We’ve all heard the term “being yellow” or “yellow-bellied” and that it refers to being cowardly or a traitor. There are many origins around the world and through time that used this term in an unflattering way. Well, being yellow can also be flattering.

If you look along the highways, in ditches, vacant lots or flower beds (at least mine), what do you mostly see? Yellow flowers, right? I just love yellow. It’s a happy color and it’s the springtime’s most dominant color as it brightens up even the drabbest of landscaping.

Yellow flowers are bold, early bloomers and ready to greet the day. And there are so many different yellow flowers, in all shades, shapes and sizes. Some are tall while others spread along the ground. Some are single flowers while others cluster together. Some yellow flowers are a deep yellow to gold color while others are pale and pastel.

In my yard, there is an abundance of yellow flowers with a sprinkling of other colored flowers yet to bloom. These yellow blooms are just the thing to get me in the mood for getting outside and working in my beds. Most are either native or adapted to this region. A few of my favorite springtime yellows include Hymenoxys, Bulbine, Mexican bird of paradise, Calylophus, Engelmann daisy, Jerusalem sage, yellow Columbine, Damianita, Golden Groundsel, Chocolate daisy, Missouri primrose, Skeletonleaf Goldeneye, Zexmenia, yellow Yarrow, Coreopsis and yellow Yucca. There are more varieties of yellow flowers; these are just my favorites.

The summer season will add a few more great yellow specimens, including Esperanza, Llantana, Senna, Rudbeckia and Pride of Barbados. In fall, the season brings the Copper Canyon daisy.

For me, yellow does not mean cowardly or traitor. Yellow is the color of springtime and new growth. If your yard or flowerbeds seem dull right now, consider an instant transformation: yellow flowers.

Darla Menking is a certified Bell County Texas Master Gardener and a Texas Master Naturalist. Email her at darla.menking@gmail.com.

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