17 Beautiful Yellow Lily Cultivars to Brighten Your Garden

Are you looking for some bright flowers to add to your garden this season? Yellow lilies may be exactly what you are looking for! In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros shares her favorite varieties of yellow lilies you can grow this season, with names and pictures of each!

Yellow Lilies Growing in Garden in Full Bloom

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Often selected to convey feelings of happiness and gratitude, yellow lilies deliver a special kind of sunny joy in gardens and flower shops all over the world. A cheerful and friendly sight when planted by the front door, yellow lilies can draw you in and make you feel welcomed. They are also frequently sent as gifts to convey sentiments of thank you or congratulations. 

While yellow is not the most prevalent lily color, most species in the Lilium genus produce at least a few cultivars that flower in shades of lemon, cream, mustard, or canary yellow. Their blooms range in size from 3 to 10 inches, and plant heights typically average between 2 and 4 feet. Most are hardy from zone 3 to 9.

If you’d like to work some of this energizing color into your landscape but aren’t sure which yellow lily cultivar is right for you, read on for a closer look at some of your options. We’ve gathered photos, compiled growing information, and suggested some of our favorites for your consideration.

‘Citronella’

Close-up of a flowering Lilium 'Citronella' plant in a sunny garden, against a blurred background of a beige fence. The plant has a tall stem with blooming golden-yellow bell-shaped flowers drooping. The petals are golden, curved outward, with graceful brown freckles. Long stamens with brown anthers protrude from the centers of the flowers.
Lilium ‘Citronella’ has delightful golden yellow flowers with outward-facing petals.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Asiatic) ‘Citronella’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 3-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Golden yellow blooms face outward in pendant form on this Asiatic hybrid lily. Stems are slender and multi-stemmed, offering up to 20 flowers per plant once fully established. Petals are golden and recurved with dainty brown freckles. Flower stamens are long and chartreuse-colored with brown anthers to match the freckling.

Citronella naturalizes easily and will take over a large area in time if it has proper drainage and adequate moisture. Foliage is dark green and linear. Though stems are narrow, they are resilient. Staking should be considered only for locations with sustained high winds.

‘Connecticut King’

Close-up of blooming Asiatic 'Connecticut King' lilies in a sunny garden. The flowers are large, cup-shaped, facing upwards, consisting of 5 bright yellow oval petals and protruding yellow stamens with reddish anthers. The leaves are dark green, linear, elongated with pointed tips.
Lilium ‘Connecticut King’ produces beautiful, large, cupped, citrine-yellow, odorless flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Asiatic) ‘Connecticut King’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 2-3 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-8

Flowers are large and non-fragrant on this stunning Asiatic lily, so it pairs well with other stronger-smelling lilies and perennials. Its upward-facing blooms are citrine yellow and typically reach widths of 4 to 6 inches across. Petals are long and thin with a slight arch at the tips and a slight incurve at their margins. They have no freckling.

Centers are a darker shade of yellow and have long, upright stamen with greenish anthers. Leaves and early flower buds are a rich, grass-green color that perfectly complements Connecticut King’s citrusy blooms.

‘Brushstroke’

View from below, close-up of blooming Lilium (Asiatic) 'Brushstroke' flowers in a garden against a blue sky. The flowers are large, open, cupped, with creamy yellow petals with bright burgundy stripes and spots near the centers. Long greenish stamens with orange-red anthers protrude from the centers of the flowers.
Lilium ‘Brushstroke’ has gorgeous yellow-green flowers with burgundy stripes and spots near the centers.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Asiatic) ‘Brushstroke’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 3-4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Blooms have a creamy yellow-green tint and average 3 to 6 inches wide on this exceptional Asiatic lily. Petal midribs, margins, and centers are slightly darker in color. They face upward and open fully to reveal burgundy streaks and splotches near their centers.

Brushstroke’s flowers are supported by strong stems and waxy, bright green leaves. It has little to no scent and will bloom for an extended period of time after cutting.

For a lovely display, grow this lily in the middle or rear section of a mixed bed with dainty, yellow or white flowers at its feet.

‘Goldsmith’

Close-up of a flowering Lilium (Trumpet) 'Goldsmith' plant in a sunny garden. The plant has beautiful large drooping tubular flowers, buttery yellow, with whole petals, slightly ruffled and slightly bent outwards. The flowers have prominent stamens with orange-brown anthers.
Lilium ‘Goldsmith’ has buttery yellow flowers with slightly recurved petals and a pleasant fragrance.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Trumpet) ‘Goldsmith’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 4-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-8

A member of the Trumpet lily class, Goldsmith features buttery yellow blooms with subtle burgundy highlights and a strong, pleasant fragrance. Petals are solid, gently ruffled, and slightly recurved in a classic 6-point arrangement. Throats are deep and have prominent stamens that dangle from the depths of these down-drooping blooms.

Tall in stature at up to 5 feet in height, this cultivar grows stronger each season and blooms more prolifically. Trumpet lilies can be vulnerable to late spring frosts so wrap or cover this one if unseasonable weather is expected after shoots have emerged.

‘Golden Splendor’

Close-up of a flowering Lilium (Trumpet) ‘Golden Splendor’ plant in a sunny garden. The plant has large drooping tubular flowers with yellow petals slightly outward and light purple stripes on the outside. Long green-yellow stamens with copper-golden anthers protrude from the centers of the flowers.
Lilium ‘Golden Splendor’ produces golden tubular flowers with a strong fragrance.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Trumpet) ‘Golden Splendor’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 3-4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-8

Bronze stems and sepals provide a lovely contrast to this cultivar’s golden blooms, which vary in intensity and are mostly solid. Flowers are strong-smelling and outward facing in a classic trumpet shape. Petals curl gracefully back away from their centers to reveal amber-colored anthers.

Foliage also has hints of bronze, giving this cultivar some depth in the landscape. Golden Splendor will produce between 12 and 20 blooms each season once established, so go ahead and snip a few off for your kitchen table bouquet.

‘King Pete’

Close-up of an open Lilium (Asiatic) 'King Pete' flower against a blurred background in a sunny garden. The flower is large, cup-shaped, open, the petals are pale yellow with pandarin spots and light brown freckles.
Lilium ‘King Pete’ has incredible yellow flowers with light brown freckles and tangerine spots.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Asiatic) ‘King Pete’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 2-3 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Petals are a soft yellow with tangerine splotching and light brown freckles on this Asiatic beauty. Before opening, buds also have some orange streaks and markings, which provide a striking contrast.

King Pete’s blooms face outward and feature stiff stamens with small, light brown anthers. Leaves are slightly textured and sage-green in color, giving them garden interest even after this lily’s flower cycle is complete.

‘Grand Cru’

Close-up of two blooming Lilium (Asiatic) 'Grand Cru' flowers against a blurred background. The flowers are large, consist of 6 oval buttery yellow petals with narrowed ends, with red-burgundy spots and freckles closer to the centers. Long yellow stamens with brown anthers protrude from the centers.
Lilium ‘Grand Cru’ produces bright buttery yellow flowers with burgundy spots towards the centers.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Asiatic) ‘Grand Cru’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 3-4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Flowers are open and up-facing on this bicolor Asiatic lily. Petals are buttery yellow with burgundy splotches and freckles toward their centers. Edges curl inward slightly on blooms that are otherwise mostly flat. 

Flowers are large at roughly 5 inches wide and non-fragrant. Foliage is whorled,  pointed, and bright green. Plant Grand Cru with smaller red perennials and annuals for an excellent coupling. Or work it into a yellow garden with coreopsis and coneflowers.

‘Caucasian Lily’

Close-up of a flowering plant Lilium monadelphum (Species) 'Caucasian Lily' against a blurred blue sky. The plant has an upright stem with two tubular pale yellow flowers facing down. The petals are curved back and have delicate burgundy freckles.
‘Caucasian Lily’ has tubular, down-facing yellow flowers with recurved petals.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium monadelphum (Species) ‘Caucasian Lily’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 2-6 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

This Species group lily is native to the mountains of Russia and can spread easily in its natural habitat. Growing it in a controlled garden environment may be a little challenging, especially during its first few seasons. Make sure the soil has plenty of lime and excellent drainage to give your Caucasian Lily the best possible start. And be patient.

Flowers are straw-colored and down-facing in a classic trumpet shape. Petals are recurved and have delicate burgundy freckles. Foliage is hairy and whorled, and stems are very thick.

‘Beau Soleil’

Close-up of blooming 'Beau Soleil' lilies in a garden, against a backdrop of dark green waxy foliage. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, consist of 6 oval petals of golden yellow with a satin sheen and have a scattering of delicate brown freckles. The throat is striped green and brown with prominent yellow pistils and stamens with maroon anthers.
Lilium ‘Beau Soleil’ produces delightful golden yellow flowers with tiny brown freckles and prominent pistils and stamens.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Longiflorum Asiatic) ‘Beau Soleil’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 3-4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Flowers can be 6 to 12 inches wide on this show-stopping, hybrid lily. Petals are golden yellow with a satin sheen and have a scattering of delicate brown freckles. Blooms are classic and reflexive, facing upward in large numbers on sturdy, dark green stems.

Throats have green and brown streaks with prominent yellow pistils and stamens. Leaves are ovate, waxy, and dark green. Bau Soleil’s simplicity and subtle scent make it a cutting garden favorite.

‘Conca d’Or’

Close-up of Lilium (Oriental Trumpet) 'Conca d'Or' in bloom in a sunny garden. The plant has tall stems covered with elongated, elliptical, dark green leaves with tapered edges. Large funnel-shaped lemon yellow flowers with creamy white edges and backside. Long green stamens with burgundy anthers protrude from the centers.
Lilium ‘Conca d’Or’ has large funnel-shaped lemon-yellow flowers with creamy white margins.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Oriental Trumpet) ‘Conca d’Or’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 4-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Massive, trumpet-shaped flowers have a light, fruity scent on this Oriental Trumpet hybrid lily. Petals are gently ruffled and recurved, featuring lemon yellow bases and midribs with creamy white margins. A few tiny red freckles dust their surfaces.

Leaves are lanceolate and very dark, adding drama and contrast to this already showy cultivar. Reaching heights of up to 5 feet, Conca d’Or is a natural choice for rear borders and along fences. Stems should be staked if they are exposed to high winds and/or located in an open field.

‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’

Close up of blooming Lilium (Martagon) ‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse' against a blurred background of a green garden. The plant has many small hat-shaped flowers with pale yellow petals covered with crimson freckles. Citrus green stamens with orange anthers.
Lilium ‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’ produces many hat-shaped drooping flowers, yellow in color with crimson freckles.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Martagon) ‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 3-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

This Turk’s Cap lily has an abundance of 2-inch, banana-hued blooms that droop downward. Dark yellow petals are tinged with orange and dotted with crimson as they reflex upward in a traditional hat shape. Stamens are a citrus green color with orange anthers, providing a lovely contrast.

Early buds are pink – a color that remains on the petals’ exteriors in a shade of blush as flowers mature. Stems are very thick and hold up well without staking. Leaves are narrow and spiral-form. Mrs. R.O. Backhouse prefers moist conditions with a bit more shade than your typical lily, so it’s a good choice for sites near the forest’s edge.

‘Pollyanna’

Top view, close-up of 'Pollyanna' lily flower against a blurred background of dark green glossy foliage. The flower is large, cup-shaped with a slight reflector, facing upwards on strong stems. Petals are canary yellow with tangerine markings and a scattering of brown spots. The petals are covered with drops of water.
Lilium ‘Pollyanna’ has incredible canary yellow cupped flowers with tangerine markings and tiny brown freckles.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Asiatic) ‘Pollyanna’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 4-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Flowers are bowl-shaped with a slight reflex and they face upward on strong stems. Petals are canary yellow with tangerine brushmarks near the midribs and have a scattering of brown flecks. Blooms are lightly scented and have an extra long vase life.

Plant Pollyanna with tropical oranges and reds for an exotic grouping in the garden. This cultivar also grows well in a container and has a very tall, sturdy stature. So it’s a good choice for an urban rooftop or balcony planting.

‘Leichtlin’s Lily’

Close-up of a flowering plant Lilium Leichtlinii (Asiatic) 'Leichtlin's Lily' in a sunny garden, against a blurry background. The plant has tall erect stems of pale green color, covered with medium flowers hanging down in the form of a Turkic cap. The flowers are golden yellow with orange freckles and prominent stamens with orange anthers.
‘Leichtlin’s Lily’ has golden-yellow Turk’s Cap shaped flowers hanging down, with orange-brown freckles and anthers.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium Leichtlinii (Asiatic) ‘Leichtlin’s Lily’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 3-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Flowers have a traditional Turk’s Cap shape and droop downward like lanterns on this vibrant Asiatic cultivar. Blooms are a sunny, golden yellow with rust-colored freckles and anthers. Stamens are bright yellow and quite long, dangling from each flower’s center and attracting beneficial bees.

Leichtlini’s Lily naturalizes quickly and produces up to 20 blooms at maturity. Stems are chocolate brown for a stunning contrast, and leaves are dark intense green.

‘Tiny Bee’

Close-up of a Lilium (Dwarf Asiatic) 'Tiny Bee' flower against a blurred garden background. The flower is large, funnel-shaped, has yellow petals with burgundy freckles closer to the center. Long yellow stamens with dark burgundy anthers protrude from the center.
Lilium ‘Tiny Bee’ produces bright pineapple yellow flowers with dark green waxy foliage.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Dwarf Asiatic) ‘Tiny Bee’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 12-14 inches
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Blossoms are pineapple yellow and mostly solid on this miniature, Asiatic lily with a big personality. Leaves are strappy and dark green with a waxy finish and a raised stripe texture. Bred to be highly resistant to fungus and root rot, Tiny Bee is an excellent choice for areas with less-than-perfect soil conditions.

This cultivar’s upright, spiky personality makes it a great central figure in a mixed container. Pair it with rich purples and dark pinks for a vibrant color palette.

‘Canada Lily’

Close-up of a blooming Lilium Canadense 'Canada Lily' against a blurred green background. The plant has thin stems with small bell-shaped flowers. The petals are small, curved back, yellow in color with a scattering of red freckles on the inside. The stamens are long with very large orange anthers.
‘Canada Lily’ produces bell-shaped drooping flowers with yellow petals curved back and red freckles on their interiors.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium Canadense ‘Canada Lily’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 3-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

You can expect roughly 20 bell-shaped flowers to nod beautifully from 3-5 foot, multi-bract stems in early to mid-summer on this lovely North American lily. Petals resemble small banana peels arching backward to reveal a scattering of red freckles on their interiors. Stamens are long and tipped with extra large, orange anthers to attract pollinators.

Unlike most lilies, which spread underground by clump, this cultivar produces an abundance of seed and disperses it through the wind. Canada Lily has grass-like, whorled foliage and will spread quickly in an environment with soil that is moist but well draining.

‘Cocotte’

Close-up of a blooming lily ‘Cocotte’ against a blurred background. The flower is large, funnel-shaped, has long pale yellow shiny petals, slightly recurved and cherry-red anthers.
Lilium ‘Cocotte’ has charming pineapple-yellow flowers that are often used in flower arrangements.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Asiatic) ‘Cocotte’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 2-3 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8

Petals are flat, ovate and pineapple yellow in color on this striking Asiatic lily. Their margins and anthers are both cherry red, providing a dash of tropical style. Flowers are numerous on top of finely textured foliage and plants have a more rounded habit than many other lily cultivars, making Cocotte a good choice for border fronts or container gardens.

This is a pollen-free lily, which means it can be brought inside without affecting allergy sufferers. For this reason, you’ll often find this cultivar worked into cutting gardens and floral arrangements.

‘Miss Peculiar’

Close-up of Lilium (Oriental Trumpet) 'Miss Peculiar' flowers in a sunny garden. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, white with golden-yellow stars on their throats. Stamens protrude from centers with rusty-red anthers.
Lilium ‘Miss Peculiar’ produces creamy white flowers with golden yellow stars in the centers.
botanical-name botanical name Lilium (Oriental Trumpet) ‘Miss Peculiar’
plant-type plant type Bulb, perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to part shade
height height 4-6 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Blooms can be up to a foot wide on this jumbo lily in the Oriental Trumpet hybrid group. They face outward in pendant form and their petals curl back whimsically. Flowers are creamy-white with golden yellow stars on their throats. Stamens are prominent and have rust-colored anthers.

Stems are thick but due to the weight of this cultivar’s blooms, staking is recommended in exposed areas. Plant along a fence or next to the house, and Miss Peculiar should be fine without support.

Final Thoughts

Hopeful, gracious, and radiant wherever they are encountered in the landscape, yellow lilies can lift our spirits as few other flowers can. Plant them in a large formal garden and they’ll stand tall and sophisticated. Plant them in a meadow or semi-wooded area and they’ll ramble naturally through the terrain, filling gaps in the rocks and tree roots. 

Pay close attention to the growing requirements of whichever yellow lily you choose to try. While most will be in the Asiatic family and require full sun with good drainage, some in the North American and European species will be more tolerant of conditions that are wet and slightly shaded. Meeting your lily’s specific needs is key to injecting your gardens with perennial yellow joy.

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