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Bloomin' Purples - Puplre Color Flower Plants
If you want to have a fantastic flower garden but don't know where to start, an easy first step is to make a list of flowers by color. Generally, colors directly opposite one another on the color wheel are complementary. That's why it's not uncommon to see pretty yellow daffodils paired with purple iris. They look merely smashing together! To get you started, here are a few of our favorite bloomin' purples:
Iris plants come in so many colors, textures, and varieties, it would be very tempting to dedicate your entire garden to them. Ornamental to the extreme, each flower features six lobes with three upright petals and three downward drooping sepals. These perennials typically grow from creeping rhizomes, although some varieties grow from bulbs. Iris plants sprout showy, fragrant, summer blooms in purple and lavender as well as yellow, blue and white. They prefer full sun and thrive in Zones 3 to 9. Popular varieties include dwarf crested iris, Siberian iris, and bearded iris, just to name a few.
Virginia Blue Bells
As another perennial that grows from rhizomes, Virginia blue bells seem to have a mind of their own when it comes to quick multiplying. Their tiny, bell-shaped flowers appear in early spring and transition from lovely pink buds to blue and even to purple. Virginia blue bells prefer rich, well-drained soils, and they thrive in Zones 3 to 8. Bumblebees love them!
The wonderful thing about color is that it comes in many subtle shades. Ajuga is a perfect example. While its spiky spring and summer flowers are more blue than purple, ajuga's rumpled and glossy purple/burgundy foliage creates a striking contrast. Ajuga makes a very attractive groundcover, and its density does an excellent job of choking out weeds. Ajuga prefers sun and shade or full sun and moist, well-drained soils. It thrives in Zones 3 to 9.
Rose of Sharon
There is nothing quite like a flowering shrub to grab one's attention from the street, and few do it better than Rose of Sharon. This deciduous shrub prefers sun to partial shade and rich, well-drained soils. Spoiler alert: It can be a year or two before flowers appear, so a little patience is required. Once established, however, this perennial produces showy two- to four-inch trumpet-style flowers in vibrant shades of purple, violet, white, red or pink. They are a great attractor for birds and butterflies. Gardeners can plant them singly or in a row spaced two to three feet apart to create a hedge.
Goodness! Have we forgotten violets? As self-seeding perennials, these perky little flowers often demonstrate their playful side, creeping out from under shady spots around trees and running with wild abandon into lawns and gardens. True violet lovers will put off mowing their lawns at the start of the season, reluctant to say goodbye to these colorful low-growing flowers. They arrive in early spring with blooms that are typically purple, but also blue and white, and they have deep green heart-shaped leaves. Violets prefer light shade and moist, well-drained soils.
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