If you are looking to add a pop of color, try adding yellow to your yard! Still bright, but softer and more inviting than orange or red, yellow flowers create a bright and serene environment.

We compiled a list of sunny shades and included basic growing information like sun and soil needs. Find out which of these cheery options would fit best in your garden.

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Hellebores Helleborus

Helleborus is a perennial with leathery leaves that protect a circle of tiny stamen-like petals. They have a long blooming period, lasting anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks and ranging in color from white to purple.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Do not plant these too deeply. Make sure the crown is only just covered by soil.

Marigold Tagetes

Marigolds are popular annuals. Their popularity likely comes from their bright colors and ability to bloom all summer long. They have carnation-like flower heads with thick layers of ruffled petals.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Although they can grow in pretty much any soil, Marigolds need lots of sunshine. Be sure to water from the base rather than overhead and allow the soil to dry before watering again.

Rosa

With over 2,000 varieties and hundreds of years of cultivation, the rose has an extensive family and a long history. Old roses, which are classified as existing prior to the 1867 tea rose, generally have more fragrance, more complicated blooms and greater disease resistance. Modern roses offer an endless color selection and all-season blooms.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

Plant roses in an area where they will receive at least 5 hours of sun a day.

Lilium

Lilies are one of the most popular flowers for floral arrangements because of their large showy blooms and pleasant fragrance. They have 6 trumpet-shaped petal that stand on top of a long stem.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

If you live in zones 9 or 10, refrigerate your lily bulbs before planting. They require a cold, dormant period for spring growth.

Calla Lily Zantedeschia

Calla Lilies are very popular for their elegant bell shape both in gardens and as cut flowers. They grow well outdoors and as houseplants.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Typically planted after the threat of frost, Calla Lilies should be planted deep and watered well. Aside from regular watering and fertilizer they are fairly low-maintenance.

Tulipa

Tulips come in virtually every color of the rainbow. They are usually brightly colored flowers with a simple cup shape that grow on a green stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 8

Flower Tip

Never deliberately water a bed in which your tulips are planted. They dislike excessive moisture.

Dianthus caryophyllus

Carnations are popular for the spectrum of colors they come in. They grow full blooms of serrated petals on a long, narrow stalk.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Remove spent flowers promptly to encourage continued blooming.

Gerbera Daisy Gerbera Jamesonii

These bright and cheerful flowers come in many different colors. Gerbera Daisies can also range in size from 2 to 5 inches in diameter.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Be aware of crown rot which is when the crowns are planted too deeply. This is a common problem with Gerbera Daises.

Daffodil Narcissus

Daffodils are composed of a trumpet-like structure set against a star-shaped background. Frequently the two parts come in contrasting colors. These flowers symbolize friendship.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Daffodils need to be planted 3 times deeper than their bulb height. If this rule is not followed, they will bend soon after blooming.

Yarrow Achillea

Yarrow is a hardy perennial with fern-like leaves. The flower heads are packed with tiny blooms that usually come in white or yellow.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Make sure to give Yarrow enough space. The flowers are quick to spread and can become invasive.

Hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus flowers grown on a small tree. They are huge, trumpet-shaped blooms with dark green leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 8

Flower Tip

These tropical flowers are sensitive to both drought and cold. Make sure they are constantly moist and protected from temperatures below freezing.

Perennial Geranium Geranium

These perennial blue flowers produces a seemingly endless supply of flowers ranging from white to deep blue and bloom from June to frost.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Best to pair this summer bloom with spring-blooming bulbs like hyacinth or daffodils

Zinnia Zinnia elegans

Zinnias have a bright, daisy-like heads on a tall, slender stem. They grow up to 3 feet and bloom annually.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

These flowers are relatively easy to grow. Remove faded blooms to ensure continued flowering and fertilize lightly.

Begonia Begonia

Begonias come in many different varieties but most have large double flowers that come in yellow, orange, red, white and pink. They bloom on top of dark green leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

6 - 11

Flower Tip

Begonias need moderate amounts of sun and prefer to stay out of the wind. Do not overwater but keep the soil moist.

Sunflower Helianthus

Sunflowers have big, daisy-like flower faces much like that surround a brown center which will ripen and be filled with seeds. They are extremely popular as cut flowers and can often be found in floral arrangements in fall.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Sunflowers are remarkably tough. They need little extra care once they begin growing. Be careful not to over-fertilize. This can lead to steam breaks in the fall during their peak bloom.

Ranunculus Ranunculus

Ranunculus come in bright colors and grow on long stems. They are perfect cut flowers because they has a long vase life and many blooms.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

Do not remove the foliage until the end of summer when they are yellow. Green leaves will gather sunlight for next year's garden.

Yellow Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii

The Butterfly Bush had lance-shaped leaves with arching branches. Buddleia is one of the most fragrant bushes and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies - hence the name.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

5 - 10

Flower Tip

Buddleia can grow into a tree and develop rugged trunks in milder climates. In northern regions, be sure to apply a generous amount of fertilizer in the winter to keep it healthy through winter.

Bulbine Bulbine frutescens

Bulbine is a succulent with grass-like foliage and yellow or orange blossoms. Flower stalks usually grow to 2 feet and tend to grow in clumps.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

As a native of South Africa, this perennial is perfect for the heat and dry soil of Florida. Remove dead flower heads to encourage more blooms.

Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum

Commonly referred to as Mums, Chrysanthemums are a classic addition to a fall garden. There are hundreds of varieties that give you choices between color, height, flower size and even time of bloom.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Pinching is the most important care technique for Mums. It entails removing the main steam which forces the plant to grow two new stems.

Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens

Yellow Jessamine is a early-blooming vine with bright, funnel-shaped flowers. It grows beautifully over fences, walls and trellises.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

7 - 9

Flower Tip

Jessamine does not like to be too dry or hot. Be sure to water regularly and provide support if it begins growing too long.

Dutch Hyacinth Hyacinthus orientalis

Hyacinth grows from a spring-flowering bulb. A ball-shaped cluster of up to 20 individual flowers blooms on top of a slender stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

10 - 11

Flower Tip

These drought tolerant plants are great for xeriscaping. Wild Hyacinth will grow well with little care.

Waterlily Nyphaea hollandia

These floating beauties are surprisingly hardy despite their delicate facade. They can be grown in a small tub on a patio or a pond of any size. Waterlilies bloom in all colors aside from blue and purple.

Soil Needs

Moist

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

1 - 11

Flower Tip

When planting Waterlilies, be sure to remove old leaves and thick roots. Be sure to plant the tuber against an edge and point the growing tip upward.

Daisy Asteraceae

Daisies are generally made up of white petals and a yellow center but can come in other color varieties as well. They grow on a smooth, leafless stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Many Daisy varieties grow with little effort. Just make sure they have a good amount of sun and their roots aren't underwater.

Daylily Hemerocallis

Daylilies grow easily and spread quickly despite their delicate appearance. Their trumpet-shape bloom grows on top of a tall, leafless stem. They can be found in many different colors as there are tens of thousands of hybrids in existence

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

If you remove wilted flowers, the bloom time can be long even though each individual flower only lasts for one day.

Coreopsis Coreopsis

Coreopsis are yellow flowers very similar in appearance to daisies. Their petals can come in varying shades of yellow and pink.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

If dead heads are removed, this flower will be the longest lasting bloom in the garden.

Goldenrod Solidago

This perennial wildflower hast tall leafy stalks with blooms clustered along the ends. As the name indicates, Goldenrods are a deep yellow and flower in late summer.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 9

Flower Tip

These flowers can easily spread out of control. Choose a shorter, hybridized breed for your garden.

Pansy Viola wittrockiana

Pansies come in a wide variety of colors and can bloom in any season. They are hardy annuals that do well as borders and ground covers.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Remember to water Pansies regularly. Drought is their most common reason for failing.

Prickly Pear Opuntia humifusa

Prickly Pear is a versatile cacti that can be found across the southern states but will also grow as far north as Minnesota. They have flat, green pads that have a tendency to grow at strange angles.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Be aware that cactuses can grow to be quite large and should be planted away from pathways. If you are looking to plant it in your garden rather than grow from a pot, make a mix of half soil, half sand.

Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia

Black-Eyed Susans are sturdy, daisy-like plants with golden heads and dark brown centers. They will add a patch of bright yellow to your garden and mix well with annuals and shrubs.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

These native flowers are fairly self-sufficient but do need moisture to grow. If you opt for the tall variety, plant them among shrubs for added support.

Primrose Oenothera

This goblet-shaped flower, blooms in yellow, pink or white and can be very fragrant.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

Evening Primrose can thrive along roadsides with no care. They spread quickly so be sure to control them in your own garden.

Iris Iris

Irises come with 3 upright petals and 3 drooping petals which are often a different color. They have delicate -looking, intrinsic blooms that can be found in shades of purple, blue, orange, pink and white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Check your soil before planting these flowers. Some prefer alkaline soil, others prefer acidic.

Craspedia Craspedia globosa

Craspedia produces round flowers that can reach the size of a tennis ball. The flowers bloom almost all year in warm climates.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

These are the perfect flowers for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance blooms. They tolerate most soil types, hardly require watering and are largely pest and disease resistant.

Snapdragon Antirrhinum majus

Snapdragons are a popular mid-size plant that come in most colors aside from blue. They are often grown with short, bedding plants or tall background plants because they provide a welcome balance.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

7 - 10

Flower Tip

These flowers can be planted early as they can handle frost. Clip the top steam and long side shoots throughout the blooming season to encourage more growth.


Photo Credit: Hellebores via Marco Schmidt, Calla Lily via Mokkie, Zinnia via Kor!An (Корзун Андрей), Bulbine via Kenraiz, Jessamine via Llez, Daylily via Magnus Manske.