Top 10 Purple Plants for Your Flower Garden

Whatever your garden mood, reach for these vivacious violet hues for your flower garden and enjoy the colorful results.

Whenever I’m planning a garden, no matter what mood I’m trying to create, I always include some plants with purple blooms.Purple seems to symbolize so many things that I find it the most versatile color of all. Let’s say I’m shooting for sophistication: Rich, dark plum and mulberry shades give me that feeling of refinement and luxury. Maybe I’m in the mood to plant a romantic garden: Light lavenders and mauves lend a flirty air. And when it comes to pure fun, any jaunty mix in the lilac-violet-amethyst family adds instant whimsy. Are you starting to feel inspired? Let’s get some purple on with this month’s Top 10.

Verbena

Verbena, zones 9 to 11, annual elsewhere

You can expect summer-long color from these beautiful blooms. These full-sun plants sport attractive clusters of flowers and grow to about 18 inches high. Keep the soil moist but well drained; dry conditions can hinder flowering.

Top picks: Both V. bonariensis and the Imagination cultivar blossom in joyous shades that run between magenta and violet.

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