The color purple has a lovely richness to it, no matter the hue you actually find it in. It’s often linked to ideas of luxury, authority, nobility, and royalty, and anything else that sets something or someone apart.
One of the best ways that nature displays purple is through flowers. You can find purple flowers in every hue and tone you can imagine, in every combination you can picture, and this whole spectrum sets these flowers apart.
But what’s the symbolism behind purple flowers? What do we associate with them? And what are some of the best purple flowers you can grow yourself?
Keep reading to find out.
Purple Color Symbolism
To many, purple blooms are luxurious, and are highly valued for their unique looks and the wealth of color and drama that they add to any green space.
Some shades of naturally purple flowers almost look man-made, because they are so vivid, and this only adds to their charm.
Traditional associations with purple include wealth, royalty, luxury, respect, and a complex nature. Throughout different cultures, purple has gathered different meanings.
In Western countries, purple is synonymous with authority, the idea of having an abundance of wealth, power, and persuasion, linking it to ideas of royalty and nobility.
In East Asia, purple is associated with privilege, comfort in sorrow, wealth, and death and mourning.
Like all colors, purple provokes an emotional response in humans. Depending on the shade, it helps relax the nervous system, quietens the mind and gives the eyes a chance to rest.
It can also promote self-confidence, happiness, creativity, heighten your senses, and embody a sense of wellness and satisfaction.
Darker hues of purple can exacerbate feelings of frustration, anger, or loneliness. Purple also embodies creative solutions, grace, mystery, and prosperity.
A vast number of gardeners plant purple flowers in abundance to add a sense of drama, grace, and nobility to their green spaces.
It entirely depends on your own taste and your associations with the color as to how you plant it.
If you love purple dearly, you might plant purple flowers throughout your garden, or have a bed exclusively for them.
You can also pepper purple flowers with other colors to help contrast them, and highlight the beauty of both.
If you are a purple flower fanatic, or if you just want to add something different to your garden, this article will guide you through some of the best purple flowers you can grow yourself.
If I asked you to name a purple flower, lavender might immediately be the first flower you think of, as it also describes a hue of the color itself.
Lavender is a very easy plant to grow from seed, a plug, or to care for as an established plant.
It needs very little maintenance, and will reward your garden with its signature fragrance, and acts as a magnet for bees and other pollinators.
As long as you position it in full sun, where the soil can drain freely, it will thrive in a myriad of weather.
You can also dry it and use its distinctive scent and antimicrobial properties in your home. It also deters pests such as moths.
Lavender is a popular ingredient in perfume, aromatherapy, and cosmetics. In some parts of the world, it’s also used in baking, and in tea.
To encourage more flowers, you can remove fading blooms.
While there is a whole range of different varieties which can flower in different seasons, most flower during summer.
Another strongly smelling purple bloom, lilacs are striking flowers (see also Lilac Flower Meaning and Symbolism) which will settle their scent over any part of your garden.
The flowers themselves come in shades of white, pink, and dark purple, and are a particular favorite of butterflies and other pollinators.
The blooming season can vary from variety to variety. Some flower in late spring, and others in early to mid to late summer.
Like a lot of plants, how much sunlight you give a lilac plant will determine how many flowers the plant produces. Full sunlight is best, and they like well-draining soil and quite a bit of water.
Once they are established, they will mainly take care of themselves. Some lilac plants(see also Lilac Varieties And Care) can reach up to 15 feet tall, but you can limit this if you prefer. They also spread prolifically.
Violets are one of the most vivid purple blooms you can grow. They are very easy to grow from seed, and are usually treated as bedding plants.
They also symbolize joy and happiness. They also have the benefit of being edible, and they’re often used as a garnish to add another dimension to dishes.
Depending on the variety, some violets bloom from early spring all the way into autumn, and you can find them in a whole spectrum of color.
In order to grow well, violets need full sun and a moderate amount of water, and of course, soil that drains freely.
One of the most fragrant blooms you can grow during spring, the hyacinth is a very special plant, and it’s very easy to care for.
Normally, people buy the bulbs and have them indoors for that gorgeous fragrance. Once they’ve finished blooming, they’re transferred outside for next year’s blooms to form.
They are prone to collapsing when kept in pots, as the bulbs aren’t buried deep enough, and that’s exactly what the hyacinth needs.
Burying the bulb too deep will mean that it won’t flower. You can always stake near the foliage to support it, or plant them into your garden.
Hyacinths will come back year after year, and there’s also a lot of symbolism and myth surrounding these fragrant blooms.
While tulips have a short flowering period, they create some of the best displays (see also Tulip Flower Symbolism) you can have in a garden with very little effort needed to maintain them.
They will also bloom year after year. The tulips create new bulbs, and next year’s flowers come from the fresh bulbs.
If you want your garden to be flush with tulips in spring, you’ll need to plant the bulbs in the later part of autumn.
While there are many types of tulips, most require full sun, moderate watering, and very importantly, soil that drains easily.
One of the best vines that produces striking flowers is the wisteria. It creates a fantastic display with huge clusters of flowers that drape down from the vine.
Depending on the variety and where you live, wisteria can bloom in spring, early summer, or even winter.
There’s also a lot of choice when it comes to color and fragrance. Blooms can be white, pink, purple, blue, or a combination.
You’ll need to grow wisteria up a constant support to keep its growth vigorous and off the ground, but it’s not recommended growing wisteria up trees.
Wisteria needs a sunny position, and well-draining soil. If you live in a dry climate, you’ll also need to water it regularly.
Cobaea is a tender perennial often grown as an annual, as it won’t survive the colder temperatures and harsh conditions of winter. If you prefer, you can bring it indoors during the winter.
Cobaea grows as a vine, often used to cover ugly fences, bare walls or trellises, providing purple and white blooms which are bell-shaped. These flowers appear in the middle of summer (see also Summer Flowers To Plant), as well as autumn.
It does well in both full sun and partial shade, and the warmer the conditions, the better the plant will fare. It will also benefit from regular watering, but you’ll want to scale this back during winter.
Also known as the Morning Glory, this lovely vine produces huge blooms in abundance, though each one only lasts around a day. You can also get night flowering Ipomoea plants, too.
In order for the plant to survive winter, the temperature must not drop below 44°F. It’s also worth remembering that some varieties are very aggressive in their growing habit, and will take over other plants.
While usually an annual, trachelium is a fantastic plant which produces a sea of purple, sure to brighten up any space. They need full sunlight or partial shade, and warmer weather where they can get it.
The stems themselves reach about 40cm tall, and they are very useful plants to fill in any gaps in your garden.
Cyclamen come in both bedding varieties and perennials. The flowers produced on these plants are very unusual, and come in shades of purple, red, pink, and white.
It usually goes dormant in the summer, and wakes up during autumn, flowering in winter through to spring, depending on the variety. You can also grow them as a houseplant. It’s worth noting that all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested by humans or animals.
Cyclamen need partial shade, and moist, well-draining soil.
A very striking plant that really suits the purple hues it produces, Lisianthus generally needs hot or dry conditions, as it doesn’t do well in poor sunlight or damper conditions.
The flowers can also be white or pink, and come in a bell-shape.
Passion flowers are among the most beautiful vine plants (see also Best Flowering Vine Types) you can grow.
The blooms themselves can come in white, yellow, purple, blue, or red, and they appear during the whole of summer, though each bloom tends to only last a day.
The plant needs full sunlight, regular watering, and some humidity, if it can get it.
A tropical perennial that’s part of the nightshade family, the Browallia is grown as an annual in colder climates, and adds a sea of purple to shady areas, for a relatively long blooming period.
The flowers are usually bright blue or purple, with white hearts. It also has the benefit of growing vigorously, and needs well-draining soil.
One of the longer-blooming purple flowers on this list, campanulas produce their gorgeous bell or even star-shaped flowers from the middle of spring all the way through to fall.
You can also prune back this plant to form different shapes, adding to the plant’s versatility. It needs a bright area within your garden, but preferably no direct sunlight, as this can scorch the plant.
Alpine campanulas must have great drainage. You can also plant them as part of rockeries for a great display of color. Temperature and condition requirements vary from type to type, but most enjoy a lot of watering.
Astilbes are beautiful plants which produce feathery blooms in a range of colors, but the hues of purple are arguably the most elegant.
They’re difficult to grow from seed, but they are readily available as plugs and established plants. Most astilbes need light to medium shade in order to thrive, and fairly dry soil.
Most varieties are fairly resistant to cold temperatures, and will provide a wealth of color under trees or large shrubs, which can often be the sparser parts of the garden.
One of the most beautiful plants that spreads prolifically and blooms during summer, verbena boasts some of the most beautiful shades of purple, found in the tiniest clusters of flowers.
While purple is the most common color, you can also get verbena in blue, pink, white, and red.
Verbenas are very resistant to hot and dry conditions, and periods of drought, so if you fancy going away during the driest period of the year, your verbenas will do fine until you get back.
They prefer full sunlight for as long as possible, and well-draining soil.
If you live somewhere which is very humid, go for a perennial form of verbena, as it will weather the wetter conditions better than the annual types.
Clematis produces some of the most striking flowers, and the shape of these captivating blooms varies wildly from variety to variety.
Clematis flowers between early spring and autumn, but you also get winter-flowering types.
Which variety you choose will dictate what kind of care the plant needs, but all clematis like their roots to be in shade, and most prefer the flowers to be in full sunlight.
There is one caveat to the clematis – and it’s probably not a huge one, depending on your green space – they need support, as they are climbers.
If you are struggling for space, you can grow them up walls, fences, or put an obelisk or cage on top of a pot and go from there.
Lily of the Nile
Also known as agapanthus, this is a unique plant that forms globular clusters of trumpet-shaped blooms. Color options range from a light, baby blue, through to a deep, rich purple.
Each stem can reach up to 4 feet tall, depending on the variety.
While the agapanthus plants are growing, they need some attention when it comes to watering, but once the plants have fully grown for the season, they can withstand some periods of drought.
Once the flower head has finished, you can leave it to dry on the plant and then cut it and use as part of a dried arrangement. Don’t cut back the foliage, as the bulb will reabsorb the goodness. Only remove the foliage once it has dried out.
One of the largest and most beautiful flowers that you’ll find admired across the world, the peony is a true beauty, and looks especially beautiful in purple.
The flowers also come in shades of pink, purple, yellow, white, and red.
Most peonies have a fantastic fragrance, which is often used in cosmetics and perfume.
Some peonies require a lot of space, as depending on the variety, they can reach up to 4 feet tall and wide.
To get the best out of peonies, plant them in well-draining soil where they’ll get the most sunlight possible. They also don’t like to dry out.
While the monkshood is poisonous and therefore is unsuitable for gardens with young children or pets, it comes in the most stunning shades of blue and purple.
It needs well-draining soil that’s kept fairly moist, and thrives in partial shade.
This plant also takes longer to flower than others, but the display is well worth the wait.
If you prefer for your garden to have more structure or taller purple flowers, you can’t go wrong with a rhododendron.
These lovely shrubs do best under partial shade, preferably under larger trees, which also helps the soil drain better.
Rhododendrons (see also Rhododendron Flower Meaning) bloom repeatedly form the middle of spring well into autumn, depending on when the frost hits.
You can find rhododendrons in a whole rainbow of colors, as well as different shapes and sizes. Some can get as tall as 14 meters if left to flourish, while other stay compact.
Rhododendrons are sensitive to extreme changes in temperature, so planting them under bigger plants will help shelter them, and once these plants are mature, they will withstand most conditions and look after themselves.
Alliums can vary wildly in shape, height, flowering season, and color.
Purple is one of the most elegant forms of allium, and while you can readily enjoy it in the garden, they can also make great cut flowers.
The flowers themselves can form in globular clusters, or even ‘mohican’ forms, and the plants can get to a maximum height of 10 inches tall.
Some alliums prefer full sun, and some do best in partial sunlight, but all need well-draining soil in order to thrive.
If you’re picturing a climber which produces purple blossoms, but you don’t have the right conditions for passionflowers or clematis, bougainvillea is another option.
It also blooms from late spring into the later days of fall, all the while filling your space with fantastic color, transforming part of your garden into a tropical paradise.
The bougainvillea can withstand very dry spells (see also Bougainvillea Grow Guide), making it a robust option for places which have hot summers. The flowers this plant produces aren’t limited to purple, either, but come in pink, burgundy, and white.
Once established, this plant requires very little care, and produces the most flowers in full sunlight.
While carnations (See also Carnation Flower Meaning and Symbolism) are usually known for being pink, white, or red, you can also get purple varieties.
They have the benefit of attracting a lot of pollinators, and are best used as bedding plants to fill any gaps you have in your planting scheme.
Exactly when they bloom and how long for depends on the variety, but it’s usually all the way through spring until autumn, provided there’s no heavy frosts.
Carnations don’t love to bake under the sun, so while they’ll tolerate a couple of hours of direct sun, they need some shade in order to prevent scorching.
For a prolonged blooming period, cut off any dead flowers to encourage new growth.
Sea thistles add a lot of character to any garden, and can also be used as a great contrast in flower arrangements, offsetting the soft petals of other flowers.
With their vivid colors, sea thistles attract a plethora of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, which also help your garden’s overall health and provides a steady balance to its ecosystem.
Sea thistles need full sunlight for most of the day, and you’ll need to wear gloves when you tend to it, as it has very sharp leaves.
Crocus flowers (see also Crocus Flower Meaning) can either herald the start of spring, or winter. In either case, they provide much-needed color and interest in the leaner parts of these seasons.
Circus plants can vary between 2 and 4 inches tall, and work well in borders, pots, and rockeries.
They can come in many colors besides purple, including orange, yellow, blue, white, and pink.
Crocuses are perennials which grow from bulbs, and while they do spread, it takes them a few years to carpet somewhere – but it’s a sight to see.
They also have the benefit of needing pretty much no maintenance from you, as they largely take care of themselves. Depending on the variety, crocus plants can require either partial shade or full sun.
Columbine, or aquilegias (see also Columbine Flower Symbolism) are lovely plants which add a wealth of height and color into your garden. The flowers are usually bicolored, and come in a mixture of white, blue, purple, yellow, pink, and red.
They are also very drought tolerant plants, and can adapt perfectly well to partial shade or full sunlight, so long as they get soil which drains freely.
One of the more striking species of the heather family (see also Heather and Heath Flowers: Different Plant Varieties and Interesting Facts), the bell heather is often used to carpet gaps in planting schemes with its bell-shaped blooms.
In order for bell heather to thrive, full sunlight is required. If you want more flowers, you can use a fertilizer to encourage more vigorous growth, but be careful not to overfeed your plants.
Foxgloves are very easy plants to grow, and they will self-seed profusely wherever you plant them.
You can get annual and biennial types, and while they come in many color combinations, those featuring purple hues are among the most regal.
Depending on the variety, foxgloves can grow to a maximum of 6 feet tall, and prefer partial shade to full sunlight, in well-draining soil.
Foxgloves are very poisonous plants, but bees and all manner of pollinators adore them. Keep them out of reach of pets and children.
Comfrey is a purple-flowering plant which has a myriad of uses. In the past, people used comfrey to treat swelling, wounds, and skin irritations, though we’ve since developed less dangerous methods of treating those ailments.
Nowadays, people plant it to eventually compost it, as it is rich in nutrients and breaks down quickly.
You can also use the leaves as a liquid fertilizer.
Alongside all of these benefits, it’s a very easy plant to grow from seed, and can reach 5 feet tall, producing rich purple blooms at the top of the plant. Comfrey is also very drought resistant.
You can grow comfrey in both partial and full sunlight, and it will flower in either the later part of spring, or the early days of summer.
Comfrey flowers also come in pink and yellow.
Catmint is a great herb which produces purple flowers, contrasting well against grayish green leaves.
It can reach a maximum height of 2 feet, making it perfect for the middle of borders or as part of a pot display, provided it gets full sun.
It’s also another plant which will weather long dry spells with ease, making it the perfect choice for the climate conscious gardener.
Fuchsias come in a myriad of colors and forms (see also Growing Fuchsia), and while there are more than 100 varieties, the ones that bloom purple stand out as particularly elegant.
You can get hanging types, bush types, and those which you can train into a standard bush. Whichever form you choose, there are also different color combinations available, such as a soft pink and white, dark pink and light pink, and light pink and dark purple.
These lovely plants can grow to a maximum of 30 inches tall, spreading about the same, and can grow in both shade and sunlight, depending on the variety you choose.
The blooms themselves are also available in double-flowering forms, where the flowers have been bred to be much bigger.
Gladioli are very tall plants which produce a huge spear of flowers, and they are grown for their beauty in the garden as well as for cut flowers.
As they grow from bulbs, these need to be in the ground by late autumn, so they flower at the right time.
Because these plants are so tall, and the flowers quite heavy, you’ll either need to plant them in the middle of a border where other plants can take the brunt of the wind, or somewhere sheltered to stop them from falling over.
Gladiolus flowers bloom in a variety of colors which can even be bicolored, including purple, red, pink, white, yellow, and orange.
In order for these gentle giants to thrive, you need to provide them with full sunlight for as long as possible, and well-draining soil.
Geraniums are a staple of many gardens around the world, as they don’t require much water, and provide stunning displays which last a long time, from the spring through until autumn.
They bloom in a range of colors, including red, white, yellow, blue, pink, and purple. Some varieties need more water than others. Some also can climb or trail, while some spread as clumps.
Geraniums can also be brought indoors during the winter months to flower for the following year.
One of the most striking orchids available – and that’s saying something, if you know orchids at all – is the bee orchid. The flower has four petals, the bottom of which resembles a bee in both shape and color.
It needs well-draining soil which will stay moist, and while it can be found in many colors, purple is an eye-catching choice.
The bee orchid can thrive in both sunny and shady positions, though it needs protection from the sun at the hottest part of the day. It can also be grown both indoors and outdoors.
You may have heard this plant by the name of False Indigo, referring to how it was used to make blue dye, which was a much cheaper alternative to the true indigo plant.
Baptisia is usually found in shades of purple and blue, but white and yellow hues are also available.
In order for this plant to thrive, it needs full sun for as long as possible, and well-draining soil. The plant itself reaches a maximum of 3 feet tall, though this gets slightly taller when the flowers form.
These lovely blooms appear for a six-week window, usually from mid-spring onwards.
Coneflowers, or echinacea, are very beautiful flowers which are native to the US.
Their increasing popularity isn’t just for their appearance, but for the little attention they need, and their high tolerance for dry spells.
Coneflowers also have the benefit of coming in numerous colors, in pretty much every shade you can think of. These blooms also attract a lot of pollinators, which will improve the overall health of your garden.
In order to be at their best, coneflowers need full sunlight and soil that drains freely. Remove spent flowers as you see them, and you’ll prolong the blooming period.
While aster flowers are beautiful in any color, the purple hues that this plant produce are particularly striking, especially as they flower very late in the season, providing a wealth of color when most flowers have finished.
Asters can adapt to many conditions, so long as you give them well-draining soil, and at least partial shade for some of the day.
Asters also have a few layers of symbolism to these starry flowers. Among others, they were believed to ward off evil.
While the blooms of a petunia are relatively short-lived, you shouldn’t discount them simply for that, as when they are at their best, they are truly fantastic plants which are very easy to care for.
Petunias (see also Everything You Should Know About Petunias) are a favorite bedding plant for gardeners across the world, filling containers, hanging baskets and gaps in borders with a huge amount of color.
The height and spread of a petunia largely depends on the type chosen, but all petunias prefer full sunlight, well-draining soil, and a regular watering.
This is worth keeping in mind when you may want to plant them alongside other plants, as they may require more water than other plants in the vicinity.
While this won’t matter too much in large flowerbeds or borders, it will be a bit more difficult to care for flowers with different watering requirements if they live in the same pot.
Hibiscus plants add a touch of paradise to any garden scheme. If they have the right conditions, they will flower anywhere from early spring into autumn.
Hibiscus flowers come in a plethora of color, though it can be argued that purple is among the most dramatic.
To get the best out of a hibiscus plant, direct sunlight is best, and you will need to water it often, so make sure you plant it in freely-draining soil.
This plant needs very little maintenance, but to encourage the flower production, remove any spent blooms.
Lupines are very striking plants that produce flower spikes covered in unusual blooms of nearly every color you can think of, often in bicolors. The foliage contrasts particularly well against the purple hued blooms.
They can thrive in both full sunlight and partial shade, so long as the air circulation is good, the soil drains well, and they get the occasional watering on a hot day.
If you dead head lupins – especially before the flower spike is fully spent – this will encourage repeat blooming.
They can get up to 5 feet tall and make an excellent contrast to smaller or larger plants, making the planting scheme possibilities endless.
Lilies have been a staple of ornamental gardens for centuries. There’s a huge variety of types, providing nearly an endless choice of colors, shapes, and sizes.
Despite their grandeur and their tropical appearance, these plants are very easy to grow, and require very little care, considering that they will provide your garden with color for years to come.
Most lilies feature trumpet-shaped blooms, and grow to about 3 feet tall, but these features depend on the variety.
They need direct sunlight in order to produce the most impressive blooms possible, and need well-draining soil, especially as they prefer a regular soaking.
Periwinkle is a striking perennial which produces gorgeous flowers that are highly scented.
As it prefers partial shade, it’s often used to carpet barer areas, such as under trees or large shrubs, where it will provide a wealth of color and scent.
It is resistant to drought, which makes it a great option both for the climate-conscious gardener and people who don’t have a lot of time on their hands.
Irises are captivating and unusual plants, admired throughout the world for their beauty.
They are especially elegant in shades of purple, and even just within that one color, there are nearly endless possibilities. It’s no wonder that the ancient Greeks named the Iris after the goddess of the rainbow.
Despite their beauty, irises are extremely easy to care for, and will provide your garden with the most magical displays year after year.
Both dwarf and standard types are available, varying in height, form, and leaf shape. Broadly, the flowers have six petals each, and features at least two colors, if not three.
Irises attract a lot of butterflies and bees, which will only benefit the health of your garden. Some irises can even have a second flush of flowers.
Most irises prefer direct sunlight for as long as they can get it in order to produce their spectacular colors, freely-draining soil, and a moderate amount of water.
You can get types which are happy in boggy soil or even in ponds.
One of the few flowers that grow in the later part of winter, the waxflower (see also Waxflower Plant Types, How to Grow and Plant Care) can be grown as a houseplant in cooler climates, and is often incorporated into cut flower bouquets.
If you live outside the USDA zones 9-11, you’ll definitely need to grow this plant indoors.
Waxflowers have the benefit of needing very little attention in order to thrive, and they do well both in full sun or partial shade, as long as they get well-draining soil.
Anemones are striking flowers (see also Anemone Flower Meaning and Symbolism) which can either be low-growing or fairly tall, depending on the type you choose. The color of the blooms can be anything from purple, yellow, red, white, blue, or pink.
You can get both spring-flowering and autumn-flowering types, ensuring a great display, whichever you choose.
They do have a habit of spreading, but they’re not invasive, and you can easily plant stray ones elsewhere if you prefer, though a sea of (flower) anemones sounds fantastic.
Depending on the type, they may prefer full sun or partial shade, but all enjoy well-draining soil.
Also referred to as French mallow, or Malva sylvestris, this is a gorgeous plant that produces velvety blooms in the first year of planting, and these spell-binding flowers last for a prolonged period.
They can live in partial shade or full sun, but many people recommend that you place them at the back of a border, where many plants wouldn’t tolerate, but the mystic merline will do just fine.
It’s worth noting that these gorgeous plants are not hardy enough to be sown exactly where you want them to grow.
You’ll need to start them off in a greenhouse or a sunny windowsill, and wait until they are much bigger until you plant them into their final positions.
No prizes for guessing the shape of this plant’s flowers. The balloon flower (see also Growing Bellflowers) is a gorgeous plant which comes in shades of purple, pink, blue, and white, and often carries the symbolism of an honest love.
They are often used in bouquets or as cut flowers.
The plant itself prefers partial shade, as it doesn’t have a high resistance to scorching temperatures. You can plant it under the protection of large trees or shrubs, where it will add a pop of color.
One of the most attractive plants that produces pincushion-shaped flowers is the scabiosa.
The flowers have a unique shape, and also come with the benefit of coming in some of the most spectacular shades available, usually accented with florets of a different color.
The scabiosa is at its best during the height of summer, where it will produce a plethora of blooms. It thrives in full sunlight, and needs regular watering in order to produce its gorgeous flowers.
To promote more flowers, remove the spent blooms from the plant. This will also prevent disease.
Hydrangeas (see also Hydrangea Flower Meaning and Symbolism) are striking shrubs which produce some of the most abundant clusters of blooms available. The colors available are red, purple, blue, pink, white, and a very light green.
Some species of hydrangea are affected by the pH in the soil, which will dictate the flower’s color.
The hydrangea needs very little maintenance, and will weather extremely well through winter, providing you don’t cut the old flowers or foliage until the new year, as the old growth will protect the new.
Once the frosts have passed, you can also use the spent flower heads as dried flowers.
A fantastic wildflower in its own right, the blue-eyed grass is a lovely perennial which forms petite vivid purple flowers, and the foliage looks like grass.
It will need partial shade to prevent the plant from being scorched by the harshest rays of the sun, and it requires well-draining soil in order to bloom properly.
It’s also worth noting that you shouldn’t cut the foliage back once the flowers finish, as like bulbs do, the plant needs the energy of the foliage for next year’s flowers.
Cutting back the foliage will result in fewer flowers the following year.
One of the prettiest and unusual purple flowers you can grow in your own garden without a fuss, the sea holly is a wonderful choice (see also Growing Sea Holly).
The plant does feature spiny leaves and blossoms, so you’re best planting it away from areas where you’ll be passing regularly. Luckily, this plant requires very little maintenance.
It also prefers poor, dry soil where other plants simply won’t tolerate, and resists long periods of dry, hot weather, making it a versatile plant for any scheme.
A much shorter plant, the bellflower comes in biennial, annual, and perennial forms, and produces a wealth of flowers.
Blooms come in purple, blue, white, or pink, and will appear either from late spring into the summer, or early fall.
It needs some sunlight, but in order to prevent the flowers from wilting, you’ll need to place it away from midday sun.
Apart from that, the bellflower is a wonderfully fuss-free plant, which only requires from you the occasional watering and well-draining soil.
It also attracts a lot of pollinators.
Chrysanthemums are fantastic flowers which are grown and admired throughout the world. There are many types, which feature different shapes, colors, and sizes.
Most chrysanthemums bloom during the autumn months, and some can repeat flower.
The care requirements and needs will largely depend on the type of chrysanthemum you choose to grow, but the majority need some direct sunlight for part of the day, well-draining soil, and regular watering, especially if the weather is warm.
Chrysanthemums make great cut flowers, and deadheading will ensure that you get as many blooms as the plant is capable of producing.
The zinnia is another plant which can wildly vary in its shapes and colors, but all are striking and add a lot to any garden. They are also a favorite of bees.
You can find zinnias in many colors, including purple, green, red, yellow, pink, orange, and white. They are the prefect plant for cut flower gardens, but you’ll need to sow them every year as they are annual plants.
Zinnias need full sunlight for as long as possible, and soil which drains freely. You’ll also need to water them regularly, more than some of the plants on this list, which will take care of themselves.
Cosmos is another striking annual plant, which has very feathery, airy foliage, and produces fantastic bowl-shaped flowers.
While you can get cosmos in a variety of colors, purple is among the most dramatic.
While native to warmer climates, cosmos plants don’t do well in extreme heat, so if you do live in a warm climate, it’s best to plant them in the ground or in partial shade, away from the sun.
If you do plant them in pots, and the foliage seems to be suffering, you can submerge the whole pot in a wheelbarrow. Within an hour or two, it will have revived, and you can put it somewhere sheltered.
Pasque flowers are lovely plants which are captivating in purple. They appear during the height of spring, so long as you give the plant direct sunlight, and well-draining soil, and hold off from picking up the watering can too often.
This plant is also resistant to drought, making it suitable for rockeries and containers which don’t hold onto moisture as much as borders do. They grow to a maximum height of 10 inches, and spread to around 12 inches.
Pasque flowers add a romantic feel to any garden, and they’re sure to brighten up any space you choose to plant them.
As you might guess from the name, this plant is highly unsuitable for gardens which often have pets or children visiting, as it is poisonous.
That being said, the bittersweet nightshade is a fantastic plant which adds color and drama into any green space, so long as you position it in partial shade, well-draining soil, and give it a regular watering.
Bittersweet nightshade is also very good at filling in any bare spaces, as it has a vigorous and rapid growing habit.
Hardy in zones 4-9, alpine betony or Stachys monieri is a lovely perennial plant that produces elegant purple flowers.
They contrast well with the bright green foliage, and the flowers appear in early summer, though this varies on where you live, and they can last for much longer.
Alpine betony needs well-draining soil in a very sunny position, and does well with at least the occasional watering. The plant itself can reach 24 inches tall, and spreads to around 18 inches, filling any bare space nicely.
Alpine betony also has the benefit of being able to withstand winter temperatures, ensuring the popularity of this plant in many parts of the world.
Ornamental salvia or sage (see also Flower Names Beginning With S) is a fantastic choice for any garden. It blooms all season long, and will adapt to many different climates and soils, making it a very versatile option when it comes to planting.
In places with milder summers, salvia needs full sunlight in order to thrive.
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with fiercer summers, you may want to plant it in partial shade, where it can get a respite for at least part of the day.
Salvia comes in many forms and colors, and usually features a very aromatic, heady fragrance (see also Pineapple Sage Varieties And Care) which most herbs are known for. Once you plant it, you’ll be rewarded with towers of flowers year after year.
It is worth mentioning that every three years or so, you will need to divide the salvias in the early days of spring, which will keep the growth vigorous. You can also deadhead the blooms during the flowering season in order to encourage new growth.
As well as being a fantastic ornamental, this plant has many medicinal benefits, and is a favorite of pollinators.