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All Things Purple for April !

Updated on August 11, 2014

My Favorite Things in Purple

All my life I have always assigned a color to each month. April is purple ! I am an artist and LOVE colors..bright, beautiful colors. I happen to love purple and wanted to do a lens showing all the things than can be done in purple. Flowers are a given..love them all..some are favorites..but will also hope to show the fun you can have with just the color of APRIL!

PURPLE PETUNIAS
PURPLE PETUNIAS

Purple Petunias

A popular STAR from another land

Years ago I didn't gravitate to petunias. But through the years I found them to be so prolific..so hardy in wind and rain and sun or shade ! They are so easy to care for.This particular color is soo fragrant ! Now, I always have to have them in our garden.

1997 was declared the Year of the Petunia

All petunias are actually based on two species from South America; white petunia axillaris and purple violaea. Cross-breeding in other countries, turned the original lanky appearance into the exciting colors and sizes we have today. All petunias are members of the nightshade family...relatives are tomatoes, peppers, and the blues are the most fragrant.

They thrive in full sun (6 or more hours of full sun daily) but will also do well in the shade. In the deep south and southwest they need less sun. Petunias are very adaptable to any kind of soil but thrive best in a light, rich soil with good drainage. I personally love how hardy tthe petunia is for me. I just keep them watered and dead-head the bloomsto keep them coming all until winter takes them.

This purple beauty is one of my own growing with lobelia and sweet basil.

Petunia Seeds - Ptunias are a wonderful splash of color for any garden

Petunias can be grown from seeds or starts. My husband and I prefer the starts but it depends on how much time you would like to spend with them. I like to get to the color part sooner. Who doesn't like instant blooms?

Merlin Blue Moon Petunia 10 Seeds - Annual
Merlin Blue Moon Petunia 10 Seeds - Annual

These are glorious! They give an ethereal aura to the garden.

 
Outsidepride Petunia Alderman - 5000 Seeds
Outsidepride Petunia Alderman - 5000 Seeds

These are outstanding and so reagal in appearance.

 

Purple Irises Regal and Stately

So many different styles and shades of purple

Irises are so beautiful to behold! They carry themselves with a regal show of over 260 plus species. The name Iris is Greek in origin, meaning "rainbow" which denotes the amazing array of colors they come in with the most popular being the blue or purple. It seems fitting that the most popular color of such a regal flower would be purple. Purple is also a color for royalty.

Their habitat is varied from cold mountainous area to grasslands, meadows, and riverbanks. They are mostly used for ornamental and botanical gardens world-wide. They have been use a great deal in paintings by some of the great painters such as Vincent van Gogh. The roots can be used in water purifications also. For those who are more science-minded and "have a need to know" you can go to :www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_(plant) or google irises on the web.

The iris is also the state flower of Tennessee..not any particular color but the purple is usally the one most dipicted. Irises are used in aromatherapy, bloom in the spring, and the root of some soecies is used to flavor certain kinds of gin...one being Bombay Saphire. The purples do not flourish well if planted in excessive shade or too deep.

Purple Irises - Irises were my Mother-in-law, Addie's favorite. She called them FLAGS

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Lavenders, Lilacs, Jacaranda, Asters, Chrysanthemums..more - Purple Purple Everywhere you go !

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A sea of Lavenders are breathtakingly amazing!  There are 39 species of this plant and most are grown for  the essential oil of lavender; balms, salves, perfumes, and cosmetics. A high-quality honey is made in the Mediterranean..Flowers can be candiWho wants to live here? Beautiful use of lavender for landscaping.Jacaranda flowers...49 species.. are native to Mexico, Central America (Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uraguay) and the Caribbean...but is found world-wide. They grow in well-drained soil and tolerate short bouts of draught, frost and freeze. In America itThese lilacs are a stupendous beauty with their deep hues and outstanding fragrance. Their frangrance carries far off and the flower's fragrance stays a long time even when cut.A sun-loving perennial that is said to be a sign that summer is here. They come in many colors.The Jacranda tree is the most form for this flowering plant. The city of Grafton, Austrailia is famous for its Jacarandas. Every year they have a festival in late October and early November when they are in full bloom and the people have parades, pubPeacock Chrysanthemum is very hardy..performs best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Very prolific with its blooms and will bloom from mid-summer to late fall until the frost takes them. A great perennial plant..use for cuttings indoors. WIt has been said that the purple tulip is a reminder that the future can be better and that tomorrow brings another day. Hope for the future helps us through rough times so that we can grow and experience more love, peace and joy. Purple flowers meanEarliest  of all crocuses and are good for rock gardens, under trees and shrubs, in lawns, beds, borders and containers.A fall planted bulb that blooms from late spring to early summer. Best if planted in clumps of 10 or more so they can create a stunning effect. My next-door neighbor had these in her yard under a front window. Good for cut and also dried arrangements
A sea of Lavenders are breathtakingly amazing!  There are 39 species of this plant and most are grown for  the essential oil of lavender; balms, salves, perfumes, and cosmetics. A high-quality honey is made in the Mediterranean..Flowers can be candi
A sea of Lavenders are breathtakingly amazing! There are 39 species of this plant and most are grown for the essential oil of lavender; balms, salves, perfumes, and cosmetics. A high-quality honey is made in the Mediterranean..Flowers can be candi
Who wants to live here? Beautiful use of lavender for landscaping.
Who wants to live here? Beautiful use of lavender for landscaping.
Jacaranda flowers...49 species.. are native to Mexico, Central America (Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uraguay) and the Caribbean...but is found world-wide. They grow in well-drained soil and tolerate short bouts of draught, frost and freeze. In America it
Jacaranda flowers...49 species.. are native to Mexico, Central America (Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uraguay) and the Caribbean...but is found world-wide. They grow in well-drained soil and tolerate short bouts of draught, frost and freeze. In America it
These lilacs are a stupendous beauty with their deep hues and outstanding fragrance. Their frangrance carries far off and the flower's fragrance stays a long time even when cut.
These lilacs are a stupendous beauty with their deep hues and outstanding fragrance. Their frangrance carries far off and the flower's fragrance stays a long time even when cut.
A sun-loving perennial that is said to be a sign that summer is here. They come in many colors.
A sun-loving perennial that is said to be a sign that summer is here. They come in many colors.
The Jacranda tree is the most form for this flowering plant. The city of Grafton, Austrailia is famous for its Jacarandas. Every year they have a festival in late October and early November when they are in full bloom and the people have parades, pub
The Jacranda tree is the most form for this flowering plant. The city of Grafton, Austrailia is famous for its Jacarandas. Every year they have a festival in late October and early November when they are in full bloom and the people have parades, pub
Peacock Chrysanthemum is very hardy..performs best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Very prolific with its blooms and will bloom from mid-summer to late fall until the frost takes them. A great perennial plant..use for cuttings indoors. W
Peacock Chrysanthemum is very hardy..performs best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Very prolific with its blooms and will bloom from mid-summer to late fall until the frost takes them. A great perennial plant..use for cuttings indoors. W
It has been said that the purple tulip is a reminder that the future can be better and that tomorrow brings another day. Hope for the future helps us through rough times so that we can grow and experience more love, peace and joy. Purple flowers mean
It has been said that the purple tulip is a reminder that the future can be better and that tomorrow brings another day. Hope for the future helps us through rough times so that we can grow and experience more love, peace and joy. Purple flowers mean
Earliest  of all crocuses and are good for rock gardens, under trees and shrubs, in lawns, beds, borders and containers.
Earliest of all crocuses and are good for rock gardens, under trees and shrubs, in lawns, beds, borders and containers.
A fall planted bulb that blooms from late spring to early summer. Best if planted in clumps of 10 or more so they can create a stunning effect. My next-door neighbor had these in her yard under a front window. Good for cut and also dried arrangements
A fall planted bulb that blooms from late spring to early summer. Best if planted in clumps of 10 or more so they can create a stunning effect. My next-door neighbor had these in her yard under a front window. Good for cut and also dried arrangements

Purple Flowers for Your Garden or Home - Light up you nights, your gardens or walls with purple

Purple irises are stunning for any garden. They add such a regal, eye-catching, head-turning experience to any yard. Add a touch of elegant whimsy to your home decor.

An Array of More Gorgeous Purple - This lens won't even cover all the purple flowers out there but enjoy these faves!

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Purple Taihaijo Dahlia  from dansdahilias.comPurple Ranunculus  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 8-10Autumn Lilac Crocus  from dutchbulbs  Hardy in zones 4-8Dinner Plate Dahlia Lilac Time  from dutchbulbs.com  Prize-winning size and most spectacular!  Hardy in zones 8-10Blue Gladiolus Blend  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 8-11Hyacinth Peter Stuyvesant  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 4-9Allium Gladiator is a stunning flower !  Hardy in zones 3-8 from dutchbulbs.com  Our neighbors next door grew these and they were awesome!Dahlia Blue Bell from dutchbulbs.com  GORGEOUS !  Hardy in zones 8-10Agapanthus Blue  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 6-10Calla Lily Lavender Sensation  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 9-11
Purple Taihaijo Dahlia  from dansdahilias.com
Purple Taihaijo Dahlia from dansdahilias.com
Purple Ranunculus  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 8-10
Purple Ranunculus from dutchbulbs.com Hardy in zones 8-10
Autumn Lilac Crocus  from dutchbulbs  Hardy in zones 4-8
Autumn Lilac Crocus from dutchbulbs Hardy in zones 4-8
Dinner Plate Dahlia Lilac Time  from dutchbulbs.com  Prize-winning size and most spectacular!  Hardy in zones 8-10
Dinner Plate Dahlia Lilac Time from dutchbulbs.com Prize-winning size and most spectacular! Hardy in zones 8-10
Blue Gladiolus Blend  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 8-11
Blue Gladiolus Blend from dutchbulbs.com Hardy in zones 8-11
Hyacinth Peter Stuyvesant  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 4-9
Hyacinth Peter Stuyvesant from dutchbulbs.com Hardy in zones 4-9
Allium Gladiator is a stunning flower !  Hardy in zones 3-8 from dutchbulbs.com  Our neighbors next door grew these and they were awesome!
Allium Gladiator is a stunning flower ! Hardy in zones 3-8 from dutchbulbs.com Our neighbors next door grew these and they were awesome!
Dahlia Blue Bell from dutchbulbs.com  GORGEOUS !  Hardy in zones 8-10
Dahlia Blue Bell from dutchbulbs.com GORGEOUS ! Hardy in zones 8-10
Agapanthus Blue  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 6-10
Agapanthus Blue from dutchbulbs.com Hardy in zones 6-10
Calla Lily Lavender Sensation  from dutchbulbs.com  Hardy in zones 9-11
Calla Lily Lavender Sensation from dutchbulbs.com Hardy in zones 9-11

Great Ideas Come in Purple - Purple isn't just for flowers...check these out!

Only one item in a category has been listed here. Click on the item if you think it would look better in another color. Have fun..these are my picks !

Skechers Sport Women's Stride Fashion Sneaker
Skechers Sport Women's Stride Fashion Sneaker

Click on this link to see the purple color shoes. Love purple..even on my feet!

 
ASICS Medium Duffle
ASICS Medium Duffle

Click on this link to see the purple bag..it is cool.

 
DG Eyewear Polarized Purple Sunglasses
DG Eyewear Polarized Purple Sunglasses

For those who love purple, it is totally cool to have the color on your face!

 

Patio Designs - A few things to go with all those purple flowers.

A purple patio is rich and inviting and goes so well with purple flowers!

Purple for the Kitchen - The kitchen needs a touch of purple class!

ELO 45904 Classic Color Encapsulated Double Base 7-Piece Cookware Set, Purple
ELO 45904 Classic Color Encapsulated Double Base 7-Piece Cookware Set, Purple

I leave some of my colored pans out on my stove to enjoy the color more!

 

All Time Favorites ! - Purple Purple Purple Everywhere !

Glory of the Sun Day Lily
Glory of the Sun Day Lily

Some people would like all things purple..some would like just a little here or there..take your pick !

How much purple would you like..which parts do want the most ?

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Share with me what you like about petunias and or where you have them planted or if you want to..someday.

Guestbook Comments - What variety of petunias do you like best?

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Last summer was the first time I have had a show of petunias and they were all types and colours. Gorgeous and some are still in flower even though it is now winter here.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      The blue moon petunia is gorgeous! I do see petunias planted in the hotel gardens around town. They do well here.

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @GabrielaFargasch: Thank you so much..appreciate your comment :) I had a lot of fun doing it!

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      GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

      I love all shades of purple, especially lavender! Great 'purple' lens! :)

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @Craftypicks: Hello! They were my mother-in-laws favorite to:) Thanks for sharing!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I love purple iris in my yard.

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @JoshK47: Thank you so much..appreciate greatly :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Gotta love purple! Thanks kindly for sharing! :)

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @SteveKaye: Very pleased that you like it , Steve :)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you so much..I so appreciate it :)

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Purple is my colour, I love purple iris. Thank for sharing with us.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Love all the beautiful flowers on this lens.

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      joan-mcbride 5 years ago

      I love Petunias!! For a first time gardner as I was just a few years ago they are one of the easiest flowers to grow. They are so colorful and sometimes fragrant and it just feels good to see them grow and bloom.

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @Millionairemomma: Thank you very much for your comment..I need to get back in here and add more stuff :):)

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @jseven lm: Great stuff!

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @LynetteBell: Haven't been in here for a bit...very nice to see your comment..thank you !

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Lovely lens...lovely color:)

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Thank you for expressing your love for this color! Great job.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Purple petunias are my favorites! I have a whole Zazzle line-up of a pic of mine on things. :) http://www.zazzle.com/purple_passion_petunias_mous...

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @ElizabethJeanAl: I agree..purple seems to be so rich like royalty which it does connect to :)

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @dahlia369: I love that you love purple too..how cool is it that you were born in that month:) I just bought some purple tunias and planted them yesterday..two pony-paks worth!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Petunias are beautiful in any color - as are all the other purple flowers you have on this lens. I was born in April and like it how you assigned the color purple to that spring month! :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      I love the color purple

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much for your visit and comments..and your LIKE..I appreciate it..will be adding much more to this lens :) Thanks again:)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Purple flowers are beautiful and I too, love petunias! I tend to like the wave petunias the best.