'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. 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 garden flowers:

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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
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

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.

Others 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 — Preorder from Proven Winners beginning 12/1/20
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
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

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.

Others 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 — Preorder from Proven Winners beginning 12/1/20
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
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

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. Combine this pale lavender variety with light blues and pinks for a soft pastel effect.

Others 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® AMETHYSTPreorder from Proven Winners beginning 12/1/20
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

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.

Others 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. Use as a bedding plant, edging, or in containers. Combine with other annuals with contrasting colors for a sizzling summer display.

Others 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 — Preorder from Proven Winners beginning 12/1/20
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 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.

Others to try:

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

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MARINE, heliotrope — Preorder from Proven Winners beginning 12/1/20
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 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.

Others to try:

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

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'CUPANI', sweet pea
Lathyrus odoratus
Zones: 9-11, grown as an annual in most zones
Height/Spread: Climbing habit, 6 to 8 feet tall, 12 inches wide
Exposure: Partial to full sun

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

Others to try:

‘Turquoise Lagoon', 'Charlie's Angel', 'Flora Norton'.

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, 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.

Others to try:

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

Learn more about growing speedwell plants.

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'PETER PAN', lily of the Nile
Agapanthus africanus 'Peter Pan'
Zones: 8-11
Height/Spread: 8 to 24 inches tall, 12 to 24 inches wide
Exposure: Full to partial sun

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.

Others to try:

‘Northern Star', 'Loch Hope', 'Storm Cloud'.

Learn more about growing agapanthus 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

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.

Others 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.

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'FLORISTAN VIOLET', blazing star
Liatris spicata
Zones: 3-9
Height/Spread: 3 to 4 feet tall, 12 to 18 inches wide
Exposure: Full sun

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.

Others to try:

Rough blazing stars, 'Kobold', dwarf blazing stars.

Learn more about how to grow blazing stars.

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

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.

Others 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

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 stand-alone accent.

Others 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

Grown for its aromatic flowers and foliage. 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, purple coneflower, or tickseed.

Others 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

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.

Others 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

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.

Others 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

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.

Others 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

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.

Others 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

Popular for their reliability and carefree nature. Also known as cranesbill, and grown for 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).

Others 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

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.

Others 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, 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.

Others 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 nemorosa
Zones: 3-8
Height/Spread: Upright spreading habit, 22 inches tall and 20 to 24 inches wide
Exposure: Full sun

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.

Others to try:

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

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

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