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5 Easy-to-Grow Yellow Annual Flowers for Hope and Friendship


I love pottering in the greenhouse and garden and listening to classic rock with my Labradoodle, Florrie.


Yellow flowers bring sunshine to your garden even on a cloudy day, which is just what we need in current times! Yellow is a happy colour and yellow flowers are known around the world as a symbol of hope and friendship.

Add a little sunshine to your garden this summer with these five suggestions for easy to grow yellow annual flowers from Florrie and me!



1. Sunflower

The sunflower is one of the best-loved summer flowers with its big, daisy-like flower faces of bright yellow petals with brown centres. These ripen into heads filled full of seeds which birds will enjoy. Children, in particular, enjoy watching a small seed grow into something twice as tall as themselves!

Seeds are quick to germinate and then just need a sunny spot in the garden. Once in flower, watch their ‘faces’ turn and follow the sun throughout the day!

Nowadays, there are plenty of different types and colours of sunflower for whatever space you have in your garden. This year, Florrie and I are growing a variety called ‘Kong’ which is tall and multi-headed—the best of both worlds! We will let you know how we get on!



2. Nasturtium

Nasturtiums have been a regular favourite of mine over the years! They are best known for their intensely bright yellow, orange, and red flowers. They also have an abundance of bright green foliage shaped like a water lily. The name nasturtium literally means 'nose-tweaked!'

They are so simple and fast to grow—just poke the seeds into the soil and leave them to get on with it! Nasturtiums love poor, dry soil. So don’t feed them and they will enjoy the neglect!

The dwarf bush varieties are perfect for filling a hole in a border or edging. The trailing varieties are ideal for baskets and window boxes. ‘Golden Jewel’ and ‘Troika Spotty Dotty’ are nice yellow varieties.

Nasturtium flowers and leaves give a crisp, peppery taste to salads. Their seeds look and taste similar to capers. Or alternatively, dry the seeds out and grow them again next year!

Poached Egg Plant

Poached Egg Plant

3. Poached Egg Plant

‘Limnanthes Douglasii’ is commonly known as the ‘poached egg plant’. Its vibrant two tone cup-shaped yellow and white flowers look just like poached or fried eggs! The ferny leaves are also attractive, making the plant a fabulous informal edge for a sunny path or border.

They attract hoverflies and ladybirds, which will eat pests such as aphids. So grow them close to any plant that suffers from blackfly or greenfly.

Sow the seeds directly into the ground where you want them to grow. They will flower within 8–10 weeks. They will self-seed freely, so you will find more growing in the same spot the following year!



4. Marigold

We all love marigolds, as they are so easy to grow and add a big splash of colour all summer long. The lemon yellow-coloured varieties are our favourites—like ‘Lemon Gem’ or ‘Discovery Yellow’.

There are two different types of marigold: African and French. The African variety is taller with larger, ball-shaped flowers and are used as feature plants in borders and pots. The French variety is smaller and bushier with a daisy-like flower and are often used as an ‘edging’ plant.

Be careful not to water marigolds from the top. If their flowers get too wet, they will often turn into a mushy brown mess. Yuk!

Deadhead spent flower heads regularly, and save a few dried seed heads over winter for more plants the following year!



5. Dahlia

Dahlias are beautiful colourful flowers that bloom from midsummer through to late autumn, when many other plants are past their best! They make a great cut flower too!

There are quite a few varieties of dahlia to choose from. ‘Singles’ have a single ring of petals around a central disc. There are spiky petalled ‘cactus’ varieties, and pompom dahlias are shaped like a ball. ‘Yellow Star’ is an amazing looking cactus variety. My favourites are those that resemble water lily flowers in size and shape.

Most people buy expensive tubers, but you can get much better value for money by growing from seed. At the end of the year, store the tubers in dry compost in a cool, dark place ready for the following spring!



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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