Heliotrope is a long-standing favorite in cottage gardens, a shrub-like plant that grows 1 to 4 feet high. It is perennial in warm climates (zones 9 to 11) but is normally grown as an annual in cooler climates. These long-flowering plants begin blooming in summer and continue through the first frost, with very fragrant blossoms. Many purple/lavender varieties are available, including: Heliotrope arborescens 'Fragrant Delight,' grows to 3 feet high Heliotrope arborescens 'Marine,' has large dark purple flowers up to 6 inches in diameter. These plants are poisonous, so keep them away from children and pets.
Mix crocuses of lighter colors with your deeper purple crocuses for knockout spring plantings. Harbingers of spring, purple crocuses, and other bulb plants are welcome visitors to our March and April yards in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8. Crocuses are small plants, reaching just 3 to 6 inches tall, depending on the type. Looking like blades of grass, the foliage is marked down the middle with a light stripe. Besides the classic purple flowers, there are crocuses with yellow, gold, white, and lavender blooms available. An endearing trait of crocus flowers is the way they pucker up at night, or when the day is cloudy and/or cold. The verbena genus of plants includes a large number of both annual and perennial species, many of which produce purple flowers. Some types are perennial in warmer climates but are planted as annuals elsewhere.
There are verbenas that are only 3 inches high, and others that grow to 6 feet. Verbena hastata , also known as blue vervain, is a tall, airy plant with bluish-purple flowers. Glandularia canadensis 'Greystone Daphne,' has fragrant-lilac colors flowers on trailing stems. Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple,' has a purple-colored ground cover that is a perennial in zones 6 and warmer. Verbena x Hybrida 'Lanai Royal Purple with Eye,' has an annual form with bright purple flowers with a contrasting white eye. Delphiniums are among the tallest of perennials, growing as high as 8 feet, and are often featured in cottage gardens. They are relatively short-lived perennials, rarely surviving more than 3 to 4 years. The blooms appear in clusters along the stalk in June to July, sometimes reblooming in fall. Many varieties produce flowers in shades of blue or purple, although there are also white and pink blossoms available. Delphiniums are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7. The types most commonly grown in gardens are from hybrid series, such as the Pacific and English/Elatum series. Purple ice plant ( Delosperma cooperi ) is a native of South Africa and demands a soil that drains sharply. This perennial plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. Many Northern gardeners who end up losing it think that the loss was due to the cold of winter when, in fact, it was poor drainage that did the plant in. The "ice" in this perennial's name comes from the sparkle on its leaves, which is the results of sunlight reflecting off tiny hairs covering the leaf surface. This is a ground cover plant that grows only about 6 inches tall and is best suited for dry locations. Purple perennial flowers: 24 brilliant choices for big and small gardens. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. When the Pantone Color Institute declared a shade of purple named Ultra Violet to be the Color of the Year, they called it “complex and contemplative,” noting that purple has long been “symbolic of unconventionality and artistic brilliance.” While I don’t know much about using purple for interior design, art, or fashion, I do know how to use it in a garden. The power and bravado of purple in the landscape is undeniable, especially when it comes to perennials. Today, I’d like to share my favorite purple perennial flowers. Whether their shade of purple is dark and regal or light and luscious, these beauties add depth, richness, and a pop of color to your garden. Whether dark and regal or soft and luscious, purple brings a touch of brilliance to the garden.
Fans of purple in the garden are always pleased to learn that there are violet-hued blooming perennials in a broad range of sizes and shapes. From purple-flowering ground covers to the tallest purple perennials, there’s a purple plant for every garden no matter its size or style. In creating this list of purple perennial flowers, I found it easiest to divide them into groups based on their stature. Most gardeners use the mature height of a plant to determine its placement in the garden and whether or not it works in the space. Below, the list is divided into three sections: Tall purple perennials Medium height purple perennials Short purple perennial flowers. In addition to each plant’s botanical name, details on their site preferences, growth habits, hardiness, and bloom times are also included. In addition, I noted which of these perennials with purple flowers are deer-resistant. I’m sure you’ll find these purple perennial flowers to be excellent additions to your garden. And be sure to tell me about any other varieties you adore in the comment section at the end of the post.
There are many purple-flowering perennials worth growing in your garden. Phlox ( Phlox paniculata ) Garden phlox is such a classically beautiful perennial, and purple varieties of phlox, such as ‘Flame Blue’ or ‘Blue Paradise’, offer added flair. Averaging 2 to 3 feet tall, with round globes of blooms, phlox perform best in areas with full sun. Though the deer are quite fond of them, these purple perennial flowers are in bloom from mid summer through fall.