Yellow perennials can be some of the most beautiful plants in your garden, and best of all they don’t require yearly planting. Once established, perennials will keep coming back from their roots, year after year, to grace your little piece of earth with their bright flowers. Because of this, you’ll want to be sure to pick the right perennials for your garden, otherwise, you’ll have to put in the effort to pull them out if you don’t like how they look.
Picking the perfect perennials starts with observing your garden closely. You’ll want to see how the sun moves over the ground, letting you know whether you need sun or shade-loving plants. Consider the blooming periods of the perennials you have in mind for your garden. Not all plants will bloom at the same time, so by choosing plants carefully, you can enjoy a garden that’s in bloom all spring and summer long. Finally, choose perennials that will complement each other instead of competing for space in your garden. This way you’ll be able to make your garden look lush and full instead of cramped.
Below we explore 15 of our favorite yellow perennials that make great additions to any garden space.
Yarrows are known for their flat-topped clusters of tiny flowers and feathery leaves. They bloom in many colors, yellow being one. Expect blooms late spring to early fall. Yarrows prefer full sun and well-drained dry soil. See our list of Yarrow varieties here.
If your planning to add some yellow to your flower beds, Tickseed (Coreopsis) is an excellent perennial to consider. They are easy to grow and perfect for beginner gardeners. Tickseed bloom for over three months in pink or yellow. They thrive in full sun to light shade. Tickseed can be quickly grown from seed.
Fumewort (Corydalis) can grow in full sun to light shade. They’re perfect for rock gardens and wall planting. Fumewort are prolific self-sowers. They grow to be 9 to 15 inches in height. And bloom for over four months.
Sundrops, yellow evening primrose is an excellent choice. They grow in full sun and well-drained soil. They bloom in pink, white or yellow for around two months. Evening primrose grows to be six to twenty-four inches. The best way to propagate is to divide in spring or fall.
Yellow Coneflower (Rudbeckia) perennials are an excellent choice for well-drained, dry not overly rich soil and if you are growing them in full sun for maximum yellow blooms. A great tip is to remove some of the flowers to help stimulate continued blooms.
The pincushion is an unpopular long-blooming plant. Some varieties bloom in blue, lavender, pink, white or yellow. They thrive in early summer to mid-fall. Pincushions are known to bloom for three months or longer. You can plant them in containers, rock gardens, and along borders.
Spring-Blooming Yellow Perennials
Basket of Gold Perennial Flower
Basket of gold are bright yellow clusters of flowers. They bloom in mid-spring to early summer. They grow 8 to 12 inches tall. Basket of gold prefer full sun or light shade and thrive in average to poor soil with excellent drainage. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9
Leopard’s Bane bloom in early spring to late spring. They prefer full sun to light shade. Leopard’s Bane grows to be 1 to 3 feet tall and spread 2 feet. They have a hard time dealing with heat and humidity. They do better in cooler climates. A cooling mulch is an excellent idea for these plants. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9
Summer-Blooming Yellow Perennials
Chamomiles have delightful daisylike flowers. They are easy to grow yellow perennials. Chamomiles bloom 10 to 12 weeks. They prefer full sun to light shade and thrive in average well-drained soil. Chamomiles will bloom nonstop right into fall, but you have to deadhead the plant regularly for maximum blooms.
Fall-Blooming Yellow Perennials
Helenium often called sneezeweed, bloom in yellow, copper, orange, red, or white. They like full sun and thrive in moist, even wet, poorly drained soil. Use lots of mulch for these plants since they love cool soil.
Perennial Sunflower is not as well know as annual sunflower (Helianthus annuus). Some species of perennial Sunflower grow to be 2 to 3 feet tall, other species can be taller. These late summer bloomers prefer full sun and bloom for four weeks or more. They thrive in just about any soil type except dry soil unless you keep them well watered.
Drought Resistant Yellow Perennials
Hardy Ice Plant
Hardy Ice Plant (Delosperma) have daisylike flowers that bloom in incredibly bright colors like purple and yellow. They bloom 4 to 5 weeks and grow 2 to 6 inches tall. They prefer full sun and thrive in average well-drained soil. They won’t tolerate moist soil. Once established they need minimal watering.
Opuntia also prickly pear bloom in early summer in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. They like full sun and thrive in very well-drained soil. Prickly pear grows to 6 to 12 inches tall and spread 1 to 2 feet.
Phlomis bloom in yellow, lavender, and pink. They thrive in full sun to light shade in well-drained, light sandy soil.
Water-Loving Yellow Perennials
Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton) bloom in white or yellow in early spring. They thrive in full sun in rich wet soil. Skunk cabbage has a distinct musky odor that is noticeable up close or on a hot windless spring day.