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Plants with Purple Flowers to Add Charm to Your Garden

Experience the allure of a vibrant garden with stunning hues of purple flowers - salvia, aster, columbine, and more

Purple Flowers, Purple Flower, Lavender Flowers, Allium Flowers, Wisteria Flowers, Crocus Flowers, Iris Flowers

Purple flowers are some of the most captivating and attractive flowers in the world. They add beauty and a touch of elegance to any garden or floral arrangement. They are available in a wide range of shades and hues, ranging from light lilacs to deep purples. These flowers can also come in various sizes, shapes, and textures.

What do Purple Flowers mean?

Purple flowers are not only beautiful but also have a range of meanings and symbolism. They are often associated with royalty, luxury, and elegance. They can also represent admiration, respect, and dignity. In addition, they are often seen as a symbol of spirituality and inner peace.

Popular Purple Flowers Names?

Some popular plants include lavender, lilac, iris, hyacinth, wisteria, crocus, verbena, petunia, salvia, aster, columbine, bellflower, sweet pea, pansy, viola, morning glory, liatris, and allium.

Purple Flowers: Flower Bulbs

Classic examples include

Allium are bulbous perennial plants with a unique globe-shaped flowerhead made up of numerous individual flowers. They are members of the onion family and are commonly known as ornamental onions. They come in a variety of colors and bloom in the late spring and early summer. Some popular species of alliums include Allium giganteum, Allium schubertii, Allium sphaerocephalon, and Allium aflatunense. Alliums are easy to grow and care for, making them a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a unique and colorful touch to their gardens..

Crocus is a small but tough spring-blooming bulb that produces dainty flowers early in the year, usually in late winter or early spring, making them one of the first flowers to bloom after the winter season. The plant is known for its hardiness, ease of cultivation, and ability to naturalize in a variety of soil types, making it a popular choice for rock gardens, borders, and woodland gardens.

Hyacinth is a bulbous perennial plant that is grown for its beautiful and fragrant flowers. The plant has strap-shaped leaves and produces tall, dense spikes of flowers in a range of colors, including pink, blue, purple, white, and yellow. Hyacinth blooms in the spring and is popular for its intense fragrance and bold colors. The flowers can be grown in garden beds or containers and are a great addition to cut flower arrangements. Hyacinth bulbs are easy to plant and care for and will reward gardeners with beautiful blooms year after year.

Guide Information

Plant Type Annuals, Bulbs, Climbers, Perennials, Roses, Shrubs, Trees
Genus Liatris, Syringa, Papaver, Perovskia, Rosa, Salvia, Hydrangea, Crocus, Allium, Lavandula, Iris siberica, Campanula
Colchicum speciosum ‘Atrorubens’ (Colchicum)
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Miss Saigon’ (Dutch Hyacinth)
Iris ‘Scent Sational’ (Dwarf Iris)
Allium (Ornamental Onion)
Anemone coronaria (Poppy Anemone)
Crocus tommasinianus (Early Crocus)

Purple Flowers: Annuals

Popular annual flowers include:

Calibrachoa, also known as Million Bells, is a trailing plant that produces masses of small, bell-shaped flowers that come in a range of colors, including purple, pink, red, orange, and yellow. Calibrachoa is often grown as an annual bedding plant, hanging basket, or container plant and is prized for its long blooming period and low maintenance requirements.

Papaver somniferum, commonly known as the opium poppy or breadseed poppy, is an annual flowering plant prized for its distinctive, showy blooms in shades of pink, red, purple, and white. The plant grows up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall and has bluish-green leaves and large, showy flowers that bloom in the summer months. The poppy plant is also used for culinary purposes, particularly for its seeds, which are used in baking and as a spice.

Petunia is a popular flowering plant known for its bright and colorful blooms. Petunias come in a wide range of colors, including shades of pink, purple, white, red, and yellow. Petunias are easy to grow and are ideal for containers, hanging baskets, and garden beds.

Zinnia is an annual flowering plant grown for its bright and colorful flowers, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including single, semi-double, and double blooms. Zinnias can be found in a wide range of colors, including pink, red, orange, yellow, and of course, purple. They are easy to grow and care for, making them a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a splash of color to their gardens. Zinnias are often used in mass plantings, borders, and containers, and they also make great cut flowers for bouquets and arrangements.

Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Evening Star’
Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ (Honeywort)
Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’ (Opium Poppy)
Petunia ‘Supertunia Morning Glory Charm’
Torenia fournieri (Wishbone Flower)
Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’

Purple Flowers: Perennials

There are hundreds of perennial flowers with purple blooms to pick from. Here are a few examples:

Campanula, also known as bellflower, is a genus of plants that produce showy, bell-shaped flowers in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white. These plants are often grown as perennials and can be used as a ground cover or as a border plant. Bellflowers attract bees and butterflies to the garden.

Dianthus is a genus of flowering plants that includes around 300 species, commonly known as pinks, carnations, or sweet williams. These plants are widely cultivated for their attractive, fragrant flowers. Dianthus plants typically produce flowers with five petals that range in color from white, pink, red, and purple to bi-colored and striped varieties. The leaves are slender and grass-like, and the plants can range in height from six inches (15 cm) to two feet (60 cm). Dianthus are popular garden plants and can be used in borders, rock gardens, and containers. They are also commonly used in cut flower arrangements due to their long vase life and fragrant blooms. Dianthus prefer well-drained soil and full sun exposure, and they are generally low-maintenance and easy to grow.

Iris are a popular garden plant known for their striking and distinctive blooms. They come in a variety of colors, including shades of purple, blue, white, yellow, and orange. They typically bloom in late spring or early summer, depending on the variety and climate. Iris flowers are popular in gardens, borders, and as cut flowers in arrangements. They are relatively easy to grow and care for, preferring well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight.

Liatris: Liatris is a genus of plants that produce tall spikes of purple flowers. These plants are often grown as perennials and are prized for their striking blooms and ability to attract butterflies and bees to the garden. Liatris can be used as a cut flower in floral arrangements.

Campanula portenschlagiana (Dalmatian Bellflower)
Dianthus barbatus ‘Auricula Eyed Mixed’ (Sweet William)
Dodecatheon pulchellum (Dark Throat Shooting Star)
Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’ (Siberian Iris)
Liatris spicata (Blazing Star)
Thalictrum delavayi (Chinese Meadow Rue)

Purple Flowers: Shrubs

A multitude of shrubs with purple blooms can be selected from. Here are just a few classic examples:

Aster is a group of flowering plants in the Asteraceae family. They are known for their daisy-like flowers with a central disk surrounded by petals that come in a range of colors, including purple, pink, blue, and white. They bloom in late summer and fall. They are often used in cut flower arrangements and are popular with pollinators like bees and butterflies. Asters are easy to grow and come in a variety of sizes, from low-growing ground covers to tall plants that can reach up to 6 feet (180 cm) in height. They are also hardy and can tolerate a range of soil types and temperatures.

Lavender is a highly popular flowering plant prized for its aromatic fragrance and beautiful purple flowers. It belongs to the mint family and is native to the Mediterranean region. Lavender is commonly grown in gardens for ornamental purposes and also for its essential oil, which is used in perfumes, cosmetics, and aromatherapy. The plant is drought-tolerant and requires well-drained soil and full sunlight to grow. Lavender blooms in late spring or early summer and attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden. It is also used in cooking and herbal teas for its unique flavor and calming properties.

Lilac is a deciduous shrub or small tree that is known for its fragrant and colorful flowers. The flowers come in shades of purple, pink, white, and blue and are typically arranged in large, showy clusters. The shrub itself can grow up to 20 feet (6 meters) tall and wide and features heart-shaped leaves that turn yellow in the fall. Lilacs are commonly grown for their ornamental value in gardens and landscapes and are also used in the production of perfumes and essential oils. They prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil

Buddleja ‘Orchid Annie’ (Butterfly Bush)
Fuchsia ‘Ben Jammin’
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Merritt’s Supreme’
Rhododendron ‘Ramapo’
Salvia leucantha (Mexican Bush Sage)
Syringa vulgaris ‘Yankee Doodle’ (Lilac)
Aster amellus (Italian Aster)
Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender)
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Purple Flowers: Roses

Purple roses are a stunning and elegant addition to any garden or floral arrangement. They come in a range of shades from deep plum to light lavender and have been bred to have larger blooms and longer stems than their wild counterparts. Some popular varieties of purple roses include ‘Ebb Tide‘, ‘Mardi Gras’, ‘Rhapsody in Blue‘, ‘Blueberry Hill’, ‘Fragrant Plum’, and ‘Twilight Zone‘. These roses can symbolize enchantment, mystery, and royalty and are often given as gifts for special occasions like anniversaries, graduations, or birthdays.

Rosa ‘Veilchenblau’ (Rambling Rose)
Rosa Rhapsody in Blue (Shrub Rose)
Rosa Twilight Zone (Grandiflora Rose)

Purple Flowers: Vines

You can choose from a vast selection of climbers and vines that bear purple blooms. Here are some timeless examples:

Clematis is a climbing plant that produces an abundance of showy flowers in a variety of colors, including purple. It belongs to the buttercup family and is known for its large, striking blooms and ability to climb walls, trellises, and other structures. Clematis flowers come in different shapes and sizes, ranging from delicate, bell-shaped flowers to large, star-shaped blooms. Some popular varieties of purple clematis include ‘Etoile Violette,’ ‘Jackmanii Superba,’ and ‘The President.’ Clematis is often used in gardens and landscapes to add vertical interest and color to walls, fences, and other structures.

Passiflora, commonly known as passionflower, is known for its unique and intricate flowers, which have a distinct structure and can be found in various colors, including purple. The plant is a popular choice among gardeners due to its attractive foliage, showy flowers, and ability to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil, and it requires regular watering. It can be grown as a vine, shrub, or ground cover, and it is suitable for container gardening.

Wisteria is a climbing plant that produces long, pendulous clusters of fragrant, violet-blue, or white flowers in late spring or early summer. It is a deciduous vine that can grow up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall and wide and prefers full sun to partial shade with moist, well-drained soil. Wisteria is commonly used to create a beautiful arbor or pergola in the garden and is known for its stunning floral displays and romantic, whimsical appearance.

Clematis ‘Diamantina’ (Early Large-Flowered Clematis)
Clematis ‘Polish Spirit’ (Late Large-Flowered Clematis)
Ipomoea purpurea (Morning Glory)
Passiflora ‘Lavender Lady’ (Passion Flower)
Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (Chilean Potato Bush)
Wisteria floribunda ‘Royal Purple’ (Japanese Wisteria)

Landscaping Ideas with Purple Flowers

Purple flowers can add a touch of elegance and beauty to any garden. They can be used in various ways to create different effects and moods. Here are some ideas on how to use purple flowers in the garden:

Create a monochromatic garden: Planting different shades of purple flowers together can create a beautiful monochromatic garden that is soothing to the eyes.

Use as accents: Purple flowers can be used as accents to complement other colors in the garden. For example, they can be planted alongside yellow flowers, pink flowers, or white flowers to create a striking contrast.

Create a focal point: Using a large group of purple flowers in one area can create a focal point in the garden.

Create a border: Purple flowers can be used to create a border along paths or garden beds.

Use as a backdrop: Purple flowers can be used as a backdrop for other plants and flowers to create depth and interest in the garden.

Create a cottage garden: Purple flowers can be used in a cottage garden design, where they can be planted together with other pastel colors and traditional plants like roses and peonies.

Attract pollinators: Many purple flowers, like salvia and aster, attract bees and butterflies to the garden, making them great for pollinator gardens.

Magnolia ‘Susan’
Malus ‘Purple Prince’ (Crabapple)
Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda Tree)

Winning Plant Combinations

Purple flowers can be paired with a variety of other plants for a striking contrast in the garden. Here are a few examples:

Purple and yellow: Pair purple flowers such as salvia or aster with yellow flowers like coreopsis or black-eyed Susan for a bold and bright combination.

Purple and white: The contrast between purple and white flowers is crisp and clean. Combine purple columbine or bellflower with white roses or hydrangeas for an elegant look.

Purple and pink: For a romantic and feminine combination, pair purple sweet peas with pink peonies or roses.

Purple and blue: Shades of purple and blue complement each other well. Combine purple pansies with bluebells or forget-me-nots for a charming and serene display.

Purple and green: Purple flowers can also be paired with green foliage for a more subtle contrast. Try planting purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) with lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) or purple hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) with hostas (Hosta spp).

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Garden Examples

A Casual and Impressionistic Planting Combination
A Long-Lasting Summer Garden Idea with Marigold and Sage
A Lovely Mediterranean Border with Lavender and Lilies of the Nile
A Pretty Border Idea with Alliums and Persicaria
An Easy Summer Planting Idea with Sage and Ornamental Grasses
A Fragrant Spring Border with Tulip ‘Heart’s Delight’, Muscari Latifolium, Hyacinths ‘Woodstock’ & ‘Splendid Cornelia’
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

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