Light it Up With Yellow and Orange Flowering Perennials!

Light it Up With Yellow and Orange Flowering Perennials!

Yellow and Orange Tulips

Yellow or orange flowering perennials add a stunning sizzle to the landscape and are instant highlights to any garden or patio!

Looking for something to plant in those hot spots in your yard? 

Plant yellow and orange flowers in your garden this year! You’ll brighten up the landscape with these fruity and juicy hues!

Blooming Goldenrod

Warm and loving colors of yellow and orange have long been associated with joy amusement, gentleness, humor, spontaneity, wisdom, connection, envy and jealousy, avarice, and, cowardice depending on where you are in the world. Also associated with gold and the sun, it’s no wonder why so many plants are named so - like Goldenrod and Sunflowers!

The color of carotenes in many fruit and veggies, and no fall display would be the same without these colors showing up once the chlorophyll retreats in the cold. Yellow or orange flowering or foliage plants add a stunning sizzle and ensure visual highlights to any garden or patio! The opposite of purple and blue on the color wheel and melding beautifully with the green of most plants.

The Science Behind Yellow & Orange Color

Yellow and Orange Sunrise

The dominant wavelength of light in the human eye, yellow and orange are frequent colors found in nature. The Lascaux cave in France has a painting of a yellow horse 17,000 years old because Yellow is so easily available in nature, so it’s no wonder why ochre pigment was one of the first colors used in art.

Yellow and orange absorb the sun's light energy and protect plants from photodamage and embody natural light and warmth.

Why Yellow and Orange Perennial Plants:

Yellow and Orange Perennial Plants

  • Yellow is the color of the sun, warmth & illumination
  • Happiness, youthful color, full of hope and positivity
  • Orange represents refreshment, fruity, joyfulness, and optimism
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health
  • Warm tones blend with everything!
  • Color of the sun, of the autumn, and all things cozy

Top Rated Yellow Perennials

The color of sunshine and joy, yellow flowers add instant cheer and bright color to the garden! Here are some of our favorite Yellow and Orange flowering Perennials!

Top Yellow Perennials Infographic


Sunrise and Moonbeam, Jethro Tull and Zagreb, sunny Coreopsis are heat and sun-tolerant plants that are positively butterfly favorites! Low water usage, neat and tidy mounds, and blooms for bees and bouquets alike. Anywhere in the sun seems to glow with a Tickseed plant! Hardy natives and native cultivars, Coreopsis thrive on neglect!

Iris, Bearded Iris, Siberian Iris & Japanese Iris

So many to choose from, the Iris family embraces the color yellow! Almost every type has at least a touch! Others go completely buttery to brilliant yellow in color! With long foliage, unique two-layer blooms of falls and flags, Iris captivates the senses with fragrance, long stems for bouquets, nectar for pollinators, and an easygoing nature! Check out Sunfisher or Honey Fruit Cocktail for buttery blooms!


It’s right there in the name, so you know Goldenrod embodies the color yellow! Gilded little blooms on long, arching sprays are wonderful full-sun, late-season-blooming plants that feed beneficial insects galore and are airy floral arrangement filler! Tall waving blooms resemble fireworks on both the native and the hardy ornamental cultivars drawing you in as they sparkle in the sun. Great xeric plants that won’t take much water or fuss, Goldenrod got a bad rap for allergies - but it is really Ragweed to blame! My favorite is Fireworks Goldenrod!

Black-Eyed Susan

Accented with their warm brown, raised centers, Black-Eyed Susans are perennial mini sunflowers that thrive in a wide range of climates and conditions! Their gilded petals shine and act like prime pollinator landing pads! Easy to grow and return year after year, they are living sunshine! Check out Little Suzy, or Dreamii for some great examples!


Sun-worshiping Daylilies might only last a day, but they keep popping out new buds all summer long! With long cascading foliage and cheerful open trumpets, they are fantastic edging and border plants for the heat, sun, and lazy gardener. Try a Happy Returns, Buttered Popcorn, or Stella de Oro to light up your garden borders.

Honorable Mention

Go big with yellow foliage plants, both entire and variegated green and yellow-leafed perennials like Lemon Supreme Coral Bells and Champagne Coral Bells, or yellow variegated Color Guard Yucca, Lil Miss Sunshine® Bluebeard or Sunshine Blue® Bluebeard II, and Golden Variegated Sweet Flag Grass!

Top Rated Orange Perennial Flowers

Orange Perennial Infographic

Warm, juicy hues that instantly make you think of sunsets and citrus, orange can range from almost peachy to red. The color of summer - Glow up a hanging basket, brighten an edge of a flowerbed, or install a vibrant mass planting.


Soaking up the heat and sun with their spiky, raised centers, Coneflowers are stout perennials that take orange to new heights and enhance flower bouquets! Try a Sombrero® Adobe Orange or Hot Coral Coneflower, or the radiant Julia Coneflower.

Daylilies again

Just like yellow, the Daylily has the corner market in vibrant orange hues! Check out Rainbow Rhythm® Orange Smoothie, Alabama Jubliee, or a ruffled South Seas!

Hyssop (Agastache)

While many Hyssops are known for their purple blooms, there’s an entire range of juicy orange, fine-textured and highly aromatic versions too! Fantastic Hummingbird and butterfly plants, plus many with medicinal and culinary uses, the tropical colored Kudos™ Mandarin Hyssop and POQUITO™ Orange Hyssop will add an extra pop of color to your landscape without any of the extra fuss!

Canna Lily

Tropical bold foliage and dramatic blooms that look like a cross between an Iris and a Hibiscus, the heat-loving Canna Lily can be an annual or perennial summer bulb! Try a Tropicanna® Gold Canna, or the dark red/orange-leafed Tropicanna® Canna.

Coral Bells

Not everything has to be about the flowers, Coral Bells have upstaged their own blooms by providing dramatic colored foliage! Loving more shade than sun, these gorgeous foliage plants include the delectable Caramel Coral Bells, Peach Crisp Coral Bells, and dramatic Zipper Coralbells with stunning multi-orange hues!

Honorable Mentions

You can’t forget the unique Orange New Zealand Sedge Grass, or Toffee Twist Sedge Grass. Or the showy Butterfly Weed Plant and Hermes Tall Bearded Iris.

Designing a Garden with Warm-Tone Perennials

Colorful garden

From shade gardens to full-sun backyard landscapes, you can utilize yellow and/or orange flowering perennials in an endless array of layouts!

Add plants with burgundy or chartreuse foliage to deepen or brighten the effect. Add reds to complete your exotic sunset garden. Soften these colors with silver, gray, or white. Or, contrast with blue or purple flowering plants.

The tans and browns from Ornamental grasses just set things off beautifully, and as always, green is the natural complementary color for either of these hues! Separate orange and yellow blooms with intermittent splashes of red, pink and magenta to create a hot-toned flower bed.

Juiced Up Butterfly Garden

  • Butterfly Weed Plant
  • Tiki Torch Coneflower
  • Sedum Lemon Drop
  • SpinTop™ Orange Halo Gaillardia
  • Little Lanterns Columbine
  • Disco Music Tall Bearded Iris
  • Stiff Goldenrod
  • Orange Smoothie Daylily

Sun in the Shade

  • Lady’s Mantle
  • Amber Queen Barrenwort
  • Othello Leopard Plant
  • Yellow Trillium
  • Hermes Tall Bearded Iris
  • Sunshine Columbine
  • Zipper Coral Bells
  • Little Lanterns Columbine

Rock Garden For Sun

  • Julia Coneflower
  • Fire Dance Red Hot Poker
  • Coreopsis Sunray
  • Dwarf Goblin Gaillardia
  • Dwarf Little Lemon Goldenrod
  • Stella de Oro Daylily
  • Verbascum Honey Dijon
  • Autumn Gold Willowleaf Sunflower

Moist Soil Rain Garden

  • Little Rocket Leopard Plant
  • Marsh Marigold
  • Sunfisher Siberian Iris
  • Purple Lance-Leaved Loosestrife
  • Native Black Eyed Susan
  • Golden Alexander Sundrops
  • Golden Ragwort
  • Tropicanna® Canna

Sunshine Garden Part Shade

  • Fireworks Goldenrod
  • Lanceleaf Coreopsis
  • False Sunflower
  • Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower
  • TEMPO™ Orange Geum
  • Goldfinch Shasta Daisy
  • My Angel Clematis
  • American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan

Mellow Yellow Garden

  • Moonshine Yarrow
  • Coreopsis Creme Brulee
  • Moonbeam Coreopsis
  • Banana Cream Shasta Daisy
  • Banana Dwarf Red Hot Poker
  • Spirit of Memphis Tall Bearded Iris
  • Bartzella Itoh Peony

Xeric Sunset Garden

  • Fire Spinner Ice Plant
  • Showy Goldenrod
  • UpTick™ Gold & Bronze Coreopsis
  • Sundown Coneflower
  • Arizona Sun Gaillardia
  • Primal Scream Daylily
  • Mango Popsicle™ Dwarf Poker

Gilded Pollinator Garden

  • Hello Yellow Butterfly Weed
  • Dwarf Little Lemon Goldenrod
  • Glitters Like Gold Black-Eyed Susan
  • Decadence® Lemon Meringue Baptisia
  • Goldcrest Foxglove
  • Mouse Ear Coreopsis
  • Dark Eyes Verbascum
  • Siloam Peony Display Daylily

Warm Tones Cut Flower Garden

  • Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan
  • Sunny Seduction Yarrow
  • Double Scoop Lemon Cream Coneflower
  • Orange or Yellow Asiatic Lily
  • Glamazon Tall Bearded Iris
  • Rainbow Rhythm® Tiger Swirl Daylily
  • Jethro Tull Coreopsis

Orange and Yellow Foliage Garden

  • Delta Dawn Coral Bells
  • Caramel Coral Bells
  • Lemon Supreme Coral Bells
  • Rock 'N Low™ Boogie Woogie Sedum
  • Sun King Aralia
  • All Gold Japanese Forest Grass
  • Fire Island Hosta

Golden Hot Growing Zone Garden

  • Martin's Spurge
  • Lemon Drop Evening Primrose
  • Fanfare Blaze Gaillardia
  • Creme Caramel™ Coreopsis
  • Kudos Gold Hyssop
  • Chicago Sunrise Daylily
  • MiniBeckia™ Flame Rudbeckia
  • Mango Popsicle™ Dwarf Poker
  • Helenium Mariachi™ Salsa

Sunbeam Cold Growing Zone Garden

  • Flame Sundaze Strawflower
  • Tequila Sunrise Tickseed
  • Solar Flare Prairieblues False Indigo
  • Autumn Sun Coneflower
  • Fringe of Gold Tall Bearded Iris
  • Honey Gold Peony
  • Solar Flare Prairieblues False Indigo
  • Basket of Gold
  • Baby Sun Coreopsis

Flowering Perennial Care

yellow daffodil

Many perennials, especially native perennials, are so easy to care for! First, always make sure to read the care instructions found on the Nature Hills Product Pages. This will let you know how much sun, water and what type of soil a plant needs to thrive. Then find your growing zone here to get started!

Perennials do best in well-drained enriched soils and need regular fertility. Water new plants regularly until they are established during their first year. During the hottest months of the year, you’ll want to take extra care to make sure your perennials are getting enough water.

One of the best things you can do for your flower gardens is to add a 3 to 4-inch layer of arborist mulch chips around the plants. This helps conserve water and protects the roots from the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter.

Orange Daylily

Most perennials are herbaceous perennials, meaning they will die back to the ground and should be pruned in late fall when they do die back. A few exceptions prefer pruned in early spring. All appreciate some deadheading right after their flowers bloom for a cleaner effect and often to encourage a rebloom later in the growing season! You’ll find each plant's pruning needs on each plant description page.

Easy Warmth & Brilliant Color With Yellow & Orange Plants!

Yellow flowering perennials can represent the return of spring while orange can harken to the start of summer and autumn! Combine both and you have a delightfully exotic combination! Brighten, excite, and invigorate your garden today!

Browse the huge selection of yellow and orange perennial flowers for sale at Nature Hills Nursery, and reserve your plants today!

Happy Planting!

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