Spectacular Yellow Tropical Flowers for Your Garden

 Spectacular Yellow Tropical Flowers for Your Garden

Yellow tropical flowers come in all sizes and shapes. Their colors range from bright golden to bright canary, and from light lemon to deep saffron.

Yellow tropical flowers will brighten up any garden with their charm and beauty. They boldly grab your attention, inviting you to come in for a closer look...or a sniff!
Yellow tropical flowers need warm temperatures, lots of sunlight, and moisture to thrive, just like all other tropical plants do.

Here is a selection of stunning yellow tropical flowers that are easy to grow and instantly add a tropical feel to your garden season after season!


These shrubs can be grown as specimens or in groups. It also looks great in hedges and borders. Trimming occasionally will keep them at a manageable size and height. Or let them grow freely, creating an eye-catching centerpiece or focal point in the garden.

Golden crab plant (Pachystichus lutea)

Native to Peru, this evergreen plant gets its name from the yellow flower spikes that resemble marine crustaceans! The actual flowers are white, small and delicate, arising from overlapping bracts. It can grow into a large shrub 5-6 feet tall in warm climates and blooms year-round. Golden Arches can last up to one month before they expire.

Heliconia (Heliconia psittacorum)

Heliconia is widely cultivated in South America and Southeast Asia. Its attractive bright yellow flowers -- like the feathers of a parrot in flight -- are popular in floral arrangements. It grows well in containers but needs direct sunlight and regular watering to bloom. This Heliconia species is ideal for group planting in gardens and blending with other Heliconia species to give off a lush tropical appearance.

Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

An unremarkable garden is suddenly transformed by hibiscus into a tropical haven! There are countless yellow kinds available. some with pure yellow petals; Others are bright contrasts of two or three color shades.

Unfortunately, hibiscus is very sensitive to cold weather and will not survive frost or freezing temperatures. Therefore, in cold climates, it is best to pot them and move them indoors (a greenhouse or a room with sunny windows) for protection during the winter months.

Golden ginger (Berbiagia schizochella)

Native to the island of Borneo, this ginger can grow 4-5 feet tall. Here is a dwarf variety that can be grown as a houseplant. Unlike other tropical plants, it prefers partial shade and is drought tolerant. Works well in containers on a shady patio or pool deck. The striking yellow-orange flowers (they look like lit torches!) bloom profusely during the hot and humid summer months.

Pagoda Plant (Clerodendrum paniculatum)

Native to Southeast Asia, this fast-growing plant gets its name from the large flower stalks that resemble pagoda roof structures. It thrives in acidic, well-drained soil. Pruning at the end of each flowering period will keep the plant in a less bushy shape. The pretty pale yellow flowers are filled with sweet nectar that attracts bees and butterflies. There is a variety that produces orange-red flowers that are equally attractive.

Candelabra Plant (Siena Alta)

This attractive plant produces upright flower spikes that look like tall candles. Other common names include emperor's candle, candle bush, or ringworm.  In warm, tropical settings, it may develop into a tiny tree that is 10-15 feet tall!

The bright yellow flowers bloom in late summer and mature into green winged seed pods. Native to South America, it is a popular medicinal plant used to treat various skin and digestive ailments.


Only a few tropical vines produce yellow blossoms, unlike shrubs. So here are two vines that will bring joy and wonder to your garden!

Allamanda (Allamanda cartatica)

This perennial vine is prized for its attractive buttery yellow flowers. However, it does need a sturdy trellis, pergola or tree to support it as a vigorous climber. In addition, they can grow and spread rapidly in some tropical regions, engulfing trees and nearby structures (fences, roofs, lampposts) and becoming an invasive type of pest. can do!

Allamanda does not tolerate cold or freezing temperatures. Therefore, it is best grown in a pot to overwinter indoors in cooler climates. The plant will grow slower in containers but still needs plenty of sunlight and moisture. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

There are other attractive types. Allamanda 'Stansill's double' produces beautiful double flowers with a lovely fragrance. Dwarf Alamanda 'Compacta' is short and bushy, ideal for planting around a flower bed or along a hedge.

Dipladinia (Mandevilla spp.)

This fast-growing vine produces clusters of fragrant flowers in varying shades of pink, red, or white. The yellow variety is hard to find but is usually available at nurseries that specialize in tropical plants. Native to Central and South America, it is also called jasmine chili or rock horn.

It works nicely in hanging baskets or window boxes and thrives in sunny areas. If planted in the ground, use a trellis or shrub to support the plant's vigorous twining habit. Cutting back old stems prevents the formation of "legs" and encourages the formation of new shoots and flower buds.

The Tree
Many tropical trees produce incredible yellow flowers! Some flowers have specific seasons. Others may be open all year round. Choose where you want to plant the tree, as it can be large and tall and shade other smaller plants.

Golden Shower Tree (cassia fistula)

This tree originated from India and is a popular ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical regions. They are commonly used as street trees due to their ability to withstand harsh urban environments.

When in bloom, the beautiful hanging clusters of flowers—which look like a wedding bouquet—cover the entire tree! Delicate petals fell and fluttered in the wind like golden raindrops, covering sidewalks and parking lots with a blanket of yellow flowers!

Plumeria (Plumeria spp.)

Also known as frangipani, plumeria flowers come in many stunning colors, including yellow. Their sweet fragrance perfumes the air, especially at night! The plumeria, a plant that belongs to the tropics, cannot endure temperatures below freezing. Therefore, it should be grown indoors in a larger pot for longer winters.

Place the pot in a warm, bright location (a room with sunny windows) and use water sparingly. The plant may become dormant by dropping all of its leaves. Once the warm temperatures return, take the pot outside, and the plant will come back to life!

Golden Tree (Tapeboya Aurea)

This tree looks amazing when it's in full bloom! Huge clusters of yellow flowers cover the tree like golden clouds! Native to the West Indies and South America, it is also known as the silver trumpet tree because of its attractive silver-green leaves.

This tree needs a lot of room to grow as it can reach 20-30 feet in height! It likes warm, sunny weather and fertile soil with good drainage. The flowers mature into interesting seed capsules. There are also pink and purple Tabebuia cultivars.

Palm Tree (Arecaceae spp.)

More than 2,000 species of palm trees are grown all over the world, from rainforests to deserts. Most are found in tropical habitats, adapting to warm and humid conditions throughout the year. However, some cold hardy palm trees can withstand frost and survive the winter in temperate regions.

Choose a variety that you can grow in a large container, enjoy outside in the summer, and then indoors in the winter. Many types of palms produce attractive flowers in a striking shade of yellow.

Sea Hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus)

This tree, which is among the most gorgeous tropical flowering plants, is also known as a beach hibiscus or coastal cottonwood. It grows profusely in the Pacific Islands and can reach 20-30 feet in height. It is highly adapted to low coastal areas, tolerating wet, sandy and saline soils.

The beautiful but short-lived flowers change color from yellow to orange to deep rose within a day before fall! The plants also have color phases: young leaves are bright red, gradually fading to bronze, then green with creamy white patterns.

Walking Iris (Neomarica longifolia)

These tropical types of iris have gorgeous yellow flowers that look like orchids! It thrives in rich, moist soil, and is ideal for planting around ponds or wetlands. It can stretch itself quickly by "walking".

After the flowers have passed, many plants form along the stem of the flower, causing it to droop to the ground. Each plant then takes root and grows into a new plant, producing more flower stalks and thus more new plants. This strange self-reproduction process gives the impression that the plant is moving around the garden!

Water Lily (Canna erubis)

This hardy perennial is perfect for aquariums and bog gardens. It does best in full sun, prefers soil rich in organic matter and well-drained, and blooms continuously from mid-summer to fall. It can be grown in a large pot and immersed in a pond (like planting a water lily).

Leave at least two inches of water to fill the top of the pot. There are many types of yellow. Some have bright red or orange spots on the petals, others have amazingly beautiful variegated leaves. In cooler climates, remember to dig up the rootstock bulb before the first frost and store it indoors in a dry location. Then, repot the bulbs in the spring when warmer temperatures return.

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