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Fill Your Fall Garden With Golden Yellow

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Brighten up your landscape by creating a stunning yellow fall garden by planting these yellow flowers, trees, and shrubs. Get creative with color, texture, and placement to have your best fall garden yet!

Yellow Dogwood

Yellow twig dogwood adds height and bold color to your landscape. Dogwood is a deciduous shrub commonly found in deep red, but there are cultivars that are predominantly yellow-green. In spring, they bloom with delicate white flowers, followed by white berries that are a favorite of many wild birds. The yellow ‘Flaviramea’ variety grows slightly smaller than its red counterpart. You can expect yellow twig dogwood to grow up to six feet tall in your garden.

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Ginkgo Trees

You may start taking ginkgo supplements as fall weather sets in, and you can also enjoy its glorious yellow foliage in the fall. The ginkgo tree is one of the oldest types of trees on Earth, and it can completely brighten up a fall garden with its sunny hues. We particularly love the ‘Autumn Gold’ ginkgo for its glorious fall color.

Helenium (Sneezeweed)

Gesundheit! Sneezeweed, or Helenium, could easily be confused for red-yellow daisies. Helenium is a fan favorite of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Growing Helenium flowers in fall is an easy way to add bursts of red, yellow, and orange to your garden. For your golden-yellow garden, try the completely yellow ‘Zimbelstern’ variety. Plant in full sun and deadhead regularly for best results.

Gold Splash Euonymus

Also known as wintercreeper, the ‘Gold Splash’ Euonymus has beautiful green and yellow variegation, a perfect addition to your yellow fall garden. This creeping plant is incredibly easy to care for, which gives it a chance to shine in fall when other plants can’t handle the chill. It can thrive in full sun or even full shade and you won’t have to worry about protecting it from frost. Plant it in your fall garden as an edging plant, or anywhere that you want yellow-green groundcover or trailing foliage.

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Black-eyed Susan

Whether you call them black-eyed Susans or rudbeckia, you can call them yours in your fall garden. Black-eyed Susans are a great addition to your yellow fall garden because they are beautiful and tough. They can tolerate tougher climates and chillier air, so they’ll hang on till the bitter end. Try single or double-bloom varieties to fill any gaps in your golden yellow garden. 

Gold Mop Cypress

The ‘Golden Mop’ cypress is an evergreen shrub that makes a statement with its yellow, shaggy appearance. It’s a slow-growing shrub that will stay low at 3 feet high and 4 feet wide. If you want your cypress to be as yellow as possible plant it in full sun. We suggest embracing its natural shaggy look, but you can always give it a haircut to shape it to your liking. This variety of cypress is hardy and resistant to many types of pests and diseases.

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Yellow mums are ideal when fall descends upon your garden. If you didn’t get a chance to plant them in spring, you can plant a hardy variety in fall and try to overwinter them or just treat them as annual plantings. Chrysanthemums are one of the most versatile flowers available. Find a variety that brightens up your fall garden in yellow, gold, red, or orange. 

Creating Your Yellow Fall Garden

Using our suggestions you can mix and match trees, shrubs, and flowers to create an all-yellow fall garden. If you’re not looking for a completely monochromatic garden, many varieties of these flowers also come in rich hues of red and orange as well. Adding late-blooming flowers, colorful shrubs, and trees with fall and winter interest will keep your garden buzzing with activity and glowing with warm autumn colors.  

If you’re looking for yellow perennials in Des Moines, come visit us at our garden center. We’d be happy to help you with all your garden and landscaping needs. 


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