50+ Purple Flowers Ideas for Your Garden

Purple Flowers

A Plants are grown in the garden and landscape for many reasons. Maybe for providing shade. Some attract wildlife such as butterflies, birds or squirrels. They sometimes can act as a privacy fence. Some produce edible nuts and fruits. And some flowering trees are planted because of the amazing blooms they are covered with in fall, spring or summer.

Flowering trees in shades of lavender and violet make an attractive addition to the garden or lawn, and purple flowering plants are no exception. Available in a range of shades, purple flowers not only brighten up the garden but also add some fragrance to your garden, even some varieties contain medical benefits too.

Traditionally, purple is the color of royalty and magistrates, but also is evolved to symbolize dignity, success, and pride.

So, if you are looking for a touch of nobility to change the look and appeal your garden and even wedding decoration, adding some purple flowering plants is the best way.

Let’s get some purple with the list of 50+ purple flowers and discover the varieties best suited to your garden design.

A collection of 50+ purple flowers

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

Botanical Name: Buddleia davidii

Plant type: Perennial, shrub

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 5-10

Blooms: From Summer to Fall

Flower features: Fragrant, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies – hence the name

Gloxinia

Botanical Name: Sinningia speciosa

Plant type: Annual

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Growing zones: 5-10

Blooms: Late Spring to Early Fall

Flower features: Brilliantly colored trumpet-shaped

 

Bittersweet Nightshade

Botanical Name: Solanum dulcamara

Plant type: Perennial, Vine

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-8

Blooms: Spring to Fall

Flower features: Attract bumblebees and Halictid bees, Contain solanine, an alkaloid glycoside

Clematis

Clematis

Botanical Name: Clematis spp.

Group: Climbers, shrubs, perennials

Sun Exposure: Full sun (Some clematis cultivars will bloom in partial shade)

Growing zones: 3-9

Blooms: Winter to late Summer

Flower features: Large blossoms ( Some are smaller blossoms, double blossoms, and lovely bell-like flowers). Colors range from white to wine red, lavender to deep purple, and even a few yellow ones.

Verbena

Verbena

Botanical Name: Verbena bonariensis

Plant type: Annual, Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 9-11

Blooms: Early Summer to early Fall

Flower features: Fragrance, Good for Containers, Drought Resistant

Common Vetch

Botanical Name: Vicia sativa L.

Group: Climbers, annuals, perennials

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Blooms: Mid Spring to mid Summer

Flower features: Fragrance, Attract bumblebees and other long-tongued bees.

 

Bellflower

Bellflower

Botanical Name: Campanula

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-9

Blooms: Mid Summer to Fall

Flower features: Bell-shaped, mostly blue to purple, sometimes white or pink

Dwarf Iris

Dwarf Iris

Botanical Name: Iris Reticulata

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 5-9

Blooms: Early spring

Flower features: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut, relatively large (iris-shaped) flowers on a short stem.

Design ideas: good for rock gardens, under shrubs and tress, in beds, at the front of borders and containers and for indoor forcing.

Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower

Botanical Name: Platycodon

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-9

Blooms: Summer

Flower features: Attracts Birds, Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Low Maintenance

Design ideas: great in rock gardens, mixed borders, or cutting gardens.

Catmint

Catmint

Botanical Name: Nepeta

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 3-8

Blooms: Early Summer

Flower features: Produce clusters of purple flowers that attract butterflies

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Botanical Name: Tradescantia

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-7

Blooms: Summer to Early Fall

Flower features: Purplish-blue (concord grape), three-petale.

Salvia

Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis

Plant type: Annual

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-9

Blooms: Summer

Flower features: attractive to bees and butterflies

Monkshood

Monkshood

Botanical Name: Aconitum napellus

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-7

Blooms: Mid to late Summer

Flower features: dark purple to bluish-purple, narrow oblong helmet-shaped that somewhat resembles the hood worn by medieval monks, hence the common names of monkshood and helmet flower.

Allium

Allium giganteum

Botanical Name: Allium giganteum

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 5-8

Blooms: Late Spring to early Summer

Flower features: fragrant, purple and bee-friendly flowers, attract butterflies, make excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried bouquets.

Lily Of The Nile

Lily Of The Nile

Botanical Name: Agapanthus africanus

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 8-11

Blooms: Late Spring to early Summer

Flower features: blooms in large round clusters ranging from light-blue to deep-violet, attracts Butterflies, attracts Hummingbirds, Flowers for Cutting.

Alpine Betony

Botanical Name: Stachys monieri

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 4-9

Blooms: Early Summer

Flower features: Showy, Good cut, lavender-purple flowers.

Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid

Botanical Name: Ophrys apifera

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 6-9

Blooms: Summer

Flower features: Named for their bee-like shape, these orchids attract male bees. Comes in many different color combinations. 3 outer petals range from white to purple and the central lip can be a solid color or dotted.

Anemone

Anemone nemorosa

Botanical Name: Anemone nemorosa

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-9

Blooms: Early Spring or Fall

Flower features: white, often reddish outside but may be purple or violet.

Blue-Eyed Grass

Botanical Name: Sisyrinchium bermudiana L

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-9

Blooms: Summer

Flower features: small, bright-purple flower

Design ideas: Best used as a border front, in rock gardens, to line pathways, or at the woodland’s edge.

Wild Indigo

Botanical Name: Baptisia australis

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-9

Blooms: Late Spring, early Summer

Flower features: long spikes of pea-like flowers, in shades of violet-blue, attract butterflies and Birds

Design ideas: Cottages gardens, borders, meadows and native plant gardens.

China Aster

China Aster

Botanical Name: Callistephus chinensis

Plant type: Annual

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 2-11

Blooms: Summer

Flower features: Cultivar shades of white to pink, red, blue,violet, purple and yellow, attract butterflies and Birds

Design ideas: Used as part of a border and also used often as a cut flower in arrangements.

Wild Hyacinth

Botanical Name: Dichelostemma capitatum

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 10-11

Blooms: Late Spring, early Summer

Flower features: A ball-shaped cluster of up to 20 individual purple flowers blooms on top of a slender stem.

Canterbury Bells

Botanical Name: Campanula medium

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-10

Blooms: Summer

Flower features: Comes in many color, bell-shaped flowers are short-stalked, large and hermaphroditic, with different shades of violet-blue or rarely white.

Uses for garden: Beds and borders

Sea Thistle

Sea Thistle

Botanical Name: Cirsium japonicum

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 8-10

Blooms: Late Spring to Early Summer

Flower features: as cut flowers, usually purple, rose or pink, also yellow or white; attract bees, butterflies and birds.

Calla Lily

Botanical Name: Zantedeschia

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 5-8

Blooms: Late Spring to mid Summer

Flower features: as cut flowers, purple, trumpet-shaped.

Common Mallow

Botanical Name: Malva neglecta

Plant type: Annual, Perennial, Edible

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-8

Blooms: Early Summer to mid Fall

Flower features: showy papery white, to light pink to light purple, 5 petaled flowers . Attract Bees, butterflies.

Ranunculus

Botanical Name: Malva neglecta

Plant type: Annual, Perennial, Edible

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-8

Blooms: Early Summer to mid Fall

Flower features:

 

Candytuft

Candytuft

Botanical Name: Iberis pruitii

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 7-11

Blooms: Summer, Fall

Flower features: 2″ clusters of purple or red-tinged white flowers

Cyclamen

Botanical Name: Cyclamen persicum

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 5

Blooms: Fall, Winter

Flower features: are not only striking, pretty and colorful but full of poise and elegance, attract butterflies.

Columbine

columbine

Botanical Name: Aquilegia

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-8

Blooms: Late Spring to early Summer

Flower features: Bell-shaped, come in variety of colors, are a favorite of hummingbirds.

Dinner Plate Dahlia

Dahlia

Botanical Name: Dahlia

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 3-10

Blooms: Mid Summer to Fall

Flower features: Cut Flowers, attract butterflies.

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Botanical Name: Fuchsia magellanica

Plant type: Annual and Perennial

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Growing zones: 9-10

Blooms: Early to late Summer and mid Fall

Flower features: delicate dangling bell-like flowers, crimson with a purple centre, attract butterflies.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Botanical Name: Digitalis purpurea

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-10

Blooms: Mid Summer

Flower features: A wide array of color white, pink to purple, attract butterflies and birds.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Botanical Name: Gladiolus hortulanus

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 6-10

Blooms: Early Summer to mid Fall

Flower features: make a great cut flower, showy and fragrant flowers, come in variety of colors: white, cream, yellow, orange, red, pink, green lavender & purple.

Waxflower

Waxflower

Botanical Name: Chamelaucium

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 9-11

Blooms: Late Winter

Flower features: range from deep purple to bright red, attract butterflies.

Perennial Geranium

Perennial Geranium

Botanical Name: Geranium

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-8

Blooms: Late Winter

Flower features: Ranging from white to deep blue, best planted as a border and in containers.

Heliotrope

Heliotrope

Botanical Name: Heliotropium peruvianum

Plant type: Annual, Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 10-11

Blooms: Summer to Fall

Flower features: Features sweetly fragrant, tiny purple or violet flowers in large showy clusters

Honesty

Honesty

Botanical Name: Lunaria annua

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-8

Blooms: Spring and early Summer

Flower features: Dark-purple, fragrant flowers

Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

Botanical Name: Syringa vulgaris

Plant type: Annual and Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-7

Blooms: Spring

Flower features: is a shade of purple (often a light purple or lilac), but white, pale yellow and even a dark burgundy color are also found.

Lupine

Lupine

Botanical Name: Lupinus perennis

Plant type: Annual and Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 3-9

Blooms: Summer

Flower features: Showy, elongate clusters of purple, pea-like flowers.

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Botanical Name: Eustoma russellianum

Plant type: Annual

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 9-11

Blooms: Summer

Flower features: Double and single Lisianthus flower varieties, come in various colors such as white, various shades of lavender, deep purple, and bi-colors such as blue-violet. Attract bees and butterflies.

Aster

Aster amellus

Botanical Name: Aster amellus

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-8

Blooms: Late Summer and Early Fall

Flower features: Displaying vibrant fall colors in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white; the last great feeding opportunities for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Botanical Name: Ipomoea purpurea

Plant type: Annual and Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 3-10

Blooms: Early Summer to the first frost

Flower features: trumpet-shaped flowers of pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white. Big, fragrant, colorful flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Mystic Merlin

Malva Sylvestris

Botanical Name: Malva Sylvestris

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-8

Blooms: Early Summer to Early Fall

Flower features: similar satiny flowers in a soft lavender-purple shade. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.

Purple Pansy

Purple Pansy

Botanical Name: Viola wittrockiana

Plant type: Annual

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 4-8

Blooms: Late spring to Early Summer

Flower features: a wide range of pansy flower colors and bicolors including blue, purple, rose, yellow, red, maroon, white. They are attractive to butterflies.

Pasque

Pulsatilla

Botanical Name: Pulsatilla

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 5-9

Blooms: Early to mid spring

Flower features: showy, dazzling blue-purple flowers. This flower is an excellent addition to a rock garden. The pasque flower is also a sign that Easter has arrived.

Petunia

Petunia hybrida

Botanical Name: Petunia hybrida

Plant type: Annual

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 9-11

Blooms: Summer and Fall

Flower features: are available in stripes, speckles and borders in an extensive color palette that includes purple, pink, red, white, mauve, lavender, and yellow. The basic petunia flower is funnel shape, but hybridizers have created many variations including singles and doubles.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Botanical Name: Rhododendron ferrugineum

Plant type: Evergreen

Sun Exposure: Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-9

Blooms: Spring

Flower features: Fragrant flowers in an array of colors – from pure white and light pastels to brilliant orange and gold to purple and red.

Pincushion flower

Pincushion Scabiosa

Botanical Name: Scabiosa

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 3-7

Blooms: Spring, Summer, Fall

Flower features: can be found most often in shades of blue, white and purple. Attract butterflies.

Uses in Gardening: Can be used as edging. Excellent for grouping or massing in border fronts and rock gardens.

Sea Holly

Sea Holly

Botanical Name: Eryngium

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 4-11

Blooms: Summer to Fall

Flower features: Has beautiful amethyst blue flowers and a somewhat straggling nature; ideal for attracting butterflies.

Wisteria

Wisteria

Botanical Name: Wisteria sinensis

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 5-8

Blooms: Spring

Flower features: Colors range from white and blue to violet. Beauty and perfume of its showy, deliciously fragrant flowers. Attracts Birds, Butterflies.

Bell Heather

Bell Heather

Botanical Name: Erica cinerea

Plant type: Evergreen, Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 6-8

Blooms: Early Summer and Early Fall

Flower features: reddish-purple, bell-shaped blooms.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Botanical Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

Plant type: Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Growing zones: 4-9

Blooms: Fall, Summer

Flower features: They have beautiful mop-head or lacecap flowers. Their flowers can be blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. Attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to the fertile buds in the center.

Zinnia

Zinnia

Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans

Plant type: Annual and Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 3-10

Blooms: Summer through Fall

Flower features: The ray flowers are purple, the discs yellow and black. Attract Butterflies.

Moonflower

Datura stramonium

Botanical Name: Datura stramonium

Plant type: Annual

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 8-11

Blooms: Throughout the Summer

Flower features: Their large blooms produce a relaxing smell and can most frequently be found in white or light purple corollas. They attract bees, butterflies and moths.

Carnation

Carnation

Botanical Name: Dianthus caryophyllus

Plant type: Annual

Sun Exposure: Full sun/ Partial shade

Growing zones: 3-10

Blooms: Summer to all year long

Flower features: They emit a spicy fragrance and generally come in hues of pink, purple and white.

Hellebores

Hellebores

Botanical Name: Hellebores

Plant type: Perennial, Evergreen.

Sun Exposure: Full sun/ Partial Shade

Growing zones: 4-8

Blooms: Winter and early Spring.

Flower features: Ranging in color from white to purple. Attract butterflies.

Sweet pea

Sweet pea

Botanical Name: Lathyrus odoratus

Plant type: Annual, Perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growing zones: 7-10

Blooms: Summer and Early Fall

Flower features: Come in many colors with a fragile fragrance that is commonly used in perfumes.

Have you found out the varieties best suited to your garden design? I hope so. Enjoy purple flowering plants in your garden!