'Glory Days' container recipe. Photo by Proven Winners.

Using color wisely is an important component of good garden design. Purple is a symbol of royalty and elegance and a favorite of avid gardeners and designers because of its wide range of tones and ability to set a variety of moods. Subdued shades of lavender evoke a sense of calm, while brighter hues such as magenta create excitement and drama.

Purple goes with most other colors and the sum effect becomes more sophisticated. Harmonious hues of blue, silver, and white cool the heat of summer, while contrasting shades of orange, yellow, and red create visual tension. By using basic principles of color theory, you can create the desired effect in your own garden. Get started with these purple-flowered plants:

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PURPLE ANNUAL FLOWERS

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SUPERTUNIA® ROYAL VELVET®, petunia — Buy now from Proven Winners
Petunia hybrid

Zones:

10-11, grown as an annual in most zones

Height/Spread:

Mounding spreading habit, 6 to 12 inches tall, 18 to 24 inches wide, 30 inches long

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

A summer workhorse in the garden, giving long-lasting color for very little effort. With many new varieties introduced in recent years, their uses are many, whether as bedding plants, in containers, window boxes or hanging baskets. Combine with chartreuse ‘Marguerite’ potato vine and Million Bells® Trailing Magenta for a sizzling effect, or Laguna® Sky Blue lobelia and Silver Cascade® Dusty Miller for classic elegance.

Other purple petunias to try:

Supertunia® Mini Vista™ Indigo, Wave® Purple, ‘Night Sky’, or TriTunia™ Purple Star.

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

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SUPERBELLS® HOLY SMOKES!®, calibrachoa — Buy now from Proven Winners
Calibrachoa hybrid

Zones:

9-11, grown as an annual in most zones

Height/Spread:

Mounding trailing habit, 6 to 12 inches tall, 12 to 24 inches wide, 24 inches long

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Petunia’s little cousin, with smaller trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom prolifically for months in a dizzying array of colors, calibrachoa can be used in containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets. This variety has an eye-catching pattern of purple and white with a splash of yellow. Combine with lavender petunias, yellow bidens, and white verbena for a unified color scheme.

Other purple calibrachoas to try:

Superbells® Double Purple, Superbells® Grape Punch, MiniFamous® Neo Violet Ice.

Read more about how to grow and care for calibrachoa.

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BLUSHING PRINCESS®, sweet alyssum — Buy now from Proven Winners
Lobularia hybrid

Zones:

9-11, grown as an annual in most zones

Height/Spread:

Mounding spreading habit, 10 to 16 inches tall, 24 to 36 inches wide and 36 inches long

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Use this charming fragrant heirloom in mass plantings, as edging along a pathway, at the front of a mixed border, or for a quick-growing groundcover along a slope. The trailing habit is suitable for containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Combine this pale lavender variety with Cathedral™ Sky Blue’ salvia and Aromance® Pink nemesia for a soft pastel effect.

Other purple sweet alyssums to try:

‘Violet Queen’, ‘Royal Carpet’, Dark Knight™, Wonderland Deep Purple.

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

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SUPERBENA SPARKLING® AMETHYSTBuy now from Proven Winners
Verbena hybrid

Zones:

8-11, grown as an annual in most zones

Height/Spread:

Mounding spreading habit, 6 to 12 inches tall and 18 to 30 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

This long-blooming easy-care annual is 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. This unique amethyst and white bicolor can be combined with Soprano® White African Daisy and Laguna® Dark Blue Lobelia for a sophisticated look that goes with any style landscape.

Other Purple Verbena Varieties to Try:

‘Homestead Purple’, Lanai® Lavender Star, Superbena® Violet Ice, ‘Quartz Purple’, Verbena bonariensis.

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

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BRIGHT LIGHTS™ PURPLE, African daisy — Buy now from Proven Winners
Osteospermum hybrid

Zones:

9-11, grown as an annual in most zones

Height/Spread:

Mounding compact habit, 8 to 12 inches tall and wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Daisy-like flowers, attractive foliage, and long bloom time make African daisies a favorite of avid gardeners. Use as a bedding plant, edging, or in containers. Combine this purple variety with other annuals with contrasting colors such as Beedance® Painted Red bidens, ‘Margarita’ sweet potato vine, or Superbells® Lemon Slice® calibrachoa for a sizzling summer display.

Other purple African daisies to try:

‘Soprano Light Purple’, Astra™ Purple Spoon, Serenity™ Dark Purple, ‘3D Double Purple’.

Read more about growing African daisies.

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SUMMER WAVE® LARGE VIOLET, wishbone flower — Buy now from Proven Winners
Torenia hybrid

Zones:

10-11, grown as an annual in most zones

Height/Spread:

Spreading trailing habit, 8 to 10 inches tall and up to 36 inches long

Exposure:

Partial to full shade; protect from hot afternoon sun

Tubular flowers come in an array of colors and provide continuous bloom from late spring until frost. This shade lover is a good alternative to more traditional bedding impatiens. Mass in a bed or border, or place in hanging baskets and containers. Combine with other shade-tolerant plants such as ColorBlaze® Lime Time™ coleus, ‘Fireworks’ Rex begonia or Japanese painted fern to brighten up a dark corner of the yard.

Other purple wishbone flowers to try:

‘Purple Moon’, ‘Clown Violet’, ‘Lovely Purple,’.

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MARINE, heliotrope — Buy now from Proven Winners
Heliotropium arborescens

Zones:

9-11, grown as an annual in most zones

Height/Spread:

Upright compact habit, 15 to 20 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

This old-fashioned tropical is grown for its prolific vanilla-scented flowers in colors of purple, blue, or white. Grow in a container on a patio or deck, or mass in a bed near a seating area where the fragrance can be enjoyed. Plant alongside other annuals with similar growing needs such as chartreuse sweet potato vine, pink pelargonium, white angelonia, or yellow gerbera daisy. Can be toxic to pets.

Other purple varieties to try:

‘‘Fragrant Delight’, ‘Iowa’, ‘Cherry Pie’.

PURPLE PERENNIAL FLOWERS

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MAGIC SHOW® ‘PURPLE ILLUSION’, spike speedwell — Buy now from Proven Winners
Veronica hybrid

Zones:

4-8

Height/Spread:

Upright spreading habit, 16 to 18 inches tall and wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Grown for its wand-like flowers, speedwell is valued for its reliability, carefree nature, and long bloom time. Add to a mixed border, natural garden, or low-maintenance landscape, this compact form is also suitable for small spaces or containers. Combine with other low-maintenance perennials with similar growing needs and bloom times such as yellow tickseed (Coreopsis), golden yarrow, crimson beebalm, or orange sneezeweed (Helenium) for a complementary color scheme.

Other purple Veronica plants to try:

‘Royal Candles’, Magic Show® ‘Enchanted Indigo’, ‘Purpleicious’.

Learn more about growing speedwell plants.

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‘CAESER'S BROTHER’, Siberian iris
Iris sibirica

Zones:

3-9

Height/Spread:

Upright spiky habit, 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 2-1/2 feet wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

This popular garden plant is grown for its regal flowers and attractive sword or grass-shaped foliage. Siberian iris are among the hardiest and most reliable. Grow in a mixed border, alongside a pond, or mass in the landscape. Combine with other early-season bloomers such as columbine or coral bells, and bulbs such as daffodils or tulips for a cheerful spring display.

Other purple iris to try:

‘Stepping Out’ bearded iris (I. germanica), ‘Butterflies in Flight’ Japanese iris (I. ensata), variegated Dalmatian iris (I. pallida ‘Variegata’), ‘Purple Gem’ dwarf iris (I. reticulata).

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

Photo by: Janet Loughrey.

‘BIRCH HYBRID’, bellflower
Campanula portenschlagiana

Zones:

4-9

Height/Spread:

Creeping spreading habit, 4 to 6 inches tall and 1to 2 feet long

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Bellflower is grown for its tubular or cup-shaped flowers in an array of colors. Creeping or upright forms make a versatile addition to any landscape. This trailing variety blooms prolifically 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 such as sea thrift (Armeria), soapwort (Saponaria), rock cress (Arabis) or Basket-of-Gold (Aurinia) for contrasting color.

Other purple bellflowers to try:

Canterbury bells (C. medium), cluster bellflower ‘Joan Elliott’ (C. glomerata), Carpathian bellflower ‘Violet Teacups’ (C. carpatica), Adriatic bellflower ‘Dickson’s Gold’ (C. garganica).

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DECADENCE® ‘DARK CHOCOLATE’, false indigo — Buy now from Proven Winners
Baptisia hybrid

Zones:

4-9

Height/Spread:

Upright vase-shaped habit, 36 to 42 inches tall and 36 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

False indigo is grown for its majestic spires with pea-like blossoms and graceful habit, which lend structure and beauty to the landscape. This North American native attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and insect pollinators. Plant in a mixed border, mass planting, native garden, or as a stand-alone accent. This deep chocolate-purple variety is striking by itself or when combined with purple globe allium, Siberian iris, or contrasting colors of lady’s mantle or ‘Pink Profusion’ salvia.

Other purple false indigo plants to try:

Decadence® ‘Sparkling Sapphires’, ‘Purple Smoke’, ‘Royal Purple’, ‘Lavender Stardust’.

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

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SWEET ROMANCE®, lavender — Buy now from Proven Winners
Lavandula angustifolia

Zones:

5-9

Height/Spread:

Upright compact habit, 12 to 18 inches tall and wide

Exposure:

Full sun

One of the world’s most beloved herbs, lavender is grown for its aromatic flowers and foliage which are used in sachets, essential oils, and for cooking. Plant in a mixed border or massed along 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 (Atremesia), purple coneflower (Echinacea) or tickseed (Coreopsis).

Other purple lavender plants to try:

English lavender (L. angustifolia) ‘Munstead’ and ‘Hidcote’, Lavendin (L. x intermedia) ‘Provence’, Spanish lavender (L. stoechas) ‘Anouk’.

Read more about growing and caring for lavender.

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‘MILLENIUM’, ornamental onion — Buy now from Proven Winners
Allium hybrid

Zones:

4-8

Height/Spread:

Upright compact habit, 15 to 20 inches tall and 10 to 15 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Ornamental alliums are useful for creating long-lasting structure, with globe-shaped flowers that hold their shape even when dried. These carefree plants come back reliably each year, providing structural contrast in rock gardens, mixed borders and natural areas. This compact clump-forming variety, similar to chives, is suitable for small spaces, edging, and containers. Combine with other mid-to-late summer bloomers such as blanket flower (Gaillardia), ‘Rosy Returns’ daylily, Russian sage (Perovskia) or ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum.

Other purple ornamental onions to try:

‘Purple Sensation’, ‘Star of Persia’ (A. christophii), Schubert’s allium (A. schubertii), drumstick allium (A. sphaerocephalon).

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‘SWEET SUMMER LOVE’, Clematis — Buy now from Proven Winners
Clematis hybrid

Zones:

4-9

Height/Spread:

Upright climbing habit, 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Clematis is the most popular perennial vine to grow 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. The rich cranberry-violet flowers can be combined with ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ rose and ‘Beacon Silver’ lamium for an elegant color scheme.

Other purple clematis vines to try:

Happy Jack® Purple, ‘Jackmannii’, ‘Helsingborg’ (C. alpina), ‘Venosa Violacea’ (C. viticella).

Learn more about growing clematis vines.

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‘CAT'S MEOW’, catmint — Buy now from Proven Winners
Nepeta faassenii

Zones:

3-8

Height/Spread:

Upright spreading habit, 17 to 20 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun

Catmint is grown for its aromatic foliage and long-blooming flowers that are attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and insect pollinators. This carefree plant is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions and is exceptionally hardy. Plant in a mixed border, on a curbside, or along a slope. Combine with Jupiter’s beard, yarrow, and tickseed with contrasting colors, textures and shapes for a captivating drought-tolerant landscape.

Other purple catmint plants to try:

‘Walker’s Low’, ‘Six Hills Giant’, Little Trudy®, Junior Walker™.

Read more about growing catmint in your garden.

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BUTTERFLY ‘PURPLE EMPEROR’, coneflower — Buy now from Proven Winners
Echinacea hybrid

Zones:

4-8

Height/Spread:

Upright compact habit, 15 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

This North American native is popular for its attractive flowers, medicinal qualities and benefits to pollinators and other wildlife. Naturalize in a meadow, mass along a slope or plant in a mixed border. The compact size of this magenta purple variety is good for small spaces and containers. Combine with other natives such as butterfly weed (Asclepias), blazing star (Liatris), beardtongue (Penstemon), and tickseed (Coreopsis) for a naturalistic prairie look.

Other purple coneflowers to try:

‘Magnus’, ‘PowWow® Wild Berry’, Tennessee coneflower, Bright Star™.

Learn more about how to grow and care for coneflower.

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‘PERFECT STORM’, hardy geranium — Buy now from Proven Winners
Geranium hybrid

Zones:

5-8

Height/Spread:

Mounding spreading habit, 12 inches tall and 20 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Hardy geraniums-not to be confused with annual geraniums (Pelargonium)-are popular for their reliability and carefree nature. Also known as cranesbill, they are grown for the cup-shaped flowers and attractive foliage that is sometimes fragrant. Grow in a mixed border, beneath rose bushes, or mass in the landscape. This bright purple-pink variety can be combined with silver lamb’s ear, yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata), globe allium and salvias with contrasting forms and colors.

Other purple hardy geraniums to try:

‘New Hampshire Purple’, ‘Rozanne’, ‘Orion’, ‘Sweet Heidy’.

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BEDAZZLED LAVENDER, hybrid spring phlox — Buy now from Proven Winners
Phlox digitalis

Zones:

4-8

Height/Spread:

Mounding spreading habit, 6 to 8 inches tall and 32 to 38 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun

Phlox is a diverse group of plants, with annual and perennial types as well as upright and spreading forms. They are grown for their petite star-shaped flowers that are often fragrant. This creeping lavender 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 (Aubretia) and Cheddar Pink ‘Firewitch’ (Dianthus) for a carpet of contrasting colors.

Other Purple Phlox Varieties to Try:

‘Laura’ (P. paniculata), ‘Sugar Stars’ (P. drummondii), ‘Sherwood Purple’ (P. stolonifera), ‘Purple Beauty’ (P. subulata).

Read more about growing and caring for phlox.

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‘SAPPHIRE MIST’, Aster — Buy now from Proven Winners
Aster dumosus, syn. Symphyotrichum dumosus

Zones:

4-8

Height/Spread:

Upright compact habit, 12 to 16 inches tall and 8 to 12 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun

For late-season color, the daisy-like flowers of 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 perennials with complementary colors that bloom at the same time, such as goldenrod, ‘Arizona Sandstone’ hyssop, ‘Goldsturm’ rudbeckia and Pueblo™ Cinnamon Mum.

Other purple asters to Try:

‘Monch’ (A. x frikartii), ‘Purple Dome’ (A. nova-angliae), KICKIN® Lilac Blue, ‘Honeysong Purple’ (Stokesia laevis).

Learn more about how to grow asters.

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COLOR SPIRES® ‘VIOLET RIOT’, Salvia — Buy now from Proven Winners
Salvia nemerosa

Zones:

3-8

Height/Spread:

Upright spreading habit, 22 inches tall and 20 to 24 inches wide

Exposure:

Full sun

This large family of perennials and annuals is valued for its reliability, easy care, and diversity of colors and forms. The aromatic flowers and foliage attract hummingbirds, butterflies and insect pollinators. Plant in drifts along a slope, in a bed or mixed border. This bright violet blue variety can be paired with complementary colors of ‘Magnus’ coneflower (Echinacea), goldenrod, orange butterfly weed (Asclepias) or yellow evening primrose.

Other purple salvias to try:

‘May Night’, ‘Cardonna’, ‘Amistad’, ‘Purple Rain’.

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

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