The Royal Color: Popular Purple Flowers

Some gardeners feel colors such as pink, yellow, and orange are too overpowering. Others seek a good contrast for their primary-colored flowers. Purple is an excellent choice for both reasons and more. Purple represents purpose, imagination, balance, and calm. It’s the perfect marriage of the louder color red and the stabilizing blue. Today, we’ll discuss some good purple bloom choices for your garden.


Purple Flash Pepper

Purple flash pepper is a foliage plant that can serve as a backdrop or contrast. It’s used more for herbal properties than blossoms or scent and yields round black fruits. The saturated purplish-black color makes this plant tough to miss. Its fruits ripen from black to deep red, and purple can even be found on its leaves along with green and white. You can eat this pepper’s fruits, but they are extremely hot. Keep this plant away from your children’s play areas.

Purple Verbena

Also known as verbena homestead purple, this flower blooms in light purple clusters from June through November. Its foliage tends to trail, so this plant is good if you like a garden with a slightly messy look. Verbenas grow up to three feet tall with stems that turn up at their tips. Be aware that this plant will grow fast and can take over the garden if not controlled.

Like other verbenas, purple verbena can be used medicinally if done responsibly. It’s often used for sore throats, asthma, and chest pain and can be used in conjunction with traditional medication for heart conditions, arthritis, and gout. Verbena may also benefit patients with anemia and other iron deficiencies.


Pansies come in many colors, but purple remains the most commonly known. Although “pansy” has come to mean a cowardly or prissy person, this flower’s reputation hasn’t suffered a bit. Rich purple with black centers, they’re often used as borders, in rock gardens, or along roadsides. Pansies are best grown in cooler months and are short-lived, so don’t build your entire garden around them. Place them against orange and yellow flowers for an unforgettable contrast.


Heliotrope grows in clusters and gives gardeners a rich saturated purple bloom, though some varieties may have a pinkish tint. These flowers bloom best in summer and are prized for their vanilla-infused fragrance. They need full sun, and pinching them back occasionally makes a bigger, bushier plant. Gardeners love to pair heliotrope with lemon verbena basil and lemongrass for olfactory bliss.

Royal Candles Veronica

Royal candles Veronica, or glory flowers, actually look like purple candles. They grow in stalks of royal purple or purplish-blue and are deer and rabbit resistant. They bloom well in summer but can fade easily, so remove the heads periodically. They need full sun and moist soil. They also provide good groundcover since they only grow to about a foot. Pair royal candles Veronica with yellow yarrow, coreopsis, or yellow pansies for good color contrast.

African Violet

Of course, no one who loves purple would leave violets out of his or her garden. African violets are some of the most well-known types, with at least 20 species available. They can be bought in sizes from micro, a three-inch wide blossom, to giant, which grows from 12-16 inches wide. They are extremely tender; in particular, keep them away from cold water since it causes discoloration.

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