My top 10 favorite yellow flowers
My top 10 favorite yellow flowers in our garden and why I love them
Yellow flowers light up a garden and represent joy, new beginnings and friendship. A garden without the cheery yellow flowers is like a day without sunshine. Yellow flowers come in a range of shades from pale yellow, buttery yellow, to orangey-yellow. Most often yellow flowers are combined with a palette of other colors which never fail to make a statement in the garden. Mother Nature indeed is a true artist.
Here are the top 10 favorite yellow flowers that grace our garden and 10 reasons why I love them.
All photos were taken by Bakerwoman (that's me).
#1 Yellow Daffodils are Spring's cheerful trumpeters - Chase the winter blues away with these yellow bells
I know it is spring when these cheerful trumpets of yellow daffodils begin poking their heads out of the ground. Still bearing raindrops from the late winter rain, these yellow daffodils light up the flower borders in our backyard. Some of these end up as cut flowers so I can enjoy the short-lived beauty of these wonderful harbingers of spring.
Get ready for next Spring with daffodil bulbs from Amazon - Mix them up for a spectacular showing
#2 Dwarf Sunflowers have a sunny disposition - The most recognizable cheery flowers
While its gigantic counterpart will grow to 15 feet, the Dwarf Sunflower will only inch its way to 16-17 inches. This makes the showy flower perfect for flower arrangements.
The Dwarf Sunflower is a native of North America and loves at least 6 hours of sun a day, although it will tolerate partial shade. The striking and showy Dwarf Sunflower creates a spectacular garden hedge that will turn heads. They also grow well in containers.
Dwarf Sunflower seeds are so easy to grow - Get yours online and make a statement in your garden
#3 Calibrachoa Million Bells can take the heat - Great in hanging baskets and garden borders
Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the colorful throats of this low-maintenance Million Bells, a hybridized trailing petunia. Unlike petunias, Million Bells as the name implies will produce an unbelievable amount of flowers in full-sun locations. This trailing perennial will put to shame the petunias which will wilt in the summer heat.
Each flower is about 1 inch in diameter and spread about 2 feet, so this will not make a good groundcover unless these are planted en masse. These are great in containers, hanging baskets, garden borders and rock gardens.
Million Bells Calibrachoa blooms non-stop from Spring through frost. Because it is a prolific bloomer, Million Bells is also a self-cleaning plant and does not need deadheading.
Hang and show off your flowers in these hanging baskets - The bees and hummingbirds will love you
#4 Echinacea coneflowers have medicinal benefits - The vibrant yellow echinacea welcome summer to the garden until autumn
These sturdy compact yellow coneflowers with orange-brown centers take center stage from summer through fall. The petal tend to point downwards and make the flower appear to be cone-shaped.
Echinacea is a North American genus which belong to the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is deer resistant, thrives in average soil, hot weather, and tolerates the cold. That is my kind of plant--low-maintenance, and can go from casual to formal in any setting.
Echinacea is purported to have enhancing immune system benefits. I have been taking echinacea tablets for years as a prevention for the common cold. The seeds also make a great meals for the birds and make long-lasting cut flowers.
Echinacea coneflower seeds from Amazon
#5 Dancing-lady orchid 'oncidium' - Fun orchid that is so entertaining and makes a great gift
This moisture-loving oncidium orchid resembles a spray of dancing ladies with brown and yellow skirts, hence its name Dancing-lady orchid. The delicate yellow flowers bloom all at the same time and the ever slight movement or breeze in the room makes them seem to sway. It loves bright indirect sunlight and humidity, so I used a pebble tray to mimic its native tropical habitats in the damp forests of South America.
#6 Dinner Plate Dahlias will stop traffic - Big, bold and beautiful - commands respect in the garden
As the name implies, the Dinner Plate dahlia is as big as a dinner plate. These huge flowers will need to be staked to help support their heavy and huge blooms. Each flower measures from 10-12 inches across and one flower could easily be a standalone flower arrangement. Three of these gigantic dahlias could make an eye-popping bouquet. I like these dinner plate-sized dahlias because of the wow factor.
#7 Dwarf Alstromeria or Princess Lily - Exotic glamour girls of our backyard deck
I grow yellow dwarf alstromeria in a container under a trellis on the deck. The delicate petals of yellow with hints of apricot and brown whiskers give alstromeria an exotic glamour. Ulike regular alstromerias which are 2-3 feet tall, these dwarf variety are too short for cut flowers so I leave them out on the deck for the hummingbirds and myself to admire. Alstromerias are also favorites for commercial bouquets and flower arrangements and can be found in most restaurant tables with a vase life of about 2 weeks.
Alstromeria is a native of South America and is a perennial. It dies back in the winter and comes back in the summer.
#8 Cymbidium Orchid can tolerate the cold - Long lasting blooms
This cymbidium orchid was lovely when I first bought it with its leathery long-lasting yellow petals and striking red lips. Then it became a reluctant bloomer for a couple of years in our sunroom. So I set it outside under the shade of a Japanese maple tree, watered it once a week during the summer months, and left it outside for the rest of the winter. All of a sudden, this cymbidium started to produce a lovely spray of yellow flowers induced by the cold weather. This cymbidium orchid has not been back in the house since.
#9 Showy Hibiscus - You can eat and drink this flower
In the Philippines, the hibiscus is known as gumamela. When we were kids, we would wear the flowers behind our ears. It comes in many shades of white, pink, red and yellow and is used as a common landscape shrub in warm-temperate and tropical parts of the world. This yellow hibiscus with the red throat is my favorite of all. The trumpet-shaped flowers can be made into tea and the dried flowers can be eaten.
#10 Heat-loving Yellow Gazania - Tough little daisy-looking groundcover
What I like about this Yellow Gazania is its ability to tolerate heat and drought. This South African plant thrives with little water, poor soil condition and has a clumping tendency. The flowers close at night and reopen when the sun is out. It also reseeds readily which makes it a perfect groundcover for our frontyard along the sidewalk.
Often cars are parked along the sidewalk and these hardy flowers are trampled upon by careless passengers getting out of their vehicles. Yet these hardy flowers spring back to their showy display in spite of the abuse. Gazanias brighten up flower beds, container planters, and garden borders and are one heck of a tough daisy. What is there not to like about gazanias?
Heat-loving, drought-tolerant, cheery gazania seeds for your garden - Plant some in every corner
Interesting links you will enjoy
- Yellow Flowers and Foliage for the Garden : Outdoors : Home & Garden Television
Get ideas for perennials, shrubs and annuals that have yellow to gold foliage or flowers at HGTV.com.
- Summer Flowers - Roadsides - Yellow and Orange
Lovely picture of yellow and orange flowers which bloom between June and August.
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- How to Create Sensational Pots and Planters, Container Gardening, Container Gardens: Gardener's Supp
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- Yellow Flowers - Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and Plants
Shown here are southeastern Arizona plants with conspicuous yellow or golden flowers.