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Top Ten Purple Plants to grow in The Garden

Updated on January 10, 2013
Dahlia, edited by Rosika.
Dahlia, edited by Rosika. | Source

Purple Colour

Purple is recognized as the colour representing royalty, nobility and spirituality since ancient times. Purple colour brings the feeling of hot and cold together as it is made up of red colour (representing warmth) and blue colour (reprsenting coolness). Looking at purple colour makes us feel stimulated and relaxed at the same time!

Purple colour comes in different amazing shades. Names of this shades are derived from various flowers, vegetables and fruits found in the nature such as plum, lavender, violet, mulberry and eggplant.

Now as we know why purple colour is so special, let's look at some of the beautiful purple plants that you can easily grow in your garden:

Dahila (see picture above) is one of the favorite old flower which blooms in late summer and autumn. The stem of this plant can grow as big as 6-8 ft tall. It is ideal to grow this plant in places where morning sun and aftertoon shade is available. They grow in most soil types. Cow and sheep dung is the ideal manure for Dahila. This plant don't need much water, however spraying little amount of water couple of times during the day will give you the best result. They come in various colours including red, pink, yellow, white and purple.

Lavender | Source

Lavander: Belonging to the mint family, this soft shrub is ideal for beds, hedging and containers and flowers from early to late summer depending on the variety. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. The oil of Lavender is used for anti-septic purpose.They are the classic partner for roses. They are also one of the drought tolearting plant. This plant lasts for about 15 years but they need to be cut back, about two thirds each year, to avoid them from becoming too crowded.

Allium | Source

An easy to grow plant, Allium, needs full sun, fertile and well-drained soil. They flower mostly in summer. Alliums come in hundreds of different species. They belong to the family of onions and have medicinal and religious values. These are tough plants that can tolerate harsh condition such as drought. This flower is used in many perfumes and cosmetic products throughout the world. White colored Allium is another popular choice in garden.

Clematis | Source

Clematis are mainly of chinese and Japanese origin but are popular plant for gardeners in many parts of the world. The top of the plants needs full sun but the roots prefer shady, cool and moist area. They do well in well-drained soil. They also come in various species. Purple types of Clematis includes 'Jackmanni', Etoile Violette' and 'Haku Ookan'. All of this plants commonly bloom in spring.

Aster | Source

Aster: These perenenials (meaning flowering every year) produces loads of little flowers in mauve. They tolerate sun to part shade and work well in average bloom as long as enough compost is added when required. They come in various colours, including pink, red, purple and all the of its species have yellow colour in the centre. These plants do well if divided every two-three years. It produces flowers from mid to late summer and contiues to bloom untill frost.

Hyacinth | Source

Hyacinth: Popularly known for its sweet smell, Hyacinth blooms in spring. It comes in shades of mauve and purple color. It tolerates sun or part shade, needs well-drained soil and does well in containers indoors and outdoors. It grows between 10-20 cm tall.

Bearded Iris
Bearded Iris | Source

'Iris' word is taken from greek, meaning rainbow. This elegant bloom needs full sun and well-drained soil to grow well.They have long stems. Breaded Iris are the most preferred plant as they are tough, attractive and drought tolerant.

Eremophila | Source

Eremophila: Dry condition is suitable for this plant and dies quickly in humid areas. They come in various colours including yellow, red and pink.

Heuchera | Source

Heuchera: Mostly grown for its rich bronze-purple decorative foliage, Heuchera toleartes poor conditions and does really well if it gets regular watering. It needs fertile well-drained soil and tolerates both full and part sun, but prefers some protection from hot afternoon sun. It looks great in borders and paths when used as edging.

Aeonium | Source

Aoenium means 'ageless' in greek Zwartkop is one of its species that comes in black-purple colours. They look good in pots when grown among other succulents that are silver in colour. They do well in full sun and well drained soil. Cuttings should be done in early summer for best results every year.

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Colours that go together with purple

The first colour that comes to our mind to go with purple is? You guessed it. Yellow! It is the ideal partner for purple colour. These two colour together brighten the garden astonishingly.

Purple with orange gives the clashing and energetic feeling to your garden.

Purple with green brings sophistication.

Pink or red and purple gives a romantic feeling to the garden For instance, rose and lavender.

Note: As purple gets lost in the shaded areas, pair it with lighter shade flowers, such as yellow and gold, to give them dimensions.

Happy gardening!

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      pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      I remember someone and I want to share this to her... really beautiful! Thanks for sharing! ^_^

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing this informative hub.

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      My favorite color is purple. I have anything purple -- from slippers, wallets, phone cases, to some of my dresses. Purple looks pretty and cool. I'd love to have a garden bursting with all-purple flowers and purplish foliage. Lovely pictures to look at! Thanks for posting. Up and beautiful. :)

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      Colleen Lyon 5 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

      Nice hub, and wonderful pictures. I have a friend that loves purple anything, I will be sharing this with her. Take care, C.

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      rosika 5 years ago

      Thank you for your comment angela brubmmer!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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      rosika 5 years ago

      Purple plants definitely bring charm to the garden....thank you for you coment and vote!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Wow, What a beautiful hub! I love flowers, but I just never know which ones are which. I will have to refer back to this one. Voted up!

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      Maree Michael Martin 6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Oh! I want all these beautiful flowers in my yard! I best get busy, it is spring already and the sun is starting to shine. More hubs please, these are great!

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      Chris Achilleos 6 years ago

      Very beautiful flowers. Nice hub!

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      rosika 6 years ago

      Thank you for your comment geetika iyer..!

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      geetika iyer 6 years ago from India

      Great write up. voted up!

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      rosika 6 years ago

      Thank you for your comment yoginijoy. It is true, purple plants are just stunning to look, Your garden must be looking beautiful with iris...Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      yoginijoy 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Such great gardening ideas! I love purple too. I just planted some irises and am working on growing some lavender from seed. I love the photos. Great hub! Voted useful and beautiful.