Yellow can be brash and bold, but it deserves a place in every yard. When used sparingly and in combination with contrasting colors, this golden hue can light up a garden. You can intensify yellow's bold tendencies by pairing it with red, orange, or lavender. Or group it with pink or green for a more subtle combination.
Hues of yellow are at their best in the spring, fall, and winter. The blazing summer sun often causes yellow to appear washed-out and drab. The lower light intensity of the other three seasons is friendlier toward golden hues and they respond by practically glowing.
Spring abounds with yellow. From cheery daffodils to tiny crocus peeking through the snow, bulbs offer many yellow hues. Shrubs such as forsythia can also be counted on for yellow spring blossoms.
Summer offers up many yellow annuals and perennials, including yarrow (Achillea millefolium), sunflowers (Helianthus), sundrops (Oenothera perennis), and lilies.
Fall is ablaze with yellow leaf color. For yellow flower color, look to coneflower (Rudbeckia), tickseed (Coreopsis), and goldenrod (Solidago).
Winter is a time when colorful yellow barks really shine. Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea') and willow (Salix alba var. vitellina) both have yellow winter shoots. And when left standing, ornamental grasses will turn a deep gold color.
When you want yellow in the garden, you have a wide variety of annuals and perennials to choose from. Here are our picks for the easiest to grow: