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Color your Garden Purple

Updated on April 28, 2015

Garden Royalty

When walking through a garden, for some reason I'm drawn toward the purple flowers. Maybe it's because they're not as common as all the pinks, yellows and whites that most gardens hold.

Purple adds depth, drama, substance and subdues other bright colors creating harmony in your garden.

Below you will find some of my favorite purple garden stars.

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Crocus

Flickr Photo Credit: comedy_nose
Flickr Photo Credit: comedy_nose

Hardiness: Zones 3 to 8.

Bloom Time: Early spring.

Size: 2 to 5 inches high, 4 inches wide.

Flowers: Cup-shaped blooms of purple, white, yellow and striped.

Light Needs: Full sun.

Butterfly Bush

Flickr Photo Credit:   sciondriver
Flickr Photo Credit: sciondriver

Hardiness: Zones 5 to 9.

Bloom Time: Midsummer through first frost.

Size: 5 to 15 feet high.

Flowers: Tubular blooms of purple, white, pink or yellow.

Light Needs: Full sun or light shade.

Flickr Photo Credit: aplysia_06, janeyhenning & orchidgalore
Flickr Photo Credit: aplysia_06, janeyhenning & orchidgalore

Add Purple to your Vegetable Garden

Purple doesn't have to stop in your flower garden! There are also a variety of vegetables that are purple themselves, or have purple leaves. Did you know there's a purple carrot? How about purple Cauliflower? You'll be amazed at the striking varieties out there!

Basil: Red Ruben

Cauliflower: Graffiti

Bush Bean: Royal Burgundy

Onion: Purplette

Cabbage: January King

Pepper: Purple Beauty & Marconi Purple

Beet: Bull's Blood

Mustard Green: Red Giant

Carrot: Cosmic Purple

Potato: All Blue

Eggplant: Pingtung Long

Tomato: Pruden's Purple

Broccoli: Early Sprouting Purple

Garlic: Russian Red

Turnip: Purple Top

Radish: Plum Purple

Add some of packets of colorful vegetable seeds along with gardening tools to create a unique gardening gift basket!

Order your own purple vegetable seeds. - Healthy Eating made more colorful!

Hydrangea

Flickr Photo Credit:  nekonomania
Flickr Photo Credit: nekonomania

Hardiness: Zones 4 to 9, varies slightly by species.

Bloom Time: Summer.

Size: 6 to 22 feet high, 8 feet wide.

Flower: Shades of pink white and purplish-blue flowers, either large pompons or flattened clusters of blooms.

Light Needs: Partial shade.

Did you know that purple hydrangeas are one of the most common flowers that brides use at summer weddings that have a purple color scheme? When combined with colors such as orange or lime green bridesmaid dresses, the combination can be exquisite. Add some purple wedding favors or lilac tablecloths to the reception and the couple will have just enough purple to really make the color shine.

Persian Shield

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Flickr Photo Credit: giveawayboy

Hardiness: Zones 9 - 10.

Bloom Time: Persian shield is everpurple in zones 10 and 11; it dies to the ground after frost, but may sprout back in spring in zone 9 and possibly in zone 8, especially if you mulch the roots.

Size: 3-4 ft tall with a 2-3 ft spread.

Flowers: variegated dark green and silvery-metallic purplish-pink on top and all purple underneath. The leaves shimmer with iridescence. The little flowers are just an afterthought with this showy foliage plant. They are funnel-shaped, pale violet, and arranged on short spikes.

Light Needs: Partial shade.

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Clematis

Flickr Photo Credit:  beautifulcataya
Flickr Photo Credit: beautifulcataya

Hardiness: Zones 4 to 9.

Bloom Time: Summer.

Size: 4 to 30 feet high, 3 feet wide.

Flowers: Dozens of colors including white, pink, red, purple, blue, and yellow. Some have multicolored blooms.

Light needs: Full sun to partial shade.

Lavender

Photo Credit: wikimedia
Photo Credit: wikimedia

Botanical Name: Lavandula.

Hardiness: Zones 5 to 10.

Bloom Time: Summer.

Size: 1 to 4 feet high, 1 to 4 feet wide.

Flowers: Pinkish purple.

Light Needs: Full sun.

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Pansy

Flickr Photo Credit:  Kyknoord
Flickr Photo Credit: Kyknoord

Botanical Name: Viola x wittrockiana.

Hardiness: Zones 4 to 8.

Bloom Time: Varies by cultivar. Most types perform best in the cooler weather of spring or autumn. In warmer climates, some varieties can be used as winter annuals.

Size: 6 to 9 inches high and 9 to 12 inches wide.

Flowers: Purple, white, yellow, orange, and red. Bi-colored flowers with a face-like pattern are the most common; shape is five overlapping petals, some with ruffled edges.

Light needs: Full sun to partial shade.

Color Combinations - Mix various colors to create a dynamic effect!

Flickr Photo Credits: shaire productions - purple yellow, Goodnight London - purple & red, A-Daly - purple and orange, swotai - purple and white

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Bugleweed

Flickr Photo Credit:  8mitsu
Flickr Photo Credit: 8mitsu

Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans.

Hardiness: Zones 3 to 9.

Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer.

Size: 4 to 8 inches high, 8 inches wide.

Flowers: Purplish blue.

Light Needs: Full to partial shade.

Petunia

Photo Credit: wikimedia
Photo Credit: wikimedia

Hardiness: Annual.

Bloom Time: Late spring to frost.

Size: 4 to 24 inches high, 12 to 36 inches wide.

Flowers: Mainly pink, red, pale yellow, violet-blue, white, or multicolor funnel-shaped single and double flowers.

Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade.

Color your World

Flickr Photo Credit:  nakae
Flickr Photo Credit: nakae

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A Pretty Purple Gift

A Flower Lover's Dream!

Here's the perfect gift for the lover of flowers! Delicious, giant cookies make up this beautiful arrangement. Purple flowers and decorated butterflies are a great way to welcome spring, say "I'm Thinking of You" or simply for no reason at all!

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Do you have purple in your garden?

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Purple basil is beautiful too - there are a number of varieties

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      Zienna1 5 years ago

      Yes, It's my favourite colour. I've got a few crocus, clematis, and pansy, some lavander and rosemary I made it the colour of my theme too. It's also the motiff I used for my wedding day.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Lovely lens ~ very beautifully done! B : )

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Beautiful flowers, I have always liked petunias, especially these purple ones :)

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      I was thinking that I don't have much purple in my garden but your wonderful lens reminded me about all of the purple blooms from buddelia to pansies, clematis to lavender and more.

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      A beautiful, beautiful lens . . . congrats on the PURPLE star!

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Gorgeous lens! All of these photos are great - there's nothing more beautiful than nature!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      I don't have a garden but if I did, I would be going with purple for sure!! Purple is one of my favorite colors and I love the gorgeous photos you have here. Not sure that I could eat purple cauliflower, but it's so beautiful that I would grow it just for fun. I also love the Persian Shield but I could never get it to grow outside in MN, maybe it could be a pretty purple houseplant. Thanks for the informative and beautiful lens!

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      WOW - what a truly gorgeous lens. The photos are amazing and you've done a fantastic job putting it together. Thanks for featuring a bunch of my rose gardening lenses.....much appreciated!