10 Yellow Flowering Shrubs

Beautiful shrubs with cheerful yellow flowers to brighten up your garden

If you love the color yellow, (like me!) there are many different shrubs with bright yellow flowers that you can plant in your garden.

In this article I’ve put together a list of 10 easy to grow yellow flowering bushes that are ideal for pots, borders, shrubberies or privacy hedges.

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Shrubs with yellow flowers


1. Azalea (Rhododendron)

Azaleas are perennial shrubs with beautiful bright flowers in a variety of colors including pastel yellow and bright yellow.

They grow best in a spot with partial shade and need protection from hot afternoon sun.

Azaleas can be trimmed back when they finish flowering to keep the plant tidy and encourage bushier growth.

Yellow azalea plants

2. Lydian Broom (Genista lydia)

Lydian Broom is a small deciduous shrub that blooms in early summer.

The yellow flowers are so densely packed that the foliage is completely hidden when it’s in full bloom.

It grows 18 inches (45 cm) high and spreads out 2 feet (60 cm) wide, so it’s a perfect ground cover plant and looks great in a rockery.

Broom shrub

3. Mahonia Shrub (Mahonia spp.)

If you’re looking for a shrub with masses of yellow flowers, Mahonia, also known as Oregon grape, is a good choice.

It grows 3 to 7 feet (90 cm to 2.1 m) tall and up to 10 feet (3 m) wide with evergreen foliage and spiky thorns.

Mahonias flower during fall and winter with clusters of scented yellow flowers that are great for attracting bees to the garden.

The flowers are followed by purplish blue berries that are edible but have a sour taste.

Yellow flowering Mahonia bush

4. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) 

St. John’s Wort is a perennial yellow flowering shrub that blooms from mid-summer until fall, followed by reddish colored berries.

It grows 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) tall and up to 2 feet (60 cm) wide and does best in a position with morning sun and some afternoon shade.

St. John’s Wort is a prolific self-seeder, so it’s a good idea to remove the berries before they ripen to prevent unwanted plants popping up in your garden.

St. John's wort flowers

5. Forsythia

Forsythia is a popular yellow flowering perennial bush that is great for brightening up the garden.

It grows 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3 m) tall and starts blooming in early spring with masses of bright yellow flowers along the branches. [1]

Forsythias grow best in full sun and will need to be pruned each year after they finish flowering to control their size.


6. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia)

Witch Hazel is a deciduous yellow flowering shrub that can grow 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 m) high.

It blooms towards the end of winter or early spring and can be cut back after flowering to keep it to a manageable size.

The yellow flowers are unusual and have long thin petals extending out from a brown ball.

Witch Hazel can be grown in full sun or partial shade.

7. Rose

Rose bushes are always popular in flower gardens and there are many yellow colored roses to choose from including creamy, pastel yellows and vibrant, bright yellows.

Roses bloom during spring and the flowers are highly fragrant.

Rose bushes usually grow 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 m) high and they need to be pruned back each year.

Yellow flowering rose

8. Potentilla Kobold (Potentilla fruticosa)

Potentilla is a small deciduous shrub with beautiful yellow flowers from summer until fall.

It grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall so it’s perfect for growing in containers or as a border in the garden.

Potentilla shrub

9. Hibiscus

Hibiscus are beautiful perennials with gorgeous big flowers that come in a variety of colors including bright yellow and creamy yellow.

Hibiscus plants thrive in warm, tropical, humid areas and grow best in full sun.

They can reach 15 feet (4.5 m) tall and can be planted to make a beautiful flowering hedge for privacy in your yard.

Creamy yellow hibiscus flower

10. Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

Golden Currant is a small deciduous shrub that can grow 6.5 to 10 feet (2 to 3 metres) tall.

It has green foliage that turns red during fall and beautiful yellow flowers during spring.

Golden Currant is mostly grown for its brightly colored flowers but it also produces small black edible currants that can be eaten straight from the bush or used for cooking.

Golden currant shrub

So there is my list of yellow flowering shrubs and bushes for your garden.

These colorful bushes are great for brightening up the garden and attracting bees and birds to your yard.

Here’s a quick video that shows the most popular shrubs for small spaces. I think you’ll find some great ideas for your garden here.


What is your favorite yellow flowering shrub? Let me know in the comments below.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Matt Taylor

    Hi Kelly! These are excellent choices for any garden. I can’t wait to have a yard! I have a small patio garden right now at my townhome, with some potted fruit trees, grapes, pomegranate, but no flowers. These flowers are perfect for bringing everyone’s favorite pollinators to the yard! Bees. 🙂 Or hummingbirds. haha

  2. Myrah Duque

    We love yellow shrubs they are so colorful! The Azalea and witch hazel are among my favorite ones.

  3. Stacie

    I need to incorporate some of these into my garden. I LOVE yellow. A lot of these blooms are really interesting looking, too.

  4. Heather

    My oldest daughter is obsessed with yellow flowers right now. I can’t wait until we buy our home so I can plant some for her.

  5. Emily Zielinski

    I love yellow flowers. They’re so uplifting. Daffodils are very popular in the UK and i buy them every spring.

  6. katrina Kroeplin

    oh these are beautiful! i need some flowers in my life right now.

  7. Dominique Brooks

    We actually planted our first flower garden this year. We do have one or two yellow flowers planted but none of these. I wish I had this list before we started planting! Thank you!

  8. Ave

    Forsythia is my favorite for sure. We had several of them in our garden when I was a kid! Mahonia Shrub looks really beautiful too! Yellow flowers are a great way to bring some happiness to our gardens.

  9. Rosey

    I didn’t know St John’s Wort was from a flower. I know someone who takes it in the morning with his vitamins (in pill form).

  10. Desiree

    Great list! Especially on a fall day:). Choosing plants by color theme makes the process so much easier

  11. Sarah

    Please, someone: what is the shrub that looks exactly like forsythia, but has no perfume? I thought forsythia had a lovely smell.

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