Flowering bushes create a backdrop for low growing perennials and annuals in the home landscape. They add beauty, colour and texture. Yellow flowering bushes provide a natural privacy screen, hide ugly features in the yard and brighten dark spots in the landscape. The foliage adds interest and provides colour throughout the fall.
African bush-daisy (Gamolepsis chrysanthemoides), also called daisy-bush or Paris daisy, is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. In zones 10 and 11, this yellow flowering shrub is evergreen. It dies back to the ground when temperatures fall to -6.67 degrees Celsius in northern zones but rebounds every spring. This herbaceous perennial grows to a height of 3 feet and a width of 4 feet. The glossy, dark-green leaves reach 2 inches in length and provide a rich backdrop for 2-inch-wide yellow flowers. African bush-daisy prefers slightly alkaline soil. The bush blooms best in a location that receives full sun; it is drought tolerant but produces fewer blooms under dry conditions.
Wintergreen barberry (Berberis julianae), hardy in USDA zones 6 through 8, is a slow-growing evergreen. The yellow flowering bush can grow to a height of 4 to 6 feet and a width of 6 to 8 feet. The small yellow flowers are surrounded by dark-green, 2- to 3-inch-long leaves that turn wine-red in fall. Blue-black, 3/4-inch fruits adorn the bush throughout the fall months. Wintergreen barberry bushes tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and drought, reports North Carolina State University. They perform well in full sun or partial shade.
Potentilla (Cinquefoil), hardy to USDA zone 2, is also called shrubby cinquefoil. The yellow, buttercup-shaped flowers range in size depending on cultivar. This common yellow flowering bush can grow to heights ranging from 2 to 4 feet and widths of 2 to 5 feet. The 3/4- to 1-inch-long leaves come in shades ranging from dark green to grey depending on cultivar. Potentilla performs well in sandy loam and clay. This drought-tolerant bush requires full sun to partial shade. Hard prune every five to six years to keep the shrub in good condition, suggests the University of North Dakota.
Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia), hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8, can grow up to a height of 8 feet with a width of 10 feet. This yellow flowering shrub is sometimes pruned and trained to look like a small tree. The rapidly growing bush has gracefully arching branches that produce yellow blooms before the leaves emerge in the spring. Forsythia begins blooming in late March or early April. The blooms last for only a couple of weeks. Forsythia prefers full sun to partial shade, but the Iowa State University warns that the bush becomes leggy and produces fewer yellow flowers if it receives too much shade. Forsythia adapts to a wide range of soil conditions and tolerates severe pruning and drought conditions.
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