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.