Yellow flowers simply make people smile. It is the color of friendship, joy, and lightheartedness. New beginnings like the start of spring are associated with the beauty of yellow flowers. Yellow symbolizes summer, warmth and vitality.The thing about yellow is that no matter what the weather it always projects a sunny glow, its brightness not diminished by the absence of sunlight. Start with annuals as small transplants from the garden center and you’ll see results in a few weeks. There are many varieties of yellow or gold annuals to choose from.
Put a few tall sunflowers in the back of the flower bed. Sunflowers come in many heights; aim for a variety that is four to five feet high. This will form the backdrop of your garden.
Add tall yellow marigolds in front of the sunflowers; choose a variety that grows 3 to 4 feet high. Mix in a few yellow or gold zinnias. Some varieties of yellow zinnias are Yellow Flame, Golden Yellow or Old Mexico.
In front of the zinnias, put another, shorter variety of sunflowers and also another shorter type of yellow marigold. Sprinkle in some calendulas (they come in a mix of yellow shades) and maybe yellow petunias.
‘Old Mexico’ zinnia
For the front of the bed, choose either Milkmaid or Moonlight nasturtiums, both yellow varieties. Helenium is a daisy-like flower that grows 12 to 15 inches tall. There is a variety called Dakota Gold whose feathery foliage will contrast nicely with the bold leaves of the nasturtiums. Put some helenium near the front of the bed.
One of the loveliest of the pale yellow flowers is perennial foxglove, whose throat is speckled with maroon freckles.
Echinacea ‘Daydream’ Coneflower (left), Limnanthes Douglasii (right)
There’s even a yellow variety of snapdragons, but they’re usually part of a multi-colored mixture. You could sort them out if you found enough already blooming at a garden center. Yellow rudbeckia daisies are heat tolerant and will bloom all summer and into fall. Varieties are available in heights from 18 to 40 inches high.
Daylilies excel in shades of cream to pale to pure yellow. There are literally hundreds of varieties. Some have ruffled edges of contrasting peach or orange, others glow with a pure sulphur yellow. Lilies also come in yellow shades by the dozen. Some are variegated with speckled throats. There is even a stunning, pure yellow calla lily.
Keep in mind that all the flowers don’t have to be the same shade of yellow, as long as they are in the yellow family. Flowers in colors from the palest yellow to the deepest gold will combine to create a stunning display in your yard. The warm yellow tones really “pop” in the landscape.