100 Types of Purple Flowers

Whether pale lavender, deep violet, or moody plum, purple flowers are sure to win plenty of admiration in the garden. Famed for their powerful yet calming hues, purple flowering annual and perennial plants bring a touch of grandeur, nobility, extravagance, and even a few royal-esque notes to borders, planters, flower beds, and cut flower arrangements. Join us as we explore 100 beautiful types of purple flowers.

Purple Flowers With Names, Pictures, and Growing Tips
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    100 Types of Purple Flowers:


    1) Allium (Allium)

    A pairs of blooming Allium Flowers

    About: 

    Allium is a genus of flowering plants comprising hundreds of different species, including onions, garlic, and chives. Many hybrids are grown as ornamentals (such as the ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Globemaster’) and are revered for their intricate spherical blossoming flowers atop a single elegant stalk. They’re also loved by pollinating insects; many grow up to around 3’ in height.

    Growing Zones:3 to 9
    Where to Plant: Borders, sheltered from the wind where possible, protect the delicate flowering spikes.
    Sunlight:Full-sun or partial shade.
    Watering:Drought tolerant, infrequent watering.
    Feeding:Spring and Summer only with an organic bulb fertilizer.
    Related: Allium flowers symbolize fortune, patience, and grace

    2) Alpine Betony (Stachys monieri)

    Alpine Betony Flowers (Stachys monieri) in bloom during the growing season

    About: 

    Alpine Betony offers a whimsically wild look to well-tended gardens as it offers abundant early spring flowers until fall. These perennial plants feature a starburst-shaped clump of textured leaves in a vibrant green. Long stems shoot upward from the leaves to bloom with small, pretty purple flower spikes. Alpine Betony grows up to 18 to 20 inches tall. Pollinators love them, while deer and rabbits avoid them, making them a perfect defense for other garden flowers.

    Growing Zones:3 to 4
    Where to Plant: Borders and containers
    Soil:Average to well-draining
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Drought tolerant, infrequent watering
    Feeding:Summer only with a blooming plant fertilizer
    Related: Betony flowers symbolize protection and surprise.

    3) Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)

    A small cluster of purple anemone flowers in bloom

    About: 

    A member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), the Anemone nemorosa has deep, green leaves that unfurl in groups of three and petite flowers (less than 1 inch across) that bloom in early spring. They grow wildly throughout Europe, and more than 70 cultivars exist for garden planting. These herbaceous perennial flowers do not grow taller than 12 inches.

    Growing Zones:5 to 8
    Where to Plant: Best cultivated beneath trees and shrubs in natural gardens where they will be allowed to grow wild, seed, and return each spring
    Soil:Rich, slightly acidic soil
    Sunlight:Partial to full shade
    Watering:Medium watering requirements and prefers moist soil. It is drought tolerant when dormant.
    Feeding:Fertilize in late fall with organic fertilizer or compost.
    Related: Anemone flowers symbolize anticipation and fragile beauty.

    4) Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

    Anise Hyssop Flowers growing in a field with the sun setting in the background

    About: 

    From late spring through early fall, anise hyssop’s cone-shaped, lavender blooms attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumblebees to gardens across North America, where it grows naturally in prairies. Its name comes from the anise-like scent that the plant emits when bruised. A single plant produces many flowers and reaches heights of up to 4 feet. This drought-tolerant perennial will also resist damage from deer that like to nibble.

    Growing Zones:4 to 8
    Where to Plant: Containers, garden beds, meadows
    Soil:Sandy, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Drought tolerant, prone to root rot, infrequent watering.
    Feeding:Early spring with a balanced fertilizer
    Related: Hyssop flowers symbolize humility, repentance, health, and sacrifice. 

    5) Aster (Aster)

    A cluster of purple aster flowers

    About: 

    Aster is a genus in the daisy family (Asteraceae), containing about 180 species of flowers. The name aster comes from the ancient Greek word for star, and it describes the aster’s stelliform flower heads with rings of petals around their bright-yellow centers. Asters bloom in late summer through early fall, brightening gardens after most of summer’s flowers have faded. Depending on the cultivar, aster can reach 8 inches to 8 feet. Be sure to choose one that’s suitable for your garden.

    Growing Zones:3 to 10
    Where to Plant: Wildflower gardens, borders, containers, and rock gardens
    Soil:Well-draining but moist
    Sunlight:Full to partial sun
    Watering:Drought-tolerant, keep the soil moist after planting
    Feeding:Spring only with a thin layer of compost or balanced fertilizer mixed with mulch
    Related: Aster flowers symbolize nobility, friendship, and purity.

    6) Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)

    Start-shaped Purple Balloon Flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus)

    About: 

    The only species of the Platycodon genus, the Platycodon grandiflorus gets its common name from the plant’s balloon-shaped buds that swell up before bursting into beautiful, upward-facing, starry bell-shaped flowers. Balloon flowers bloom in summer and grow wild in China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and Eastern Siberia. Balloon flower root has traditional medicinal uses and is a common ingredient in popular Korean dishes.

    Growing Zones:3 to 8
    Where to Plant: Containers, borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, and flower beds
    Soil:A rich, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Prefers moderate moisture
    Feeding:Apply a slow-release fertilizer in the spring
    Related:Balloon flowers symbolize endless love, honesty, and obedience.

    7) Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis)

    Bear’s Breeches showcasing purple and white flowers

    About: 

    Native to the Mediterranean, the Acanthus mollis features tall spires that sprout from clumped foliage to grow cones of snapdragon-like blooms. Bear’s breeches can grow between 3 and 5 feet in height, making them a perfect choice for accenting or adding height to a garden bed. In the 5th century B.C.E., the ancient Greek sculptor Callimachus made the shape of this plant’s leaf famous by modeling the ornate tops of his Corinthian columns after them.

    Growing Zones:7 to 10
    Where to Plant: Borders and small groups in flower beds
    Soil:Well-draining
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Moderate moisture
    Feeding:Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring or mid-summer only.
    Related:Acanthus flowers symbolize immortality, rebirth, and long life.

    8) Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)

    A cluster of Purple Bee Orchids (Ophrys apifera) against green foliage

    About: 

    The bee orchid offers a wonderful example of floral mimicry because it has a highly evolved plant-pollinator relationship. These types of orchids have four petals. Three are a stunning purple shade, and the fourth resembles a plump bumblebee feasting on pollen. This imposter petal attracts other bees to the flower, helping it reproduce. Native to Central and Southern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, this flower is not commonly found in northern climates or the United States.

    Growing Zones:6 to 9
    Where to Plant: Containers and rock gardens
    Soil:Neutral, moist, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Light shade
    Watering:Moderate watering
    Feeding:Avoid over-feeding. Use half-strength 30-10-10 fertilizer.

    9) Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)

    A cluster of Bell Heather in bloom displaying bell-shaped flowers in a vibrant shade of purplish pink

    About: 

    Bell heather is a low-spreading, blooming shrub that grows to be about 20 inches tall. Each twig-like stem features small, spiky leaves. From early spring through early fall, bell heather blooms profusely with bell-shaped flowers in a vibrant shade of purplish pink. They’re resistant to deer and drought and are generally pest-free, making them a low-maintenance choice for outdoor gardens.

    Growing Zones:6 to 8
    Where to Plant: Banks and slopes, coastal gardens, borders, ground cover, and containers
    Soil:Well-draining, acidic clay, loam, and/or sand
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought-tolerant, average watering needs
    Feeding:Apply slow-release fertilizer during the growing season only.
    Related: Heather flowers symbolize admiration, respect, and love.

    10) Bellflower (Campanula)

    Purple Bellflowers in bloom displaying star-like, bell-shaped flowers

    About: 

    Campanula, commonly called bellflower, is a genus containing more than 500 species and numerous subspecies of perennial, biennial, and annual flowering plants. They bloom abundantly with star-like, bell-shaped flowers through June and July, and their blooming season can extend into October. They’ll spread throughout the seasons, making them a great choice for blooming ground cover. Depending on the species, they can range from just a few inches to almost 7 feet in height.

    Growing Zones:4 to 8
    Where to Plant: Containers, flower beds, ground cover
    Soil:Well-draining acidic, neutral, or alkaline soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Moderate moisture
    Feeding:Spring only with a light application of balanced fertilizer
    Related:Bellflowers symbolize gratitude, constancy, support, romance, and vanity.

    11) Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

    Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) with arrow-shaped leaves and shooting star-shaped blossoms with purple petals and yellow stamens.

    About: 

    The bittersweet nightshade is considered an invasive species in North America native to Europe and Asia. This species of vine is part of the potato family (Solanaceae). The climbing plant has arrow-shaped leaves and shooting star-shaped blossoms with purple petals and yellow stamens. Whilst not quite as toxic as Deadly Nightshade, bittersweet is recognized for its crimson berries, which are poisonous to humans.

    Growing Zones:4 to 8
    Where to Plant: Plant with a climbing trellis or at the base of a tree/hedgerow
    Soil:Well-draining, neutral to alkaline soil
    Sunlight:Full to partial shade
    Watering:Prefers moderate moisture
    Feeding:Spring and summer, apply balanced, organic fertilizer.

    12) Blackcurrant Swirl Moonflower (Datura metel)

    A single Blackcurrant Swirl Moonflower with a large trumpet-shaped blossom in deep hues of purple-splotched white.

    About: 

    The blackcurrant swirl moonflower (Datura metel) is one of nine species of the genus Datura. All flowers from the genus Datura are flowering, shrub-like, vespertine plants. Their blooms (up to six inches wide!) open in the evening. Plants of this genus are also poisonous and have hallucinogenic properties. Throughout history, they’ve been used not only as a poison but also in spiritual practices. The blackcurrant variety of Datura flowers has trumpet-shaped blossoms in deep hues of purple-splotched white.

    Growing Zones:5 to 7 (annual), 8 to 10 (perennial)
    Where to Plant: Containers and flower beds
    Soil:Light, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Heavy watering in the growing season, light in winter
    Feeding:Spring and summer with a balanced, diluted fertilizer

    13) Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanum)

    A single Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanum) flower in bloom against deep green leaves

    About: 

    Blue-eyed grass belongs to the iris (Iridaceae) plant family and grows wildly in meadows and open woods across the United States and Canada. This grass-like plant grows in clumps with slender stems and long, wing-like leaves. The plant’s small, purple flowers bloom from early spring through mid-summer, are less than 1 inch in diameter, and have six tepals and yellow stamens.

    Growing Zones:4 to 9
    Where to Plant: Wildflower gardens and containers
    Soil:Moist, sandy soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to shade
    Watering:Drought tolerant, infrequent watering
    Feeding:Do not fertilize

    14) Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra)

    Bougainvillea plant blooms in swathes of vibrant purple bracts.

    About: 

    Bougainvillea is a beautiful, flowering evergreen shrub. It’s commonly grown against fences and walls that can reach about 12 feet in height. However, it can also grow standing alone in a garden bed. Bougainvillea blooms in swathes of vibrant purple bracts. In warm zones, it will bloom intermittently throughout the year. In cooler climates, blossoms will only appear in spring and summer.

    Growing Zones:9 to 11
    Where to Plant: Containers, hedgerows, flower beds, and hillsides
    Soil:Well-draining, acidic soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Infrequent, but thorough soaking
    Feeding:When blooming, fertilize frequently with a balanced fertilizer.
    Related: Bougainvillea flowers symbolize passion and beauty.

    15) Browallia (Browallia speciosa)

    Browallia Flowers in bloom during the growing season with a flower head filled with tiny purple blossoms

    About: 

    Browallia speciosa is a tropical perennial that’s native to South America. In cooler climates, it’s typically grown as an annual flowering plant. Choose this perfect, low-maintenance plant for easy flower beds and container gardening that will bloom in beautiful hues of blue and purple from summer to fall. The plant grows into a cushion-shaped bush that blooms abundantly with star-shaped.

    Growing Zones:10 to 11
    Where to Plant: Rock garden, flower bed, containers, or hanging baskets
    Soil:Neutral, sandy, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Prefers moderately moist (never soggy) soil
    Feeding:In summer, apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer

    16) Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)

    Butterfly Bush plant displaying lilac-like cones of petite blossoms in delicate shades of purple

    About: 

    This deciduous shrub grows vigorously, reaching up to 16 feet in height. Members of the Buddleja genus produce large, lilac-like cones of petite blossoms in delicate shades of purple, pink, and white. Burdened with heavy flower heads, the butterfly bush’s branches often arch to draw a weeping silhouette. From late spring to early fall, the plant’s honey-scented flowers provide a valuable nectar source to various butterfly species, hence the butterfly bush.

    Growing Zones:5 to 9
    Where to Plant: Cottage gardens, borders, and butterfly gardens
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Prefers moderately moist soil. Does poorly in soggy conditions.
    Feeding:No fertilizer is needed. It can be lightly composted in summer.

    17) Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)

    A group of calla flowers in bloom with funnel-shaped bracts and deep green leaves

    About: 

    A genus containing eight species of herbaceous flowering plants, flowers from the Zantedeschia genus are commonly called calla lilies. These plants don’t bloom with traditional flowers but rather sprout a false flower called a pseudanthium with a colorful, funnel-shaped bract. They begin blooming in summer and continue well into the fall.

    Growing Zones:5 to 11, depending on species
    Where to Plant: Containers, flower beds, and garden borders
    Soil:Well-draining soil of any acidity
    Sunlight:Full to partial sun
    Watering:Moderate watering needs
    Feeding:In spring and summer, apply a well-balanced fertilizer containing phosphorous.
    Related: Calla Lily flowers symbolize purity, innocence, and beauty.

    18) Camas Lily (Camassia)

    A close shot of a camas plant in bloom with bright purple start-shaped flowers

    About: 

    From a clutch of grassy blades, star-shaped camas lily blossoms open up in purple clustered cones. These flowers are native to the western parts of North America, blossoming in early spring in winter-wet meadows, slopes, and prairies. Undisturbed camas lilies will self-seed and spread, creating a sea of purple – perfect for creating a natural look in a garden.

    Growing Zones:4 to 8
    Where to Plant: Wildflower gardens, containers, and flower beds
    Soil:Well-draining clay or loam soils
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Prefer moist soil in winter. Should dry out after flowering
    Feeding:Fertilizing is not needed. Can provide a diluted, balanced fertilizer in early spring.
    Related: Camas flowers symbolize strength, consciousness, and pride.

    19) Candytuft (Iberis pruitii)

    A small group of Candytuft Flowers displaying delicate blossoms featuring circles of petite, round petals that grow smaller as they approach the bloom's center.

    About: 

    Atop a cushion of dark-green foliage, candytufts produce perennial blooms during summer. In shades of almost-white lavender, their delicate blossoms feature circles of petite, round petals that grow smaller as they approach the bloom’s center. Popular cultivars to grow at home include Garden Candytuft (Iberis umbellata) and Snowflake Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens).

    Candytufts will spread naturally, creating a mat for perfectly natural suppression of weed growth throughout your garden.

    Growing Zones:7 to 11
    Where to Plant: Containers, rock gardens, flower beds, and ground cover
    Soil:Well-draining, slightly alkaline, sandy soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Regular watering needed
    Feeding:Offer a well-balanced fertilizer in spring

    20) Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium)

    Canterbury Bells in bloom displaying perfectly bell-shaped purple blossoms

    About: 

    Native to Southern Europe, Campanula medium is an annual or biennial flowering plant that blooms in spring and summer with broad, perfectly bell-shaped blossoms in various softly sophisticated hues. They provide an abundance of pollen and nectar that attracts butterflies and honey bees.

    Growing Zones:3 to 9
    Where to Plant: Flower beds among shrubs, borders, cottage gardens, and informal gardens
    Soil:Moist but well-draining soil of any type
    Sunlight:Full to partial sun
    Watering:Moderate, water well-draining soil regularly during the growing season
    Feeding:Late spring only with a balanced fertilizer
    Related: Canterbury Bells symbolize faith, gratitude, and constancy.

    21) Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)

    A close shot of a carnation flower with attractive ruffles of purple petals

    About: 

    If you’ve ever walked past a flower shop window, you’ve seen a carnation. Included in just about every bouquet, boutonniere, and corsage, carnations are beloved for their attractive ruffles of petals. The original flowers bloom in a pretty shade of pinkish-purple, but its cultivars bloom in just about every color and combination of colors under the sun.

    Growing Zones:5 to 9
    Where to Plant: Flower beds, borders, and cutting gardens
    Soil:Well-draining, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Moderate watering
    Feeding:Monthly, in spring and summer, apply a well-balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer.
    Related: Carnation flowers symbolize love, affection, and gratitude.

    22) Catmint (Nepeta)

    Catmint Flowers growing in the wild displaying tall, skinny spires of purple blossoms

    About: 

    Nepeta is a genus containing about 250 species of mostly perennial flowering plants. They produce tall, skinny spires of purple blossoms ranging from 9 inches to 3 feet. Their aromatic, slightly minty blossoms bloom from late spring to early fall. If you plant a garden full of one particular species, Nepeta cataria, it might appear you’re cultivating cats because this true variety of catnip attracts our feline friends with its fragrantly euphoric effects.

    For more, see our essential guide to growing Catnip at home.

    Growing Zones:4 to 8
    Where to Plant: Garden beds, containers, and borders
    Soil:Well-draining, slightly acidic, clay soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Frequent watering in the first year, drought-tolerant thereafter
    Feeding:In the fall, add organic compost to the plant base

    23) Cattleya Orchid (Cattleya)

    Cattleya Orchids displaying intricate flower heads in various shades of pink and purple

    About: 

    Cattleya is a genus of flowering, sometimes fragrant tropical plants that grow naturally in a region that stretches from Costa Rica to Argentina. The genus contains several unique species of orchids that feature intricate blossoms in a rainbow of warm hues. They’re delightful to grow indoors and can also be cultivated outside in warm, humid climates or in cooler climates during the spring and summer.

    Growing Zones:10 to 12
    Where to Plant: Indoor containers or tropical gardens
    Soil:Well-draining orchid mix
    Sunlight:Bright, filtered sunlight
    Watering:Water only when the soil is completely dry. Frequency depends on the season and environment.
    Feeding:Can survive without fertilizing. During spring and Summer, you may provide a nitrogen-based, urea-free fertilizer.

    24) China Aster (Callistephus chinensis)

    China Aster Flowers in bloom with large purple pom-pom flower heads

    About: 

    These cheerful, annual blossoms are a favorite in spring and summer gardens. China aster cultivars vary in height (from 8 inches to 3 feet) and feature a wide array of flower heads that range in shape and fullness from a single row of daisy-like petals to full, shaggy, pom-pom blooms. The impressive flower heads span from 3 to 5 inches in diameter. They’re tolerant of various conditions, making them a perfect choice for gardens anywhere.

    Growing Zones:2 to 11
    Where to Plant: Flower beds, flower gardens, and containers
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Water regularly during the growing for consistently moist soil
    Feeding:During the growing season, feed every two weeks with a well-balanced fertilizer.
    Related: China Aster flowers symbolize love, wisdom, and faith.

    25) Clematis (Clematis)

    A cluster of start-shaped purple clematis flowers in bloom

    About: 

    The Clematis genus contains about 300 perennial and biennial woody climbing vines. Clematis vines sprout stunning, star-like blossoms in solid and variegated patterns ranging from the blackest purple to delicate lavenders and violets, warm pinks, rosy reds, and white. A garden favorite, clematis is a versatile plant trained to grow along the ground, offering cover, or climb up walls, trellises, fences, shrubs, and trees.

    For more, see our expert guides to growing Clematis Montana and growing Clematis Nelly Moser at home.

    Colors:  A range of purples, blues, reds, pinks, and whites
    Growing Zones:4 to 9
    Where to Plant: Garden beds, containers, under shrubs, and anywhere they can climb
    Soil:Cool, well-draining, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Provide 1 inch of water weekly in well-draining soil
    Feeding:Spring and summer alternate between a balanced fertilizer and a low-nitrogen fertilizer every four weeks.

    26) Columbine (Aquilegia)

    A single Columbine flower in bloom with 5 purple petals and a white center with yellow stamens

    About: 

    Aquilegia is a genus containing about 70 perennial plants that bloom from late spring through early summer with five intricately shaped petals, sepals, and stamens. The scientific name, Aquilegia comes from the Latin word for eagle, as the petals are said to resemble the shape of an eagle’s talons. The common name, columbine comes from the Latin word for dove because the blossoms resemble a group of five doves gathered in a circle.

    Growing Zones:3 to 9
    Where to Plant: Flower beds, borders, and containers
    Soil:Well-draining, mildly acidic soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Water regularly for abundant blooms
    Feeding:Late spring to early summer with a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer
    Related: Columbine flowers symbolize the trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

    27) Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

    A cluster of Common Comfrey flowers in bloom displaying pendulous bell-shaped purple flowers and large deep green leaves

    About: 

    Native to North America, Europe, and Western Asia, the common comfrey grows wildly in moist grasslands. Comfreys have broad, hairy leaves that sprout small, bell-shaped flowers. The plants have deep-burrowing roots that take up copious nutrients deep within the soil. As a result, spent plants can be mulched to create a natural fertilizer for the rest of your garden.

    Growing Zones:4 to 9
    Where to Plant: Wildflower gardens and areas of natural growth
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to part shade
    Watering:Prefers moderate moisture
    Feeding:Fertilization not needed.

    28) Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

    A small group of purple coneflowers growing in a garden with long bright petals and large yellow centers

    About: 

    Echinacea purpurea, commonly called coneflower, is most popular for its use in herbal medicine. Taken in a pill or brewed into tea, it’s thought to help strengthen the immune system against viral infections. These flowers grow wild across much of the United States and Canada. Sprouting up in meadows and grasslands, these daisy-like coneflowers resemble a badminton shuttlecock with vibrant purple flowers that slope downward from a bulbous, orange-brown center. They’ll draw birds and butterflies to your garden.

    Growing Zones:3 to 8
    Where to Plant: Herb gardens, containers, wildflower gardens, or naturalize
    Soil:Well-draining, rocky soil or clay
    Sunlight:Full to partial sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant, infrequent watering
    Feeding:Early spring feeding with granular, slow-release 12-6-6 fertilizer

    29) Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

    A single bright purple cosmos flower in bloom

    About: 

    Members of the daisy family, Cosmos bipinnatus is a popular flowering plant. Flower heads blossom from 2 to 4 inches wide. With their bright yellow centers encircled by equally vibrant petals, they’re prized for their ornamental use in gardens and containers. Although they’re considered annuals, the garden cosmos will self-sow and reappear to be enjoyed year after year.

    Growing Zones:2 to 11
    Where to Plant: Wildflower gardens, containers, and flower beds sheltered from strong winds
    Soil:Average, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant but prefers even, moderate moisture
    Feeding:Poor-soil tolerant. Only fertilize struggling plants. Over-fertilizing will prevent blooms.
    Related: Cosmos flowers symbolize order and harmony.

    30) Crocus (Crocus vernus)

    A cluster of low-growing purple crocus flowers bloom on a sunny day with a bee approaching one flower head

    About: 

    The crocus is one of the first flowers of spring. They usually bloom in late March or early April; sometimes you’ll see them popping out from beneath the last snowflakes of winter. Although that might seem strange, these frost-tolerant blooms are native to the alpine regions of Europe like the Alps, Pyrenees, and the Carpathian Mountains. Low-growing crocus blooms open up during the day and close at night. They often remain closed on rainy days, too.

    Growing Zones:3 to 8
    Where to Plant: Flower beds and natural gardens
    Soil:Well-draining, gritty soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Moderate watering is reduced in late spring after blooming
    Feeding:Crocuses store nutrients in their bulbs and do not require fertilizer
    Related: Crocus flowers symbolize joy and romantic devotion. 

    31) Cup-and-Saucer Vine (Cobaea scandens)

    A single flower emerges from Purple Cup and saucer vine

    About: 

    The Cobaea scandens is a perennial, climbing vine that will cling to just about any surface. These flowers native to Mexico and are sometimes grown naturally in other parts of Central America. The vine produces forward-facing blossoms. These large, bell-shaped flowers have a prominent ruff around the base, which gives these blossoms their class cup-and-saucer shape. At maturity, the blossoms emit a lovely fragrance.

    Growing Zones:9 to 11
    Where to Plant: Containers and garden beds with trellises
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Moderate moisture required
    Feeding:Avoid fertilizer. Add a light layer of organic compost in summer.

    32) Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)

    A cluster of Purple Cyclamen Flowers in Bloom

    About: 

    Native to the Mediterranean Middle East, Cyclamen is a genus of perennial flowering plants that tend to grow out of rocky hillsides, woodlands, and shrublands. These lovely flowers grow in clumps of heart-shaped leaves marbled with light and dark green stripes. Stems with shooting star-shaped flowers sprout from the plant’s center, featuring five sepals topped with five upswept petals. Blooms begin in autumn and continue through winter. When dormant, cyclamens appear almost dead, but they are simply dormant.

    Growing Zones:9 to 11
    Where to Plant: Containers are recommended, except in zones 9 to 11
    Soil:Rich, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Partial shade
    Watering:Moderate watering during the growing season. Infrequent watering when dormant.
    Feeding:Autumn through winter, feed every two weeks with a low-nitrogen fertilizer.
    Related:Cyclamen flowers symbolize resilience, perseverance, and strength.

    33) Dendrobium Orchid (Dendrobium)

    Purple Dendrobium Orchids growing in a garden patio

    About: 

    The genus Dendrobium contains more than 1,800 diverse species of orchids that grow across much of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Plants in this genus of orchids rarely grow with their roots in the soil. Instead, they spread out, clinging to tree bark and rocks. The plants have a tuft of up to six waxy, deep-green leaves from which a single branch of blossoms blooms. This orchid symbolizes pure affection and love, making it the perfect gift for one’s true love.

    Growing Zones:9 to 12
    Where to Plant: Containers or tropical rock gardens
    Soil:well-draining, coarse, acidic soil
    Sunlight:Partial sun or filtered sunlight
    Watering:Water when the soil medium is slightly dry
    Feeding:Feed a balanced orchid fertilizer every couple of weeks during the growing season.

    34) Dianthus (Dianthus Spp)

    Purple Dianthus Flowers in Bloom displaying jagged, toothed edges to the petals

    About: 

    The Dianthus genus contains about 300 flowering plants, including annuals, biennials, and perennials. Although some flower heads feature single petal rows and others have double rows (like miniature carnations), they all have the same ragged-looking petals with jagged, toothed edges. Dianthus plants have blue-green foliage that can clump, trail, or tower. Depending on the variety, dianthus plants vary from 5 inches to 3 feet in height.

    Growing Zones:3 to 9
    Where to Plant: Containers, raised beds, borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, and heirloom gardens
    Soil:Neutral to slightly alkaline, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Water weekly. Do not water-log the soil.
    Feeding:Light feeding requirements, compost soil annually
    Related: Dianthus flowers symbolize love, affection, gratitude, and admiration.

    35) Dwarf Iris (Iris reticulata)

    A group of Dwarf Iris (Iris reticulata) flowers growing low to the ground

    About: 

    Compared to other plants from the Iris genus, which can reach up to 3 feet in height, the Iris reticulata is relatively small, growing to only about 6 inches. Sword-like, ribbed leaves surround sweetly fragrant spring blossoms, which feature floppy petals in various colors contrasted with a spotted, orange, flame-like mark.

    Growing Zones:5 to 9
    Where to Plant: Flower beds and borders
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Moderate watering in spring and dry in summer
    Feeding:After the blossoms are spent, apply a high-phosphorous fertilizer

    36) European Periwinkles (Vinca)

    A single Purple flowering European Periwinkles (Vinca)

    About:

    The Vinca genus contains several trailing, flowering plants. Some are evergreens, and others are deciduous. They have simple, green leaves and produce delicate, five-petaled blooms throughout the growing season. European periwinkles produce trailing branches that take root where they touch the ground. As a result, they spread aggressively and should only be planted unfettered in the ground where ground cover is desired.

    Growing Zones:4 to 9
    Where to Plant: Containers, hanging baskets, cottage gardens, ground cover, and natural gardens
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Moderate to light watering
    Feeding:Spring only apply a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer to the soil.
    Related: Periwinkle flowers symbolize faith, trust, and everlasting love.

    37) False Goat’s Beard (Astilbe)

    A cluster of False goat's beard (Astilbe) plants displaying feathery, cone-shaped plumes of purple flowers

    About: 

    The genus Astilbe contains 18 species of flowering, shrub-like plants. With sprawling fern-like foliage, false goat’s beard plants grow upright, reaching about 4 to 6 feet tall and spreading about 2 to 4 feet wide. Throughout summer, they produce feathery, cone-shaped plumes of flowers. They prefer wetter soil than most blooming plants, making them perfect for pond-side planting and adorning backyard water features.

    Growing Zones:3 to 9
    Where to Plant: Flower beds, water gardens, borders, screens, hedges, and fences
    Soil:Neutral, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full to partial sun
    Watering:Above-average watering for moist or wet soil
    Feeding:Mix compost into soil annually
    Related: Astilbe flowers symbolize patience.

    38) False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

    Purple False Indigo Flowers (Baptisia australis) in bloom

    About: 

    Native to much of North America, Baptisia australis grows naturally in open meadows, along streams, and at the forest’s edge. This upright perennial grows to be about 4 feet tall, has lush clover-like foliage, and tall, purple flower cones resemble lupine blooms and blossoms in late spring. Once blossoms are spent, they develop black pods filled with seeds, which rattle when shaken. These attractive black pods are prized for the unique beauty they give the plant and floral arrangements.

    Growing Zones:3 to 9
    Where to Plant: Flower gardens, hedgerows, and borders
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Dry to moderately moist soil
    Feeding:Spring only with a balanced garden fertilizer
    Related: False indigo flowers symbolize protection.

    39) Foxglove Flowers (Digitalis purpurea)

    A single branch of a foxglove plant displaying rows of bell-shaped purple flowers

    About: 

    You can’t miss a garden-growing foxglove. This strikingly beautiful plant blossoms throughout spring with prominently packed cones of ornate, bell-shaped flowers. Before blooming, foxgloves grow rows of simple, green leaves in a spiral pattern, forming a rosette around the plant’s 3- to 7-foot tall flowering stem. Once blossoms are spent, the blooms go to seed and self-sew to return each year.

    Growing Zones:4 to 8
    Where to Plant: Cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, raised beds, and containers
    Soil:Well-draining, acidic soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Moderate watering; do not let the soil dry out
    Feeding:Fertilize occasionally in early spring with slow-release 5-10-5 fertilizer.
    Related: Foxglove flowers symbolize insincerity, pride, intuition, creativity, and energy.

    40) Fuchsia Flowers (Fuchsia magellanica)

    Pendulous fuchsia flowers dangle from the plant in shades of purple and pink

    About: 

    The Hardy Fuchsia is a flower plant species belonging to the Onagraceae (evening primrose) family, and it’s native to Southern South America. In frost-free climates, the fuchsia can grow to 10 feet in height and width; in colder climates, it can still achieve about 4 or 5 feet in height. Apart from its size, the fuchsia is most notable for its intricate and exotic-looking pendant flowers, which feature a deep-purple central tube filled with equally vibrant stamen and surrounded by hot-pink sepals.

    Growing Zones:6 to 9
    Where to Plant: Garden beds, raised beds, and borders
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Medium moisture
    Feeding:Monthly during spring and summer only with a well-balanced fertilizer
    Related: Fuchsia flowers symbolize deep love, grace, trust, and healing.

    41) Geranium Flowers (Geranium)

    Purple Geranium Flowers in Bloom with palm-like, cleft leaves

    About: 

    The geranium genus contains over 400 species of flowering evergreen perennials, biennials, and annuals. Geranium foliage features palm-like, cleft leaves. The plants bloom throughout summer with delicate, five-petaled flowers.

    Growing Zones:10 to 11
    Where to Plant: Garden beds, borders, and containers
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Moderately moist soil
    Feeding:Summer only with a 5-10-5 fertilizer
    Related: Geranium flowers symbolize happiness, good health, and friendship.

    42) Gladiolus Flowers (Gladiolus hortulanus)

    A gladiolus plant in bloom displaying sword-shaped leaves and giant flower spikes

    About: 

    Part of the Iris (Iridaceae) family, the Gladiolus genus is a group of perennial flowering plants that grow from corms. They have sword-shaped leaves and giant flower spikes that can reach heights of 1.5 to 6 feet. Their tightly packed cones of bell-shaped blossoms arrive in late summer and continue into early autumn. Most gladioli grown in gardens today are hybrids known as Gladiolus x hortulanus.

    Growing Zones:7 to 10
    Where to Plant: Plant robust groups in flowerbeds
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Moderate moisture
    Feeding:Spring only with a slow-release, general purpose fertilizer

    43) Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus)

    A Globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) displaying celery-like stalks and artichoke-like top

    About: 

    Cynara cardunculus, commonly called the globe artichoke or cardoon, is an edible plant that can be harvested for its celery-like stalks and its artichoke-like top (if harvested before blooming). Additionally, the cardoon is a joy to plant and watch as it grows into a towering 6-foot-tall plant. The globe artichoke has attractive, silvery foliage, and its artichoke-like plant bulb blossoms with a halo of spikey, purple flowers. It’s native to the Mediterranean region and is considered an invasive species in parts of California, where it now grows wildly.

    Growing Zones:7 to 9
    Where to Plant: Flowerbeds, raised beds, vegetable gardens, and containers
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Moderate watering to maintain moist soil
    Feeding:Once in early spring, with a light application of well-balanced, granular fertilizer

    44) Globe Thistles (Echinops)

    A small cluster of globe thistles in bloom

    About: 

    The Echinops genus contains about 120 blooming plants from the Asteraceae (daisy) family. Although they’re related to daisies, globe thistles are anything but ordinary, as they’re cultivated for their spiny, globe-shaped blossoms. They grow beautifully in garden edges. Plus, they add a wonderfully surprising textural element to cut floral arrangements. Blooming through summer to early fall, their golf ball-sized purple blossoms can reach impressive heights of up to 6 feet.

    Growing Zones:3 to 8
    Where to Plant: Cut flower gardens, borders, containers, and raised gardens
    Soil:Well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought-tolerant, infrequent watering
    Feeding:No fertilizing necessary tolerates poor-nutrient soil.
    Related: Thistle flowers symbolize bravery, strength, and luck.

    45) Gloxinia Flowers (Sinningia speciosa)

    A single Gloxinia plant growing low to the ground with large ovate leaves and velvety purple and white flower heads

    About: 

    The Sinningia speciosa shares many similarities with the popular houseplant, African Violets. They have similarly velvety blooms in vibrant colors and soft, deep-green foliage of a similar texture. However, they’re native to Brazil ­– not Africa – and bloom in the spring, followed by a dormant period. These flowering plants of the Sinningia genus are sometimes referred to as gloxinia. However, this name is technically incorrect because Sinningia speciosa used to belong to the Gloxinia genus until they were reclassified. They have yet to receive a new common moniker.

    Growing Zones:11 to 12
    Where to Plant: Containers that can be transported outdoors in warm weather
    Soil:Well-draining potting soil
    Sunlight:Bright, filtered sunlight
    Watering:Consistent moisture (self-watering containers recommended)
    Feeding:Only when blooming, feed every two weeks with a high-phosphorous liquid fertilizer.
    Related: Gloxinia flowers symbolize love at first sight.

    46) Heliotrope (Heliotropium peruvianum)

    Heliotrope Flowers in Bloom displaying rounded clusters of multitudinous, petite purple flowers

    About: 

    The heliotrope is a perennial shrub native to Peru. However, it grows in gardens all around the world today. They grow to about 2 feet in height, making them a well-controlled choice for flowerbeds. These shrubs have soft, green foliage and blossom from summer to fall with rounded clusters of multitudinous, petite flowers. Although most animals avoid them, you should remember that heliotrope is highly toxic to cats, dogs, and humans.

    Growing Zones:10 to 12
    Where to Plant: Borders, edging, beds, and containers
    Soil:Well-draining soil with sand or loam
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Moderate watering for moist, not soaked soil
    Feeding:Fertilizer is unneeded when planting in the ground. In containers, feed a balanced fertilizer every two weeks when blooming.
    Related: Heliotrope flowers symbolize devotion.

    47) Hellebores (Helleborus)

    A small cluster of Purple Hellebores flowers in bloom

    About: 

    The Helleborus genus consists of about 20 species of perennial, flowering plants – most of which are poisonous. These evergreens keep their attractive green foliage year-round and produce striking, long-lasting blooms that open during winter or early spring and remain for 6 to 8 weeks. Hellebores have an enchanting, almost eerie quality of beauty with rows of pointed petals in a haunting palette of shades.

    Growing Zones:5 to 8
    Where to Plant: Borders, under trees, and beneath shrubs
    Soil:Well-draining, average soil
    Sunlight:Partial shade
    Watering:Drought tolerant but prefers moderate moisture
    Feeding:Offer a granular fertilizer in early spring or a liquid fertilizer in late fall.
    Related: Hellebores flowers symbolize peace, serenity, and tranquility.

    48) Hibiscus Flowers (Hibiscus)

    A group of hibiscus plants in bloom displaying trumpet-shaped purple blooms, delicate petals, and showy stamens in exotic colors

    About: 

    Hibiscus is a genus containing hundreds of species of flowering woody shrubs, purple perennial plants, and trees. Native to warm, temperate regions and tropical/subtropical climates, purple hibiscus plants grow best in similar conditions where they’ll bloom throughout the year. They’re most revered for their spectacular blossoms that feature trumpet-shaped blooms, delicate petals, and showy stamens in exotic colors and silhouettes.

    Growing Zones:5 to 9
    Where to Plant: Flower beds, landscaping shrubs, balconies, hanging baskets, and ground cover. (Outdoors in appropriate regions. Containers to be moved indoors in cooler climates.)
    Soil:Slightly acidic to neutral, well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:High moisture and prefers thorough watering
    Feeding:Early spring with a well-balanced fertilizer

    49) Hollyhock Flowers (Alcea rosea)

    A group of hollyhock plants growing in a garden displaying trumpet-shaped blossoms crowding their towering stalks

    About: 

    Alcea rosea, commonly called hollyhocks, is one species of about 60 in the Alcea genus of flowering plants. People often confuse hollyhocks with perennial plants, but they’re annuals and expert self-sewers that, with proper care, will seed on their own and grow back each year. Gardeners in agreeable zones around the world love hollyhocks for their ornamental appeal. They can grow up to 8 feet tall, and vibrant, trumpet-shaped blossoms crowd their towering stalks from June to August. Cultivars also include an array of other colors, including the dark and mysterious Alcea rosea nigra

    Growing Zones:2 to 10
    Where to Plant: Cottage gardens, fences, walls, and background borders
    Soil:Well-draining (does not tolerate wet soil during winter)
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Moderate moisture
    Feeding:Before planting with slow-release, high-phosphorous, granular fertilizer
    Related: Hollyhock flowers symbolize the circle of life, ambition, fertility, and abundance.

    50) Honesty (Lunaria annua)

    A close shot of an honesty plant in bloom with delicate pure purple petals

    About: 

    The Lunaria annua, commonly called honesty, actually has several common names. While this tall plant offers attractive clusters of small flowers from mid-spring to late summer, it’s loved and recognized for its alluring, translucent seed pods. These seedpods resemble silver dollars, come in see-through shades of white and green, and are commonly included in arrangements of dry flowers. Although this biennial plant blooms only once every two years, it self-sews. So, once the plants are established in your garden, you can enjoy them yearly.

    Growing Zones:5 to 9
    Where to Plant: Cottage gardens, flowerbeds, borders, and cut flower gardens
    Soil:Well-draining soil of any acidity
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Average water needs for moist (not saturated) soil
    Feeding:Feed once in spring with a well-balanced fertilizer
    Related: Honesty flowers symbolize sincerity and wealth.

    51) Honeywort (Cerinthe major)

    A honeywort flower in bloom against green foliage on a sunny day

    About: 

    Honeywort is a herbaceous plant native to the Mediterranean that sports purple nodding flowers at the end of multiple stems. Bees and hummingbirds love the flowers, surrounded by colorful bracts in some varieties like ‘Purpurascens.’ The plants are easy to grow, top out between 2 and 4 feet tall, and bloom throughout the summer.

    Growing Zones:       7 to 10
    Where to Plant:        Its somewhat messy form can benefit informal areas like edges or mixed beds.
    Soil:Rich, well-drained soil.
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade.
    Watering:Drought tolerant but blooms better with 1” per week.
    Feeding:Enrich the soil with compost or manure, but don’t fertilize after planting.

    52) Hydrangea Flowers (Hydrangea)

    An array of blooming hydrangea plants displaying large flower heads spanning pink, purple, and violet colors

    About: 

    Hydrangea is a genus of flowering shrubs known for their rounded masses of small petaled flowers. Colors range from white to pink and deep purple, depending largely on the variety and the soil’s specific pH balance. The hydrangea season blooms from late spring to summer and grow between 1 and 5 feet tall. Some types of hydrangeas are very easy to grow, while others are less hardy and are better kept indoors as houseplants.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 9
    Where to Plant:        As the centerpieces of beds or along walkways and paths
    Soil:High fertility and good drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun with afternoon partial shade
    Watering:1 inch per week while blooming, divided over three applications/week
    Feeding:Apply ½ the recommended dose of a slow-release flowering shrub fertilizer in the spring as blooming starts

    53) Italian Aster (Aster amellus)

    An array of Italian Aster flowers in bloom displaying bright purple petals contrasting bold orange centers

    About: 

    Italian Aster is a small flowering member of the daisy family with bright purple petals contrasting a bold orange center. It’s native to high European mountain ranges like the Alps, and it’s surprisingly easy to grow in the home garden. It doesn’t require much special care or water and stays under 18 inches in height.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 8
    Where to Plant:        Well-drained to xeric beds that need a low growing cover that won’t spread aggressively
    Soil:Basic soils that drain rapidly and stay dry between rainfall
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant, water 1 inch per 2 weeks if there is no rain
    Feeding:Apply ½ strength dose as new growth emerges each spring of any general flowering plant fertilizer

    54) Lavender (Lavandula)

    A field of purple lavender plants in bloom on a sunny day

    About: 

    One of the best-known purple flowers, Lavender is a genus of nearly 50 different related flowers. Most types of lavender are highly fragrant and used for perfume and aromatherapy, especially Lavandula angustifolia. These plants send up tiny purple flowers on tall stalks above low-growing foliage, and most thrive in dry and sunny conditions. Lavender is easy to propagate as well if you’re looking to expand your collection or gift to friends and loved ones. It’s also easy to harvest and dry lavender for use throughout the winter months.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Dry and sunny areas where there’s natural protection from wind and cold temperatures
    Soil:Unamended, dry to sandy, and alkaline in pH
    Sunlight:Full sun, especially in cooler climates
    Watering:1 inch per week during establishment, then 1 inch per 3 weeks during budding and blooming
    Feeding:Not recommended

    55) Liatris (Liatris)

    Liatris plants in bloom sporting blazing flower spikes above their foliage

    About: 

    The Liatris genus includes a variety of similar grass-like plants that sport blazing flower spikes high above their foliage. The unopened buds are a dark royal purple, while the upper blooms are lavender and fuchsia. Also known as Blazing Star, these meadow plants are tough and easy to grow.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 8
    Where to Plant:        Meadow areas and beds that need more tall growing flowers
    Soil:Any pH, fertility, or texture, as long as it drains well
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant, 1 inch per week if there’s no rainfall
    Feeding:Apply a ½ dose of flower fertilizer in the spring

    56) Lilac Flowers (Syringa vulgaris)

    A close shot of a blooming lilac plant with lavender and mauve blossoms against an array of green leaves and foliage

    About: 

    Lilac is a fragrant flowering shrub native to the Balkans. It flowers in spring and has white, lavender, or mauve blossoms in a compact cone known as a panicle. The shrub eventually becomes more treelike, and the wood is even valuable for decorative work.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 8
    Where to Plant:        In sunny spots that need a large anchoring shrub or tree
    Soil:Fertile, neutral pH soil high in organic material and with good drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Water 2 inches once every 2 weeks during flowering
    Feeding:Apply only a light phosphorous fertilizer in spring before flowering
    Related: Lilac flowers symbolize joy of youth.

    57) Lily of the Incas (Alstroemeria)

    Lily of the Incas (Alstroemeria) in bloom displaying exotic purple petals speckled with black

    About: 

    The genus Alstroemeria includes many flowering plants known as Lilies of the Incas. These South American blooms aren’t true lilies, but they have colorful blossoms emerging from tubers, much like the plants named after. They can flower nearly year-round in warm climates.

    Growing Zones:       8 to 10
    Where to Plant:        Warm and sheltered locations where cold breezes can’t reach them
    Soil:Chalky or sandy soils are fine as long as they drain rapidly
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:12 inches per week
    Feeding:High potash fertilizer applied monthly during blooming.
    Related: Alstroemeria flowers symbolize longevity and good health.

    58) Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus orientalis)

    A large flower head of the Lily of the Nile plant with clusters of tiny flowers atop tall stems

    About: 

    Easily grown from bulbs, Lily of the Nile is a purple to blue flowering plant that is ideal for vase cuttings. It can grow up to 4 feet tall with clusters of flowers set atop tall stems. However, it’s limited to only the warmest parts of the country.

    Growing Zones:       9 to 11
    Where to Plant:        Partially protected areas without extreme sun or wind
    Soil:Organic and rich soil with fast drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade in hotter areas
    Watering:Drought tolerant needs 1 inch of water per week when flowering
    Feeding:Any flower fertilizer applied in the spring at full rates
    Related: Lily of the Nile flowers symbolize concealed love.

    59) Lily turf (Liriope muscari)

    Tall and striking Lily Turf flowers growing in a garden with spikes of tiny purple blossoms and large green leaves

    About: 

    A short and attractive flowering perennial, lily turf is great for filling in beds. It has lime green grass-like foliage, giving it the turf name, yet it also sports purple or blue flower stalks in the summer. Its evergreen foliage makes it great for yard decoration.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 10
    Where to Plant:        Filling in beds and along borders that need a tough ground cover
    Soil:Any soil with rapid drainage
    Sunlight:Partial shade to full sun for best flowering
    Watering:Drought tolerant, water 1 inch per week during the first summer
    Feeding:Use a general 101010 fertilizer in the spring

    60) Lisianthus Flowers (Eustoma Grandiflorum)

    Deep purple lisianthus flowers in bloom against green leaves and foliage

    About: 

    Spring-blooming Lisianthus is a type of dramatically purple gentian that is hardy in warm zones. Native to dry prairies across the US and Mexico, it sports flowers that are up to 2 inches across. They work equally well as cutting and bedding plants.

    Growing Zones:       8 to 10
    Where to Plant:        Along borders and in beds that show off their large blossoms
    Soil:Neutral pH with good moisture-holding capacity
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial afternoon shade
    Watering:1 inch per week when blooming
    Feeding:Half-strength application of basic flowering fertilizer twice per summer.
    Related: Lisianthus flowers symbolize gratitude and appreciation.

    61) Lungwort Flowers (Pulmonaria)

    A cluster of lungwort flowers in bloom

    About: 

    Lungwort is a genus of short woodland perennials that are often grown for their striking foliage and purple to blue flowers. Speckled or striped foliage is common, which helps give the plant its unusual name. Plants rarely grow above 10 inches tall, making them ideal for beds and borders.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 8
    Where to Plant:        In open beds with enough space to show off their smaller flowers
    Soil:Fast-draining and loose alkaline soils
    Sunlight:Partial shade to full shade
    Watering:12 inches per week, once per week
    Feeding:Apply a general flower fertilizer every 23 weeks during blooming.
    Related: Lungwort flowers symbolize joy, devotion, and admiration.

    62) Lupine (Lupinus)

    A group of tall lupine flowers emerge from green tall green grass showcasing spikes of purple flower heads

    About: 

    The Lupinus genus includes hundreds of beautiful flowering plants that make tall, distinct spikes of colorful flowers. Lupines are known for their rich purple and blue colors but also available in many other varieties. Some lupines are also important food sources thanks to the production of edible bean-like seeds.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 8
    Where to Plant:        Well-ventilated meadows and border areas where they can stay cool during hot summers
    Soil:Acidic soil with good drainage with no sand or rock
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:1 inch per week during drought
    Feeding:Use a phosphorous-dominant fertilizer twice in the spring before flowering, a few weeks between applications.
    Related: Lupine flowers symbolize nature and the cycle of life.

    63) Melastoma (Melastoma)

    A close shot of a purple Melastoma Flower in bloom

    About: 

    Melastoma is a genus of mostly tropical plants that sport distinctive five-petaled flowers in rich shades of pink, fuchsia, and purple. Most species within this genus require warm and humid conditions, but they’re worth the effort to grow for their large blossoms. The group includes both shrubs and short twining vines.

    Growing Zones:       11
    Where to Plant:        In containers or other controlled areas where the plant can’t spread
    Soil:Any soil with good drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:23 inches per week
    Feeding:Apply a full-strength application of flowering shrub fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    64) Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum)

    A group of blooming Mistflowers with shaggy lavender flower heads

    About: 

    Named after its fringed and delicate flowers, the Mistflower is a colorful Aster family member. It loves wet areas and will spread rapidly in the right conditions. Use it as a part of a naturalized water garden and to attract beneficial insects.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Around streams, ponds, and other water features
    Soil:Wet, loam-rich soil that is neutral in pH
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:34 inches per week if kept in a container or border area
    Feeding:Unnecessary, may prevent blooming

    65) Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)

    A close shot of a monkshood plant in bloom with clusters of tiny purple flowers

    About: 

    Monkshood (aka Wolf’s Bane) is a striking blue to purple flowering plant with a spike reaching up to 4 feet tall. It’s also highly poisonous and must be handled with gloves for safety, even in the garden. Consider if the risks of its toxic nature are worth the beauty of its blooms before planting.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 7
    Where to Plant:        Open and dry areas with good ventilation
    Soil:Average fertility and good moisture with fair drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:2 to 3 inches per week, in 2 applications
    Feeding:Apply a general-purpose fertilizer at the end of the blooming season only.

    66) Moonflower (Ipomoea turbinata)

    Two moonflowers in bloom with delicate petals and deep purple centers

    About: 

    Popular for its strong fragrance as much as its large night-opening blooms, the Moonflower is a type of tropical morning glory. As long as these vigorous vines get warmth and room to climb, they’ll reward you with unique blossoms. Grow them as annuals in cooler climates or perennials in their hardy zones.

    Growing Zones:       10 to 11 for perennial, can be grown elsewhere with heating
    Where to Plant:        In containers for cooler climates or along walls and edges in hot climates
    Soil:Almost any well-drained soil with a neutral pH
    Sunlight:Full to partial sun
    Watering:1 inch per week during dry periods
    Feeding:Apply a high-phosphorous fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    Related: Moonflowers symbolize subconscious or the hidden self.

    67) Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea)

    A morning glory plant displaying lime green leaves and two cylindrical flowers featuring purple petals and pink centers

    About: 

    The common morning glory is still popular because of its brightly colored trumpet-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This wide-growing vine can adapt to many conditions and doesn’t require much care after establishment. It can be invasive, so consider growing it in a container rather than the garden.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 10
    Where to Plant:        In containers or along walls, arbors, and fences the vines can climb
    Soil:Any soil or container mix with rapid drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:1 inch per week
    Feeding:Apply a balanced fertilizer when they start growing, but avoid further feeding.

    68) Mountain cornflower (Centaurea montana)

    A close shot of a Mountain cornflower (Centaurea montana) in bloom with delicate mauve petals and a pink center

    About: 

    Growing only 1 to 2 feet tall, the Mountain cornflower is native to European mountain ranges but does well in beds worldwide. Its intensely colored fringe flowers make a strong statement against the lance-shaped foliage. Mounding shapes make it ideal for holding its own in a mixed bed or container.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Mixed beds and containers with taller plants to complement them
    Soil:Any average soil with good drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun for best blooms
    Watering:Drought tolerant: give 1 inch of water every other week if needed
    Feeding:Apply a balanced flower fertilizer once a month

    69) Mystic Merlin (Malva Sylvestris)

    A single Mystic Merlin (Malva Sylvestris) flower in bloom displaying soft pink and purple veined petals

    About: 

    One of the shorter Mallow family members, the Mystic Merlin, is only 3 to 4 feet tall and sports boldly colored blooms against dark foliage. Most varieties have dark stripes on the flower petals. It requires heavy pruning in the late summer to continue looking its best as older leaves grow ragged.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 8
    Where to Plant:        Along edges and borders that need a medium-height centerpiece
    Soil:Any pH balance or texture, as long as the drainage is rapid
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:2 inches per week during dry periods
    Feeding:Use only phosphorous-rich fertilizers in the spring to encourage flowering.
    Related: Mallow flowers symbolize romantic interest, healing, and survival.

    70) Pansy Flowers (Viola wittrockiana)

    A cluster of purple flowering pansies with white centers

    About: 

    One of the most popular annual bedding plants in the US, the pansy features a charming round flower with multiple colors on each blossom. The short height and spreading foliage make it ideal for filling in any bed, container, or border. These plants prefer cooler temperatures, so plant them in the spring or fall and replace them in the summer.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 11
    Where to Plant:        Any bed or container that needs additional low-growing fill
    Soil:High fertility, good moisture, and good drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:1 of water weekly
    Feeding:Use a 15-2-20 fertilizer three times in the early spring or fall before blooming.
    Related: Pansy flowers symbolize forbidden love between secret lovers.

    71) Pasque (Pulsatilla)

    A cluster of Pasque flowers in bloom displaying an array of deep purple petals with a large yellow center

    About: 

    Despite their toxicity, the Pulsatilla genus includes 40 species of purple flowering herbs used for medicinal purposes. The plants are very short, some only a few inches tall while blooming. The small, delicate flowers are best showcased in a container or raised bed where you can see them.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 8
    Where to Plant:        Containers, raised beds, and protected areas where they’re visible
    Soil:Gritty, rich soil with rapid drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant, water once a month if needed
    Feeding:Mix compost into the soil before planting and fertilize monthly with a balanced mix.

    72) Passion Flowers (Passiflora)

    An exotic purple passionflower surrounded by deep green forest leaves and foliage

    About: 

    The Passiflora genus is full of beautiful flowers, but most of the species within it are also prized for their fruit. Almost all of the varieties are vines that eagerly grow up any surface and produce large, unique-looking multipart flowers.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 12
    Where to Plant:        Plant against an arbor, trellis, or fence, it can climb
    Soil:Rich, moist humus with plenty of organic material
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade in hot climates
    Watering:12 inches per week, once a week
    Feeding:Apply a 10520 fertilizer once a month to encourage fruiting or a general fertilizer for flowering.
    Related: Passionflowers symbolize calm, strength, and purity.

    73) Peony (Paeonia)

    A single large flowering peony with delicate papery petals in shades of pink and purple

    About: 

    The Peony genus includes many related flowering bushes that resemble roses without thorns. The large and many-petaled flowers are also highly fragrant in many varieties, with scents ranging from spicy to sweet. Large tree peonies can grow up to 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide.

    Growing Zones:       2 to 8
    Where to Plant:        Mixed into a bed or as the showcase of a large container
    Soil:Well-drained acidic soil
    Sunlight:Full sun with partial shade
    Watering:1 inch of water per week
    Feeding:Apply 10-20-20 once in the spring

    74) Petunia Flowers (Petunia)

    A group of flowering petunia flowers displaying trumpet-like flower heads speckled with white and purple

    About: 

    Sharing the same family as tomatoes and tobacco, the Petunia genus is full of flowering plants widely used for bedding and container annuals. Most petunias have been bred for dwarf growth and barely top 8 to 12 inches in height. They’re great for filling in beds and creating hanging baskets that bloom all summer long.

    Growing Zones:       8 to 11 as perennials, everywhere as annuals
    Where to Plant:        In hanging baskets, containers, beds, and planters with restricted root space
    Soil:Any fertile and well-draining mix
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:12 inches every other week if there’s a drought
    Feeding:Use a balanced fertilizer early in the spring and avoid further feeding.
    Related: Petunia flowers symbolize desire, hope, and calmness. 

    75) Primroses (Onagraceae)

    A close shot of a single primrose flower in bloom with soft pink to purple petals and lime green center

    About: 

    The Primrose family includes dozens of flowering herbs that are popular on their own, including evening primrose and fuchsia. Many primrose species have colorful sepals to match the flower petals, making their blooms look larger. The plants are native or naturalized to almost every continent.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Frame the back of mixed beds
    Soil:Rich, acidic soil that is well-drained
    Sunlight:Full sun to light shade
    Watering:1 inch per week
    Feeding:Once in the early spring, with balanced fertilizer
    Related: Primrose flowers symbolize youth and renewal.

    76) Purple Flash (Capsicum annuum)

    Purple Flash (Capsicum annuum) plant growing in a wild location with deep green waxy leaves and tiny purple flowers

    About: 

    An ornamental pepper bred specifically for its stunning dark purple leaves, the Purple Flash pepper also has charming purple flowers. It’s great for container growing because it’s dwarfed from other pepper varieties. Like most ornamental chilis, the red fruits are edible but extremely hot.

    Growing Zones:       9 to 11
    Where to Plant:        In a container, hanging basket, or mixed bed
    Soil:Loose, rich, and well-draining soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:1 inch a week
    Feeding:Don’t fertilize after planting

    77) Pygmy Iris (Iris Pumila)

    Pygmy Iris (Iris Pumila) flowers growing amongst tall grass in a field displaying intricate purple petals

    About: 

    The pygmy iris is the original dwarf iris bred to create all the modern short-stemmed varieties. The rounded blooms in bright purple, blue, or cream sit atop stems just a few inches tall. They’re hardy and easy to grow, but they deserve a spot where they can be admired independently.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Along a path or border where their small height can be appreciated
    Soil:A rich loam with good drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:1 in a week
    Feeding:Apply a balanced fertilizer in the fall

    78) Rhododendron Flowers (Rhododendron)

    A Rhododendron plant growing in a wild a rugged location with flower heads filled with purple, white, and yellow flecked petals

    About: 

    Over 1,000 species of flowering trees and shrubs make up the Rhododendron genus. Many of them are evergreen, and most feature large and colorful clusters of flowers. They tend to grow in mountainous regions worldwide and include popular landscaping varieties like azaleas. Blooming can range from late spring to early fall.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 8
    Where to Plant:        In open areas or large beds that can support the spread of a large shrub or tree
    Soil:Highly acidic soil with good moisture-holding capacity and a lot of organic material
    Sunlight:Partial to full shade, depending on the variety
    Watering:Water 2 inches per week, two times a week for the first year, and water any time there is no rain for 23 weeks
    Feeding:Use a holly or azalea fertilizer blend and apply it twice in early spring, two weeks apart.
    Related: Rhododendrons symbolize warning and beauty.

    79) Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

    A field filled with blooming Russian sage growing low to the ground displaying plumes of orange flower heads

    About: 

    Growing native throughout the steppes of Asia, Russian sage is a flowering herb that easily blends into cottage and formal gardens. Like other sages, it has spikes of blue to purple flowers and a pleasant smell from the crushed foliage. It’s used for dye-making and herbal remedies in Russia as well.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Along borders or in containers near entryways where its scent can be appreciated
    Soil:Almost any soil, as long as it drains well
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant, only water if there’s no rain for a month or more
    Feeding:Not needed

    80) Salvia (Salvia)

    Tall, thin and striking salvia plants bloom in shades of deep purple and violet against green grass and foliage in the background

    About: 

    Salvia is a genus within the mint family that includes over 1,000 different species. Many feature beautiful purple, blue, or white flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Some sage plants can be used for cooking, while others are considered medicinal.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 10
    Where to Plant:        In mixed beds, herb gardens, or along borders where their various scents can be appreciated
    Soil:Neutral pH soil that is light and free from rocks
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade for some light-colored varieties
    Watering:Drought resistant, some varieties need 1 inch per week
    Feeding:Avoid fertilizing to keep stems from flopping over.
    Related: Salvia flowers symbolize longevity, wisdom, esteem, and good health.

    81) Scabiosa (Scabiosa)

    A close shot of an elegant Scabiosa flower in bloom with shades of purple around the outsides of the petals than increasing get lights towards the center

    About: 

    The Scabiosa genus of the honeysuckle family includes many tufted round flowers known as pincushions. The genus takes its name from the fact that many members were traditionally used to treat scabies. Most varieties send up pink or purple compound flowers on tall stems, making them easy to admire in mixed beds and borders.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 7
    Where to Plant:        Protected areas where breezes won’t topple the tall flower stems over
    Soil:Rich soil with a lot of organic material mixed in and ample drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun or afternoon shade
    Watering:Give 1 inch of water per week normally and 2 inches per week in hot and dry conditions
    Feeding:Unnecessary and can interrupt flowering

    82) Sea Holly (Eryngium)

    A small cluster of spikey looking sea holly plants with spiny leaves and elongated stems topped with powdery blue to purple flowers

    About: 

    Sea holly is an unusual, almost severe-looking flowering plant that can handle dry and salty conditions. The spiny leaves and elongated stems are topped with powdery blue or lavender flowers that look spiky. These flowers make a strong statement in any garden area.

    Growing Zones:       2 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Tough edges where sea spray or cold breezes make it hard to grow other plants
    Soil:Dry, low-fertility soils with excessive drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant, only water during long periods without rain
    Feeding:Don’t supplement since they prefer low fertility

    83) Sea Thistle (Cirsium japonicum)

    A single sea thistle flower in bloom with a pink to purple fuzzy flower head

    About:

    The fall flowering Sea Thistle is just as spiny as many other thistles, but it has a charming pink to purple flower that is even more feathery than other varieties. Unlike other larger Cirsium species, it only grows a few feet tall and is commonly used for cut flower production of flowers and dried seed pods.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 9
    Where to Plant:        In open fields or meadows where butterflies and bees can find it
    Soil:Any soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Prefers moist soil, so water 12 inches per week if it’s not near a water source like a stream or creek
    Feeding:Unnecessary for flowering

    84) Spike speedwell (Veronica spicata)

    A cluster of Spike speedwell flowers growing in a garden displaying tall cone like spikes of purple flowers that emerge green near the top

    About: 

    Clumping spike speedwell sends up tall spires of purple, pink, or white flowers all summer long. Tuck this plant into beds and borders that need vertical color and visual interest. With shallow root systems and a preference for moist soil, it can be tricky to keep watered evenly.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 8
    Where to Plant:        Borders and mixed flower beds
    Soil:Moist soils that are loose and rich in organic material
    Sunlight:Full sun to light shade
    Watering:1 inch a week, separated into two applications during hot weather
    Feeding:Apply a 10-10-10 fertilizer once in the spring
    Related: Speedwell flowers symbolize healing, recovery, and joyfulness.

    85) Summer Lilac (Buddleja davidii)

    A close shot of Summer Lilac (Buddleja davidii) in bloom displaying plumes of tiny purple flowers

    About: 

    Summer lilac or butterfly bush is a cheerful flowering shrub that attracts butterflies and bees. It has been used ornamentally since the 1800s and requires annual pruning to look its best year after year. Most varieties have a sweet honeylike scent, which is what helps attract butterflies.

    Growing Zones:       5 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Open areas and along paths where there is room for the shrubs to sprawl
    Soil:Acidic to neutral soils that drain rapidly
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Only water when there is less than 1 inch of water per week
    Feeding:Avoid fertilizing since it interferes with flowering

    86) Summer Snapdragon (Serenita angelonia)

    A close shot of a single branch of a summer snapdragon plant displaying tubular flowers that emerge in shades of pink, purple, and speckled brown in the center

    About: 

    Summer snapdragon isn’t really a snapdragon, but rather a sprawling flowering plant that can produce blooms all summer long. Bicolor varieties bring a lot of color to small spaces, while pink, white, and purple blooms are also common. The fragrant flowers are attractive to beneficial insects and make great cut flowers.

    Growing Zones:       9 to 11
    Where to Plant:        Along the edges of walls or borders where a plant can spill over one or both sides
    Soil:Rich, slightly acidic soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Only water 1 inch per week during droughts
    Feeding:Add a balanced time-release fertilizer in the spring only.

    87) Sweet Pea Flowers (Lathyrus odoratus)

    A close shot of sweet pea flowers in bloom with delicate petals in shades of light purple

    About: 

    Few spring-blooming flowers are as colorful and charming as the Sweet Pea. Not only do these pea-like flowers usually sport two or more colors, but they also have strong, sweet fragrances that give them their names. Many varieties bloom through July, especially in cooler climates.

    Growing Zones:       2 to 11
    Where to Plant:        Along trellises or walls, so they have support to climb against
    Soil:Alkaline and loose soil that is high in organic material
    Sunlight:Full sun to light shade
    Watering:2-3 inches per week
    Feeding:Add compost and manure before planting, and don’t fertilize after sprouting or transplanting.

    88) Sweet rocket (Hesperis matrionalis)

    A cluster of sweet rocket plants in bloom displaying tall green stalks filled with tiny purple flowers

    About: 

    Sweet rocket is often mistaken for phlox, but this pink-to-purple herb only has four petals on each flower. Clusters of smaller flowers top a tall stalk covered in arrow-shaped leaves. It’s ideal for creating tall borders along the edges of paths and beds, but it can spread easily and become invasive.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 10
    Where to Plant:        Borders that need height or against walls in foundation plantings
    Soil:It can handle almost all types of soil, including poor ones, as long as there’s drainage
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:Drought tolerant rarely needs water
    Feeding:Not necessary

    89) Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)

    Teasel plants growing a wide open green field displaying rounded and spiky flower heads

    About: 

    Teasel is a tall flowering plant considered a weed in some areas and a desirable food source for birds in others. It produces rounded and spiky flower heads that can rise 8 feet above the ground and only blooms every other year. The flowers are slightly purple to mauve colored, but they’re generally not attractive enough to be planted for ornamental use.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 9
    Where to Plant:        With other tall ornamental grasses
    Soil:All soils
    Sunlight:Partial shade to full sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant, watering is rarely needed
    Feeding:No fertilization is needed

    90) Throatwort (Trachelium caeruleum)

    A throatwort plant in bloom with a large flower head filled with tiny star-shaped purple flowers

    About: 

    Low-maintenance throatwort is eye-catching thanks to hundreds of tiny tubular flowers all clustered along the top of the plant. The royal purple to navy blue colors are great for beds that need a burst of color, while the rich nectar supply nurtures bees and butterflies.

    Growing Zones:       9 to 13
    Where to Plant:        In the center of beds or along the middle of edges
    Soil:Moist, rich soil
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:1 inch of water per week
    Feeding:Apply a full dose of balanced fertilizer once a month.

    91) Tulip Flowers (Tulipa)

    A field of bright purple tulip flowers in bloom

    About: 

    The Tulipa genus includes hundreds of species and varieties of related perennial bulbs that all share a common cup-shaped flower. With colorful splotches and painted edges in every color combination, these spring blooms are a great way to brighten up a landscape. No wonder they’ve caused multiple gardening crazes over the last few centuries.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 8
    Where to Plant:        In their own beds so they can be packed tightly together to support each other
    Soil:Dry, slightly acidic to neutral
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:1 inch of water per week
    Feeding:Use a 10-10-6 slow-release fertilizer in the spring before blooming.
    Related:Tulip flowers symbolize perfect love and affection.

    92) Verbena Flowers (Verbena bonariensis)

    A cluster of purple verbena flowers in bloom with delicate flower heads

    About: 

    Whether it’s called Verbena or purpletop vervain, this flowering herb is a fast-growing way to add purple to any bed. It can reach 6 feet tall with fertile soil, so make it the tall back layer of a mixed bed or container. It’s a perennial in many areas but grows fast enough to be a worthwhile annual in other zones.

    Growing Zones:       7 to 11
    Where to Plant:        To the back of mixed beds or on its own
    Soil:Drought tolerant rarely needs watering unless wilted
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:1 inch of water a week
    Feeding:Apply a balanced fertilizer twice a year

    93) Wallflowers (Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’)

    A close shot of wallflowers in bloom during the growing season displaying tiny pink to purple flowers against spiky green foliage

    About: 

    Of all the wallflower varieties, ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ has some of the brightest and most colorful blossoms. The dense clusters of flowers rise high above the grass-like foliage, allowing these flowers to stand out in any bed or border. It can also cascade over edges and walls if planted with space to sprawl sideways.

    Growing Zones:           6 to 9
    Where to Plant:           In the center of beds where the flower clusters can rise above other plants
    Soil:Most types
    Sunlight:Full to partial sun
    Watering:1 inch of water a week
    Feeding:Use a balanced fertilizer once in the spring
    Related: Wallflowers symbolize fidelity, given from one lover to another.

    94) Waxflower (Chamelaucium)

    A group of waxflowers in bloom dusplaying shades of white, pink, and light purple

    About: 

    Related to myrtles and tea trees, the waxflower is a tropical evergreen shrub with large, distinctive flowers. Five-petaled pink or purple flowers form along the needled boughs, and their waxy feel gives the plant its name. The leaves are aromatic when crushed, but the flowers themselves have little to no scent.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 8
    Where to Plant:        A planter or bed to their own to show off the distinctive foliage and flowers
    Soil:Clay loam to sandy loam
    Sunlight:Full sunlight
    Watering:Drought resistant, water 1 inch per week during very dry periods
    Feeding:Low nitrogen fertilizer once every other year

    95) Wild Hyacinth (Dichelostemma capitatum)

    A close shot of a wild hyacinth plant in bloom displaying star-shaped purple petals atop the stalk

    About: 

    Wild hyacinth grows from a buried corm to create a tall stem with only a handful of leaves and a cluster of crocus-like flowers. Mauve petals surround orange stamens for a beautiful contrast of colors. It’s native to California’s coastal deserts and prairies, but it’s grown in many dry areas.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 8
    Where to Plant:        In rock gardens and other dry areas where little water is available
    Soil:Most soil conditions
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:Drought tolerant rarely needs watering
    Feeding:Apply a balanced fertilizer every three months

    96) Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

    A wild indigo plant in bloom displaying delicate purple flowers that emerge along a bright green stalk

    About: 

    Wild indigo isn’t an indigo, but it has beautiful blue to purple flowers similar to the plant named after. It needs little watering or fertilizer and grows well in poor soils. Some gardeners grow it specifically for the attractive seed pods instead and let it stand all winter.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 10
    Where to Plant:        Areas where the soil is too poor to support other types of flowering plants
    Soil:Any soil type
    Sunlight:Full sun to partial shade
    Watering:1 inch every other week
    Feeding:Use a slow-release or balanced fertilizer in the spring

    97) Wisteria Flowers (Wisteria sinensis)

    A wisteria plant in full bloom displaying plumes of pendulous purple and lavender color flowers

    About: 

    Wisteria is a unique plant native to China and Japan that can grow as both a vine and a tree. When it can get support from a trellis or other plant, it will vine over it and bloom profusely with sweetly scented clusters of light purple blossoms. Wisteria planted on its own will grow a trunk and take on a tree shape, still blooming profusely after a few years.

    Growing Zones:       4 to 9
    Where to Plant:        Along a wall or trellis that can support it for faster growth
    Soil:Most types of soils
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:1 inch a week
    Feeding:Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer once in the spring.

    98) Wood phlox (Phlox divaricata)

    A cluster of wood phlox flowering in shades of light blue to lavender

    About: 

    Wood phlox is a native wildflower that spreads by creating large clumps of dense growth. Bright blue to mauve flowers with five petals attract butterflies, but you’ll need to keep the plants well-watered through the heat of the summer. This type of phlox tends to stay shorter than other pink flowering species.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 8
    Where to Plant:        Mixed beds and woodland plantings
    Soil:Any soil
    Sunlight:Bright shade
    Watering:1 inch per week
    Feeding:Give it a ½ dose of flowering fertilizer once in the early summer.

    99) Yesterday Today Tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora)

    Yesterday Today Tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora) flowers producing five-petal flower heads with soft white centers

    About: 

    Yesterday Today Tomorrow is a flowering shrub covered in flowers similar to pansies or violets, making them attractive additions to any walkway or formal garden. It’s a tropical evergreen plant restricted to indoor cultivation or use only in warmer climates.

    Growing Zones:       9 to 11
    Where to Plant:        An open area with plenty of space for the large shrub to spread
    Soil:Slightly acidic soil
    Sunlight:Full sun or partial shade
    Watering:1 inch a week
    Feeding:Apply ½ dose of balanced fertilizer twice a month

    100) Zinnia Flowers (Zinnia)

    Two vibrant and full purple zinnia flowers in bloom displaying round, intricate flower heads against green leaves and foliage

    About: 

    The Zinnia genus encompasses a wide range of colorful annual flowers that are related to daisies and sunflowers. Most are in the red and yellow colors, but purple and pink varieties are also available. Zinnias are some of the easiest annual flowers to grow from seed and will self-seed themselves if you don’t deadhead them.

    Growing Zones:       3 to 9
    Where to Plant:        In their own beds or mixed in with lower and taller growing flowers
    Soil:Loose, high in fertility and organic matter
    Sunlight:Full sun
    Watering:1 inch a week
    Feeding:Use balanced flowering fertilizer three or more times per growing season.

    The Final Word

    There are so many purple flowers to choose from that making selections for a garden with limited space can sometimes feel overwhelming. When choosing which purple flowers to include in your garden, consider your hardiness zone and the work you want to put into your garden. Make selections based on your environment and each plant’s care requirements for the most beautiful gardening results.


    Editorial Director | andrew@petalrepublic.com | Full Bio

    Andrew is the Editorial Director at Petal Republic. He holds a BSc degree in Plant Sciences and has trained professionally at leading floristry schools in London and Paris. In amongst overseeing a global editorial team, Andrew's a passionate content creator around all things flowers, floral design, gardening, and houseplants.

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