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Purple Flowers and Mauve Flowers For Your Garden

Updated on March 25, 2018
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I love gardening, garden design, learning gardening techniques & photographing & painting plants. Member of Royal Horticultural Society.

Mauve and Purple Flowers in Bloom - a List of Plants

I have loved flower photography ever since I got my Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera, and this has enabled me to make several web pages to show off the flowers and plants in my garden. My own preference is for flowering plants, rather than trees and shrubs, be they big flowers or small flowers. Most of pictures here do not depict rare flowers, except perhaps my purple hellebore (see the image below).

Hellebore

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There are so many mauve and purple flowers that, almost without stopping, I was able to make a list of more than thirty. I have put just eleven of them on this page. A few of them will flower in winter, but some like the heat, and so would only flower in summer.

I have also just designed my first infographic ever - Plant Tips - and you will also find this useful plant care information towards the bottom of this page.

All images on this page are by Diana Grant. They are free to use provided you attribute them appropriately with a link to my name and one of my gardening web pages .

Primula (or Primrose)

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1. Mauve Primula Vulgaris

This is the Latin name for common polyanthus or primrose

The ones in the photograph have small flowers, but some species have bigger flowers.

What's the difference between primrose and polyanthus?

A 'primrose' has a single stem with just one flower whereas a 'polyanthus' has one stem which bears many flowers. So the plant in the image on the right is a purple polyanthus vulgaris (vulgaris means common in Latin). They flower naturally in very early Spring and have quite a long flowering period, but you can buy them flowering artificially in winter.

Viola (Violet)

purple violets or viola
purple violets or viola | Source

2. Viola - Violets

This purple flower is the small wild plant, genus viola

This violet flowers in spring, and then intermittently throughout the year. It is very small and delicate in appearance, almost insignificant, but has multiplied rampantly in my garden and is very hardy.

The little plants are almost like weeds, and get everywhere, but the small flowers are so pretty that I want to keep them, and wouldn't dream of digging them up completely.

Buddleia

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3. Buddleia Has Hundreds of Tiny Mauve Florets

When the Flowers are in Bloom, Butterflies Find it Very Attractive

So, if you want a butterfly garden, the sweet-scented mauve flowers of buddleia are ideal. The blooms are carried on the branches of this slightly silver-leafed shrub and are quite proliferous. They flower in late summer through to Autumn, and if the first flowers are cut back as they turn brown, they are followed by more mauve flowers.

They can be a bit of a nuisance, because they grow easily and therefore tend to multiply, but are easy to keep under control.

There is a deep purple buddleia called Purple Emperor, which I would love to have in my garden, as it is a very rich, deep purple, and more unusual. Mine is the rather common pale mauve one, but still very beautiful, if a bit unruly.

White and Purple Hydrangea

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4. Hydrangea - Pale Mauve to White Flower Heads

I think I have identified it as Hydrangea aspera ssp. sargentiana

This is a very beautiful plant with large leaves and large flowers, or more accurately, heads of multiple flowers. I have read that it is a native of Himalaya, but it grows very happily in a corner of my garden which gets the morning sun and then dappled shade later in the day. It flowers from early summer to late Autumn.

Sometimes the heads of Hydrangea aspera ssp. sargentiana are a bit more blue than my hydrangea, which is a very delicate shade of creamy white, tinged with mauve.

Yellow and Green Color Blocks Planting

Verbascum densiflorum and yellow and green euphorbia in rockery
Verbascum densiflorum and yellow and green euphorbia in rockery | Source

Take The Poll Below About Colours in the Garden - See How you Measure up Against Other Pollsters

We all have favorite colours in the garden, and some people like a glorious riot of colours, whereas others like toning colours, or even monotones.

What Colours do you like in your garden?

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Purple Iris

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5. Purple Iris

Iris plants are sometimes called "flags" because of the shape of their upright leaves

Irises come in several colours, but I like my purple iris best. I got it free, from a rubbish dump, where someone had obviously dug them up and thrown them away.

If irises are happy - growing in the right conditions - they will multiply and take over a large area, but, regrettably, I have never managed to get them to flourish in my garden, and I am lucky if I get more than four or five flowers. These garden flowers look very effective in large drifts.

There are many different varieties of iris. The iris shown here in the image flowers for about four - six weeks in early summer.

Chives With Mauve Flowers

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6. Chives with Mauve flowers

Who would have thought that herbs would have such pretty flowers?

This is the first year that I have grown chives in any number, and they have flowered from mid-summer through to late autumn.

The small flowers on chives look so pretty that I keep them outside my back door, so that I can see them through my kitchen window.

The trouble is, I don't really like to harvest my chives, in case it spoils the mauve flowers!

Purple Lavendula - French Lavender

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7. Purple Lavandula Stoechas - French Lavender

Big fat deep purple flower heads

This species of Lavandula stoechas or French Lavender is more spectacular than the common-or-garden English lavender, but it bears fewer purple flowers than its English relation. The purple or mauve flowers on this type of lavender have a more interesting shape, and I must confess that I prefer them, although they are less hardy in cold weather.

Lavandula stoechas is a newcomer to my garden, and I don't think it grows or flowers as well as English lavender, but I suppose they are slightly more rare plants in England, although they have been classed as an invasive weed in Australia..

Pansies

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8. White and Purple Pansies

Pansies are another form of Viola

Pansies are very colourful, and the velvet-textured flowers in bloom range from dark purple flowers to blue, white, yellow, orange and dark red, and every tone in-between. So they can be chosen to go with any colour scheme in your garden.

It is possible to buy winter-flowering pansies as well as pansies which flower at other times of the year, so it is never necessary to be without pansies, if they are your choice.

I love them, because they can always be relied upon to brighten up a dull patch in the garden or in pots, whilst one set of plants have died and the next lot haven't yet developed.

Petunias

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9. White and Mauve Petunias

Petunias come in shades of mauve, purple, pink, red and white

I like to stick to one tone rather than mixing up the colours, so these mauve and white petunias are what I have this year.

Petunias like lots of sunshine, and the mauve and purple blooms flower throughout the summer and well into autumn, really until the frost comes, giving a good show.

Aquilegia - Columbine - purple

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10. Purple Aquilegia - Columbine

Aquilegia have a sculpted bell shape

Aquilegias come in a range of colours, and flower in mid to late spring, but seem to be gone very quickly - the flowers in bloom last no more than a month or six weeks.

The petals of the small flowers of aquilegia have very defined spurs, which make them distinctive and interesting. These spurs vary in length depending on the species.

Pulmonaria

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11. Pink and Mauve Pulmonaria

These tiny flowers grow above distinctive white-spotted leaves

Pulmonaria is interesting, because the small flowers grow in a range of colours on the one plant. They have unusual white spots on the leaves.

Pulmonaria like shade, and flower in late spring to mid-summer.

Unfortunately pulmonarias begin to look very untidy after blooming, as they turn brown and wilt, so . in front of them.

More Purple Flowers with a Musical Accompaniment on This Video

Here are some ideas to give your plants the best possible start in life

Planting Tips
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      Michelle Harlow 2 years ago from Calgary

      Beautiful images :) Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Enjoyed your photos and all the information. I have hydrangeas for some light purple in my garden and also clematis.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      HI Diana, lovely photos. I have exactly the same passion since getting a digital camera. I am always in the garden taking photos of the flowers (red is my favourite flower colour).

      By the way the latin question was a bit sneaky :)

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @trevorjb1406: My garden is heavy London clay, but digging in lots of sand and manure over the years has improved the soil no end. We just have to try to choose plants which are suitable for whatever sort of soil we have....possibly in many places that will be water lilies and reeds!

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      trevorjb1406 4 years ago

      Hi, I really like your lens! I also love the colours you have chosen. I have a few of the same in my garden. I live in Broadstairs in Kent UK so I have a few inches of soil and then solid chalk so it is difficult to grown many varieties. We also have several large trees here so we are still clearing leaves but progress has been slow due to the constant rain this year!

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      Julia M S Pearce 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Purple Irises and little violets for me.

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Violets, give me violets!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      This is a beauitful lens. I love all sorts of flowers, but hydrangeas and peonies are my favorites.

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @DecoratingEvents: They are very easy to maintain, and come up every year, which is another reason for liking them!

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      Hydrangea's are my favorite! I think they are breathtaking!

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      Don Wilson 5 years ago from Yakima, WA

      I love your photos (and the fact that you use your own on your webpages).

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      I love purple flowers. My favourite are irises.

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