If you want to create some bright spots in your landscape and garden, picture some vibrant yellow flowers in your yard. Yellow flowers add a brightness not found in many other colors and yellow will look striking next to other darker colors such as purple, blue, burgundy, or black. At the same time, yellow flowers work very well next to complimentary colors such as red and orange, so you really can’t go wrong.
To get your landscape brightened up, here are 5 great ways to add yellow flowers to your yard.
To get your flower garden started out right first thing each spring, plant some bright yellow daffodil bulbs. Daffodils are a sure sign that winter has passed and spring is finally here, and these bright yellow flowers are a welcome sign after a long season away from the garden.
Depending on the variety, daffodils will bloom anywhere from early spring to late spring and will slowly spread over the years. Most varieties are short, less than 18 inches, so you can put them right in the front of the flower garden. Plant daffodils where they will get some sun but don’t worry too much about a little shade. They can take it. Daffodils grow well in zones 3-8.
Know when to plant daffodils. If you don’t have any now, you will want to plant bulbs in the fall to give them a good start for the next season.
A daylily or two should be at least a part of every home landscape. These versatile and resilient flowers look good in all seasons, even when they are not at the height of their bloom season. One of the best things about daylilies are that they come in bright colors, including yellow, and the yellow varieties are among the best you can grow.
The daylily grows from 18 inches to 3 feet, so check the variety you are shopping to see where it fits. The shorter varieties look great in front of the border, while the taller ones are best in the middle of the garden. Bloom time is from late spring to early fall. Most will have a prolific bloom period but some re-bloom, especially great yellow varieties like Happy Returns and Stella D’Oro. Daylilies will accept half shade to full sun and grow well in zones 3-9.
Don’t feel that you need to spend a lot to own daylilies. They will slowly spread and like to be split every few years, so 3 daylilies today can easily be split to 9 in a few years.
Coreopsis is a delicate but tough yellow flower that looks awesome in formal or naturalized plantings. The feathery foliage is soft and adds great texture to the garden before the blooms come. Once the flowers get going, however, the foliage is overtaken with countless blooms. Terrific yellow varieties include Moonbeam for a light shade of yellow and Zagreb for a bolder yellow look.
Most coreopsis will stay short, around 18 inches or so, making them a good choice for the front of the garden where the small daisy-like flowers will be enjoyed. They will spread slowly over time so give them just a bit of space. Coreopsis will bloom from early summer to fall and tolerate half shade to full sun. Coreopsis works well in zones 3-9.
Echinacea, commonly called Coneflower, is one of the best native plants that you can include in your garden. They are tough, slowly spread, and have a long bloom period. They also will attract butterflies and birds. The most common varieties are purple and white, but recently more colors have been developed, including some great yellow varieties.
Most echinacea are medium-sized flowers that work best in the middle of the flower bed. They look great mixed around and repeated here and there or planted in mass. Echinacea blooms throughout the summer and will grow well in full sun to half shade. Echinacea grows well in zones 4-9.
Some of the best yellow varieties include Paradoxa and Harvest Moon.
Rudbeckia, or Black-Eyed Susan as they are more commonly called, are among the best flowers for your landscape regardless of color, but that they pop out of the landscape in a sea of yellow makes them even better. Rudbeckia comes in many varieties, most of which are in the shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown. The sweet spot for rudbeckia, however, is in the yellow shades.
Rudbeckia grows 2-4 feet high, but the best varieties stay down around the 2-3 feet height. They will self seed an area so they work best as a bed or mass planting where they can just be left to fill a spot. Rudbeckia are long bloomers, coloring your yard from summer and lasting well into fall. The bloom is even better if you cut back spent flowers but that is not necessary. Rudbeckia enjoys a sunny spot but will bloom just as well in half shade so they are a great way to add color to a shadier spot in your yard. Rudbeckia grows in zones 3-9.
Some of the best Rudbeckia varieties you can own for outstanding yellow color are the classic Goldsturm and the newer Fulgida.
Now you have 5 great ways to add yellow flowers to your landscape. There’s no excuse. Add some vibrant yellow color to your flower garden now. You won’t regret it. Yellow flowers are bright and happy all by themselves, but they will also make your darker colored flowers look all the more impressive. In addition to that, They will make a nearby evergreen tree or shrub look even better, as they will add contrast to your landscape.
Yellow flowers are commonly associated with the emotions of joy and happiness, and you will know why when you look out your window at a sea of yellow blooms each summer.
Pick the style and variety that you like best and find a spot to get them started. If you can’t decide, why not try them all?