Our yellow flower tour starts as the cheerful yellow daisy like flowers of zexmenia welcomes visitors to the garden. It is hard to go wrong with this native plant. Zexmenia asks little beyond a sunny spot with a bit of room to spread. Butterflies and bees are frequent visitors to the lasting display of clear yellow flowers.
One need not go far to see the bees enjoying the fuzzy round blooms of the golden lead ball tree. This small tree, native to Texas, has been blooming for months. The flowers are a bit out of the ordinary and always attract attention.
Fall is the time for the tall yellow cosmos to shine. It is true the tall plants may fall over in wind and rain and it can be over ambitious in seeding itself. But, no plant is perfect and isn’t it a happy sight? It is well worth overlooking a few things—and bees and butterflies really do love it.
The fast growing well adapted argentine senna is literally covered in lovely yellow flowers. Some sennas bloom for a short time and seed out to an alarming degree. This one doesn’t. The flowers last for a long time and seeding is not a problem. If that isn’t enough to make it a favorite—it is also a host plant for those pretty yellow sulfur butterflies.
This yellow rose is part of the trials to try and find plants that resist rose rosette disease. Let’s all think positive for this little plant with flowers in such a delicate shade of yellow.
Esperanza cannot be left out of any list of favorite yellow flowers. This plant was almost given up for lost in the Spring—what a come back it seems to have more bright yellow flowers than it has leaves.
Don’t forget that vegetables can be as pretty as they are delicious. This yellow okra flower is a perfect example.
If your garden could use a little sparkle or if you want to do more to provide the nectar pollinators need to live, add some , or all, of these lovely yellow and you will do both.
You can see all of these plants at Raincatcher’s garden at Midway Hills Christian Church. Garden work is on Tuesday mornings and you are always welcome.
Pictures by Starla Willis