17 Amazing Purple Perennials For Your Garden

Last update: April 13, 2020

Purple is a contemplative and contemporary color to use in your yard and garden. And with so many purple perennials, designing the garden of your dreams is easier than ever. Need inspiration? Check out these 17 amazing perennials to use in your décor.

1. Hellebore

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If you enjoy an evergreen four-seasons garden, you might find it particularly rewarding to have blossoms since early spring. Hellebore is one of those plants that take up the stage from an early season, reviving your garden with intense colors.

With long-lasting flowers, hellebore will joy up your garden from early March until late May. The easiest cultivars to grow are the Oriental hybrid, commonly known as a Lenten rose.

2. African Daisy

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Native to South Africa, hence its name, African daisy delights homeowners with a profusion of multicolor flowers that last throughout the summer. Purple is one of the most popular colors, but there are numerous other versions to choose from.

Tolerating drought and poor soils, the plant doesn’t require special maintenance and deals well even with a certain amount of neglect.

3. Fuchsia

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Usually grown in hanging baskets, fuchsia is one of those purple perennials that doesn’t go unnoticed. With peculiar two-toned flowers that hang as jewels from the stem, this striking plant is one of the most beautiful hanging perennials to consider.

Purple and hot pink are usually the signature colors of the flowers and, wherever you place it, this beautiful plant will become the focal point of your garden.

4. Gladiolus

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Gladiolus is one of the classic perennials. Renowned for its tall flower spikes and ideal to mix in your midsummer bouquets, gladiolus comes in a rainbow of colors and grow between 2 to 5 feet tall. Often placed in the back of a garden or in the middle of a flowerbed, gladiolus is beautiful and versatile.

Easy to grow in all climates, this plant needs more care than other perennials and has to be moved into a heated greenhouse or indoors during harsh winters.

5. Echinacea Purpurea

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Echinacea is one of those purple perennials to grow for both beauty and properties. Also known as purple cornflower, Echinacea is easy to grow and blooms to daisy-like flowers. It loves water and thrives along a pond or water stream, but adapts to other environments as long as you provide sufficient irrigation.

Used since the earliest times as an immunity booster, Echinacea will not only enhance your garden but will also treat your cold or flu.

6. Purple Geranium

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Purple geranium is one of those magnificent flowers that embellish a flower garden from early to mid-summer. Its rich violet-blue flowers match wonderfully with an array of other shades, while the heavily-veined velvety petals add that extra-touch that everyone will love.

Once the flowers are gone, the plant will embellish your garden with its deeply-lobed foliage that turns red during fall.  

7. Agapanthus

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Evocative to summer, agapanthus is a summer-flowering perennial that comes in two inspiring colors. Purple is our favorite, and the plant is often referred to as the Lily of the Nile.

Native to South Africa, agapanthus displays large inflorescences that are either striking purplish-blue or white. Planted in the middle of a flowerbed alongside gladiolus or arranged along the edges of the property, agapanthus usually blooms from June to August.

8. Azalea

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Fascinating shrubs, azaleas are harder to grow and need more maintenance, but their amazing flowers are well worth the effort. Coming in a wide range of varietals, with blooms that flower to a rainbow of colors and with their romantic aspect, azaleas can easily enhance the curb appeal of a property.

Rhododendrons are an alternative to azaleas. Equally beautiful, they boast larger leaves and the flowers are shaped slightly different between the two plants.

9. Lily

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From the selection of purple perennials to grow in a garden, lilies are a classic. Romantic, perfumed, decorative, lilies inspired artists along the centuries. Coming in a wide range of colors, lilies are characterized by trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom on tall stems.

Lilies love water but don’t need special maintenance. They are even easy to grow indoors, in case you’re looking for the perfect perennials for your indoor flower garden.

10. Ice Plant Flowers

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If you’re looking for a drought-tolerant perennial to grow alongside African daisies, have a look at the ice plant flower. Simple and beautiful, resistant to harsh conditions and with little demands, this plant looks like a small purple daisy and is easy to care for.

Part of the succulent family, ice plant comes in over 100 varieties and develops into a bushy subshrub that can occupy all empty space you have in the garden.

11. Aubrietia

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Purple and stylish, aubrietia is one of those flowers that bloom early in spring. Loving harsh terrains and thriving in poor conditions, this plant is ideal to integrate into a rock garden. Its lovely purple flowers and dainty leaves can easily scramble over rocks, covering them in a beautiful blanket of delicate color.

Remarkably tolerant to harsh climates, the plant needs little watering and almost no maintenance. A more than inspired choice for busy homeowners.

12. Phlox

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Phlox is an old-fashioned plant often associated with romantic countryside cottages and traditional landscapes. Its eye-catching purple-blue flowers last for several weeks in summer and are perfect to mix in a beautiful bouquet.

Growing phlox is easy, and if you don’t like purple, the plant comes in a variety of different colors, including white, pink, or lavender.

13. Pansy

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Pansies are among the most popular perennials. Coming in almost all imaginable colors and blooming throughout the winter season in the subtropical areas, these purple perennials commonly bloom in early spring and late fall in the temperate climates.

Highlighting your landscape design with their delicate elegance, pansies are easy to grow and easy to maintain. If you don’t have a garden, growing them in a pot is a breeze.

14. Chrysanthemum

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Thriving in most regions, chrysanthemums are the typical fall flowers. Cheerful, colorful, and beautiful to use in autumn arrangements, these flowers are very easy to grow. They bloom in mid-fall and flower towards the winter.

Coming in a wide variety of styles and shapes, these flowers are among the most versatile choices for a garden.

15. Wisteria

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Have you ever looked at those awesome flower bunches that hang above a patio or yard, inebriating with their sweet perfume and mesmerizing with their purple color? If you were wondering what’s the name of the plant, it’s wisteria.

Wisteria is one of the most wonderful purple perennials. A vining plant that needs little care and that adapts well to almost all environments. Looking amazing in all contexts, there is no wonder it made it to our list.

16. Honeysuckle

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Purple, yellow, blue, pink, you name it. Honeysuckle comes in a variety of colors, is heat-tolerant, and has a lovely fragrance that attracts bees and butterflies. A great addition to any landscape, this beautiful plant comes in over 180 species.

Some varieties are even evergreen plants. Caring for honeysuckle is easy, and just like wisteria, the plant can easily embellish a trellis or a wall.

17. Hydrangea

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I’ve left my favorite purple perennials, hydrangeas, for the end. This versatile plant doesn’t come in a specific color, its flowers change color based on the type of terrain. To achieve bluish purple hydrangeas, you’ll need an acidic soil. In calcareous soils, hydrangeas are often pink. And you can expect to achieve any colors in-between, including white.

Beautiful, fascinating, and looking amazing in all contexts, hydrangeas are amazing purple perennials to consider for your indoor or outdoor flower garden.

How To Make A Small Succulent Garden

Last update: April 27, 2021

A miniature succulent garden can embellish with success any indoor or outdoor space. Succulent plants come in many shapes, colors, and sizes. They adapt well to almost all environments and need minimal care. Qualities that make them the ideal for aspirant gardeners.

Succulents are also ideal plants to create magnificent compositions. So, if you want to create a suggestive atmosphere in a corner of your home, follow these easy steps to make an elegant miniature succulent garden.

Why Make A Succulent Garden

Succulents are an ancient and peculiar genus of plants able to retain water and survive with extreme ease to drought. This quality gives succulents a peculiar appearance. Almost all varieties are characterized by juicy leaves with interesting round shapes, while the fully grown plants tend to have aesthetically appealing geometric shapes.

Many people confound succulents with cacti, which are a whole different species. Nevertheless, both varieties are often mixed and matched to create interesting landscapes or miniature indoor gardens, thanks to their resistance to extreme weather conditions.

Now, if you’re wondering why to make a succulent garden, the reason is simple. These plants are the perfect choice for beginners. They don’t need special care and grow well in almost all places, either in direct sunlight or in partial shade.

They adapt well to the indoors; and if you’re an experienced gardener, you probably know that that’s a big plus. Last but not least, thanks to the numerous varieties available, succulents are easy to mix and match in any way you like.

If now you’re impatient to make your own small succulent garden follow the step-by-step guide below.

How To Make A Small Succulent Garden

Materials

  • A wide flower pot or glass terrarium
  • Assorted succulent seedlings (4-5 plants)
  • Succulents and cacti soil
  • White or colored sand
  • White or colored pebbles
  • Gardening gloves
  • Decorations

Optional Tools

  • Hand drill

Step 1 – Prepare The Pot

Succulents are robust plants that need little to no maintenance. But if there is a thing that could damage them, it’s excess water. The only thing to pay attention to when planting succulents is drainage, that’s why choosing the proper container is crucial.

It doesn’t matter what material the pot is made of, but it should have drainage holes. Clay or terracotta pots usually have a drainage hole or two. However, if you choose a plastic container or a glass terrarium, you might have to drill holes in the bottom.

To do this, simply use a hand drill and the right drill bits. Drilling through glass is rather complicated but it can be done provided you use the right tools.

Another thing you should do is to clean the pot thoroughly and apply a thin layer of fungicide on the walls and bottom. This might not be necessary in the case of a new pot, but this step is important if you decided to reuse a pot that once held other plants, to prevent the transmission of plant diseases.

Once you’ve done this, add a thin layer of pebbles on the bottom of the container, to guarantee a perfect drainage. Remember that stagnant water can cause the roots to rot and promotes the development of mold, two conditions that can easily compromise the growth and health of the plants.

Step 2 – Plant The Succulents

The pot is prepared and it’s now time to plant your succulents. Put your gardening gloves on and pour potting soil into the container, leaving an empty space of about one inch from the upper edge.

Dig a small hole in the place where you want to plant the first succulent. Remove the seedling from its tray and plant it in your small succulent garden. Fill the hole with potting soil and move to the next plant. Repeat the procedure with all the seedlings, creating any composition you like.

When distributing the plants, consider where you want to place the succulent garden. For example, if you want to place it in an area where the pot would be only partially exposed to sunlight, plant the highest varieties behind the shortest ones.

It is also important to plant the succulents at the depth of their original tray, as this will ensure all roots are well covered with potting soil.

In case you already have succulents on your terrace or in the garden, it’s easy to make a small succulent garden by propagating cuttings from the grown plants you already own. In this hypothesis, collect some leaves from your plants and bury one-third of each leaf in the pot. This is a great way of starting your miniature garden, but it will take some time to see the plants grow.

Step 3 – Decorate Your Succulent Garden

When all the plants are in position, compact the soil around them in such a way as to fix the seedlings in the best possible way. Then, decorate the garden.

If most of the space is occupied by plants, the best way to decorate is with white or colored pebbles, gravel, or small river stones. In a transparent terrarium, you can make colorful layers of sand and potting soil, then decorate the top with pebbles or stones.

In a large pot, you can even consider creating a fairy succulent garden with small fairy statues, miniature garden gnomes, and other resin or ceramic decorations.

For a different effect, consider mixing and matching succulents with small cacti and other desert plants such as stone flowers.

How To Maintain A Succulent Garden

As said way too many times, succulents need little maintenance. But don’t confound this with no maintenance at all. That said, they are the perfect plants for beginners or for those concerned about the true color of their green thumb.

Succulents thrive in sunlight and deal really well with droughts. Some species even grow well in shade, but most succulents get leggy and weak if they don’t receive at least a few hours of sunlight a day. The best thing is to position your small succulent garden on a sunny windowsill or terrace.

When it comes to water, succulents need little. Too much water can damage their roots, therefore drained soil is crucial. However, this doesn’t mean you should leave them without water for too long. In broad terms, water the succulents once a week in the coolest periods and about twice per week if you live in a really hot area.

In nature, succulents don’t need fertilizer and thrive on unfertile lands. But in a pot, the nutrients drain out faster and are hardly replaced by the natural processes. Therefore, your small succulent garden might need fertilizer.

Don’t worry, an all-purpose fertilizer applied twice a year in early spring and late summer is more than enough. Or you could use compost to boost up the nutritional properties of the soil. Other than this, a succulent garden doesn’t need any type of special care and you’ll be able to enjoy its beauty for a really long time.

An Infographic Looking At The Flower Industry

Last update: April 11, 2020

Did you know that we spend more than $26 billion annually on floral products? In the U.S., there are more than 23,000 establishments in floral industry, which includes florist establishments, wholesaler, and floriculture growers. This industry has employed more than 83K people in total.

And did you know that 80% of the flowers available in the U.S. are imported from other countries? Out of all the flower exporters, Colombia and Ecuador are the top 2 countries that export their flowers to the U.S. Whereas in the U.S. itself, most of the locally grown flowers come from the state of California.

Being in the flower industry is probably not the easiest job. In fact, 45% of the flowers grown for sale are discarded before they even make it to the flower shop! This is to ensure that by the time the flowers get to the flower shop, they can still everyone can make beautiful flower arrangements and by the time they send it to you or your loved one, you can still enjoy those beautiful flowers.

Interestingly, most of the flowers bought in the U.S. are used as outdoor bedding/garden plants (46%), which beats the fresh flowers used as decorations by 12%. There is also a decent chunk of the flowers being used for flowering/green houseplants purposes.

Women, by far, is still the main buyer of flowers (79% vs. 21% of men). When it comes to gardening, most men tend to spend their time whacking weeds in the garden. Thirty-seven percent of the flowers bought are used as gifts, mostly during Christmas, Hanukkah, Mother’s Day, and Valentine’s Day.

Want to know more about the flower industry? Read our infographic here.

Flower Industry Statistics Infographic