Yellow Shrubs for Your Landscape
Yellow Shrubs for Your Landscape

Yellow Shrubs for Your Landscape

Aaaah, the warm, happy glow of the color yellow. Isn’t it lovely? Yellow represents hope, happiness, positivity, peace, remembrance, honor, loyalty, and joy. Studies show that increased energy and mental activity are associated with the presence of the color yellow.

Wouldn’t you love to add some cheerful yellow to your landscape? Let us help you! There are amazing, low maintenance options for adding butter, lemon, or golden yellows to your landscape. We will show you evergreen choices, flowering options, and more, in all shapes and sizes.

Yellow Evergreen Shrubs

All Gold Shore Juniper

All Gold Shore Juniper

Zones: 6 - 9
Mature Size: 1 foot tall and 4 to 5 feet wide
Sunlight: Full to part sun (best color in full sun)
Drought Tolerance: Good

This no maintenance, dwarf juniper is a great groundcover. The All Gold has golden-yellow highlights over green foliage. It turns a deeper bronze in winter. The All Gold Shore Juniper looks great cascading over walls and in rock gardens. This Juniper helps control erosion and is perfect for hills and slopes. Junipers are very hardy and drought tolerant.

Gold Coast Juniper

Gold Coast Juniper

Zones: 4 to 9
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Drought Tolerance: Good

Enjoy the ease and versatility of a juniper in a unique and bold golden-yellow color! The Gold Coast Juniper really stands out in the landscape. You can't beat the year-round, yellow color and the lush, lacy texture it brings to any garden! And it doesn’t hurt that this hardy plant is drought and pollution tolerant as well as deer, disease, and pest resistant! This juniper makes a great low hedge and adds color and texture to mixed beds. It will even grow well on slopes.

Golden Euonymus

Golden Euonymus

Zones: 6 to 9
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Drought Tolerance: Semi

The Golden Euonymus is a standout evergreen shrub with its gorgeous yellow and green variegated leaves that will dazzle in your landscape. This hardy plant can tolerate conditions from shade to sun and any type of soil. The Golden Euonymus is drought tolerant and requires little to no maintenance. They look fantastic as a small hedge or staggered throughout your landscape.

Gold Mop Cypress

Gold Mop Cypress

Zones: 4 to 8
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Drought Tolerance: Good

The Gold Mop Cypress is very hardy and requires minimal maintenance. This compact bush has lovely yellow fringe foliage that adds golden yellow color and softens any landscape. For a pop of color contrast this shrub cypress is an excellent choice! The Gold Mop is insect and disease resistant.

Howardi Ligustrum

Howardi Ligustrum for Sale

Zones: 7 to 10
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Drought Tolerance: Good

The Howardi Ligustrum stands out with a luscious lemon and lime variegation that cannot be beat! New growth emerges a lovely, lemon yellow and as the leaves age the color gradually deepens into a lavish lime. The leaves are thick, shiny, and smooth, not prickly like those of a holly. This stellar shrub is dense and lush. No peeking through this shrub! It’s perfect for privacy

Lemon Lime Nandina

Lemon Lime Nandina

Zones: 6 to 10
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Drought Tolerance: Good

Brilliant, sharply contrasting yellow and green make the Lemon Lime Nandina is a huge hit. This stunning nandina make a vibrant hedge or foundation planting. Enjoy pest and disease resistance from this easy to grow shrub from the Southern Living Collection.

Sunshine Ligustrum

Sunshine Ligustrum

Zones: 6 to 10
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Drought Tolerance: Good

The Sunshine Ligustrum is a vibrant yellow low-growing hedge plant with stunning color! The year-round yellow color gives your landscape just what it was missing. This shrub is pest and disease resistant and once established is virtually maintenance free! The Sunshine Ligustrum is even drought, heat, pollution, and deer tolerant! Add this sunny, cheery shrub to your landscape for bold color and contrast!

Yellow Flowering Shrubs

Beatrix Farrand Forsythia

Beatrix Farrand Forsythia

Zones: 5 to 8
Mature Size: 8 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade (best flowering in full sun)
Drought Tolerance: Semi

The Beatrix Farrand Forsythia has the largest, most vibrant blooms of any Forsythia. This heavy bloomer boasts two inch, deep yellow flowers. Forsythias are lovely shrubs that have an upright, yet weeping habit. They are beautiful in the landscape as lone specimens, mass plantings, and hedges. This shrub grows quickly and is very low maintenance. It is also drought, deer, pollution, and salt tolerant.

Honeycomb Butterfly Bush

Honeycomb Butterfly Bush Buddleia

Zones: 5 to 9
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide
Sunlight: Full sun
Drought Tolerance: Good

The Honeycomb Butterfly Bush is a unique plant that really stands out in the crowd. Beautiful, yellow blooms cover this bush each summer all the way to fall. The sweet nectar scent of these flower clusters is simply irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds! The Honeycomb Butterfly bush is perfect for any sunny spot. Butterfly bushes as known as Buddleia are very easy to grow, drought tolerant, and deer resistant.

Kaleidoscope Abelia

Pruned Kaleidoscope Abelia

Zones: 6 to 9
Mature Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade (best color in full sun)
Drought Tolerance: Good

We love the striking color transition and display of the Kaleidoscope Abelia. In spring, the center of the foliage is light green with bright yellow around the outer edges. In summer, the color deepens, transitioning into a dark green center with golden-yellow outer edges. An abundance of white, subtly fragrant flowers emerge during late summer and continue to bloom into fall. With greens, reds, yellows, and oranges this plant is literally a kaleidoscope of pigments in fall. This small shrub can fit just about anywhere in your landscape. The dwarf Kaleidoscope Abelia is stunning in containers. Abelias are hardy, low maintenance, and deer resistant.

Lynwood Gold Forsythia

Lynwood Gold Forsythia

Zones: 5 to 8
Mature Size: 8 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade (best flowering in full sun)
Drought Tolerance: Semi

The flowers of the Lynwood Gold Forsythia are a lighter, buttery color and smaller compared to the Beatrix Farrand. This Forsythia is an extremely prolific bloomer. The Lynwood Gold Forsythia is low maintenance and a great shrub for beginners. Easily growing over 2 feet per year, you won’t need to wait long for these showy shrubs to brighten your landscape! They are even drought, deer, pollution, and salt tolerant!

Popcorn Drift Rose

Popcorn Drift Rose

Zones: 5 to 10
Mature Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide
Sunlight: Full sun to part sun
Drought Tolerance: Good

A cross between a full-size groundcover rose and a miniature rose, the Drift® Rose is a fabulous addition to any yard, small or large. These hardy roses are disease resistant, extremely cold tolerant and low maintenance. Drift® Roses bloom and rebloom from Spring until the first frost so you’ll have beautiful color for 3 seasons! Great for filling empty spaces, colorful containers, beautiful borders, and adding bursts of color throughout your landscape, this rose is extremely versatile in the landscape. Enjoy buttery yellow buds and blooms that mature to creamy white with the Popcorn Drift Rose.

Sunny Knock Out Rose

Sunny Knockout Rose hedge

Zones: 5 to 10
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide
Sunlight: Full sun to part sun
Drought Tolerance: Good

You really can’t go wrong with the immensely popular Sunny Knockout® Rose. Your neighbors will covet your beautiful roses that flower almost nonstop for 3 seasons! Because they are disease and pests resistant and don’t even require deadheading, Knockout® Roses are much easier to care for than standard roses. These roses are absolutely stunning in a mixed bed or border. Try a mass planting or a hedge for huge impact. Sunny Knockout roses have single yellow blooms that are sweetly fragrant.

Yellow Twig Dogwood

Yellow Twig Dogwood

Zones: 3 to 8
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Drought Tolerance: Good 

Yellow Twig Dogwood bushes have yellow bark AND yellow fall leaves. These easy to grow shrubs are one of the few deciduous shrubs that still look gorgeous in winter. White blooms in spring and white berries in fall are bonus features for this shrub that offers great year-round appeal. Yellow Twig Dogwoods are perfect focals for a mixed bed and are stunning when planted in mass or in a unique hedge.

Additional Info 

We recommend a balanced slow release fertilizer when planting and once yearly in spring for all of these pretty yellow shrubs.

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