5 Purple Perennial Flowers

Add a pop of purple to your garden or yard with these varieties of perennial flowers that range from pale lavender to the deepest purple.

Grape hyacinth flowers

Grape hyacinth flowers

Grape hyacinth (Viper bow) spring flowers against green, blurred background, horizontal orientation

Photo by: Aleksandar Milutinovic

Aleksandar Milutinovic

If you’re looking for plants with purple garden flowers, you can pick from a range of colors and types. For plants that come back year after year with little help from you, choose perennials. There are purple perennial flowers in shades ranging from pale lavender to the deepest purple. You can find varieties that grow in sun, partial sun or shade, so there’s a plant for any spot in your yard. 

Here’s a purple flowers list to help you choose a plant Prince would love:

Allium

These large, globe-shaped flowers bring a touch of whimsy to a spring garden. They are in the onion family but are not ho-hum like their vegetable cousins. This purple flower perennial grows from bulbs and needs little care. Allium is deer-resistant, drought-tolerant and makes fantastic cut flowers. Plant bulbs in well-drained soil, in partial to full sun.  

Catmint 

Plants don’t get any tougher than catmint. It thrives in hot, dry climates and blooms all season long. It forms a low, rounded mound of silvery blue foliage with spikes of perennial purple flowers. It needs little help from you to thrive. It attracts birds and butterflies and makes a nice cut flower. Cut it to the ground in winter. 

May Night Sage

This one is a staple on purple flower lists. May Night is a compact plant that produces spikes of deep purple flowers. It blooms in the spring and again in late summer if deadheaded. It thrives in clay soil and is extremely drought-tolerant. Best of all it attracts pollinators.

Coneflowers

These daisy-like purple flowers are as tough as they are pretty. Coneflowers bloom all summer, tolerate dry soil and grow in almost any climate. They’re a staple for any garden and are butterfly magnets. They come in a range of purples, but try the 'Magnus cultivar' for a flower that is bright pink-purple.

Hydrangeas

One of the most popular shrubs with purple flowers, hydrangea produces big, showy round flowers on a medium to large shrub. They like light shade and need a medium amount of water. Hydrangea blooms in a range of colors from white to purple. ‘Ami Pasquier’ has wine-purple flowers.

Clematis

This vine produces showy flowers in all shades, but there are a several varieties that have purple blooms. It’s a must on any list of purple flower plants. Clematis likes full sun and needs a medium amount of water. ‘Jackmanii’ has gorgeous blue-purple blooms.

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