Purple Reign

When it comes to garden design, colour is one thing that can help it come together. While texture, placement and plant choice is important, having an element to tie them altogether can really help your garden shine. 

This blue-based purple inspires creativity, mindfulness and energy – all attributes that can be found in the garden, don’t you agree? And, it’s easy to incorporate this gorgeous colour into your garden and outdoor spaces just by growing these beautiful plants throughout the year.

Autumn

  • Easter daisies (Aster) are hardy plants that flower profusely during autumn. They can be cut back each year after flowering to encourage fresh new growth and more flowers. · 
  • For a dazzling display, try tibouchinas. They have masses of purple blooms from autumn and while most grow into small trees or shrubs, like Tibouchina ‘Alstonville’ or Tibouchina ‘Allure’, you can also purchase ‘Groovy Baby’, which grows into a compact bush (45cm high and wide) and is perfectly suited to pots.

Winter

  • Purple and violet varieties of annual flowers such as violets, pansies, cineraria and polyanthus can fill a garden bed with colour or grown in containers to create eye catching pops of colour around a deck or patio. · * Long flowering varieties of lavender such as ‘Purpleberry Ruffles’ are compact and perfect for pots or out in the garden in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Their scented flowers are adored by bees and can also be cut for a home grown indoor vase display.

Spring 

  • Spring flowering purple flowered bulbs like anemones, tulips and delightfully fragrant freesias and hyacinths can be planted in beautiful drifts in a sunny garden bed or grown in decorative pots or bowls as a stunning outdoor table centrepiece. ·
  • Salvias such as ‘So Cool Violet’ are gorgeous low maintenance flowering plants that attract bees and honeyeaters and look fantastic in either a garden bed or containers.
  • Loropetalum ‘Plum Gorgeous’ and Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ (smokebush) are medium sized shrubs that have very attractive deep purple foliage.

Summer 

  • Compact Buddleja Buzz™ Midnight (butterfly bush) has large honey scented, bee and butterfly attracting deep purple flowers during the warmer months.
  • Large varieties of salvias such as ‘Limelight’ and ‘Anthony Parker’ are hardy and fast growing with intense blue purple flowers.
  • Brightly coloured summer flowering annual flowers like low growing petunias which spread to cover a sunny garden bed or cascade beautifully out of a pot or hanging basket.
  • Bold and beautiful purple hydrangeas like a semi-shaded spot in a garden bed or large container. Cut a bunch of spectacular hydrangea blooms for a vase so you can enjoy them indoors as well. 
  • Roses are a summer floral highlight and purpled hued varieties like Vol de Nuit, Fragrant Plum and Ebb Tide will bring months of scented mauve flowers into the garden. 

Pack a Purple Punch

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Make the most of your plantings by:

Don’t limit yourself to just flowers – foliage can play a part, too!

  • Cordyline
  • Ajuga
  • Purple fountain grass
  • Heuchera
  • Coleus
  • Alternanthera
  • Ornamental kale

You'll need

Sweet Pea Bijou Semi Dwarf

A low-growing sweet pea with brilliantly-coloured blooms on long stems. Ideal for borders, containers and mass planting.