunflower


Sunflowers are another popular yellow perennial flower that most people easily recognize. These flowers often have yellow petals with brown or dark yellow centers.

While most sunflowers only grow to be 2 to 3 feet tall, the “Maximillion” sunflower can grow to 8 feet tall.

Sunflowers grow best in zones 4 through 9 and prefer full sun and any type of soil as long as it is moist. The seeds of this plant are edible. Sunflower oil is also made from the seeds of these plants.

#5. Yellow Dutch Hyacinth

Yellow Dutch Hyacinth

Dutch Hyacinths come in a variety of colors, including bright yellow. These flowers resemble 30 or more little bells clustered together that float above lance shaped leaves.

These flowers are known for their lovely scent and grow 6 to 10 inches tall.

The Dutch hyacinths grow best in zones 4 through 8 and grow well in full or at least partial sun and moist well-drained soil.

These flowers are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.

#6. Leopard Plant

Leopard Plant

Native to Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the Leopard Plant has heart shaped toothed leaves, spikes that can grow up to 5 feet tall and yellow blooms.

The Leopard Plant grows best in zones 7 through 10 and is a shade loving plant that prefers moist well-drained soil. This plant can be toxic to humans.

#7. Bush Cinquefoil

Bush Cinquefoil

The Bush Cinquefoil is a shrub that is a member of the rose family that is often used as a hedge or a border. This flowering plant stands about 2 feet tall and consists of tiny branches with blue-green or dark green leaves and flowers that resemble buttercups.

The Bush Cinquefoil grows best in zones 2 through 8 and prefers full or partial sun and needs average rainfall to thrive.

#8. Yellow Hibiscus

Yellow Hibiscus

The Hibiscus is a plant native to Asia and North America. These flowers are treated as perennials in zones 11 and 12. The flowers come in several colors with the yellow variety being called “Old Yella”.

The Old Yella hibiscus has pale yellow flowers with red centers and grows to be 3 to 10 feet tall.

Hibiscus is a flower that loves full sunshine, but can do well in partial sunlight and prefers moist well-drained soil. These flowers bloom from summer to fall.

#9. Golden Knee Flower (Chrysogonum Virginianum)

Golden Knee Flower (Chrysogonum Virginianum)

Native to the Eastern United States, the Golden Knee flower is a member of the Aster family. These flowers are used as low growing ground cover with large lance shaped notched gray-green leaves and daisy like 5 petal flowers.

These flowering yellow perennials grow best in zones 5 through 9 and enjoy full sun or partial shade and nutrient rich soil.

#10. Yellow Ice Plant

Yellow Ice Plant

The Ice Plant is native to Africa and gets its name from the leaves that have hairs that look like ice chips when light reflects off them.

This plant has either yellow or purple daisy-like flowers that bloom for about 5 weeks in the spring, summer or fall. The ice plant grows to be 2 to 6 inches tall.

The Ice plant does well when grown in zones 6 through 10 and prefers full sun and moderately well drained soil.

#11. Yellow Persian Buttercup

Yellow Persian Buttercup

The Persian Buttercup is a fast growing long blooming plant native to the Mediterranean, South East Asia and Southwest Europe.

This plant has lush green foliage and large rose-like flowers and can grow to be anywhere from a foot to 2 feet tall. This plant blooms in the spring or summer.

This flowering plant grows best in zones 8 through 11 and prefers full sun and moist soil. Persian Buttercups are toxic to humans and animals.

#12. Rosa Graham Thomas Climbing Rose

Rosa Graham Thomas Climbing Rose

If you are looking for a yellow climbing rose, then you’ll love the Rosa Graham Thomas climbing rose. This climbing plant is known for large rich yellow colored flowers consisting of 45 petals. It can reach 12 feet in height and is known for its light tea fragrance.

This climbing rose vine grows best in zones 5 through 9 and prefers full or partial sun and moist well-drained soil.

Final Thoughts on Yellow Perennial Flowers

If you are looking to add some sunny yellow perennial flowers to your garden or property then some of these flowers should capture your interest.

Different varieties of yellow flowering perennials.

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