34 Amazing Yellow Perennial Flowers for Your Garden


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Want a dash of life and sunshine in your garden? These yellow perennials will definitely do the trick. The warmth that these sunny yellow perennials bring will not only bring more light to your life but also good vibes in your space. 

The color yellow is always associated with cheerfulness, fun, hope, enthusiasm and high energy. Since it’s also the brightest color of the visible spectrum, many gardeners choose this hue for their spaces.

In addition to this, yellow is also the most noticeable by the human eye out of all the colors!

If you’re having a hard time in choosing the right yellow or golden perennial for your garden, you can go over this comprehensive list of yellow flowering babies.

These yellow perennials are grouped according to their height. For quicker access, you can just click the names below to know more about your chosen perennial.  

1: Baptisia Sphae Rocarpa X Alba ‘Carolina Moonlight’

Baptisia Sphae Rocarpa X Alba ‘Carolina Moonlight’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: False Indigo, Wild Indigo, Indigo, Carolina Moonlight 
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering 
  • Height: 36 inches or taller
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Early Summer

This easy-growing and adaptable perennial is a hybrid between White Wild Indigo (Baptisia alba) and Yellow Baptisia (Baptisia sphaerocarpa).

It has large clusters of charcoal gray stems, bluish green leaves, and butter yellow, pea-like flower spikes that attract butterflies and other pollinators. Carolina Moonlights live long and are drought-tolerant.

2: Echinacea x ‘Leilani’

Echinacea x ‘Leilani’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Coneflower, Leilani
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering to Dry
  • Height: 36 inches to 40 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Mid Summer to Early Fall

This majestic perennial have a strong upright habit that don’t need any stalking. It might be the most endearing out of all the coneflowers in the Terra Nova Prairie Pillars Collection because of its bright golden yellow flowers.

Its beauty comes out especially when in masses. It reblooms even if you don’t deadhead it. It isn’t named "royal child of heaven" for nothing! 

3: Lonicera flava

Lonicera flava

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Yellow Honeysuckle, Honeysuckle
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering 
  • Height: 36 inches or taller
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • USDA Zone: 5 to 8
  • Bloom time: Mid Spring to Late Spring

This perennial/vine is not invasive compared to the Japanese Honeysuckle it is also native in the Central to South-Eastern parts of United States.

Yellow Honeysuckles have elliptic green leaves that are grayish green underneath while the blooms are slightly fragrant and bright yellow flowers that turn red over time. Butterflies and hummingbird love the Honeysuckle blooms.

4: Silphium terebinthinaceum

Silphium terebinthinaceum

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Prairie Dock, Rosinweed
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering to Dry 
  • Height: 36 inches or taller
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 8
  • Bloom time: Late Summer to Early Fall

This peculiar perennial is almost leafless when you look at it but it has wide, enormous spade-shaped basal leaves with a 3 to 10-ft.

stalk that holds bright sunflower-like blooms. Once they are established, these tall sunshines are extremely drought-tolerant.   

5: Thermopsis villosa

Thermopsis villosa

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Carolina Bushpea, Carolina lupine
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering 
  • Height: 36 inches or taller
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 5 to 8
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Early Summer

An upright herbaceous perennial that is native in, Maine, Georgia and the Carolinas. You can mostly see them on open meadows, roadbanks, and woodland clearings.  

It has a dark green trifoliate leaves and a foot long terminal, dense, and spike-like racemes that holds deep yellow flowers and hairy pods.

Butterflies and bees love the pollen and nectar from its flowers.  Because of its showy blooms, you can use them in borders and cottage gardens.

6: Achillea ‘Moonshine’

Achillea ‘Moonshine’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Yarrow, Sneezewort
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering, water more when in extreme heat 
  • Height: 18 to 23 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun 
  • USDA Zone: 3 to 10
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Late Summer

Another Yarrow that can tolerate dry and hot areas and thrives all summer long. Many gardeners love getting Moonshines because of their fragrant, blue-gray foliage and lemon-yellow flowers with flat tops.

Obviously, this one is drought tolerant. It is also deer and rabbit-tolerant but can attract beautiful butterflies. 

7: Achillea millefolium 'Terra Cotta'

Achillea Millefolium 'Terra Cotta

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Yarrow
  • Watering Need: Water occasionally once established, water more when in extreme heat
  • Height: 18 to 24 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun 
  • USDA Zone: 2 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Early Fall

One of the best perennials to plant if you’re in dry and hot areas. This one don’t just bloom yellow flowers, it ranges to salmon pink, terracotta orange, then creamy yellow over its silver foliage.

This semi-evergreen is also fragrant so don’t be surprised if you see them in some floral arrangements and bouquets.

8: Anthemis tinctoria ‘Kelwayi’

Anthemis Tinctoria ‘Kelwayi

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Golden Marguerite Daisy, Chamomile, Dyer's chamomile
  • Watering Need: Moderate to Low Watering
  • Height: 23 to 35 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Half Shade
  • USDA Zone: 3 to 8
  • Bloom time: Mid Summer to Mid Fall

Kelwayis bring a different joy with their bright yellow flowers that are like daisies in clumps of fragrant ferny foliage that blooms all summer long.

They are easy to grow and are very hardy, they just need dry to medium well draining soils. They are great for cut flowers and can self-seed even if they are short-lived perennials.

9: Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Hello Yellow, Butterfly Weed, Milkweed
  • Watering Need: Moderate to Low Watering
  • Height: 16 to 24 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early to Late Summer

This long-living perennial came from a native North American flower. Monarch butterflies love Hello Yellow since it is one of their food sources.

It has showy clumps of lemon yellow flowers above the upright and narrow green leaf clusters.

After flowering, it produces a green fruit with several seeds, its seedpods are usually used for dried arrangements. Hello Yellows prefer sandy soil that drains well.

10: Echinacea x 'Mac 'n' Cheese'

Echinacea x 'Mac 'n' Cheese'

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Coneflower, Mac 'n' Cheese
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering
  • Height: 20 to 25 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Mid Summer to Early Fall

Mac n’ Cheese is a coneflower hybrid that has bright golden petals all around a big orange-green button cone.

The flowers are intensely colored at first but the hues gradually fade with time. This plant thrives in full sun and some dry basic soil.

11: Ratibida pinnata

Ratibida pinnata

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Grayhead Coneflower, Grayhead Mexican Hat, Gray-headed Mexican Hat, Pinnate Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering
  • Height: 24 to 36 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 8
  • Bloom time: Mid Summer to Early Fall

This yellow perennial is native in Missouri and can be found in prairies, dry woods, and alongside roads and railroad tracks.

Its flowers are somewhat fascinating because the 6-15 yellow petals around the sombrero-like and grayish-brown cone droops downward.

As it ages, the cone becomes taller and darker and when it is bruised, it smells like anise. It looks better when you plant them in groups.

12: Rudbeckia hirta ‘Prairie Sun’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Prairie Sun’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Gray Gloriosa Daisy, Prairie Sun, Black-eyed Susan ,Yellow Ox-eye Daisy, Brown Betty, Golden Jerusalem, English Bull's Eye
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering
  • Height: 27 to 31 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 5 to 8
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Early Fall

Prairie suns are occasionally regarded as annuals but in reality, they are just short-lived perennials. This wildflower is also native in Missouri and can be spotted waste areas, open woods, road sides, and prairies.

The blooms of this plant has green centers with petals that are a bit orange but fades to yellow up to the tips. Pollinating insects, birds, and butterflies flock around Prairie Sun’s flowers.

13: Achillea millefolium Desert Eve

Achillea millefolium Desert Eve

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Yarrow
  • Watering Need: Water occasionally once established, water more when in extreme heat
  • Height: 12 to 18 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Early Fall

Obviously not the red counterpart, this big, bright mustard-yellow cluster of flowers is one of the favorite landing pads of butterflies.

It has low mounds of deep green foliage that perfectly complements its bright flowers. It’s fairly easy to take care of since they are drought-resistant. This fast-growing perennial also attracts hummingbirds.

14: Achillea Lewisii ‘King Edward’

Achillea Lewisii ‘King Edward’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Dwarf Yarrow, King Edward
  • Watering Need: Keep it well watered
  • Height: 6 to 8 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Sun 
  • USDA Zone: 3 to 8
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Mid-Summer

A small semi-evergreen perennial that is mostly used as a ground cover or in edging sunny borders. Some gardeners love growing them in between stepping stones.  

This pale-yellow perennial grows slowly but blooms long in late spring to the middle of summer. Aside from being drought-resistant this little one is also deer and rabbit-resistant.

15: Chrysanthemum ‘Child's Play’

Chrysanthemum ‘Child's Play’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Mum, Button Style Chrysanthemum, Button Mum
  • Watering Need: Moderate Watering
  • Height: 8 to 16 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun 
  • USDA Zone: 5 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Fall to Late Fall

If you have a fall garden, then Child’s Play should be included in your collection. Although they are not that popular, the button-sized blooms with tight petals which look like gumdrops over green foliage will surely add a burst of child-like joy in your space. They are quite easy to grow and are deer-resistant.

16: Chrysogonum virginianum

Chrysogonum virginianum

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Creeping Green and Gold, Golden Star Plant, Golden Knee
  • Watering Need: Medium to well watering
  • Height: 6 to 12 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 5 to 9
  • Bloom time: Mid Spring to Late Spring

A perennial herb that has hairy, spooned leaves and cute star-shaped flowers that look like daisies.

Also known as Creeping Green and Gold, this perennial spreads quickly and is commonly used as a ground cover.

17: Coreopsis 'Galaxy'

Coreopsis 'Galaxy'


Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Tickseed, Galaxy Tickseed
  • Watering Need: Medium watering
  • Height: 10 to 12 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 5 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Early Fall

If you’re a beginner and want some long-blooming, semi-double blooms that thrive all summer long, then this sunny perennial is for you.

This bright cutie makes great cut flowers that will definitely attract birds and butterflies in your space. It is also one of the Big Bang™ series by an American plant breeder, Darrell Probst.

18: Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'

Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'


Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Dwarf Tickseed 'Nana', Ear-Leaved Tickseed, Lobed Tickseed 'Nana', Mouse Ear Coreopsis 'Nana’
  • Watering Need: Medium watering
  • Height: 6 to 10 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 5 to 8
  • Bloom time: Late Spring, Early Summer

Slow-spreading and compact perennial that has deep-green and bushy foliage. They are called Mouse Ears because of the lance-shaped leaves with tiny lateral lobes. 

Deers ignore this showy perennial but butterflies seem to love it. Dwarf Tickseeds look much better when in groups or in masses.

It can tolerate dry conditions but generally, this plant doesn’t like drying out. Perfect in meadows and borders.

19: Coreopsis Jethro Tull

Coreopsis Jethro Tull

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Tickseed, Jethro Tull
  • Watering Need: Medium watering
  • Height: 15 to 18 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Early Fall

Jethro Tull is a cross of Coreopsis auriculata 'Zamfir' and Coreopsis lanceolata 'Early Sunrise’. It has compact and golden flowers with fluted petals.

This perennial is fairly easy to take care of and mostly grown in borders. It also likes dry and hot spots.

20: Coreopsis verticillata Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope

Coreopsis verticillata Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Threadleaf Coreopsis, Tickseed
  • Watering Need: Low to Moderate watering
  • Height: 18 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Early Fall

The Mayo Clinic chose this little sunshine to commemorate their 150 years of service, symbolizing healing and hope by appreciating nature’s beauty.

The threadlike blue-green foliage of this perennial complements the bright yellow flowers on top of it. This plant is tolerant to road salt and is deer-resistant. 

21: Delosperma congestum ‘Gold Nugget’

Delosperma congestum ‘Gold Nugget’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Gold Nugget, Hardy Ice Plant, Ice Plant
  • Watering Need: Low to Moderate watering
  • Height: 2 to 3 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Early Fall

Gold nuggets are really small but have a fast growth rate that spreads from 18 to 23 inches wide.

They are native in South Africa, specifically in dry areas, but are also hardy in North America as long as they’re in well-draining soil. 

It’s a true alpine succulent with big and shiny yellow flowers on top that will definitely pique anyone’s interest.

22: Doronicum orientale ‘Little Leo’

Doronicum orientale ‘Little Leo’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Leopard’s Bane
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 10 to 12 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 2 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Late Spring

Little Leos have serrated and dark green leaves that are shaped like hearts, short stems, plus bright yellow and semi-double flowers that look like daisies.

This early blooming perennial is always paired with spring blooming bulbs. It also goes dormant in hot summers, especially in areas where summers are too humid.

23: Echinacea x 'Now Cheesier'

Echinacea x 'Now Cheesier'

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Now Cheesier, Coneflower
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 12 inches but can grow up to 24 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 2 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Late Spring

Now Cheesier has majestic flowers that are golden and a bit orange-yellow flowers that look like melting cheddars.

After weeks in heat, the intense orange-yellow color will lighten significantly. It doesn’t need any special soil, an average, a bit moist, and well-draining one is more than enough.

24: Euphorbia Polychroma

Euphorbia Polychroma

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Cushion Spurge
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 12 to 18 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 2 to 9
  • Bloom time: Mid Spring to Early Summer

This perennial is related to Poinsettia. It mounds and forms clumps that makes it great for borders. The golden-yellow flowers may not be that showy but the chrome-yellow outer bracts definitely do the trick.

The longer it is subjected to the sun, the deeper its foliage color gets. When cutting its stems, be aware of the toxic and milky sap that can irritate your skin and eyes.

25: Helianthemum nummularium ‘Wisley Primrose’

Helianthemum nummularium ‘Wisley Primrose’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Wisley Primrose, Sun Rose, Rock Rose
  • Watering Need: Infrequent watering
  • Height: 6 to 12 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Mid Summer

The pale and dark primrose-like blooms of this shrubby perennial last only for a day, but it blooms really heavily in summer and spring.

It prefers dry sand moisture and is extremely drought-tolerant. In that case, you must make sure that it has a good drainage in water.

26: Helianthus salicifolius ‘Table Mountain’

Helianthemum Helianthus salicifolius ‘Table Mountain’‘Wisley Primrose’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Willow leaf Sunflower, Sunflower, Table Mountain
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 12 to 16 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 5 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Fall to Late Fall

With the name Table Mountain, you’d expect this plant to tower over you. In reality, it is very compact with prolific golden yellow sunflowers that face upwards and have brown centers.

Native in Missouri, it is a dwarf perennial sunflower with drooping quill-like foliage. These sunflowers tend to grow taller when in part shade.

27: Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’

Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Happy Returns, Daylily
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 14 to 18 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun, preferably Morning Sun and Afternoon Shade 
  • USDA Zone: 3 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Mid Fall

One of my favorite yellow perennials is Happy Returns because of its long-blooming and fragrant blooms.

Aside from being low-maintenance, deer, rabbit, and drought-resistant, the slightly crumpled, soft yellow flowers are such a delight to blend with any plant around.

It is called Daylily since the flowers open up in the morning about 16 hours then withers on the forthcoming night. It is then replaced by another on the same flower stalk the next day.

28: Heuchera Little Cutie™ ‘Blondie’

Heuchera Little Cutie™ ‘Blondie’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Fancy-leaf Coral Bells, Coral Bells, Alum Root
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 6 to 10 inches
  • Light Requirement: Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Early Fall

This little head-turner has  foliage that’s like smooth caramel and creamy yellow bell-shaped flowers that are great for cutting.

Since they make such neat clumps, Blondies are great as border plants or even in containers.

29: Iris pumila ‘Cache of Gold’

Iris pumila ‘Cache of Gold’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Dwarf Bearded Iris, Cache of Gold, Iris
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 10 to 12 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Spring to Mid Spring

Aside from being the earliest bloomer, this perennial is the smallest out of all Bearded Irises.

It has fragrant bright yellow flowers with white-tipped beard that reblooms mid-fall. This little sunshine needs minimum care and can multiply well on its own.

30: Kniphofia Popsicle Series ‘Lemon Popsicle’

Kniphofia Popsicle™ Series ‘Lemon Popsicle’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Lemon Popsicle, Flame Flower, Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 12 to 16 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • USDA Zone: 6 to 9
  • Bloom time: Early Summer to Mid Fall

From its name, you might want to gobble up this perennial that has green buds, grassy foliage and bright tubular lemon-yellow blooms.

If you want to attract hummingbirds and butterflies in your garden, Lemon Popsicle is a good choice. These cute lemon drops are low-maintenance and a good partner for daylilies.

31: Lamiastrum galeobdolon

Lamiastrum galeobdolon

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Yellow Archangel, Golden Dead-Nettle
  • Watering Need: Low to Moderate watering
  • Height: 9 to 15 inches
  • Light Requirement: Partial Sun to Full Shade
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Mid Spring to Late Spring

A spreading perennial of the mint family, the Yellow Archangel is native in thickets, copses, and shaded woodlands in Western Asia and Europe.

It has hooded, tubular, and two-lipped butter yellow flowers with loose bright green foliage. Since it is quick to spread, it is mostly used as a ground cover for dry and shady areas.

32: Lupine polyphyllus Mini Gallery Yellow

Lupine polyphyllus Mini Gallery™ Yellow

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Lupinus, Lupines
  • Watering Need: Moderate watering
  • Height: 14 to 16 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 8
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Mid Summer

The sweet, pea-shaped, sunshine-yellow blooms of this perennial entice the pollinators in their spires that are full of nectar.

These babies look breathtaking when grown in clumps with perennials of the same variety. They find it difficult to thrive in locations where summers are extremely hot so they prefer cool climates.

Fun fact, these sweet things can enhance the fertility of the soil that they’re planted in!

33: Primula vulgaris Belarina ‘Buttercup’

Primula vulgaris Belarina® ‘Buttercup’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Primrose, Double Primrose
  • Watering Need: Consistent watering
  • Height: 7 to 12 inches
  • Light Requirement: Partial Shade
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 8
  • Bloom time: Early Spring to Late Spring

English cottage gardens aren’t complete without these Double Primroses. These ethereal beauties almost went extinct but are readily available again now because of laboratory cloning.

This long-blooming perennial have leaves that look like lettuce plus clumps of aromatic, butter yellow, double primroses.

Although they can be placed on a landscape, their beauty will be much more appreciated in windowsill gardens and in containers.

34: Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’

Quick Facts

  • Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan
  • Watering Need: Average to Low Watering
  • Height: 12 to 16 inches
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • USDA Zone: 4 to 9
  • Bloom time: Mid Summer to Early Fall

If you’re familiar of Goldsturm, Little Goldstar is just a dwarf version of it. It has a short cluster of green foliage with golden starburst blooms and brown cone.

This perennial is incredibly prolific, in just one plant, you can spot up to 80 flowers! Since it’s fairly small, it looks great in containers and front borders.

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