The Power of Purple: How to Create Different Effects with Purple Flower Plants

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Incorporating color effectively is a crucial element of well-designed gardens. Purple, a symbol of royalty and elegance, is a beloved color among garden enthusiasts and designers. Softer tones of lavender can create a serene atmosphere, while brighter hues like magenta add excitement and drama.

Purple complements most other colors, elevating the overall aesthetic. Harmonious shades of blue, silver, and white are refreshing during hot summer months, while contrasting colors like orange, yellow, and red create visual interest. By utilizing fundamental principles of color theory, you can achieve your desired effect in your own garden. The following garden flowers in shades of purple are recommended to get started:

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Grown for its aromatic flowers and foliage. Plant in a mixed border or massedaong a driveway or pathway. This compact variety is suitable for small spaces and containers. Plant alongside other drought-tolerant summer bloomers such as yarrow, wormwood, purple coneflower, or tickseed.

Read more about growing and caring for lavender.

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This reblooming lilac first blooms in spring, then again late summer to frost, and has good powdery mildew resistance. A classic addition to foundation plantings, mixed borders, and (due to its smaller size) large containers.

Read more about growing and caring for lilac bushes.

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Tubular or cup-shaped flowers come in an array of colors. This trailing variety blooms with lavender-blue flowers in late spring. Allow to spill over a rock wall or trail along a slope. Combine with spring-blooming rock garden plants with contrasting colors.

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A popular perennial vine because of its wide range of colors, forms, and bloom times. This summer-flowering variety is long-blooming, fragrant, and exceptionally vigorous. Use to cover a large arbor, shed, trellis, or fence.

Learn more about growing clematis vines.

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Create long-lasting structure, with globe-shaped flowers that hold their shape even when dried. Plants come back reliably each year, providing structural contrast in rock gardens, mixed borders, and natural areas. This compact variety is suitable for small spaces, edging, and containers.

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A large family of perennials and annuals valued for their reliability, easy care, and diversity of colors and forms. Aromatic flowers and foliage attract hummingbirds, butterflies and insect pollinators. Plant in drifts along a slope, in a bed or mixed border.

Find out more on how to grow and care for salvia plants.

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This tropical is grown for its vanilla-scented flowers in colors of purple, blue, or white. Grow in a container or mass in a bed near a seating area to enjoy the fragrance. Plant alongside other annuals with similar growing needs such as sweet potato vine, pelargonium, or angelonia. Can be toxic to pets.

Find out more on how to grow and care for heliotrope plants.

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Grown for its regal flowers and attractive sword or grass-shaped foliage. Grow in a mixed border, alongside a pond, or mass in the landscape. Combine with other early-season bloomers such as daffodils and tulips for a cheerful spring display.

For more, see Grow Irises for Easy Elegance in Your Garden.

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A summer workhorse, giving long-lasting color for very little effort. Use as bedding plants or in containers, window boxes, or hanging baskets. Combine with chartreuse plants for a sizzling effect, or white and silver for classic elegance.

Find out more on how to grow and care for petunias.

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Long-blooming and easy-care, versatile as a bedding plant or as edging along a pathway or border. Trailing forms are good for hanging baskets, window boxes, and for cascading over rock walls. Combine with dark purple and white flowers for a sophisticated look.

Find out more on how to grow and care for verbena.

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Aromatic foliage and long-blooming flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and insect pollinators. Carefree, tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions, and exceptionally hardy. Plant in a mixed border, on a curbside, or along a slope. Use as part of a drought-tolerant landscape.

Read more about growing catmint in your garden.

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A North American native, popular for its attractive flowers and benefits to pollinators and other wildlife. Naturalize in a meadow, mass along a slope, or plant in a mixed border. The compact variety is good for small spaces and containers. Combine with other natives for a naturalistic prairie look.

Learn more about how to grow and care for coneflower.

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Popular for their reliability and carefree nature. Also known as cranesbill, these plants are grown for their cup-shaped flowers and attractive foliage that is sometimes fragrant. Grow in a mixed border, beneath rose bushes, or mass in the landscape. Not to be confused with annual geraniums (Pelargonium).

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For late-season color, daisy-like asters can’t be beat. This dwarf form is suitable for small spaces and containers, as edging along a pathway, or at the front of a mixed border. Combine with other fall bloomers with complimentary colors such as goldenrod, hyssop, rudbeckia, and mums.

Learn more about how to grow asters.

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Small, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom prolifically for months in a wealth of colors. Use in containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets. Combine with lavender petunias, yellow bidens, and white verbena for a unified color scheme.

Read more about how to grow and care for calibrachoa.

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Perfect for mass plantings, along a pathway, at the front of a border, or a quick-growing groundcover. The trailing habit is suitable for containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes.

Learn more on how to grow and care for sweet alyssum.

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One of the most fragrant varieties and more heat tolerant than others. They will self-sow and return year after year. Flowers bloom from spring to fall and are ideal for fragrant cut flower bouquets

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This dwarf lily of the Nile blooms mid to late summer, and its flowers attract butterflies, bees, and birds. Plant in large swathes, mixed borders, or containers. Deer and rabbit resistant.

Learn more about growing agapanthus plants.

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Magenta-purple flower spikes up to a foot long attract pollinating insects, monarch butterflies, and bees. These sun lovers bloom mid to late summer and provide a good vertical accent to flower beds and cutting gardens. Especially tolerant of humidity and moist soil.

Learn more about how to grow blazing stars.

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Grown for its wand-like flowers, and valued for its reliability, carefree nature, and long bloom time. Add to a mixed border, natural garden, or low-maintenance landscape. Also suitable for small spaces or containers. Combine with yellow and orange flowers for a complementary color scheme.

Learn more about growing speedwell plants.

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Majestic spires with pea-like blossoms, and a graceful habit lend structure and beauty. This North American native attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and insect pollinators. Plant in a mixed border, mass planting, native garden, or as a standaone accent.

Find out more on how to grow and care for false indigo.

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Grown for petite star-shaped flowers that are often fragrant. This creeping variety is useful in rock gardens, along a slope, or to soften garden walls. Grow alongside other spring bloomers such as creeping thyme, rock cress, and Dianthus) for a carpet of contrasting colors.

Read more about growing and caring for phlox.

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Daisy-like flowers, attractive foliage, and long bloom time make African daisies a favorite. Use as a bedding plant, edging, or in containers. Combine with other annuals with contrasting colors for a sizzling summer display.

Read more about growing African daisies.

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Tubular flowers bloom from late spring until frost. This shade lover is a good alternative to impatiens. Mass in a bed or border, or place in hanging baskets and containers. Combine with other shade-tolerant plants to brighten up a dark corner of the yard.

Great plants with purple foliage include some varieties of spiderwort (Tradescantia) and coral bells (Heuchera).

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