11 Beautiful Yellow Flowering Shrubs That’ll Brighten Up Your Garden


Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Yellow flowering shrubs are one of the best ways to brighten up the mood of your garden. Yellow is a very uplifting and joyful color. And, it complements greens as well as reds, pinks and whites very well.

This allows it to blend in easily within your garden.

And, in doing so, liven up the entire area.

The best thing about these yellow flowers is that they come in different sizes, shapes and feature varying looks. As such, you can use them in ways to produce very different design and landscaping effects.


Gorgeous Yellow Flowering Shrubs

Yellow Roses

Yellow Roses

Yellow roses are not as common as the red or pink ones. But, they are amazing to look at especially if you feel that your garden lacks bright colors.

Like other roses,, it is a deciduous shrub that enjoys full sun. But, you do want to give it a little shade especially during hot afternoons. It needs a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight daily to grow at its best.

This will give you big beautiful blooms with bright colored flowers.

Unfortunately, if you see its color start to get bleached, it means it is getting too much intense exposure or heat. So, a quick solution it to give it more shade during the hottest times of the day.

Do note that yellow roses are prone to black spots. Older yellow cultivars are weaker making them more susceptible. But, this is not the case with the ones we have today.




Forsythia is another flower shrub that feature lovely yellow colors. It is a fast grower and requires little maintenance. This lets you fill a black area of your garden quickly.

Thus, they’re perfect for borders or adding color to brighten up the mood of your backyard.

The plant is well know for its small yellow flowers that decorate its stalks.

As it grows, you may or may not want to trim or shape it depending on the look you’re going for. However, it can get a little messy with its branches going in all directions.

Forsythia will grow from between 2 to 10 feet high. They also attract butterflies and bees.




Camellia come in wide variety of colors. The most popular are pink, red and white.

That said, yellow camellia are beautiful as well.

These are similar to roses in that they feature larger blooms. But, it is a better fit for your garden if you don’t get a ton of bright light as it prefers partial shade.

To allow its flowers to bloom at their best, give it rich soil with pH between 5.5 and 6.5. And, keep the soil moist.


Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch hazels are yellow flowering shrubs that give you a different look.

These are large shrubs that are fragrant and colorful. Yellow is just one of the colors available. But, it is perfect if you want to brighten up your garden.

That said, their blooms are not big and bold like that of the roses and camellias. Instead, they’re small and many in number covering the branches.

Witch hazel is a great choice if you don’t like to do a lot of maintenance. They’re especially helpful to gardeners because you don’t have to bother about pests and disease since they’re resistant.

That said, they do enjoy full sun. Although, they’ll appreciate more filtered the sun during hot afternoons.


Compact Coral Barberry

Compact Coral Barberry

In case you prefer something a bit on the orange-yellow side, rather than just straight up bright yellow, check out the compact coral barberry. These will give you a darker shade of yellow.

They feature beautiful bulbs and smaller leaves. But, be careful as they are thorny.

Compact coral barberry are hardy to USDA zones 6 to 9.

As its name will tell you, it is a compact plant that grows up to 6 to 12 inches high and about the same width. It is drought tolerant and will can take full sun to partial shade.






Mahonia are perennial evergreen shrubs that prefer partial shade. They’re a good sign that spring is here as their bright yellow flowers will start to bloom early.

They are ideal for USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9 and are great for hedges, especially if you want to add more privacy.

That said, you’ll want to give them moist soil in order to maintain their fragrant, bright yellow colors.

The best part about it is that they’ll give you different looks throughout the year. As such, they’re never boring or bland in the garden.

In the spring, you’ll enjoy they’re bright colored flowers. Come summer, they’ll produce berries. Fall gives you more color while winter features its green leaves.




Potentilla is a very popular landscaping shrub because it is easy to care for and blooms for a long time. Plus, it is hardy to USDA zones 2 through 8. This allows anyone from almost any region to enjoy it. The only exceptions are the warmer areas.

Just as importantly, they’re not fussy about growing conditions. And, can tolerate drought and the urban environment which has considerable air pollution.

That said, you probably know Potentilla by its other names. These include bush cinquefoil or shrubby cinquefoil.

These are perfect if you want a yellower flowering shrub that’s able to bloom from spring all the way to fall.





That’s the best way I can describe this beautiful shade-loving plant.

They bring beautiful splashes of color to your backyard. Yellow is perfect if you want to brighten up the mood and look. But, there are other colors as well including red, pink, white and orange.

The brighter pink and red ones are among the most popular.

That said, I enjoy azaleas best when you’re able to mix different colors one beside the other. This makes them stand out.

They an grow to between 3 to 12 feet high. So, you can trim them as needed to get the look you want.


Lydian Broom

Lydian Broom

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Lydian broom don’t rank among the most well-known plants around. But, they’re a wonderful option if you want to grow an evergreen bush that’s bright yellow in color.

Do note that they come in many different hues as well including lavender, orange, crimson and cream just to name a few. But, they’re at their best with the yellow color.

This allows them to stand out and make a statement. That’s not something you can always say with fences, borders or privacy screens.

The plant gets to between 6 to 8 feet high. They do need full sun to maintain their colors. And, they require well-draining soil. They’re less concerned with the richness of the soil. Thus, they’ll do just as well in poor soil as they do in loamy soil.


St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort

You’ve probably heard of St. John’s Wort as a medicinal plant. But, what you probably don’t know is it ranks among the prettiest yellow flowering shrubs as well.

They make lovely bushes around or inside your garden. And, the bright colors blooms decorate over the green foliage beautifully.

These enjoy full sun but can take partial shade as well. They bloom from June until September. And, they are hardy to USDA zones 3 through 8.

To keep them looking bright and lively, provide them with moist, rich soil. They’re less picky about pH levels as they’re able to grow in alkaline, acidic or neutral soil.




If you want to infuse bright yellow color without overwhelming your garden with that hue, consider hibiscus shrubs.

These grow to between 4 and 10 feet tall making them great for decorative hedges or living fences.

They’re amazing to look at because of the many different colors available. Among them is yellow.

With its yellow color, you have the option of bright yellow or one that’s somewhat orange yellow. Within the bright yellows, you can opt for those with darker red centers or those that are completely yellow.

Hibiscus are likewise unique because of the stamens sticking out. This makes them interesting when you get up close.

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