13 Gorgeous Yellow Annual Flowers

Add luscious yellow to your garden beds and borders with annual flower picks for every season.
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Annual Beauty

Annuals, such as these pansies, are plants that germinate, flower, set seed, and die all in one growing season.

Sunflower 'Russian Mammoth'

Gardeners who compete at county fairs and flower shows often grow 'Russian Mammoth', a hard-to-beat beauty that towers 9 to 12 feet high. The huge heads can be dried for their thin-shelled, striped seeds, which are meaty and beloved by birds and other wildlife. This easy-to-grow favorite attracts butterflies.

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta ‘Denver Daisy’)

This eye-catching cultivar of the native black-eyed susan sports two-tone petals. Cut flowers for bouquets, or let them set seed for birds to nibble. Plants are hardy in Zones 3 to 9, but sometimes perform more as a short-lived perennial or biennial.

California Poppy

The fragile California poppy opens fully only in sun and varies in color from yellow, orange, and gold to red, pink, and white. Eschscholzia californica; Fragile, poppylike flowers open fully only in sun and vary in color from yellow, orange, and gold to red, pink, and white. Almost indestructible. H to 12 in (30 cm); S to 6 in (15 cm).

Yellow and Orange Marigolds

Marigolds have a bold color and an unsubtle scent—so it stands to reason that they symbolize strong emotions: courage, passion, jealousy, exuberance. Tradition says that girls who place marigolds under their pillows will dream about the man they’ll marry one day.

Annual Nasturtiums Reproduce by Setting Seed

Annual plants, such as nasturtiums (Tropaeolum), reproduce by setting seed before they die at the end of their life cycle. Each year, collect seed from your annuals to sow for new plants the next year.

Eschscholzia Californica Low Growing Annual Poppy

Eschscholzia californica, or California poppy, is a vigorous bushy, spreading annual, with finely divided blue green leaves and orange, yellow or red flowers in summer.

Canary Creeper

The canary creeper is a vigorous annual climber bearing bright yellow flowers with fringed petals from summer to autumn.

Everlasting Flower Lasts for Ten Years Once Dried

Xerochrysum bracteatum, or everlasting flower, are erect annuals with large, papery flower heads suitable for dried flower arrangements that will last for years. It produces blooms in white or shades of yellow, pink and red all summer and into fall.

California Poppy

Eschscholzia californica, or California poppy, features feathery, highly dissected, blue green leaves that clasp 1 to 2 feet stems of this popular, perennial wildflower. Showy, 4 petaled, orange yellow flowers are open only on sunny days.

Pale Yellow Winter Pansy Provides Showy Display

The pansy is a cool season annual. Plant pansies in the fall and they will explode with color immediately. Plant winter pansies in masses to get the biggest splashes of color. Pansies can be planted in containers for directly in ground.

Pot Marigold

The daisylike flowers of the pot marigold range in color from bright yellow and orange to cream and apricot. It will continue flowering until the first fall frost. Calendula officinalis; Daisylike flowers range in color from bright yellow and orange to cream and apricot. Will continue flowering until the first fall frost. H 12–30 in (30–75 cm); S 12–18 in (30–45 cm).

Golden Touch

Lantana camara 'New Gold'