Want to paint your garden purple? Sun, shade, or dappled – find stunning purple flowers for every nook in your garden. Discover vibrant hues & sweet scents with vibrant photos from my garden with purple flowers names! Read on and bloom!

Imagine a flower garden filled with violet hues, from sun-drenched lavender fields to the cool, amethyst petals of clematis clinging to shady trellises.

Purple flowers possess a captivating allure, their blooms whispering royalty, mystery, and tranquil beauty. But so many shades and varieties, choosing the perfect purple plant companions can feel a little overwhelming.

In today’s post, I’m sharing the secrets of growing dazzling purple flowers for every corner of your sun-loving or shade-dappled gardens. We’re talking about the most captivating purple bloomers that are easy to grow and ready to transform your flower garden into a masterpiece of vibrant hues.

Wait until you see how many beautiful purple flowering plants there are to grow!

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About Purple Flowers

Purple flower gardens create a soothing, tranquil aesthetic for your outdoor living spaces. Monochromatic gardens, dedicated to a single color, exude unique charm, and when that color is purple, the effect is magic.

Set asidethe rainbow riot of traditional gardens and embrace the serenity of a monochromatic haven of calming purples because a single hue like purple creates a unified visual field. This visual coherence translates to a sense of peace, allowing the mind to rest and focus on the subtle variations within the chosen color. The absence of competing colors also minimizes visual noise, further enhancing its calming effect.

Whether your garden basks in the sun or revels in dappled shade, there’s a purple flower that is perfectly suited to match your growing conditions. And there are several types of purple flowers that will transform your outdoor living spaces and garden rooms with a soothing vibe.

But how do you pull different shades of purple flowers together?

close up of nepeta 'cat's meow' and salvia 'May night' in front porch garden
Nepeta ‘Cat’s Meow’ and Salvia ‘May Night’

Designing a Garden With Purple Flowers For Season-Long Color

Creating a calming garden filled with purple flowers requires lots of careful planning. Opt for a range of purples, from the softest lavender to the deepest indigo, to add depth and prevent monotony.

Introduce textural variations through foliage, including silvery lavender alongside velvety pennisetum. Utilize height differences, from sprawling ground covers to towering lupines, to create a sense of movement and visual interest within the unified color scheme.

If you long for a garden that has a range of hues from light to dark purple flowers all season long, you’ll want to plan your garden with blooms for spring, summer, and fall. Designing a flower garden that’s always in bloom is simple to do, but you’ll need to cover the gardening basics first so you find success growing different types of purple flowers.

Before planting a garden with a purple flowers aesthetic, you’ll need to know a few things about your garden first before planting it up.

  • Know your hardiness zone so you know what is annual and perennial in your locality, as well as what plants can withstand your winter temperatures and growing climate.
  • Understand your soil conditions. Is your soil acidic or more alkaline? Is it clay, loamy, or sandy? Is there too much nitrogen in the soil that can impact flowering? Do a soil test to see if your soil is lacking nutrients. You can order a mini soil test kit like this one or get a full, comprehensive test done through your local cooperative extension.
  • Study your light conditions. Is it full sun, part shade or full shade? Watch your garden for a full day and see how many hours of sun it gets. Full sun is 6-8 hours, part shade is 4-6, and full shade is less than four hours.
dahlia karma lagoon
Dahlia Karma Lagoon

Take Notes

As you read through the following list of purple flowers that you can grow, take notes on the time of year things bloom.

You’ll want to include at least three types of purple flowers that will bloom in each season and have different shades, textures, and sizes. Oh and check out the end of this post for my short list of options to grow in spring, summer, and fall.

But don’t be afraid to mix in shades of white, blue, and pink flowers to help create a soothing mood in your garden.

siberian iris and allium flowers in spring garden
Siberian Iris and Alliums ‘Globemaster’

Dazzling Purple Flowers For Every Corner of Your Garden

Purple flowers are part of a color palette that I’m drawn to in the garden. I love to mix them with pretty pink and blue flowers too. Today, I’m sharing some of my personal favorites that I grow (or have grown) in my gardens with you today that are easy to grow and look gorgeous in flower beds!

Are you ready to paint your canvas with lots of pretty shades of purple? Wait until you see the many options you can grow!

Ornamental Onions

These showstopping bulbs add drama and sculptural interest to gardens in zones 4-8. Thrive in full sun and well-drained soil, producing striking globes of purple blooms atop tall, sturdy stems in late spring and early summer. Deer will steer clear of their strong allium scent, and the fading blooms morph into beautiful, star-shaped seed heads that add winter interest.

I’ve been growing Serendipity Alliums by proven winners for several years. They are pollinator magnets making them wonderful additions to your garden.

serendipity alliums
Serendipity Alliums


Similar to ornamental onions, alliums pack a punch with their architectural presence and vibrant blooms. Available in a staggering variety of purple hues, their globe-shaped flowers appear from late spring to early summer, towering elegantly from grassy foliage. Alliums are deer-resistant and thrive in zones 4-9. They make stunning accents in borders, containers, and rock gardens.

Alliums also make great dried flowers when they are done for the season, but the die back foliage can be a bit unsightly. (And you need to leave it be until they completely brown out so the bulb can store energy for next year.) Plant them behind annuals and perennials to conceal the foliage that is dying back.

close up of alliums globemaster
Globemaster Alliums

Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina)

These soft gray perennials (zones 4-8) thrive in full sun or partial shade, spreading a silvery-green carpet beneath taller plant companions. Their velvety foliage feels as soft as its namesake, adding a soft sensory element to your garden. Lamb’s ear’s fuzzy leaves often deter deer and other wildlife from browsing.

Its sprawling habit makes it ideal for edging borders, filling rock gardens, or softening container displays. In late spring or early summer, dainty spikes of lilac-purple flowers rise above the foliage attracting lots of hungry bees. While they aren’t the prettiest purple flowers, leave them be as they add texture, whimsy, and feed pollinators.

lambs ear with purple flowers
Lamb’s Ear with purple flowers


Elegant swords of gorgeous foliage rise above velvety purple blooms in spring. Irises, like bearded iris and siberian iris, are crazy easy to grow and are deer-resistant too. Plant in sun or partial sun with well-drained soil for the most flowers, but the more sun they get, the better they’ll bloom. Deer tend to leave them alone too making them a great deer resistant flower. While irises have a short bloom time, plant reblooming or several different varieties to get more flowers.

bearded iris mother earth reblooming
Bearded Iris Mother Earth
Siberian Iris and Evening Primrose
Purple Iris Flowers and Evening Primrose

Baptisia (False Indigo)

Tall spikes of purple pea-like flowers bloom in late spring, attracting bees and adding architectural drama to sunny borders. Full sun and well-drained soil are the key to success with growing false indigo in zones 4-8.

When planted in the right location, it will take off and do well with minimal care. I’ve got several planted around the front porch and they look beyond gorgeous in spring! When the blooms fade they leave these pretty seed pods that add a lot of texture and elegance to flower beds.

Overall, baptisia is easy to grow and a must-have if you want to add more purple flowers to your garden this spring.

front porch with baptisia flowers
Baptisia in front of the porch


A fragrant perennial favorite, lavender thrives in hardiness zones 3-9, basking in full sun and well-drained soil. Its wispy silver foliage bursts into fragrant spikes of purple blooms from early summer to fall, attracting pollinators and repelling deer. Perfect for borders, edging, and containers, lavender adds a touch of elegance to any garden.

close up of lavender flowers
Lavender flowers


Another deer-resistant charmer for zones 3-8, nepeta flourishes in full sun or partial shade. Its soft mounds of gray-green foliage erupt in clouds of violet-blue flowers from late spring to early fall, adored by pollinators and butterflies. This low-maintenance gem forms borders, fills rock gardens, and even tolerates light foot traffic.

But the best part? When the first set of blooms fade, you can cut them back halfway and get a second set of purple flowers.

close up of nepeta 'walkers low' - catmint are great flowers for deadheading when the blooms fade
Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’


Vibrant spikes of violet, deep purple, and lavender attract pollinators like magic. Plant salvia well-drained soil and sun or partial shade for endless spring and summer blooms in zones 3-8. I love to grow Midnight salvia and have been growing different varieties since I started growing perennial flowers. It looks really pretty with nepeta, coreopsis, peonies, bearded iris, lavender, false indigo, alliums, and so many more.

salvia midnight closeup
MIdnight Salvia Close up

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

Clusters of fragrant purple flowers peek out from early spring, adding magic to shady corners. Plant in well-drained soil with light shade or full sun in zones 4-8. I’ve grown muscari for about twenty-five years and love their beautiful aroma! Plant them in the front of a border en masse to get the most from them. In my gardens, I have found they look amazing with forget me nots, tulips, daffodils, pansies, and creeping phlox.

Grape hyacinths in My Early Spring (muscari)

Bachelor Buttons (Cornflowers)

Cheerful perennials bring pops of purple from spring to fall in zones 3-8. Plant them in full sun and well-drained soil for and endless waves of vibrant blooms, perfect for cutting gardens. I used to have them in my former garden and they self-sowed and grew well with ease. I love the shade of blue purple flowers on these pretty perennials and should find a home for them here in my new gardens.

bachelor buttons


Delicate flowers in violet, pink and cerulean thrive in light shade or afternoon sun with well-drained soil in zones 3-8. Hummingbirds will thank you for adding their whimsical charm to your garden.

They can be a little aggressive in some hardiness zones so ask around before planting. Here in my zone 6b garden they self sow with ease, but don’t take over like some stories I’ve heard from other gardeners around the country. Columbines are simple to grow and look so pretty in the garden. If they aren’t aggressive in your locality, give these pretty blue flowers a whirl.

close up of superwave petunias, columbine and other perennials in my new cottage garden


Long-blooming clusters of lavender, violet, and purple stars add late-summer cheer to sunny borders. Well-drained soil is essential for their success. Asters are not deer resistant flowers and need protection in zones 3-8.

To keep their compact shape, cut them back until about July 4 so they don’t bloom too early. If you don’t get to it like I did last year, they’ll get taller and leggier. I kind of like that look in a cottage garden, so go with your preference.

asters with purple flowers
Asters with purple flowers


Low-growing carpets of vibrant blue flowers add a touch of whimsy to sunny borders or rock gardens. Speedwell (veronica) loves full sun and well draining soil in zones 3-8. They are deer resistant and look very similar to salvia. I planted Magic Show Wizard of Ahhs here by Proven Winners last year and can’t wait to see them bloom this spring!


Towering spires of sapphire royalty prefer rich, well-drained soil and full sun in zones 3-8. Deadhead for extra blooms and prepare to be dazzled by lots of butterflies! In my former garden, I grew them for a few years, but they petered out over time. Here, in my newer gardens, I planted a few delphiniums last year that are low-growing and beyond gorgeous! For the first time, I’m starting delphiniums from seed this year that have pretty purple flowers and I hope they take.

Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

Early spring charmers with spotted foliage and clusters of violet purple flowers, thriving in dappled shade or morning sun. Pink-a-Blue by Proven Winners has a range of blue, pink and purple flowers. It’s the prettiest pulmonaria I’ve seen to date! Moist, well-drained soil is their preference in zones 3-8.

pulmonaria lungwort
Pink a Blue Pulmonaria (Lungwort)


These iconic shrubs offer a range of pink, blues and purples, like the soft lavender of Endless Summer. Well-drained soil and ample moisture are key to their gorgeous blooms in zones 3-9.

I’ve got a variety of mophead hydrangeas growing here, but there is one that I’m not sure of that has black stems with these pretty purple flowers. My soil is more acidic than alkaline, so my flowers are more lavender or blue than pink anyway.

There are so many different ways to enjoy the mophead blooms both in the garden and inside your home. From cutting fresh for arrangements to drying hydrangeas, using them in wreaths or tucked in around your home, the opportunities are endless for what you can do with them.

purple and blue hydrangea flowers in october

Purple Coneflowers

Tough, adaptable, and cheerful, purple coneflowers add prairie charm in zones 3-9. It’s a native plant that is tolerant of most soils, they’ll bloom all summer in the sun and attract butterflies.

Purple coneflowers are crazy easy to grow but can be susceptible to deer damage. Yes, they are on some deer-resistant plant lists, but I’ve found the foliage to be eaten in early spring in my New Jersey garden, so if deer are a problem in your area, spray that foliage with deer repellent and they’ll learn to stay away.

purple coneflowers (echinacea)


Purple roses are a sight to be seen! Full sun, regular fertilizing, and well-drained soil are key to success with growing roses in zones 5-9.

I’ve been growing low-maintenance roses for several years now. When I began growing them, I started with the Knockout Roses but there are now varieties that you don’t even need to deadhead like the Oso Easy Series from Proven Winners. David Austin roses are pretty easy to care for too, so if you are just getting your feet wet, try one of those.

Whatever types of roses you choose to grow, some varieties are fussier than others, so choose roses that are labeled disease-resistant, easy to grow, etc. Shrub roses are much easier to grow than hybrid teas so make sure you do your research and read the plant identification tags for their care tips.

This is the fertlizer that I use on my roses. It is organic and I have found encourages more prolific blooms from my plants.

Roses are not deer resistant so they’ll need protection from wildlife. I use this deer repellent on all of my roses and other susceptible plants in my gardens throughout the growing season and it works extremely well.

As an aside, whenever I work with my roses, I use these long pruning gloves to keep my arms safe from the thorns.

close up of david austin rose 'ebb tide'The Complete Guide to Roses Care
David Austin Rose ‘Ebb Tide’


Spring wouldn’t be the same without tulips, am I right? Plant a rainbow of purple varieties like ‘Palmyra’ in full sun and well-drained soil in zones 3-7. Tulips are easy to grow and one of the first flowers you’ll find in the spring garden. With so many pretty pink flowers available, there won’t be a shortage of tulips to choose from for your

Since moving here a few years ago, I’ve planted thousands of different varieties of purple flowering tulips here in the gardens. Because we get herds of deer, I planted them in protected areas or spray them with deer repellent. And so far, I haven’t had any issues growing them with the amount of deer we get on the property.

Pink Tulip Aveyron and Purple Tulip Palmyra
Tulip Aveyron and Tulip Palmyra


Fragrant gems in early spring, plant bulbs in fall for a fragrant welcome. Because they have a wonderful sweet aroma, plant them in an area where you can enjoy their intoxicating scent. Sun to partial sun with well-drained soil are their preference in zones 4-8.

Hyacinths are easy to grow but be careful when handling the bulbs. This was my first year planting hyacinth bulbs. I wasn’t wearing gloves moving the bags around before planting, touched my neck, and immediately broke out in a rash. A quick jump in the shower stopped the itch, but I will not make that mistake again. Handle them with care.

purple and white hyacinth flowers
Purple and White Hyacinth Flowers


Late-summer stars in the flower garden, you can find dahlias in several shades of purple. Dahlias are tender perennials that require full sun and rich soil in zones 7-10.

To many gardeners, they are considered not so easy to grow but I’m here to tell you that they are when you meet their growing needs. Some varieties are a bit fussier than others, but once you get a handle on growing them, they are not as difficult to grow as many believe.

Thomas Edison, Karma Lagoon, and Edge of Joy are just a few of the many varieties that offer different types of purple flowers that are sure to impress in both your cut flower garden and arrangements. They are each tall purple flowers that will need additional support so the heavy blooms don’t topple over.

Since dahlias are tender, they require more work from the gardener to grow them. However, they are pretty straightforward to grow if you give them what they need, deadhead, and support the blooms.

Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers to grow, and it’s a garden favorite that I’ll include for years to come. If you are just starting to grow flowers, hold off growing them until you gain some experience and success in your flower garden.

vibrant purple flowers dahlia thomas edison and zinnias with fountain in the cut flower garden with arbor
Dahlia Thomas Edison is a gorgeous purple flower


Tall and graceful, larkspur adds an airy elegance to cottage gardens in zones 3-8. Since I’ve never seen them at the local garden nurseries, the only way to grow them is from seed. For a few years, I started them indoors but switched to winter sowing and found they do best that way here in my Zone 6b garden.

Larkspur is a deer resistant plant that needs support in the garden so the blooms don’t topple over after a storm or strong winds. Choose ‘Smokey Eyes’ or ‘Early Gray’ for stunning shades of tall purple flowers.

Larkspur should be grown in full sun and well-drained soil for best results. In my gardens, I see the most blooms from spring into summer before my purple plant peters out.

close up of larkspur in the potager garden - pink pruple and white flowers


These quirky blooms add a unique texture and vibrancy to sunny spots and make great filler flowers for arrangements. Celosia needs full sun in moist, well-drained soil to thrive in zones 7-10.

You can find celosia at your local garden nursery but will find so many more beautiful options if you start them from seed. While celosia is an annual flower in my hardiness zone, they self seed with ease in my garden and return yearly with no intervention from me.

Celosia add a ton of texture, dimension and bright colors to the flower garden in late summer into fall. Taller varieties will need support to keep the blooms upright.

Bright Purple flowers - Celosia


Petunias are a classic choice for summer flowering annuals in zones 3-10. There are so many different varieties that come in a wide range of colors and are well-known for their long-lasting blooms. Petunias come in pretty shades of purple flowers. I love Proven Winners Supertunia Mini Vista Vista Purple and Bordeaux.

When caring for petunias, grow them in full sun and well-draining soil. Keep them well fertilized and they will produce gorgeous pink flowers all season long. When they get leggy, cut them back to keep the blooms compact and tight.

Supertunia mini vista petunias


Cool-weather charmers, pansies add cheerful pink faces to beds and containers. Pansy flowers, perform best during the cool days of spring and fall when the temperature is about 40° F at night to 60° F during the day in zones 3-10.

Pansies are grown as a cool season annual. So they are generally planted in the fall or early spring for their beautiful blooms during the cooler months.

There are lots of pansies that come in purple flowers and can be easily found in nurseries during spring and fall. These flowering annuals thrive in sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. If you garden where deer are an issue, pansies flowers will need protection.

close up of purple pansies and violas


Lantana is a resilient flowering annual that blooms best in hot, sunny conditions. Its clusters of small flowers come in a range of colors, including shades of orange, pink, and purple in zones 7-10.

Last year, I grew Luscious Grape from Proven Winners and it was real stunner all season long with it’s bright yellow to orange and pink flowers.

Lantana attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, adding life and movement to your garden. It does well when planted in full sun and well-draining soil. Lantana also works well in both garden beds, container gardens, window boxes, and hanging baskets.


A charming spiller for hanging baskets, window boxes, container gardens, and borders, scaveola offers delicate purple flowers with fan-shaped blooms. Full sun and well-drained soil are its preference in zones 7-10.

I’ve found scaveola to be very resilient because it lets you know when it’s thirsty, particularly in the summer heat. But don’t ignore the signs! If you see it getting droopy, water them immediately.

close up of thrift shop baby carriage with purple flowers on scaevola plant on front porch


Angelonia offers long-blooming spikes of purple perfection like ‘Angelface Blue’ and ‘Cascade Blue’. Full sun and moist, well-drained soil are necessary for thriving blooms in zones 5-10. Keep them hydrated and fed so you’ll be rewarded with beautiful purple flowers all season long.

Last year, I had them planted both in containers, hanging baskets, and in my cottage garden by the pool. I grew a few different varieties but loved Proven Winners Cascade Blue.

purple angelonia flowers
Angelonia purple flowers

Sweet Peas

Cascading tendrils fill the air with sweet perfume in full sun and cool weather in zones 2-7. Give them a strong structure to grow up and you’ll have spectactular bouquets of really fragrant flowers daily.

When I first started growing sweet peas, I started them indoors under grow lights. But I found much greater success with them using the winter sowing method instead. It’s a lot easier to start them this way and less work for you acclimating them to life outdoors. Wildlife like rabbits, groundhogs, and deer will nibble, so they’ll need protection from wildlife.


Trailing clouds of small purple flowers offer a sweet nectar buffet for pollinators in full sun and well-drained soil in zones 4-10.

Clematis (Zones 4-8)

Romantic cascades of purple flowers adorn trellises and fences in preferring full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil in zones 4-8. I grew Jackmanii clematis for years (a purple flower variety) that I grew up my mailbox, but recently fell in love with Taiga and planted her in a few spots along my green garden fence by the pool.

clematis with vibrant purple flowers
Clematis with purple flowers


Towering giants of the garden, hollyhocks offer majestic spikes of ruffled blooms in various purple flowers. Full sun and well-drained soil are their happy place in zones 3-8, but stake tall varieties for reliable support and enjoy their enchanting show all summer long.

I have not had the best luck growing hollyhocks as I tried growing them a few times in my former garden. This year, I’m starting some from seed and hope to find greater success here in my new gardens.

Butterfly Bush

A magnet for pollinators, butterfly bush erupts in clouds of fragrant pink flowers like ‘Buddleia Davidii’. Butterfly bush loves full sun and well-drained soil for the best blooms in zones 5-9. I’ve been growing several different varieties of butterfly bush for as long as I’ve been growing a flower garden. They are fast, easy growers that are deer-resistant and look gorgeous in the garden.

Butterfly Bush with purple flowers close up
Butterfly bush with purple flowers


Sun-drenched meadows and cottage borders rejoice, lupines bring a regal touch with their towering spikes of vibrant blooms. Purple perennial flowers prefer well-drained soil and flourish in zones 4-8.

While they may steal the show with their majestic stature, lupines are surprisingly resilient, tolerating some shade and rewarding you with blooms for years. Just remember, their deep taproots crave space, so give them room to spread and paint your garden with splashes of pink royalty.

Lupines with purple flowers: Gardening for Hummingbirds
Lupines with purple flowers


Let’s not forget the quirky charm of Cleome, also known as Spider Flower. It offers a unique touch of whimsy to sunny gardens with its delicate, spider-like blooms and airy foliage. Cleome prefers full sun and well draining soil for prolific blooms. It is deer resistant, self-sows with ease, and has pretty purple flowers that dance will dance in a slow breeze.

close up of cleome in the cottage garden in fall


Calibrachoa (Superbells), with their bell-shaped flowers, are a charming addition to any garden. These annuals are excellent trailing plants, perfect for hanging baskets or cascading over garden edges. Their profusion of blooms will keep your garden vibrant and colorful throughout the growing season. when maintained in part to full sun and moist, well-draining soil.


Impatiens are the very first flower that I grew with success and have grown them ever since. Shade-loving charmers, they thrive in cool, moist conditions and bloom prolifically from spring to frost in zones 3-11. 

Whatever variety you grow, keep them well fed during the growing season and protect them from deer damage because they will devour them overnight if given the chance.

South African Phlox

Don’t forget the captivating newcomer to the purple parade, Safari Dusk South African Phlox! This Proven Winners creation (zones 5-9) brings a unique vibrancy with its small purple flowers adorned with a golden eye.

From late spring to early fall, their nectar-rich blossoms dance on compact mounds, attracting pollinators and adding a touch of the exotic. Their easy-care nature makes them perfect for borders, containers, and even hanging baskets. I grew them in several spots around my gardens last year and felt they grew best on my covered front porch.

African phlox safari dusk with purple flowers
African phlox safari dusk with purple flowers
copper planters with supertunia mini vista indigo, superbells prism pink lemonade and angelonia cascade blue with safari dusk


Fern-like foliage with feathery pink, white, red or purple flowers, Astilbes thrive in partial shade to full shade and moist but well-draining soil in zones 4-8. I’ve been growing astilbles in my zone 6b gardens since I first started flower gardening and they are so easy to grow, the deer leave them alone, and they brighten up shady spots. Last year, I planted Dark Side of the Moon by Proven Winners and it is beyond gorgeous!

Lenten Rose (Hellebore)

These early bloomers defy winter’s chill with delicate rose-kissed flowers. ‘Apple Blossom’ and ‘Pink Frost’ add cheer to shady borders in zones 4-9. Shade to partial shade, rich soil and good drainage are key for their success in zones 4-9.

I did not grow them in my former garden because I didn’t have the shade for them, but here? They are one of my favorite pink perennials to grow! Deer completely leave them alone, they bloom long, and are an asset to any flower garden.

close up of purple lenten rose (hellebore flowers) that are purple
lenten rose (hellebores) with purple flowers


Evergreens crowned with purple flowers, rhododendrons add year-round drama to shady gardens that bring vibrant pops of color in zones 5-8. Well-drained, acidic soil is essential for their success in zones 5-8.

We didn’t have a whole lot of shade in my former garden, so I only grew one rhododonderon. But here? I’ve got several and they have the most beautiful pink flowers I have ever seen! The plant is beyond striking in spring. If you grow them where deer are an issue, they will need protection all year round.

purple and pink rhododendrons close up


While azaleas come in a variety of colors, you can’t beat the types with vibrant purple flowers like on some varieties They vibrant splashes of color to partial shade and well-drained, acidic soil in zones 5-8. Much like rhododendrons and mountain laurels, azaleas are evergreen shrubs that will need protection from deer year round.


Cool shade welcomes these shade-loving perennials (zones 3-8). Hostas have lush, heart-shaped foliage in varying shades of green provides a perfect canvas for variegated patterns or contrasting textures. Lavender purple flowers rise gracefully in late spring or early summer, adding a delicate touch to shady corners. Deer will devour them if given the chance so they need protection.

close up of hosta plant with lavender purple flowers
Hosta plant with lavender purple flowers

Balloon Flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus)

These charming perennials (zones 3-8) thrive in full sun or partial shade, adding a touch of whimsy with their inflated buds that resemble balloons. Bursting open in late spring to summer, the buds reveal star-shaped flowers in vibrant shades of blue-violet, lavender, and even white. Deer tend to bypass balloon flowers. They also attract pollinators like butterflies and bees with their sweet nectar.


These versatile perennial flowers (zones 3-9) add splashes of vibrant violet, lavender, and magenta to sun-drenched borders and dappled shade alike. Their ruffled blooms appear in flushes from late spring to early fall, and some varieties even rebloom into summer. Deer sometimes browse so they’ll need protection in heavily populated areas.

Woodland Garden on the Happy Gardening tour with ferns, cranesbill, rhododendron.

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

This graceful perennial (zones 4-9) brings a touch of ethereal beauty to sun-drenched borders and airy meadows. Slender stems topped with wispy spikes of lavender purple flowers dance in the breeze from mid-summer to fall, creating a soft, purple haze against the sunshine.

Deer leave them alone and their drought-tolerant nature makes them great low-maintenance plants. Russian sage adds a billowy vertical element to borders and pairs beautifully with the vibrant bursts of color from alliums and the softer forms of nepeta and balloon flowers.

Interweave them with taller Joe Pye weed and ornamental grasses for a touch of contrasting height, or let their airy spires float above a groundcover of lamb’s ear for a soothing symphony of purples and silvery greens. Remember, Russian sage thrives in well-drained soil and love full sun for best flowering.

picture of russian sage with purple flowers
Russian Sage

Blazing Star

Blazing star is a statuesque summer blooming perennial (zones 3-8) that looks incredible in cottage gardens. Tall spikes crowned with star-shaped blooms in shades of lavender, violet, and even white pierce the summer sky from mid-summer to fall. Liatris thrives in hot, dry conditions, making it a low-maintenance addition to a sun loving spot in your flower garden.

Deer stay clear tend to bypass their spiky stems but I’ve watched rabbits devour mine. Blazing star is beloved by butterflies for their sweet nectar too. Blazing star thrives in well-drained soil and adds stunning vertical interest to borders and backdrops, complementing the softer textures of lavender and nepeta. It also looks great when planted with coneflowers, monarda and penstemon.

close up of swallowtail butterfly on blazing star
Blazing Star with a Swallowtail Butterfly

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

Joe Pye Week is a statuesque perennial (zones 3-8) that thrives in full sun or partial shade, adding a touch of prairie grandeur to your garden. Tall stems crowned with clusters of fluffy lavender-pink blooms dance in the summer breeze from mid-summer to early fall.

Joe Pye weed thrives in moist soil and adds a stunning vertical accent to borders and backdrops, harmonizing with the softer textures of nepeta and balloon flowers.

Deer and groundhogs have browsed on them in my gardens so they will need some protection. Butterflies gather in droves for their sweet nectar so you’ll see them covering blooms all summer into fall.

close up of Joe Pye Weed with purple flowers
Joe Pye Weed

Quick List of Purple Flowers for Every Season

If you are planting a purple flower garden, you’ll want to keep that going from spring through fall. There are so many different options of purples spring flowers, summer and fall blooms to choose from.

Here is a quick sample of ideas you can try. Keep in mind these might have different soil and light requirements, so drill down on each one to match your zone, light, and soil conditions before planting. This is also not a full list, but will give you an idea of what to plant for spring through fall pink flowers.

  • Spring: Tulips, Hyacinths, Hellebores, Bearded Iris, Peonies, Roses, Creeping Phlox, Rhododendron, Azalea,
  • Summer: Coneflowers, Hydrangea, Delphinium, Salvia, Roses, Impatiens, Calibrachoa, Cleome, Angelonia, Blazing Star, Dahlias,
  • Fall: Asters, Joe Pye Weed, Dahlias
dahlia urchin with bright fuschia purple flowers
Dahlia Urchin

More About the Best Purple Flowers

What is your favorite purple flower? There are so many to choose from right? I would love to know more in the comments below.

Stacy Ling
dahlia dark butterfly
Dahlia dark butterfly

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Nepeta with purple flowers
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  1. Thanks for all the purple flowers but I would like to know which ones are perennials. Could you add this information next time you post about flowers of all colors? Thanks so much.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Debbie. The hardiness zones are listed for every flower, does that help you at all?

  2. Stacy, just beautiful. We can grow some of these here~love the irises and my hyacinths are just now popping out of the ground. Lovely photos to start the day!