A myriad of small pale yellow roses blooming on a rose bush
(Image credit: Urška Batistič)

Soft, pastel colors can be used in the home landscape to bring a sense of ease and relaxation to outdoor spaces. Muted in tone, pastel blends are often preferred by those who wish to create classic and elegant garden designs. Though much more subtle and subdued, plants that bloom in pastel shades are not without their own unique beauty and appeal.

Color selection in the garden can play a key role in how the space is perceived. Pastel colored flowers are an excellent choice for gardeners who wish to avoid overly harsh or “hot” tones, which may cause yards to appear much smaller. Regardless of the rationale, a careful selection of lightly colored plants is sure to delight garden visitors. In this article we will take a closer look at some of the most popular light yellow flowers for the home landscape.

  1. ‘Akebono’ Yellow Tulip - The ‘Akebono’ tulip is a plant with pale yellow flowers and distinctive pink-blush markings. Opening in very early spring, these tulips are among the first pastel shades to begin to bloom. Like other tulip varieties, ‘Akebono’ looks spectacular planted en masse. It is also a good choice for use in cutting gardens, as tulips are known for their fantastic vase life.
  2. ‘Bartzella’ Yellow Peony - Depending upon the growing zone, gardeners can expect ‘Bartzella’ peonies to begin blooming sometime in late spring to early summer. Among the very few types of peony plant with yellow flowers, this cultivar is classified as an Itoh peony. This means that it was created through a hybridization cross between tree and herbaceous peonies. ‘Bartzella’ is known for its immense, richly colored blooms. Itoh peony plants are robust growers, and seldom require specialized care from gardeners.
  3. Belgian Yellow Clivia - Clivia plants are a popular choice in frost-free climates. Beyond their range, however, the plants are frequently grown as houseplants. These plants can be found at garden centers in a limited range of colors, with orange or pale yellow being the most common. Though Clivia has highly ornamental foliage, which can serve as an attractive accent in home décor, the plant’s true beauty presents itself while in full bloom. When conditions are ideal, most Clivia plants will begin to flower from late winter until mid-spring.
  4. ‘Kirigami’ Yellow Columbine - Columbine plants are most frequently grown as short-lived perennials. Blooming very early in the growing season, flowering columbines can lend a light and airy feel to flowerbeds. Yellow columbine plants are no exception to this, as the flowers are held high above the mounded leaves of foliage. Hardy to USDA growing zone 4, yellow columbine plants are a good selection for growers living in regions where winter conditions may be too harsh for more frost tender plants.
  5. ‘Lady Banks’ Yellow Rose - Several varieties of pastel yellow rose are also available to home gardeners. These plants can vary slightly in hue, as well as by their growth habit. ‘Lady Banks’ is a climbing rose which is able to reach impressive heights, upwards of 20 feet (6 m.) at maturity. Once established, this vigorous climber is quickly able to cover large arbors and trellises. With the arrival of spring, gardeners can expect the shrub to be covered completely with a profusion of soft, pastel yellow flowers.
Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/@tonyawiththeflowers.