11 Pretty Purple Flowers to Plant in Your Garden
When it comes to finding garden inspiration, even the most experienced of Southern gardeners go through rough patches. One day, we frown and turn to ourselves and think, “If I see one more yellow pansy...” Instead of waiting for that day, let’s go ahead and give these gardens some panache—with purple!
As much as we love lush blue hydrangeas and fluffy pink peonies, there’s always a place for purple in the garden. We’re talking towers of hyacinths, patches of sweet peas, and beds of summer phlox. These purple beauties are something stunning to see, and any one of these purple blooms will be the crown jewel of your garden. (Purple is the color of royalty, after all. And we aren’t ones to turn down a tiara.) Here are the 11 prettiest purple flowers that will instantly refresh your garden.
Been dreaming of a country cottage garden? These towering columns of bright purple blooms will definitely do the trick.
These perennials produce vibrant, fragrant flowers and make quite the addition to any Southern garden, especially when catching eyes as curb appeal.
Another charming garden essential: these delicate, brightly colored blooms atop tall, tangled stems. They’re a cinch to plant, and with a little attention, will thrive in your garden.
This nostalgic plant might remind you of your grandmother's house, which already makes it a winner. African violets are popular perennials best grown as compact potted plants. Perfect for a pop of color on your porch, hmm?
Say hello to your new favorite outdoor container filler. Scaevolas, or fan flowers, are often sold already planted in hanging baskets, and we'd recommend adding another hue or two of blooms to keep things interesting.
Want to bring all of the butterflies and hummingbirds to the yard? Summer phlox can help. The lush sweep of color is just a bonus, really. It's a sun-loving, hardy perennial.
Prepare to be charmed by these pretty, pretty flowers, which come in all shapes and sizes. They make great container plants but add interest to any outdoor garden, too.
We'd let this pretty vine creep up our mailbox or porch column any day. Expect a spectacular floral display in late spring or early summer (depending on where you live) and then off-and-on blooms through the summer.
Wisteria is a looker, that's for sure; but even the most seasoned of gardeners will get frustrated with the varieties that spread like wildfire. (*cough, Japanese wisteria, cough*) A yearly pruning will keep Kentucky wisteria in check, while American wisteria grows even slower.
Little Girl Magnolias
Give this later-blooming, compact magnolia tree a try—you won't be disappointed. While your spring-blooming magnolia might be tricked into early blooming by mild late-winter weather, this tree sees right through it.
Every Southerner will love this heat-tolerant plant. As the temps grow higher, these blooms won't faint from the heat. Per Grumpy's instruction: "Give the potted princess flower full-to-part sun, and prune it in spring."