Purple flowers often look great with white flowers to create a mysterious, elegant and modern garden.
Shrubs, climbing plants and perennials, here is our selection of violet-blooming plants for your outdoor garden. Discover:
3 purple-flowered shrubs
- Variety: Abutilon suntense ‘Violetta’
- Blooming: large violet flowers forming elegant cups from end of May to June.
- Leafage: evergreen green-gray leaves with 2 to 5 tooth-edged lobes.
- Planting: from March to Mayor from September to October.
- Placing: only for mild climate regions. Suitable for flower beds, edges, or as a standalone.
Hardy down to 20-25°F (-5°C), this is best grown in pots to bring indoors for Winter wherever the climate is cold.
- Variety: Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Imperial Pearl’
- Fruit: Fruits are what’s showy for this plant, not flowers! Bears beautiful clumps of tiny purple pearls from October to January.
- Leafage: deciduous deep green oval leaves with fuzz on the underside. In Fall, leaves turn yellow to purple in color, shifting through red and orange.
- Planting: from March to May or from September to November.
- Location: hardy down to 5°F (-5° Celsius), Callicarpa looks great as part of a mixed hedge, a standalone, in shrub beds and even containers.
- Variety: ‘French Cabaret Purple’
- Blooming: violet double-flowered pompoms that seems crumple up from August to October.
- Leafage: deciduous deep green leaves with three lobes, typical of most Hibiscus species.
- Planting: from February to May or from September to November.
- Location: ideal for shrub beds, containers, and for shaping into eye-catching hedges. Find a place that drains very well with soft soil, either in full or part sun.
3 climbing vines with purple flowers
- Variety: Clematis x viticella ‘Supernight’
- Blooming: simple violet flowers with a deeper-colored streak along the center of each petal. Blooming from June to September.
- Leafage: deciduous trifoliate elliptical leaves, deep green in color.
- Planting: from March to May or in September-October.
- Location: along a wall, a pergola, a barrel or treillis.
Clematis loves having its head in full sun and its feet in cool shade in moist, rich and well-draining soil.
- Variety: Wisteria sinensis
- Blooming: large hanging fragrant panicles that range from violet to indigo in color, in April.
- Leafage: deciduous leaves with oval leaflets along a stem (the petiole).
- Planting: from February to April or from September to November.
- Location: atop a wall, pergola, barrel composition or treillis. Place it in the sun, with well-draining soil that is lightly acidic. Avoid chalky soil.
- Variety: Solanum dulcamara
- Blooming: fronds with small star-like purple flowers that appear from June to September.
- Leafage: deciduous leaves with three green lobes.
- Planting: from March to May or, again, in October-November.
- Location: stems twist around any type of fence or lattice. Also good for shrub beds or to run along other hedge trees.
3 violet-flowered perennials
- Variety: Lavandula angustifolia
- Blooming: perfume-like smelling fronds of flowers that bees love, presented atop a long gray-green stem.
- Leafage: small, narrow leaves that are also very fragrant. Evergreen, and gray-green in color.
- Planting: from April to June or in September-October.
- Location: flower beds, pots, to form edges or to populate a rock garden. Soil should be light, poor, well-drained and in full sun.
- Variety: ‘Purple Sensation’
- Blooming: firework-like umbels where each streak ends with a tiny purple star-shaped flower.
- Leafage: clump of soft green straight leaves.
- Planting: plant the bulbs anytime from end of September to end of November.
- Location: full sun, in draining soil that is more on the dry side. Ornamental garlic is always a stunner in flower beds, rocky terrain and in pots.
- Variety: Campanula muralis
- Blooming: from May to July, thousands of tiny star-shaped bells create purple cushions you just want to lay your head down on!
- Leafage: small green evergreen leaves, a bit fuzzy and serrated along the edges.
- Planting: February to May or September to November.
- Location: edges, rocky terrain, forest undergrowth, ground cover, seaside, pot. Bellflower loves sun and properly draining soil, even if dry.
Pot with purple bellflower by Christian Neff under Pixabay license
Abutilon flower, purple by viluca under Pixabay license
Callicarpa berries by David Hodgson under © CC BY 2.0
Violet solanum blooms by Joshua Mayer under © CC BY-SA 2.0
Garlic burst of indigo by Kerry Garratt under © CC BY-SA 2.0