16 Yellow Perennials

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    If you are looking to fill your garden with yellow plants, here is a list of 16 perennials to help get you started.

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    Achillea 'Firefly Sunshine'

    (Yarrow) One of the very best Yarrows for lasting color throughout the summer. Bright yellow flowers contrast with dark gray green foliage. Upright habit

    Full Sun | Zones: 3-8 | Blooms Early to Late Summer

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    Aralia c. 'Sun King'

    (Golden Japanese Spikenard) This hardy, tropical-looking beauty brightens up the shade garden with its very large, compound, bright gold leaves. Color is greener in deep shade. Tiny white flowers give way to purple-black berries in fall.

    Part Sun to Part Shade | Zones: 3-9 | Blooms Mid to Late Summer

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    Baptisia DECADENCE® 'Lemon Meringue'

    (False Indigo) Impressive vigor compared to other yellow Baptisias. Forms an upright, vase-shaped mound of attractive blue-green foliage topped with long, charcoal stems carrying charcoal buds and lemon-yellow flowers. Seed pods in fall.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones 4-9 | Blooms Late Spring to Early Summer

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    Echinacea COLOR CODED™ 'Yellow My Darling'

    (Coneflower) Rich yellow flowers contrast beautifully with its dark green leaves. Flowers age to an attractive creamy yellow. A large volume of petals to make the flowers last for a long time!

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8 | Blooms Early to Late Summer

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    Heliopsis h. Tuscan Gold™

    (False Sunflower) Sunny yellow flowers have golden centers and matching eyes. Compact, upright habit of dark green leaves; resists powdery mildew. A perfect flower for bouquets. Larger flowers than ‘Tuscan Sun'.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9 | Blooms Mid to Late Summer

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    Helleborus HONEYMOON™ 'Spanish Flare'

    (Lenten Rose) 3”, single light yellow flowers with maroon-red flares concentrated around the nectaries.

    Full Sun to Part Shade | Zones: 4-9 | Blooms Early to Mid Spring

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    Hemerocallis RAINBOW RHYTHM® ‘Going Bananas'

    (Daylily) An improved ‘Happy Returns' with larger flowers and nearly continuous bloom right into early fall. Lemon yellow flowers open fully just above the foliage, typically 10-15 per scape. Not recommended for overwintering in containers.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 3-9 | Blooms Early to Late Summer

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    Heuchera DOLCE® 'Apple Twist'

    (Coral Bells) This plant changes color throughout the season. Newly emerging leaves have red veining that lightens with age. Very wavy, rippled chartreuse-yellow leaves will mature to apple green. Dense, full habit with good vigor.

    Part Sun to Full Shade | Zones: 4-9 | Blooms Midsummer

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    Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® 'French Vanilla'

    A new color for the collection and a breakthrough for yellow Hardy Hibiscus. Soft yellow flower buds open to 7-8" creamy custard yellow, ruffled flowers with a prominent red eye. Compared to the industry standard 'Old Yella', this Hibiscus retains its yellow color longer, has a more compact habit, has red stems and deeper green, more attractive foliage, and a very prolific floral production.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones 4-9 | Blooms Midsummer to Early Fall

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    Hosta SHADOWLAND® ‘Coast to Coast'

    (Hosta) This giant, solid gold hosta makes a striking specimen. Emerges chartreuse-yellow, then turns lighter gold in summer. Thick, puckered, wavy leaves form an upright vase-shaped clump. Pale violet flowers appear just above the foliage on proportionate scapes.

    Part Sun to Full Shade | Zones: 3-9 | Blooms Midsummer

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    Kniphofia PYROMANIA™ 'Solar Flare'

    (Red Hot Poker) The spiky flowers and upright habits of this plant add a very unique drama to your landscape, with rebloom extending the color late into the season. Grass-like foliage provides textural contrast to bold-leaved perennials. These tropical looking plants are hardy to either zone 6 or 5b, if you provide winter protection. Bright sunny yellow flowers hold consistent color throughout the season.

    Full Sun | Zones: 5b-9 | Blooms Early to Late Summer

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    Leucanthemum s. AMAZING DAISIES® 'Banana Cream'

    (Shasta Daisy) Huge 4-5” flowers open lemon yellow, brightening to light butter yellow and finally to creamy white as they mature. Buds are produced at each axillary shoot, ensuring a long season of bloom. Vigorous grower with excellent disease resistant, compact, dark green foliage. Suitable for containers.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 5-9 | Blooms Early to Late Summer

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    Ligularia 'Bottle Rocket'

    LIGBR20, LIGBR72 (Ligularia) A more compact sport of ‘Little Rocket'; delivers excellent garden performance. Perfectly proportional plant forms a dense clump of thicker, serrated green leaves with mustard yellow flower spikes held on chocolate stems just at the top of the foliage. Foliage holds up well in the summer heat.

    Part Sun to Part Shade | Zones: 4-9 | Blooms Midsummer

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    Origanum 'Drops of Jupiter'

    This beautiful ornamental herb will brighten up your landscape! When planted in full sun, the leaves of 'Drops of Jupiter' are chartreuse yellow. Later in the summer, mauve pink flowers are held on purple calyxes. The calyxes hold after the flowers are spent and extend the attractiveness late into fall. Although it's related to the oregano commonly used in cooking, this herb is meant to show off in the garden, similar to the ornamental onion Allium 'Serendipity'. Its leaves are edible, but will not have as intense of a flavor as its cousins.

    Full Sun | Zones 4-9 | Blooms Midsummer - Early Fall

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    Rudbeckia 'American Gold Rush'

    (Black-Eyed Susan) A dome-like habit of golden yellow flowers with black centers. Excellent resistance to Septoria leaf spot thanks to thin, hairy leaves. This hybrid Rudbeckia shows no signs of the fungus, even in wet, humid conditions.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9 | Blooms Midsummer to Early Fall

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    Sedum ROCK 'N GROW® 'Yellow Brick Road'

    (Stonecrop) Blooms a few weeks later than the standard summer flowering Stonecrop (Sedum kamtschaticum or Russian Stonecrop). Fine-textured yellow flowers bridge the gap between summer and fall flowering groundcover Sedum. Dark green leaves and red stems form a habit with little to no lodging.

    Full Sun | Zones: 3-9 | Blooms Mid to Late Summer

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