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37 Purple Flowers Perfect for Home Gardens (with Bloom Times & Where To Buy)

collage of purple flowers for home gardens

In this article, I’ll be sharing the best purple flowers for your home garden. I’ve included a photo of each plant along with my personal experience with the plant and all of the important details you need to decide which purple flower is right for your landscape!

Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post for a table that includes the size, bloom times and key features of each plant in this list!

Looking for a different flower color? Check out my complete list of flowers arranged by color.

Sapphire Aster

Aster ‘Sapphire’

Sapphire Aster

Aster 'Sapphire'
Sapphire Aster (Aster ‘Sapphire’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Size: 12-15” H x 24” W
  • Flower Color: Lilac Blue
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to fall
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Eurasia, Northwest Africa, Canada and Northwest United States
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Sapphire Aster features fluffy lilac-blue flowers with yellow centers, blooming abundantly from late summer to fall. This compact perennial plant forms dome-shaped mounds and attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies. 

It thrives in full sun, but I’ve also grown asters in part sun with great success. It needs moderate moisture and well-drained soil

This low-maintenance, disease-resistant plant is great for borders, containers and mixed-planters. It’s a great choice for adding a pop of late-season color to your flower garden.

Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Sentimental Blue’

Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus
Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 6-8” H x 12” W
  • Flower Color: Blue-Violet
  • Foliage Color: Green-Grey
  • Bloom Time: May to August
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Asia
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Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) is a unique perennial plant with balloon-shaped buds that open into beautiful blue violet flowers with purplish veining from May to August. 

Balloon Flowers are perfect for front borders, walkways, rock gardens and containers. Their grey-green foliage complements its long-lasting flowers, making it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a whimsical and easy-care addition to their landscapes.

Pearl Deep Blue Bellflower

Campanula carpatica ‘Pearl Deep Blue’

Pearl Deep Blue Bellflower Campanula carpatica 'Pearl Deep Blue'
Pearl Deep Blue Bellflower (Campanula carpatica)
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 6-8″ H x 12-24″ W
  • Flower Color: Blue-violet with lighter centers
  • Foliage Color: Dark green
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to late summer, if deadheaded regularly
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Europe
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The Pearl Deep Blue Bellflower (Campanula carpatica) is a compact perennial plant with cup-shaped, vivid blue-violet flowers and dark green foliage. It blooms profusely from late spring to late summer if deadheaded regularly. 

This bellflower prefers fertile soil with a neutral to alkaline pH. It can grow in full sun or partial shade. 

Bellflowers attract butterflies and are resistant to deer and rabbits.It’s suitable for edging, containers, borders and rock gardens. 

Cat’s Pajamas’ Catmint

Nepeta x ‘Cat’s Pajamas’

Cat's Pajamas' Catmint

Nepeta x 'Cat's Pajamas'
Cat’s Pajamas’ Catmint (Nepeta x ‘Cat’s Pajamas’)
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Size: 12-14” H x 18-20” W
  • Flower Color: Blue Violet
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall, long-lasting blooms
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid, Nepeta is native to Asia and Europe
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Cat’s Pajamas Catmint (Nepeta x ‘Cat’s Pajamas’) has unique vivid blue-violet blooms in compact, tidy clumps. This plant adds vibrant color and fresh minty fragrance to gardens, containers and courtyards. 

The aromatic sage-green leaves are low-maintenance and the plant attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. It thrives in full sun, but I’ve also had success growing catmint in part sun (it just doesn’t bloom as profusely). 

It prefers well-drained soil and is drought-tolerant once established. In my opinion, Cat’s Pajamas ’s the perfect, petite plant for any sized garden.

Contrary to popular belief, catmint (nepeta) does NOT spread vigorously like other members of the mint family.  It will remain in its clump-like form and can be divided for more plants every 3 years or so.

Jackman Superba Clematis

Clematis ‘Jackmanii Superba’

Jackman Superba Clematis

Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba'
Jackman Superba Clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii Superba’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 10-12’ H x 3-4’ W
  • Flower Color: Purple (transitioning from deep purple to lighter violet)
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: North America
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Jackman Superba Clematis is a late blooming perennial vine featuring broad, velvety, rich purple flowers that age to lighter shades, creating a two-toned effect. 

The vine attracts butterflies and pollinators with its nectar-rich blooms. It can be used as a vertical accent, groundcover or to decorate garden structures. 

This clematis grows in full sun to partial shade and requires well-drained soil. Prune this clematis in early spring for optimal growth and blooming. 

I love clematis as a non-aggressive vine option to add vertical interest to home gardens. Clematis can also provide interest when not in bloom, as their flowers transition to silky seed heads that add texture to the fall and winter landscape.

Related Article: Clematis Care – How to Grow, Prune & Propagate the Queen of the Climbers

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in my yard. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Size: 2 – 5’ H x 18 – 24” W
  • Flower Color: Purple-Pink
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer through fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: North America
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Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a perennial plant that grows in zones 3-8. This drought-tolerant, low-maintenance native plant produces long-lasting blooms in shades of purple and pink

With a height ranging from 2-5 feet and a spread of 1.5-2 feet, this plant prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It blooms from summer through fall, attracting pollinators, butterflies and gold finches (who love their seeds). 

The Purple Coneflower is a popular choice for its easy-care, hardiness, attractive blooms and ability to attract wildlife. I personally could NOT have a garden without coneflowers. I love them that much! 

Note #1: Although it’s called “purple” coneflower, I find the blooms to be slightly more on the magenta side than pink. You’ll also find this on my list of gorgeous pink flowers.

Note #2: Purple coneflower is one of the longest blooming perennials in my own garden! Check out my full list of long bloomers here.

Free: Flower Bloom Tracker – Printable Bloom Charts

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Cosmos ‘Double Click Bicolor Violet’

Cosmos bipinnatus

Cosmos 'Double Click Bicolor Violet'

Cosmos bipinnatus
Cosmos ‘Double Click Bicolor Violet’ (Cosmos bipinnatus)
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full sun
  • Size: 3-4′ H x 2′ W
  • Flower Color: Striped with white in varying degrees of violet
  • Foliage Color: Blue-green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to frost
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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Cosmos ‘Double Click Bicolor Violet’ is an annual flower that’s easily grown from seed. It grows to a height of 3-4 feet and a width of 2 feet. It has ruffled, striped violet blooms with varying amounts of purple hues, making it an attractive addition to gardens. 

This plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, producing flowers from summer until first if you continue to deadhead. It is fairly drought tolerant and attracts butterflies, bees and beneficial insects to your garden.

Vanguard Crocus

Crocus vernus ‘Vanguard’

Vanguard Crocus (Crocus vernus)
Vanguard Crocus (Crocus vernus)
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 5” H x 6-12” W
  • Flower Color: Lavender
  • Foliage: Green
  • Bloom Time: Early spring
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Asia and Europe
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The Vanguard Crocus (Crocus vernus) is a delightful early spring-blooming perennial bulb. It thrives in growing zones 4-8, reaching a height of 5 inches with a spread of 6-12 inches. 

This plant features lovely lavender flowers with green foliage, adding a dash of color to your garden as it emerges very early in spring. 

The Vanguard Crocus is a great choice for pollinator gardens, rock gardens and containers. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.

Note: This is also a great option for planting under pine trees.

Paint The Town Fuchsia Dianthus

Dianthus x ‘Paint the Town Fuchsia’

Paint The Town Fuchsia Dianthus

Dianthus x 'Paint the Town Fuchsia'
Paint The Town Fuchsia Dianthus (Dianthus x ‘Paint the Town Fuchsia’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 6-8″ H x 12-15″ W
  • Flower Color: Fuchsia flower with lavender center
  • Foliage Color: Blue-Green
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid of Dianthus, which is native to Central and Southeastern Europe, Central Asia
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Paint The Town Fuchsia Dianthus (Dianthus x ‘Paint the Town Fuchsia’) is a perennial plant that grows in zones 4-9. It prefers full sun or partial shade and reaches a height of 6-8 inches with a spread of 12-15 inches. 

This plant blooms with single fuchsia flowers that have a spicy fragrance and are attractive to butterflies. Its blue-green foliage provides a lovely contrast to the pink blooms with purple centers. 

Paint The Town Fuchsia Dianthus is a great choice for its low maintenance, heat tolerance and resistance to deer. It is ideal for edging sunny borders, pathways, cottage garden borders and containers.

Camelot Lavender Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot Lavender’

Camelot Lavender Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea
Camelot Lavender Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 3 – 4’ H x 12”W
  • Flower Color: Lavender with dark-burgundy speckles
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Early to mid-Summer
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Western Europe and North Africa
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The Camelot Lavender Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot Lavender’) is a hybrid foxglove known for its pendulous, lavender flowers speckled with dark-burgundy interior markings. 

Reaching a height of 3-4 feet with a spread of 12 inches, this perennial plant thrives in growing zones 4-9. It blooms in early to mid-Summer for several weeks, attracting pollinators, butterflies and birds. 

This foxglove prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained, moist soil. It is deer and rabbit resistant, making it a great choice for gardens seeking low-maintenance, colorful blooms. 

Note: All parts of foxglove are poisonous if ingested and it can be aggressive if not managed properly. Please do more research before planting this gorgeous plant!

Fuchsia ‘Genii’

Fuchsia hybrida

Fuchsia 'Genii'

Fuchsia hybrida
Fuchsia ‘Genii’ (Fuchsia hybrida) in a hanging basket. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.
  • Growing Zones: 7-9
  • Light: Part Shade
  • Size: 3′ H x 3′ W
  • Flower Color: Purple with bright pink sepals
  • Foliage Color: Lime Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: South America, New Zealand and Tahiti
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Fuchsia ‘Genii’ (Fuchsia hybrida) is a sparkling addition to dappled shade gardens, suitable for growing in pots or borders. ‘Genii’ produces jewel-like blooms of rose red and inky purple that stand out against its lime green arching branches of leaves.

It is a very hardy selection that can overwinter in the ground in zones 7-9. In Northern gardens, it is recommended to grow it in pots to decorate the patio all season.

The plant is available in a pot size of 3.5″ in height and 2.63″ in width, with an annual lifecycle and a tender perennial hardiness zone of 7-10. Its mature size is 3′ in height and 3′ in width, with a preference for partial shade and rich, moist, well-drained soil.

‘Genii’ features purple pendant blossoms with bright pink sepals and is great for containers, attracting butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. It has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Rozanne Geranium

Geranium ‘Gerwat’

Rozanne Geranium

Geranium 'Gerwat'
Rozanne Geranium (Geranium ‘Gerwat’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-10
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 18-24″ H x 2-3′ W
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Foliage Color: Green, Red (in fall)
  • Bloom Time: Summer, reblooms into fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe, central Asia
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Rozanne Geranium (Geranium ‘Gerwat’) is a perennial plant with a spreading growth habit. This plant is versatile, thriving in a wide range of conditions in zones 4-10. It features vibrant violet-blue flowers with white centers, blooming in summer with reblooms into fall. 

Its compact size and long blooming period make it suitable for mass plantings or as a groundcover. Rozanne Geranium is also known for attracting butterflies and is tolerant of heat and humidity

Dana Dulcet Lenten Rose

Helleborus x iburgensis ‘Dana’s Dulcet’ 

Dana Dulcet Lenten Rose

Helleborus x iburgensis
Dana Dulcet Lenten Rose (Helleborus x iburgensis)
  • Growing Zones: 5a to 8b
  • Light: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 15″H
  • Flower Color: Violet-purple
  • Foliage Color: Dark green
  • Bloom Time: Mid-February
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid
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Dana’s Dulcet Hybrid Lenten Rose (Helleborus x iburgensis ‘Dana’s Dulcet’ PP 27,970) is a perennial plant with dark green, heavily-veined, evergreen foliage. It produces violet-purple, completely sterile flowers on 15″ tall stalks starting in mid-February. 

This plant is hardy in zones 5-8 and prefers part sun to part shade conditions. Because it blooms in late winter, it’s known for its stunning appearance in the winter landscape. It’s one of the first blooms you’ll see all season!

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Heliotrope ‘Select Amaretto’

Heliotropium arborescens

Heliotrope 'Select Amaretto'

Heliotropium arborescens
Heliotrope ‘Select Amaretto’ (Heliotropium arborescens)
  • Growing Zones:Tender perennial in zones 9-10, annual in other zones
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 2.5-3′ H x 1.5′ W
  • Flower Color: Lavender to purple mixed
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe, central Asia
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Heliotrope ‘Select Amaretto’ is a delightful plant with a sensational almond fragrance emanating from its lilac blooms and lush green foliage. This tender perennial grows in zones 9-10 but can be grown as an annual in other zones. 

This old-fashioned favorite, with its clusters of lavender flowers, is known for attracting butterflies and bees. It grows to a height of 2.5-3 feet and a width of 1.5 feet, thriving in full sun to part shade

Heliotrope ‘Select Amaretto’ is a great choice for garden beds and containers. Its also fairly deer resistant.

Blue Jangles Hydrangea Shrub (Let’s Dance®)

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Jangles’

Blue Jangles Hydrangea Shrub (Let's Dance®)

Hydrangea macrophylla
Let’s Dance® Blue Jangles Hydrangea Shrub (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Part Sun to Part Shade (Zones 7-9), Full Sun (Zones 5-6)
  • Size: 2-3’ H x  2-3’ W
  • Flower Color: Blue Violet
  • Foliage Color: Blue-Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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The Let’s Dance® Blue Jangles (Hydrangea macrophylla) is a stunning shrub for zones 5-9. It’s one of the more petite hydrangeas on the market, with a mature size of  2-3 feet. Iit fits well in small borders or as a focal point in your garden. 

The beautiful foliage of Let’s Dance is outsparkled by its large, ball-shaped blue violet blooms that take center stage in the summer months. 

This hydrangea prefers part sun to part shade in zones 7-9 and needs more sun in zones 5-6. 

Iris Variegata

Iris ensata ‘Variegata’

this iris has strappy variegated foliage and pale blue flowers
Variegated Iris (Iris ensata ‘Variegata’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 24” H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Lavender-Blue
  • Foliage Color: Green and White
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Japan, China, Korea and Russia
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Iris ensata ‘Variegata’ is a striking perennial with variegated, strappy foliage of green and white that provides year-round appeal. In the summer it blooms with delicate lavender-blue flowers atop strong stems. 

This Iris thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It’s known for being deer-resistant and a magnet for pollinators, making it a valuable plant for both its visual appeal and ecological benefits.

Phenomenal French Lavender

Lavandula x intermedia ‘Niko’

Phenomenal French Lavender

Lavandula x intermedia 'Niko'
Phenomenal French Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Niko’)
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 30-36” H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Purple/blue
  • Foliage Color: Grey-Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer for 6 weeks
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid of Lavandula, which is native to Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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Phenomenal® French Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Niko’) is a versatile perennial plant  that grows in zones 5-9. Thriving in full sun, this plant grows to a height of 30-36 inches and spreads 18-24 inches wide. 

Its fragrant blue-violet flowers bloom in summer, adding a burst of color to gardens. With its grey-green foliage and beautiful blooms, this lavender variety is not only visually appealing but also attracts pollinators to the garden. 

Dwarf Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus africanus ‘Peter Pan’

Dwarf Lily of the Nile Agapanthus africanus 'Peter Pan'
Dwarf Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus ‘Peter Pan’)
  • Growing Zones: 1-7 (Annual), 8-11 (Perennial)
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 12-18″ H x 12-18″ W
  • Flower Color: Blue Violet
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer for 6 weeks
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: South Africa
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Dwarf Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus ‘Peter Pan’) is a compact perennial with striking blue violet, trumpet-shaped blooms that add a tropical touch to any garden. Its manageable size makes it perfect for containers, rock gardens or as accents in borders and beds.

 This plant is a low-maintenance option, requiring little care once established. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. With its ability to attract pollinators and its adaptability to different environments, this plant is a versatile and beautiful addition to any landscape.

Great Blue Lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica

Great Blue Lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 2-3’ H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Lavender blue
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Late Summer to Mid Fall
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: North America
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The Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is a clump-forming perennial lobelia that grows up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It features dense spikes of lavender blue tubular flowers that bloom from late summer to mid-autumn. It also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. 

This plant thrives in full sun to partial shade and moist soil, making it ideal for woodland edges or near water features. Its medium growth rate and native range in North America make it a versatile and attractive addition to gardens in zones 4-9.

Wild Lupine

Lupinus perennis

Wild Lupine

Lupinus perennis
Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis)
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 18-24” H x 12-18” W
  • Flower Color: Violet-Blue
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Spring to early summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: North America
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The Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis) is a stunning perennial plant with vibrant violet-blue flowers that bloom from spring to early summer. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and reaches a height of 18-24 inches with a spread of 12-18 inches. 

This plant is native to North America and grows in zones 3-8. Its lush green foliage provides an attractive backdrop to the striking violet-blue blooms. 

The Wild Lupine is known for attracting pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds and it is deer-resistant. This plant prefers well-drained soil and low moisture once established.

Morning Glory ‘Venice Blue’

Ipomoea purpurea

Morning Glory 'Venice Blue'

Ipomoea purpurea
Morning Glory ‘Venice Blue’ (Ipomoea purpurea)
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full sun
  • Size: 6-10′ H x 1′ W
  • Flower Color: White with blue-purple streaks and stripes
  • Foliage Color: Blue-green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to frost
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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The Morning Glory ‘Venice Blue’ (Ipomoea purpurea) is an heirloom vine with striking ultramarine blue-purple striping on white trumpet-shaped flowers. It grows easily on a trellis and reaches a height of 6-10 feet and a width of about 1 foot.

This annual vine thrives in full sun with regular, well-drained soil. It blooms in the summer until frost, attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. 

Please note: Morning Glories can reseed prolifically and sometimes can be an aggressive nuisance in home gardens. While it’s a very popular plant, it’s not one I’d grow in my own garden. Please do further research before planting this! 

If you’re enjoying these purple flower suggestions, you’ll love my post, What to Plant with Purple Flowers, where I share some suggestions for what colors and plants look great with purple flowers!

Pasque Flower

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pasque Flower

Pulsatilla vulgaris
Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 10-12” H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Purple (varies from deep to pale purple and occasionally white)
  • Foliage Color: Green with silvery hairs
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and northern continental Europe and the British Isles
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Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) is an early blooming herbaceous perennial featuring finely divided, silvery-haired leaves and upright, bell-shaped flowers in shades of purple. The plant is relatively low-growing, reaching about 10-12 inches in height and 18-24 inches in width. 

It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it suitable for rock gardens or the front of perennial borders. While it is drought-tolerant once established, it will need protection from deer. 

Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunia

Petunia SUPERTUNIA Bourdeaux ‘Lanbor’ 

Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunia
Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunia in a container. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.
  • Growing Zones: Perennial in zones 9-11, grown as an annual in other zones
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 5-7” H x 24-36” W
  • Flower Color: Light purple with deep plum-burgundy veining
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: All season
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Hybrid
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The Petunia Supertunia Bordeaux is a stunning hybrid petunia known for its fragrant purple-pink flowers that don’t need deadheading. With a vigorous trailing habit, this plant quickly turns any hanging basket or decorative urn into a garden masterpiece. 

Supertunia bordeaux thrives in full sun conditions (I’ve grown it in part sun too — but it sometimes gets a bit leggy). It blooms throughout the season with light purple flowers highlighted by deep plum-burgundy veins, creating a beautiful contrast. This self-cleaning plant is easy to care for, tolerating heat and resisting powdery mildew. 

It’s a fast grower, so it may require ample moisture and fertilizer, especially in late summer. This is a petunia I grow in my front yard containers nearly every year. It’s very easy and always looks great. It’s pollinator-friendly and prefers full sun.

Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox

Phlox x ‘Violet Pinwheels’

Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox

Phlox x 'Violet Pinwheels'
Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox (Phlox x ‘Violet Pinwheels’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 4-6″ H x 2-3′ W
  • Flower Color: Violet/Light Purple
  • Foliage Color: Dark Green
  • Bloom Time: Early Spring
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Hybrid of phlox, which is native to North America
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Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox (Phlox x ‘Violet Pinwheels’)  is a low-growing perennial plant with a spread of 2-3 feet and a height of 4-6 inches. It thrives in full sun and well-drained, enriched soil. 

Violet Pinwheels Phlox blooms early in spring with violet and light purple flowers, basically carpeting the ground with gorgeous star-like blooms.

This plant is an excellent choice for garden and pathway edging, groundcover or as a filler in mixed planters. Its fine-textured foliage and attractive blooms make it an ideal addition to any landscape. 

It’s also moderately resistant to deer and other animals and can be a beneficial plant for pollinators.

Lavender Rhododendron Shrub

Rhododendron catawbiense

Lavender Rhododendron Shrub

Rhododendron catawbiense
Lavender Rhododendron Shrub (Rhododendron catawbiense)
  • Growing Zones: 4-8 
  • Light: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 6-10’ H x 6-10’ W
  • Flower Color: Lavender
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Native Range: North America
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Lavender Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense) is a stunning evergreen shrub for part sun/shade areas in zones 4-8. It showcases clusters of vibrant lavender flowers against glossy, green foliage in the spring. 

With a mature size of 6-10 ft. high and wide, this rhododendron will add a big burst of color to your home garden if you have the space for it. Its low maintenance, adaptable and drought tolerant, making it a versatile choice for various soil types and landscaping needs.

May Night Salvia

Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’

May Night Salvia

Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night'
May Night Salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’)
  • Growing Zones: 3-9
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Size: 18” H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Violet-Blue
  • Foliage Color: Gray-Green
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring, reblooms to fall
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Native Range: Hybrid, Salvia is native to central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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May Night Salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’) is a perennial plant that thrives in zones 3-9. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It grows to about 18 inches in height and 18-24 inches in width, featuring violet-blue flowers and gray-green foliage. 

This plant blooms from late spring, reblooming through fall (although reblooms are never as beautiful as its first flush). May Night and other salvias are known for attracting butterflies and other pollinators, being drought-tolerant and resistant to deer.

Salvia 'May Night"
Salvia ‘May Night’ in my own garden. Photo by Pretty Purple Door.

I’m a huge fan of May Night salvia and have grown it in my garden for years. I love the unique, wand-like blooms and its ability to rebloom throughout the summer and into fall. It’s a great, low maintenance and reliable perennial that’s great for any home garden. While it thrives in full sun, I’ve had success growing salvia in partial sun… it just doesn’t bloom as prolifically.

Mystic Spires Salvia 

Salvia ‘Balsalmisp’

Salvia Mystic Spires Salvia 'Balsalmisp'
Salvia Mystic Spires (Salvia ‘Balsalmisp’). Photo by Student JR.
  • Growing Zones: 7-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 18-24″ H x 12-18″ W
  • Flower Color: Violet Blue
  • Foliage Color: Gray Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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Mystic Spires Salvia (Salvia ‘Balsalmisp’) is a compact, well-branched perennial with dark green foliage. It produces long stalks of violet blue flowers that attract pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. 

This plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it a great addition to gardens in growing zones 7-9. 

One of the students from my Design Your 4-Season Garden course swears by this magnificent plant. While its blooms appear more “true blue” than purple, it flowers all year long in her California garden. From what I’ve seen from her photos, it definitely earns its place in a perennial garden if you’re in the right climate! 

Butterfly Blue Scabiosa

Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’

Butterfly Blue Scabiosa

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'
Butterfly Blue Scabiosa (Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’)
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 30-36” H x 18-24” W
  • Flower Color: Lavender blue
  • Foliage Color: Blue-Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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Eastern Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana) is a perennial plant that grows in zones 5 to 9. It prefers full sun and reaches a size of 30-36 inches in height and 18-24 inches in width. 

During the summer, this plant showcases clusters of beautiful violet blue flowers that last for several weeks. Its foliage is a soothing blue-green color. 

This plant is known for its ability to attract pollinators and is relatively resistant to deer and other animals. It thrives in well-drained soil.

Blue Glitter Sea Holly

Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’

light blue spikey flowers of sea holly blue glitter
Blue Glitter Sea Holly (Eryngium planum)
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 0-36” H x 18-24” W 
  • Flower Color: Lavender Blue
  • Foliage Color: Blue-Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer for 6 weeks
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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Sea Holly (Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’) is a resilient perennial boasting spiny, lavender blue flowers atop silver-blue stems and blue-green leaves. 

Blooming in summer and thriving in full sun, this plant is compact, deer-resistant and drought-tolerant. It adds vibrant blue color and a touch of whimsy to any flower garden. 

Quick Tip: If you like the color of this sea holly and you’re looking for similar options for your garden, check out this post where I cover 20+ LIGHT blue flowers to add a cool touch to your garden. 

Sweet Pea ‘Erewhon’

Lathyrus odoratus

Sweet Pea 'Erewhon'

Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet Pea ‘Erewhon’ (Lathyrus odoratus)
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Size: 6′ H x 8″ W
  • Flower Color: Dark lavender and pink
  • Foliage Color: Blue-green
  • Bloom Time: Spring to summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Central and southeastern Europe and central Asia
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Sweet Pea ‘Erewhon’ (Lathyrus odoratus) is a fragrant annual plant known for its stunning bi-color dark lavender and pink flowers. Growing up to 6 feet in height and 8 inches in width, it thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.

‘Erewhon’ blooms from spring to summer, attracting butterflies and bees while being resistant to deer. 

Blue Vervain

Verbena hastata

Blue Vervain

Verbena hastata
Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Light: Full or partial sun
  • Size: 3-6’ H x 2-3’ W
  • Flower Color: Violet Blue
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Late Summer
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: North America
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Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) is a perennial plant that grows in zones 3 to 8 in full or partial sun. It can reach a height of 3 to 6 feet with a spread of 2 to 3 feet. 

This plant produces striking violet blue flowers in late summer.  Its green foliage adds to its aesthetic appeal and it is known for its ability to tolerate wet soil. 

Blue Vervain is a great choice for gardeners looking to attract pollinators to their outdoor spaces. It’s great for inviting bees, butterflies and birds to your garden.

Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’

Zinnia elegans

Zinnia 'Purple Prince'

Zinnia elegans
Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ (Zinnia elegans)
  • Growing Zones:Annual in most zones
  • Light: Full sun
  • Size: 2.5-3′ H x 1.5-2′ W
  • Flower Color: Wine purple
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Frost
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America
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Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ is a delightful annual plant that’s easy to grow from seed. Zinnias are perennial flowers that are treated as annuals. Purple Prince has large wine-purple flowers that bloom from summer until frost. It grows to 2.5-3 feet high and spreads 1.5-2 feet wide.  

Thriving in full sun and rich, well-drained soil, ‘Purple Prince’ is known for attracting pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds, adding lively movement to the garden. With its heat and drought tolerance, this zinnia is a resilient choice.

While most websites list zinnias as needing full sun, I’ve successfully grown them in part sun areas, too!

Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Lilac’

Zinnia elegans

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Lilac'

Zinnia elegans
Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Lilac’ (Zinnia elegans)
  • Growing Zones: Annual in most zones
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 3-4′ H x 2.5′ W
  • Flower Color: Lilac purple
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer to frost
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America
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Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Lilac’ (Zinnia elegans) is a tall, bushy and vigorous annual plant that produces large lilac-purple flowers all summer long until frost.  Zinnias are perennial flowers that are treated as annuals. 

It thrives in well-drained, rich soil and full sun. While most websites list zinnias as needing full sun, I’ve successfully grown them in part sun areas, too! 

This zinnia variety is known for its attractiveness to butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects. It is also heat and drought tolerant, making it a resilient choice for gardens. 

With its stunning pastel blooms, this zinnia is a robust addition to any garden, adding vibrant color and attracting a variety of pollinators.

Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ F1

Ageratum houstonianum

Ageratum 'Blue Horizon' F1

Ageratum houstonianum
Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ F1 (Ageratum houstonianum)
  • Growing Zones: Annual
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Size: 18-30″ H x 12-18″ W
  • Flower Color: Lavender to Purplish-Blue
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Frost
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Native Range: Mexico and Central America
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‘Blue Horizon’ Floss Flower (Ageratum houstonianum) is an annual plant that thrives with full sun exposure, appreciating some light afternoon shade in hot climates. It boasts fluffy lavender to purplish-blue flower clusters from late spring until frost. 

Its neat foliage mound of heart-shaped leaves make it an attractive addition to gardens. This plant is known to attract butterflies and is resistant to deer and rabbits. It prefers rich, moist, well-drained soils.

Blue Ice Amsonia (Blue Star)

Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’

light blue flower blossoms on amsonia in the springtime
Blue Star (Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Size: 12-16″ H x 18-24″ W
  • Flower Color: Dark Lavender Blue
  • Foliage Color: Green, foliage turns yellow in fall
  • Bloom Time: Early Spring
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Native Range: Southeast Europe, Turkey, Japan and Central and Northeast United States
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Blue Ice Amsonia (Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’) is a hardy native perennial with star-shaped lavender-blue flowers in spring. Its dark green foliage lasts through summer, turning bright yellow in fall. 

It’s compact, deer-resistant and drought-tolerant, making it ideal for mass plantings or as a border plant. Amsonia requires full sun to reach its flowering and fall color potential.

This is an absolutely magnificent plant for 4-season interest. I love the violet-blue blooms in the spring and the yellow needle-like foliage in the fall. It’s definitely on my list of favorites. It’s also native to the Northeast US!

Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Jean Baby’

light blue wand-like flowers of russian sage
Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
  • Growing Zones: 4-9 
  • Light: Full Sun 
  • Size: 2-2.5 H x 3” W 
  • Flower Color: Violet-Blue 
  • Foliage Color: Gray-Green 
  • Blooms Time: Summer for 12 weeks 
  • Growth Rate: Fast 
  • Native Range: Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.) and Tibet at elevations to 8,000 ft
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Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Jean Baby’) is a prolific blooming perennial plant suited for zones 4-9. Thriving in full sun, it showcases violet-blue flowers against gray-green foliage, blooming all summer long. 

Reaching 2-2.5’ in height and 3” in spread, this fast-growing plant adds a burst of color and herby fragrance to your garden.

Creeping Mazus

Mazus reptans

light blue flowers of creeping mazus form a groundcover between sidewalks
Creeping Mazus (Mazus reptans)
  • Growing Zones: 5-8 
  • Light: Full Sun-Part Sun 
  • Size: 1’ H x 1’ W
  • Flower Color: Light violet blue to white 
  • Foliage Color: Grass Green
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Mid Summer
  • Growth Rate: Moderate 
  • Native Range: Himalayas region of Asia
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Creeping Mazus (Mazus reptans) is a low-maintenance groundcover plant. It’s quick to fill in, forming a dense mat of twisty green foliage. This versatile plant blooms from late spring to mid summer with light violet blue flowers. 

Creeping Mazus perfect for cascading over walls and slopes. It thrives in full to partial sun and is deer-resistant.

Table: Size, Bloom Times and Key Features of Purple Flowers

Plant NameHeightWidthBloom TimeKey Features
Sapphire Aster12-15” H24” WLate summer to fallLilac blue flowers, compact mounds, attracts pollinators
Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower6-8” H12” WMay to AugustUnique balloon-shaped blue violet flowers
Pearl Deep Blue Bellflower6-8″ H12-24″ WLate spring to late summerBlue-violet flowers with lighter centers
Cat’s Pajamas’ Catmint12-14” H18-20” WSummer to FallVivid blue-violet blooms, compact, fresh minty fragrance
Jackman Superba Clematis10-12’ H3-4’ WSummer through FallVelvety rich purple flowers fade to lighter shades
Purple Coneflower2 – 5’ H18 – 24” WSummer through fallPurple-pink flowers, attracts butterflies and goldfinches
Cosmos ‘Double Click Bicolor Violet’3-4′ H2′ WSummer to frostStriped violet flowers with varying hues
Vanguard Crocus5” H6-12” WEarly springLavender flowers, early spring blooms
Paint The Town Fuchsia Dianthus6-8″ H12-15″ WEarly SummerFuchsia flowers with lavender centers, spicy fragrance
Camelot Lavender Foxglove3 – 4’ H12”WEarly to mid-SummerLavender flowers with dark-burgundy speckles
Fuchsia ‘Genii’3′ H3′ WSummer to FallPurple and bright pink pendant blossoms
Rozanne Geranium18-24″ H2-3′ WSummer, reblooms into fallVibrant violet-blue flowers with white centers
Dana Dulcet Lenten Rose15″HMid-FebruaryViolet-purple sterile flowers
Heliotrope ‘Select Amaretto’2.5-3′ H1.5′ WSummer to fallAlmond-scented lilac blooms, attracts butterflies and bees
Blue Jangles Hydrangea Shrub (Let’s Dance®)2-3’ H2-3’ WSummerLarge blue violet ball-shaped blooms
Iris Variegata24” H18-24” WSummerLavender-Blue flowers, variegated green and white foliage
Phenomenal French Lavender30-36” H18-24” WSummer for 6 weeksPurple/blue fragrant flowers, gray-green foliage
Dwarf Lily of the Nile12-18″ H12-18″ WSummer for 6 weeksTrumpet-shaped blue violet flowers
Great Blue Lobelia2-3’ H18-24” WLate Summer to Mid FallLavender blue tubular flowers
Wild Lupine18-24” H12-18” WSpring to early summerVibrant violet-blue flowers
Morning Glory ‘Venice Blue’6-10′ H1′ WSummer to frostWhite flowers with blue-purple streaks
Pasque Flower10-12” H18-24” WSpringPurple flowers, silver-haired foliage
Supertunia® BordeauxTM Petunia5-7” H24-36” WAll seasonLight purple flowers with plum-burgundy veining
Violet Pinwheels Creeping Phlox4-6″ H2-3′ WEarly SpringViolet and light purple flowers
Lavender Rhododendron Shrub6-10’ H6-10’ WSpringVibrant lavender flower clusters
May Night Salvia18” H18-24” WLate Spring, reblooms to fallViolet-Blue flowers, gray-green foliage
Mystic Spires Salvia18-24″ H12-18″ WSummerSpikes of violet blue flowers
Butterfly Blue Scabiosa30-36” H18-24” WSummerLavender blue flowers, blue-green foliage
Blue Glitter Sea Holly0-36” H18-24” WSummer for 6 weeksSpiny lavender blue flowers, silver-blue stems
Sweet Pea ‘Erewhon’6′ H8″ WSpring to summerDark lavender & pink fragrant flowers
Blue Vervain3-6’ H2-3’ WLate SummerViolet Blue flowers, wet soil tolerance
Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’2.5-3′ H1.5-2′ WSummer to FrostLarge wine purple flowers
Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Lilac’3-4′ H2.5′ WSummer to frostLarge lilac-purple flowers
Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ F118-30″ H12-18″ WLate Spring to FrostFluffy lavender to purplish-blue flowers
Blue Ice Amsonia (Blue Star)12-16′′ H18-24′′ WEarly SpringDark lavender blue star-shaped flowers
Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage2-2.5 H3” WSummer for 12 weeksViolet-blue flowers, gray-green foliage
Creeping Mazus1’ H1’ WLate Spring to Mid SummerLight violet blue to white flowers, groundcover

Wrapping Up

Adding these unique plants with purple flowers to your garden is sure to infuse it with a charm that’s 100% unique to you!

Before reading this, I bet you didn’t imagine there’d be so many purple flower options for your garden! But, I hope you now see there’s so many options–no matter how much sun or space you have available! 

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