Deep Purple

This June planting of purple pom-pom alliums with aquilegia ‘Nora Barlow’ makes a bold, striking impact. Circles are a motif often used in garden design, perhaps to distract the eye in a long narrow suburban garden. At Jardin, we often complement circular hard landscaping by repeating this shape in the planting such as these alliums and box spheres.

Blue is a much sought after colour in the border, but purple is a very good mixer too and has the advantage of adding more warmth, being a product of red and blue.

Some of my favourite purple plants, and this is always being added to, are:

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French lavender – lavandula stoechas

French lavender, sometimes known as butterfly lavender, originates in the Mediterranean and likes hot, dry situations in the garden.

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The ever popular allium, bursting forth in early summer. Alliums are closely related to edible onions.  Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’, begins the show and has a lovely deep colour, but there are a number of varieties to try; plant the bulbs in autumn for an early summer explosion. The nectar-rich flowers are attractive to bees.

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The showy Liatris spicata, with its bright green grass-like foliage and rich purple bottlebrush type flowers, is an American native. Dought tolerant and attractive to butterflies.

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Penstemons are really reliable late-flowering perennials and come in many shades of purples and pinks. One of my favourites is Penstemon ‘Raven’.

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The tall Verbena bonariensis weaves its magic in a border – tall but not dominant, quite airy really and doesn’t need staking. Its long-lasting flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies.

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The fleeting beauty of purple poppies.  Watch this space as we add more purples we are passionate about….

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