Purple flower identification guide

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The regal shade of purple is a beautiful addition to a garden, and there are a number of blooms available in this colour. If you want purple to be a feature colour in your garden, learning the details of certain flowers will help you choose the right plants.

Shades of Purple

A variety of purple flowers can be planted in the garden in different shades. For instance, lavender is a light purple and will give the garden a pleasant scent. Asters are a darker purple, and will add even more colour to the garden because of their yellow centres. Purple tulips are an even deeper shade, and will make the garden especially decorative during the spring.


Purple flower plants vary in size; select blooms based on the dimensions of your garden. If the space is not particularly wide, foxglove is a suitable option -- it's tall and slim, and boasts purple flowers in shades from lilac to rich purple. If you've got more area to work with, the shrublike basil, with 1/2-inch dark purple flowers, is a suitable choice; its leaves provide a tasty herb as well.


Appealing fragrance, and even medicinal properties, are associated with some purple flowers. For instance, the petunia, a small or medium-sized bloom that grows in various shades of purple, gives the garden a perfumelike scent. Lavender flowers are also a fragrant addition to the garden. Once the light purple blooms are harvested, they can be used in home potpourri to promote calm and relaxation; some people even use lavender to treat depression and insomnia.