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Purple Flowers and Mauve Flowers in the Garden For Color Co-Ordination

Diana was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. She & her family all love gardening. She enjoys photographing & painting plants too.

Hellebore

Hellebore

I Love Co-ordinating Flower Colors in the Garden

I have enjoyed flower photography ever since I got my Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera, more than a decade ago. This enabled me to make several web pages to show off the flowers and plants in my garden and, of course, since then I have upgraded my smartphones several times, each with a better camera. Most of the photographs in this article don't depict rare flowers, except perhaps my purple hellebore (see the image above), so you should find the plants easy to obtain.

My own preference is for easy-care flowering plants, be they big flowers or small flowers, rather than trees and shrubs, . The important point is to check that they are planted in appropriate growing conditions.

Here's My List of Plants With Mauve and Purple Flowers--See Them in Bloom in Photographs as You Scroll Lower Down the Page

There are so many mauve and purple flowers that, almost without stopping, I was able to make a list of more than thirty. I have put just eleven of them on this page. A few of them will flower in winter, but some like more heat, and so will only flower in summer.

You can also find some useful plant care information towards the bottom of this page, under the heading "Plant Tips".

1. Mauve Primula Vulgaris

2. Viola (Violets)

3. Buddleia

4. Hydrangea

5. Purple Iris

6. Chives

7. Purple Lavandula Stoechas (French Lavender)

8. White and Purple Pansies

9. White and Mauve Petunias

10. Purple Aquilegia (Columbine)

11. Pink and Mauve Pulmonaria


Primula (or Primrose)

Primula (or Primrose)

1. Mauve Primula Vulgaris

This Is the Latin Name for Common Polyanthus or Primrose.

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The ones in the photograph above have small flowers, but some species have bigger flowers.

What's the difference between primrose and polyanthus?

A 'primrose' has a single stem with just one flower whereas a 'polyanthus' has one stem which bears many flowers. So the plant in the image above is a purple polyanthus vulgaris (vulgaris means common in Latin). They flower naturally in very early Spring and have quite a long flowering period, but you can buy them flowering artificially in winter.

Purple Violets or Viola

Purple Violets or Viola

2. Viola (Violets)

This purple flower is the small wild plant, Genus Viola.

This violet will flower in spring, and then intermittently throughout the year. It is very small and delicate in appearance, almost insignificant, but has multiplied rampantly in my garden and is very hardy.

The little plants are almost like weeds, and get everywhere, but the small flowers are so pretty that I want to keep them, and wouldn't dream of digging them up completely.

Buddleia

Buddleia

3. Buddleia

Buddleia has hundreds of tiny mauve florets. When the flowers are in bloom, butterflies find it very attractive.

So, if you want a butterfly garden, the sweet-scented mauve flowers of buddleia are ideal. The blooms are carried on the branches of this slightly silver-leafed shrub and are quite proliferous. They flower in late summer through to autumn, and if the first flowers are cut back as they turn brown, they will be followed by more mauve flowers.

Buddleias can be a bit of a nuisance, because they grow easily and therefore tend to multiply, but they are easy to keep under control by rigorous pruning.

There is a deep purple buddleia called Purple Emperor, which I would love to have in my garden, as it is a very rich, deep purple, and more unusual. Mine is the rather common mauve one, but still very beautiful, if a bit unruly.

White and Purple Hydrangea

White and Purple Hydrangea

4. Hydrangea

I think I have identified this one as Hydrangea Aspera ssp. Sargentiana. It has pale mauve to white flower heads.

This is a very beautiful plant with large leaves and large flowers, or more accurately, heads of multiple flowers. I have read that it is a native of Himalaya, but it grows very happily in a corner of my garden which gets the morning sun and then dappled shade later in the day. It flowers from early summer to late autumn.

Sometimes the heads of Hydrangea aspera ssp. sargentiana are a bit more blue than my hydrangea, which is a very delicate shade of creamy white, tinged with mauve.

Purple Iris

Purple Iris

5. Purple Iris

Iris plants are sometimes called "flags" because of the shape of their upright leaves.

Irises come in several colours, but I like my purple iris best. I got it free, from a rubbish dump, where someone had obviously dug them up and thrown them away.

If irises are happy, growing in the right conditions, they will multiply and take over a large area, but, regrettably, I have never managed to get them to flourish in my garden, and I am lucky if I get more than four or five flowers. These garden flowers look very effective in large drifts.

There are many different varieties of iris. The iris shown here in the photograph flowers for about four to six weeks in early summer.

Chives With Mauve Flowers

Chives With Mauve Flowers

6. Chives

Who would have thought that herbs would have such pretty mauve flowers?

In the first year that I have grown chives in any number, they flowered from mid-summer through to late autumn.

The small flowers on chives look so pretty that I keep them outside my back door, so that I can see them through my kitchen window.

The trouble is, I don't really like to harvest my chives, in case it spoils the mauve flowers!

Purple Lavendula - French Lavender

Purple Lavendula - French Lavender

7. Purple Lavandula Stoechas (French Lavender)

Big fat deep purple flower heads.

This species of Lavandula stoechas or French lavender is more spectacular than the common-or-garden English lavender, but it bears fewer purple flowers than its English relation. The purple or mauve flowers on this type of lavender have a more interesting shape, and I must confess that I prefer them, although they are less hardy in cold weather.

Lavandula stoechas is a newcomer to my garden, and I don't think it grows or flowers as well as English lavender, but I suppose they are slightly more rare plants in England, although they have been classed as an invasive weed in Australia..

Pansies

Pansies

8. White and Purple Pansies

Pansies are another form of viola.

They are very colourful, and the velvet-textured flowers in bloom range from dark purple flowers to blue, white, yellow, orange and dark red, and every tone in-between. So they can be chosen to go with any colour scheme in your garden.

It is possible to buy winter-flowering pansies as well as pansies which flower at other times of the year, so it is never necessary to be without pansies, if they are your choice.

I love them, because they can always be relied upon to brighten up a dull patch in the garden or in pots, whilst one set of plants have died and the next lot haven't yet developed.

Petunias

Petunias

9. White and Mauve Petunias

Petunias come in shades of mauve, purple, pink, red and white.

I like to stick to one tone rather than mixing up the colours, so these mauve and white petunias are what I have this year.

Petunias like lots of sunshine, and the mauve and purple blooms flower throughout the summer and well into autumn, really until the frost comes, giving a good show.

Aquilegia - Columbine - purple

Aquilegia - Columbine - purple

10. Purple Aquilegia (Columbine)

Aquilegia have a sculpted bell shape and pretty leaves.

Aquilegias come in a range of colours, and flower for more than a month or six weeks.

The petals of the small flowers of aquilegia have very defined spurs, which make them distinctive and interesting. These spurs vary in length depending on the species.

Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

11. Pink and Mauve Pulmonaria

These tiny flowers grow above distinctive white-spotted leaves.

Pulmonaria is interesting, because the small flowers grow in a range of colours on the one plant. They have unusual white spots on the leaves.

They like shade, and flower in late spring to mid-summer.

Unfortunately pulmonarias begin to look very untidy after blooming, as they turn brown and wilt, so it's a good idea to plant them with later-flowering plants in front of them, so that they are concealed later on in the year.

Take The Poll Below About Colours in the Garden--See How You Measure up Against Other Pollsters

We all have favorite colours in the garden, and some people like a glorious riot of colours, whereas others like toning colours, or even monotones.

Planting in Blocks of Colour

Purples and Red

Purples and Red

Verbascum densiflorum and yellow and green euphorbia in rockery

Verbascum densiflorum and yellow and green euphorbia in rockery

More Purple Flowers with a Musical Accompaniment on This Video

Here Are Some Ideas to Give Your Plants the Best Possible Start in Life

Planting Tips

Planting Tips

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Use of Images

All images on this page are by Diana Grant. They are free to use provided you attribute them appropriately with a link to my name and one of my gardening web pages.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments - Nice to Know Who Has Visited

Michelle Harlow from Calgary on May 11, 2016:

Beautiful images :) Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 04, 2014:

Enjoyed your photos and all the information. I have hydrangeas for some light purple in my garden and also clematis.

John Dyhouse from UK on April 25, 2014:

HI Diana, lovely photos. I have exactly the same passion since getting a digital camera. I am always in the garden taking photos of the flowers (red is my favourite flower colour).

By the way the latin question was a bit sneaky :)

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on January 28, 2014:

@trevorjb1406: My garden is heavy London clay, but digging in lots of sand and manure over the years has improved the soil no end. We just have to try to choose plants which are suitable for whatever sort of soil we have....possibly in many places that will be water lilies and reeds!

trevorjb1406 on January 28, 2014:

Hi, I really like your lens! I also love the colours you have chosen. I have a few of the same in my garden. I live in Broadstairs in Kent UK so I have a few inches of soil and then solid chalk so it is difficult to grown many varieties. We also have several large trees here so we are still clearing leaves but progress has been slow due to the constant rain this year!

Julia M S Pearce from Melbourne, Australia on June 05, 2013:

Purple Irises and little violets for me.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on June 05, 2013:

Violets, give me violets!

AlleyCatLane on October 30, 2012:

This is a beauitful lens. I love all sorts of flowers, but hydrangeas and peonies are my favorites.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 30, 2012:

@DecoratingEvents: They are very easy to maintain, and come up every year, which is another reason for liking them!

DecoratingEvents on October 30, 2012:

Hydrangea's are my favorite! I think they are breathtaking!

Don Wilson from Yakima, WA on October 30, 2012:

I love your photos (and the fact that you use your own on your webpages).

gradientcat on October 30, 2012:

I love purple flowers. My favourite are irises.

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