Purpleicious Plants for Every Garden

“Purpleicious” – not a color, but rather the state of being used to describe many a garden bed that is simply made more beautiful as a result of incorporating purple into its color palette. Living somewhere between red and blue, purple is one of our favorite garden colors because it looks fantastic mixed with almost any other color in in the garden. High drama abounds when you pair purple with yellows and oranges. Subtle romance emerges when purple mingles in with softer pinks, peaches and blues or stately elegance radiates when mixed with whites and soft foliage greens. Whether your garden is cottage classic, Mediterranean, rock or full xeriscape, and whether you’re in need of full sun or shade, groundcovers or shrubs, there’s a perfect purple plant for you.

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Cuphea aff. aequipetala

Very RARE, this evergreen, ground-covering, drought tolerant Cuphea was originally shared with us by Strybing Arboretum. The six-petaled purple flowers are small at .5” each, but PROFUSE and do have the characteristic sweet Cuphea “face”. They’re particularly popular with bumblebees. Forming a weed-suppressing mat of foliage to 2’ or more wide, it tends not to root along the stem, but when planted in drifts it does provide good coverage.

Perennial USDA zones 9-10

Impatiens arguta "Blue Parrot Flower"

Hardy to zone 7? Check! Non-stop beautiful blooms from Spring thru Fall? Check! Plus, an attractive you-can’t-see-through-it 2’x 3’ almost shrubby habit if you grow it in dappled light and humus rich soil. Plentiful 2” flaring tubular lavender-blue blooms with pretty gold and red markings dangle from red stems. Tolerates heat and humidity. There are reports of folks growing it in USDA zone 6.


Perennial USDA zones 7-11

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Nemophila ‘Penny Black’

Like a new color in your crayon box, this easy Springtime California native calls forth new color combo creativity! A compact 10” x 15”, it practically smothers itself with those luscious, perfectly edged so-purple-they-look-black 1 inch flowers, and is super fun spilling over the edge of your bed or container. Charming combined with Papaver ‘Ladybird’ and Limnanthes douglasii. Blooms for several months with water and self-sows!


Annual All USDA Zones

Ageratum corymbosum "Butterfly Mist"

A RARE beauty. One of the most extraordinary part shade plants we grow! Exotic velvety leaves start out green and turn a sexy dark purple on much branched stems to form a well-mannered 3’x3’ dense form. Bloom-tastic fluffy lavender-blue flower heads to 6” across last for 1-2 months in Spring. After bloom, cut it back to 1’, ply with compost for a second perfect round of bloom! Does best with AM sun and PM shade and rich, well-drained soil. Evergreen- or “everpurple” - in frost-free areas. Attracts butterflies!

Perennial USDA Zones 9-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Echium fastuosum “Pride of Madeira”

Absolutely magnificent in bloom here in coastal CA, this FAST growing, TOUGH perennial plant straight out of “Fantasia” boasts huge bold 2’ spikes that erupt in Spring, varying in color from true-blue to royal purple, atop a handsome multi-branching dome of long narrow foliage. To 5-6’ tall and wide, it requires no Summer water along the coast (once established) – occasional water inland. Cut spent spikes after bloom and tip-pinch/gently prune to maintain the dense habit. Bee and hummingbird heaven! Does well in POOR, DRY SOIL, but needs good drainage. Does not grow in warm, humid climates like Florida. Deer resistant! Native to Madeira Island, north of the Canary Islands.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-10

Hardenbergia violacea ‘Meema’

Hailing from Australia, this evergreen Hardenbergia variety likes to crawl vs climb. It first leafs-out in spring with 2-3” long grayish-green oblong leaves on slender vining branches but is full of 1/2” pea-shaped purple flowers, each with a chartreuse eye by summer. Mature plants will be smothered in wisteria-like clusters, making for a spectacular summer show. Left alone, this hardy vine will crawl along the ground for up to 8'. It can be trained on a trellis but densest growth will be at the base. Sun on the coast, shade in hotter inland zones. Drought tolerant once established, it is generally disease and insect free. Prune to shape and mulch the base in winter. Tolerant of sandy or clayish soils.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Nicotiana alata ‘Deep Purple’

This stunning Nicotiana offers velvety burgundy blooms that add an intoxicating scent to any sunny bed. Star-shaped 2” flowers appear in abundance on 20” tall plants, first showing off rich color before trumping that with their perfume. Easy to grow and not fussy about soil, this annual flowering tobacco loves the sun. Its open-faced, tubular flowers attract hummers and moths alike. Deadhead to prolong blooming well into the fall. Perfect for adding rich maroon tones to a mixed perennials bed. Adds drama to a deck or patio container, where its proximity is all the better for enjoying its fragrance. Left alone by deer.

Annual All USDA Zones

Gelasine coerulea

A RARE member of the Iris family with unusual– sky-blue-flushed light lavender colored flowers. And, dear plant geeks, the anthers are bright purple against a soft white throat. Eeek! To 2” across, the flowers face outwards atop upright 12-20” stems and they just keep coming May till September. Foliage is evergreen for us here in USDA zone 9b-10a with Summer water. Otherwise, it’s deciduous. A cinch to grow, especially in a pot, it’ll multiply by corms quite rapidly, so you can share this treasure with your friends. Feed in Spring. Well-drained soil. Native to S. Brazil/Argentina. Said to be hardy to 0 degrees F.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Plectranthus ecklonii

Pretty purple Plectranthus delivers Fall fabulosity! Plan ahead and plant this absolutely wonderful shrub now for Fall bloom. It rewards you every year with an abundance of large and exquisite 6-12” blue-purple flower spikes with their long swooping stamens. Very long-lived, sturdy, and CLAY TOLERANT, it’s a handsome guy even when not in bloom with its bushy habit and large lush rich green, heart-shaped leaves. Very easy and fast growing to 6’ x 4’ -cut it back to 10” in winter for best bushiness next season. Butterflies and hummers! Half day sun.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Delphinium elatum 'Purple Passion'

'Purple Passion' is a relatively new variety, bred by the world's best Delphinium experts in New Zealand. Much more vigorous, longer lived, mildew resistant and better with each successive year, you'll love this electric purple giant Delph. To 6' tall, 4' across and multi-spiking, it puts on an incredible show. Just grow in loamy soil and side-dress with compost in Spring and Summer for huge spikes and to-swoon-for cut flowers. Cut back to 6" when spent for repeat bloom. Bait for snails when small.


Perennial USDA Zones 3-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius'
Campanula latifolia ‘Brantwood’

You can rely on this EASY and elegant cottage garden classic to deliver bright color and vertical fun in your garden year after year. Rising above your lower bloomers in Spring, large flaring 3” rich purple bells are beautifully held on multiple 3-4’ unbranched upright stems spreading to 18” across. Reliably perennial, it blooms in Spring and if cut back will rebloom again in Summer. Average to rich soil. Swell for cut flowers and loved by bees, hummers and butterflies! Fairly deer resistant. Divide every 3 years. Self-sows.


Perennial USDA Zones 3-10a

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