14 Purple Perennials

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    If you are looking to fill your garden with purple plants, here is a list of 14 perennials to get you started.

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    Allium 'Serendipity'

    (Ornamental Onion) Sport of A. ‘Millenium' with all of the qualities of the parent and the addition of blue foliage. Globe-like, rosy-purple flowers are produced profusely in mid to late summer. When crushed, the leaves emit a smell of onion.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8 | Blooms Mid to Late Summer

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    Allium 'Lavender Bubbles'

    (Ornamental Onion) Dark dusty purple flower globes are produced above attractive glaucous blue-green foliage. Leaf blades twist and curl to provide additional interest. Blooms later than ‘Serendipity' and is a darker shade of purple.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8 | Blooms Late Summer to Early Fall

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    Baptisia 'Violet Dust'

    (False Indigo) Lavender violet flowers with cream keels on a unique vase-like habit. Although this plant is 3' wide, the base of the plant takes up a relatively small footprint, leaving space to under plant. Relatively late to bloom compared with other Baptisia varieties.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-9 | Blooms Late Spring to Early Summer

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    Buddleia 'Grand Cascade'

    (Butterfly Bush) Cascading light lavender-purple flower panicles are enormous at 12-14” long and 4” thick. Compared to ‘Lavender Cascade', this Buddleia is slightly bigger and the flower panicles are significantly wider.

    Full Sun | Zones: 5-10 | Blooms Early to Mid Fall

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    Clematis 'Violet Stardust'

    (Bush Clematis) This hybrid Clematis is a cross between two species, giving it a unique look and performance in the garden. Its broad leaves are covered with very small, violet-blue, four to five petaled, star-shaped flowers. Although this is a non-vining Clematis, the plant will still benefit from support, either from staking or from neighboring plants.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 3-7 | Blooms Late Spring to Midsummer

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    Geranium pratense 'Boom Chocolatta'

    (Hardy Geranium, Cranesbill) G. pratense hybrid with rich, dark bronze leaves and an upright habit. Blue-purple flowers cover the top of the habit. Compared to older genetics, this plant is more vigorous and has a very refined habit.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8 | Blooms Early to Late Summer

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    Hemerocallis RAINBOW RHYTHM® 'Storm Shelter'

    (Daylily) A high quality tetraploid daylily. Mauve colored blossoms have enormous eggplant purple eyes and matching pie crust edges. Flower petals are elegantly rounded and made of heavy substance.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 3-9 | Blooms Mid to Late Summer

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    Heuchera DOLCE® 'Wildberry'

    (Coral Bells) Large, scalloped, glossy leaves are a bold shade of purple. Compared to ‘Blackberry Ice', the leaves are larger, have a richer hue, and hold onto their purple color for much of the season.

    Full Sun to Full Shade | Zones: 4-9 | Blooms Midsummer

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    Monarda 'Leading Lady Plum'

    A M. bradburiana hybrid, flowering earlier and forming a more petite clump than common M. didyma cultivars. Densely branched, dark green foliage is very mildew resistant.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8 | Blooms Early to Midsummer

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    Monarda SUGAR BUZZ® 'Rockin' Raspberry'

    These moderately sized selections grow vigorously to form a bushy, compact clump of attractive, aromatic, deep green, glossy foliage. All members of the SUGAR BUZZ® series are very mildew resistant.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8 | Blooms Mid to Late Summer

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    Phlox p. LUMINARY™ 'Ultraviolet'

    Very dark, magenta violet flower panicles are held above a full, bushy habit of bright green foliage. An improvement on the industry standard 'Nicky', with darker stems and buds, bronzed leaves, more floriferous performance, and better resistance to powdery mildew.

    Full Sun | Zones: 3-8 | Blooms Mid to Late Summer

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    Phlox 'Purple Sprite'

    (Hybrid Spring Phlox) A new interspecific spring blooming Phlox that, unlike P. subulata, does not spread aggressively, but forms a low, mounding habit of star-shaped flowers. Blooms a week later than P. subulata, great for extending the spring color of your garden. Though it prefers full sun, this Phlox will tolerate very light shade.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8 | Blooms Mid to Late Spring

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    Salvia COLOR SPIRES® 'Violet Riot'

    (Perennial Salvia) Improvement over ‘May Night'; more concentrated show of vivid violet-blue color on denser, well-branched plants and neater upright flowering stems in containers. Blooms without vernalization but is beneficial for bulking.

    Full Sun | Zones: 3-8 | Blooms Late Spring to Early Summer

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    Veronica MAGIC SHOW® 'Purple Illusion'

    (Spike Speedwell) ‘Purple Illusion' matches the habit and flower size of ‘Wizard of Ahhs', but with rosy purple flowers. Dark green leaves form a thick foliar canopy, leaving the plant with substance after it has finished blooming. Requires vernalization to bloom.

    Full to Part Sun | Zones: 4-8 | Blooms Early to Midsummer

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