17 Yellow Lilies To Brighten Up Your Garden

  • By: SFUAA
  • Date: April 21, 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

If you’re looking for beautiful flowers that are easy to grow and maintain, yellow lilies are a good choice. These dazzling flowers symbolize thankfulness, enjoyment, and happiness. However, you will have to choose which yellow lilies you want to add to your garden – though you may think they are all the same, there are actually several varieties available for you to choose from.

If you’re looking for yellow lilies to brighten up your garden, some good varieties to choose are the Tiny Bee Lily, Citronella Lily, Golden Splendor Lily, and yellow Day Lilies. Other yellow lilies are the King Pete Lily, Last Dance Lily, Grand Cru Lily, and Goldsmith Lilies.

Let’s take a look at each of these yellow lilies so that you can make an informed decision when choosing flowers for your garden. Here we go.

Tiny Bee Lily 

Yellow Asiatic Lily | Photo 166692656 / Lily © raksyBH | Dreamstime.com

Tiny Bee Lilies are gorgeous, ‘dwarf’ asiatic lilies with bright yellow petals and small black spots in the middle. The blooms are usually well-formed, trumpet-shaped, and face upward. Since these lilies are dwarfish, they’re great for front borders and pots, but you can also grow them in beds in your garden. 

These lilies are easy to plant and maintain, growing well in partial shade or full sunlight. They bloom in mid-summer and can spread to about 13 inches (33.02 cm) and grow to about 15 inches (38.1 cm). If you want this lily to thrive, you should prune it occasionally. Tiny bee lilies have a medium growth rate, and they’re also excellent cut flowers. 

Belladonna Lilies

Yellow Amaryllis Belladonna, AKA Belladonna Lily, Jersey Lily | Photo 85868254 / Amaryllis © Jiří Hoza | Dreamstime.com

Belladonna Lilies – also known as Amaryllis Belladonna (not necessarily related to the Amaryllis bulbs you get in stores, which often aren’t amaryllis at all) – come in a variety of colors, including reds, whites, dual color flowers, and yellow.

These lilies are easy to grow and are typically planted as bulbs in spring. They can grow up to 3 feet (1 m) tall, blossoming between December and June. They make for a great addition to your garden because they are relatively easy to get ahold of and care for – even if you’re looking to grow them indoors.

Though they are called lilies and have lily-like flowers, Belladonna Lilies aren’t true lilies. They do, however, fit right in with the other lilies on this list and provide you with a bit of a different plant shape.

Canada Lily/American Lily

Canada Lily | Photo 172771630 © Sergey Tikhomirov | Dreamstime.com

Canada Lilies are also known as American lilies because they’re common in the United States and Canada. These flowers are common in the wild, but you can also grow them in your garden. The petals face downward and have a lovely yellow color with darker spots, trumpet-shaped flowers, and lance-shaped leaves.

These lilies are easy to plant, but keep in mind that they can take several years to bloom. One stem can produce about 20 blossoms, and they have no fragrance.

Once they finally bloom, they become a great addition to your garden as they blossom every year. Canada lilies can grow quite tall, up to 1.5 meters (4.92 ft) in height, and perform well in part shade or full sun. That said, they flower better when there is full sun.

King Pete Lily

The King Pete Lily is another member of the Asiatic Lily family and is, therefore, unscented. The petals of this lily are broad, pale yellow with chocolate freckles and a dark yellow heart at the center. Each stem can produce several flowers, and the flowers have wide petals that are up-facing.

These flowers can grow in full sun or partial shade, growing up to three feet (0.91 m) in height and one foot (0.3 m) wide. The lilies flower in between early summer and mid-summer. They grow in any well-drained soil and are easy to grow and maintain. 

Citronella Lilies

Citronella Lily | Photo 135977102 © Olesia Sarycheva | Dreamstime.com

Citronella lilies are members of the Asiatic Lilies family. Asiatic lilies are a selection of lilies with bright yellow flowers that are up-facing. They usually bloom earlier than other species, and they don’t have a fragrance. Their stems also have a higher bud count than other lilies, and they’re the easiest lilies to grow. 

These lilies are lemon-yellow in color and have black or dark brown spots all over the petals. The flowers face downward, and the petals curve backward. The flowers have no fragrance, but they’re attractive to hummingbirds, making them a great compliment to hummingbird feeders you may choose to hang in your backyard.

Citronella thrives in partial shade and full sun, and they bloom best in early and mid-summer. The mature citronella grows to be between 3 and 4 feet (0.91 and 1.22 m) tall. When these flowers mature, each can produce approximately 20 blossoms. They thrive in almost all types of soils so long as they’re well-drained. 

Golden Spider Lily

Golden Spider Lily | Photo 27312219 © Hiroshi Tanaka | Dreamstime.com

If you’re looking for a bit of variety from the usual shape of lily flowers, the golden spider lily is just the thing you need to add a bit of interest to your garden.

With these uniquely shaped flowers in a beautiful golden hue, it’s bound to make an excellent addition to your garden.

Last Dance Lily

The Last-Dance Lily is another member of the Asiatic hybrid family on our list. As you’ve probably guessed by now, this means it grows fast and has no fragrance. The petals of these lilies are a clear, butter yellow color, and the flowers face downward, making them one of the more stunning yellow lilies you’ll find anywhere. They were given the name ‘last dance’ because the buds are light and dance in the wind.  

Last Dance Lilies are fussier than other Asiatic lily breeds. They require rich, very well-drained soil. They can grow up to more than one meter (3.28 ft) in height, and one stalk produces several flowers. They attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees as they grow and are an excellent addition to your garden. 

Grand Cru Lily 

Grand Cru Lily | Photo 210386913 © prambuwesas | Dreamstime.com

The Grand Cru Lily is also a member of the Asiatic Lily family, making it a great option for people looking for plants that are easy to work with. The flowers have bright yellow petals, dark-colored anthers, and a hint of burgundy at the base. The bright yellow color of the flower plus the markings make this lily unique and gorgeous. 

The flowers are wide-open, and they face upward. Like other Asiatic lilies, the Grand Cru is very colorful but without a scent. They blossom in mid-summer, grow up to four feet (1.22 m) tall, and spread up to one foot (0.3 m) wide. These showy, decorative, cute flowers are easy to grow and do well in any well-drained soil.

Golden Splendor 

Golden Splendor Lilies also belong to the Trumpet lily family, which means their flowers are waxy, with a rich fragrance. These flowers are bright and golden-yellow, large, and trumpet-shaped, and the petals are slightly recurved. They have long filaments that are anther-tipped.

The stems of these lilies have 10 to 20 flowers, which are about six to eight inches (15.24 to 20.32 cm) long. These lilies are fast-growing, and they can thrive in dry areas because they’re pretty drought resistant. They can grow up to six feet (1.83 m) in height and are lovely, long-lasting, cut flowers that make for great additions to your flower bouquets. 

Trumpet Lilies 

Trumpet Lilies | Photo 110756196 © Joe Hodgkin | Dreamstime.com

Trumpet lilies are a breed with trumpet-like waxy flowers and a heavy, sweet scent. These lilies have showy, golden-yellow petals and the flowers are trumpet-like. They have a fascinating fragrance that fills the garden and attracts bees and butterflies.

They blossom in summer and can grow up to 5 feet (1.52 m) tall in the first season and continue to grow taller every year. They’re great cut flowers to include in your flower arrangements or to brighten up your home.

Deliana Lily

The Deliana Lily is either creamy or bright yellow in color, depending on the soil it’s planted in and the amount of sunlight the plant has received. It has long buds and slightly flared trumpet-shaped flowers. This lily has a delicious fragrance, and the flowers tend to flop over, making it a good option for a cut flower.

These lilies grow well in well-drained soil and thrive when directly exposed to the sun. They’re tall plants as the stems can grow up to 4 feet (1.22 m) tall. They bloom in mid-summer, and they are an excellent addition to any garden. 

Leichtlinii Lilies

Lilium Leichtlinii | Photo 58641338 © Linjerry | Dreamstime.com

Leichtlinii Lilies have beautiful golden-yellow flowers with a touch of burgundy, purplish speckles on the petals. (Note: I don’t have a photo of the yellow variety handy, but here’s a photo of one of a red leichtlinii lily so you can see what the flowers look like. The link above has an image of the yellow ones.)

These flowers are popular because of the burgundy speckles on their petals that look like a tiger’s skin. The purple stem is long and slender, the leaves are narrow, and the flowers face downward.

These spectacular lilies attract butterflies and are easy to grow and maintain. They bloom in early to mid-summer and don’t have a strong fragrance. They grow to be less than one meter (3.28 m) in height and are good cut flowers. 

Connecticut King Lilies

Connecticut King Lilies have bright yellow petals with some orange in the middle, and the tips of the petals are pale yellow, and they aren’t spotted. The leaves of this lily are glossy, and the petals are star-shaped, and they have no fragrance. 

These dainty and charming flowers are also from the Asiatic lily family, which means that they are not scented. They’re easy to grow and easy to maintain. This lily can grow up to 3 feet (0.91 m) tall and spread up to one foot (0.3 m). It works great as a cut flower if you’re looking for something that adds beauty to your home or office. 

Lilium ‘Jankae’

Lilium ‘Jankae’ | Photo 107444602 © Didreklama | Dreamstime.com

This is an interesting yellow lily with black stripes and spots appearing to come out of the center of the flower and disappearing into a completely yellow petal towards the ends of the petals. They fold around backwards so that from a distance they look like little bells.

These can be a bit harder to get a hold of, and are reputed to have a less than pleasant odor, but if you’re willing to find and grow them you’ll be rewarded with a lily that is a bit different compared to the ones you’ll commonly find in big box garden centers.

Yellow Daylilies

Yellow Day Lily | Photo 21177037 © Allenlevin | Dreamstime.com

Yellow Daylilies are dainty, gorgeous flowers that are easy to grow and maintain. Interestingly, the name daylilies came about because although a single stem can produce many flowers, each flower they produce lasts for only a day. This plant is always blooming, and the flowers are medium in size and lemon yellow. 

These lilies can grow up to 4 feet (1.22 m) in height, and their flowers have a pungent, lemony scent. They can grow in different soils and flower most when there’s lots of sunshine. 

Brushstroke Lilies 

Brushstroke Lilies are another member of the Asiatic hybrid family, which means they have no fragrance. These flowers are showy, prominent, yellowish-white, and they face upward. They are called brushstrokes because the petals have a pattern that resembles strokes from a paintbrush. 

The plant can grow to 4 feet (1.22 m) tall and up to 12 inches (30.48 cm) wide. They bloom during late spring and early summer, and they’re lovely cut flowers.

Trout Lily

Yellow Trout Lilies | Photo 62937507 © Lydia Berthiaume | Dreamstime.com

The Trout Lily is one of the most unique and unforgettable plants, as each plant produces only one nodding flower. It’s called a Trout Lily because its foliage looks like the marks of a brook trout. The petals of the Trout Lily curve upward. The flowers are yellow on the inside, while the outside is bronze in color.

Trout Lilies bloom in early spring, and the plant grows up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) tall. Although the plant produces one flower per plant, it’s a long-lasting plant that spreads into a large colony.

Interestingly, this lily is edible and also medicinal. Some indigenous people add flowers, corms, and leaves of this plant to their tea. They also use leaves to treat wounds and other ailments.

It’s an excellent plant to have in your garden because it attracts insects like mining bees. When these bees come to the garden, they pollinate both your Trout Lilies and the other plants in your garden.

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