20 Beautiful, Most Popular Purple Flowers
Growing purple flowers in the garden or pot give you gorgeous visual treat every day. Purple is an elegant and rare color for a plant, but luckily, you can find it from popular species. Here are 20 beautiful purple flowers worth checking.
1. Lavender (Lavendula)
Lavender flowers can produce aromatic oil when crushed, which is used for soap, massage oil, and perfume. Lavenders can grow wild and even expand beyond the growing range. They like full sun and sandy but well-drained soil.
2. Bellflower (Campanula)
Bellflower is a popular garden-covering flower, with blooms that grow on several branches on a stalk. Each flower consists of five petals that form a cup. Bellflowers species range from dwarf varieties to large types that grow 2 m high. They like full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil.
3. Balloon Flower (Platycodon)
Balloon flowers have colors that range from pink to purple. The name refers to the shape of the buds. They like full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. The roots are popular as cooking ingredients and tea in Korea.
4. Dendrobium Orchid (Dendrobium)
Dendrobium orchids are popular as small-pot plants. They are divided into hard-caned and evergreen, soft-caned types. Dendrobium loves indirect sunlight, proper humidity, and well-drained soil, but not excessive watering. Most of the species grow robustly during summer and go dormant in winter.
5. Perennial Geranium (Geranium)
Perennial geraniums are ideal as edge plants or rock wall decorations. Most perennial geraniums start blooming in midsummer, and bloom sporadically throughout the year. They like moderately-rich, well-drained soil with full sun. Dividing geraniums every 3—5 years will encourage better blooming.
6. Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Bush lilac blooms in mid-spring and spreads amazing fragrance. The flowers form thick clusters among dark green foliage. Bush lilac loves loamy, nutritious, well-drained soil with full sun. Syringa vulgaris is the most fragrant flowers available for cold-season gardening.
7. Aster (Aster)
Purple aster is popular as an indoor and outdoor plant — these flowers like light, well-drained soil and full sun. Aster needs a lot of water and high moisture level to grow happily. Perennial asters are the most robust types, but annual asters have flowers that last longer.
8. Petunia (Petunia hybrida)
Petunias have diverse looks, from single blooms with solid colors, to double blooms with petal markings. Petunias love well-drained soil and full sunlight, and they cannot tolerate frost. These flowers bloom repeatedly during summer. Pinching the seedlings during planting creates more robust blooms.
9. Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)
Common zinnias are rewarding garden plants and easy to grow. The flowers bloom from spring to fall. Zinnias love loamy, well-drained soil and full sun. Deadheading zinnias will ensure full, robust blooms during the seasons.
10. Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)
Butterfly bushes have small, numerous flowers that grow in clusters. The plants love loamy-well-drained soil with full sun. Mulching butterfly bushes in the fall is important, especially to protect them during winter. The flowers have a mild, pleasant fragrance when in full bloom.
11. Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Sweet pea flowers grow from climbing vines, and perfect for informal or rustic gardens. The small flowers resemble butterflies and emit pleasant fragrance. Sweet peas love rich, slightly alkaline, well-drained soil with full sun. They can grow on bamboo stakes or trellis, and form spillage when kept in a pot.
12. Dianthus (Dianthus)
Purple dianthus (carnations) are popular as container garden flowers. They have unique serrated petals and pleasant fragrance that attracts butterflies. Carnations love sharply draining soil and full sun. The plants produce long-blooming flowers without organic mulch.
13. Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Wisterias are climbing vine plants that produce impressive flowers. The flowers grow in drooping clusters with brilliant colors, like pink and purple. They love rich, well-drained soil and full sun. Wisterias grow fast and require pruning to prevent them from becoming invasive. Garden stakes or trellis are ideal planting locations.
14. Pincushion Flowers (Scabiosa)
Pincushion flowers are small but delicate, perfect for a breezy garden. They have brilliant colors and can attract butterflies, blooming repeatedly throughout the year. Each plant grows to one foot tall, with 20 to 50 small blooms on individual stems. They love clay soil with good drainage and full sun.
15. Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
Rhododendron is a genus of shrub plant with star-like bright flowers. The flowers bloom in early spring and last throughout the year. Rhododendrons prefer a partial shade with moist, acidic, well-drained soil. Annual mulching will keep them healthy. Rhododendrons are not ideal for houses with wandering pets, since they are toxic.
16. Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
The delicate Verbenas are perfect to emphasize larger flowers in the garden. The small flowers grow in tiny clusters. They are hardy and can grow from mid-summer to winter. They like neutral, moist, well-drained soil. Full sun is recommended, but partial shade is fine.
17. Clematis (Clematis)
Clematis is a type of climbing vine that can grow to 13 feet long. Clematis has large and small varieties and can be taught to climb on trellis or stakes. Clematis loves full sun and well-drained soil. It can also handle partial shade compared to many other vine plant types.
18. Dwarf Iris (Iris reticulata)
Dwarf iris is the faster-blooming version of a regular iris. It blooms in early spring, and the unopened buds have their own unique beauty. Dwarf iris loves rich, well-drained soil and full sun. Applying bulb fertilizer during planting can make the flowers grow more robust.
19. Salvia (Salvia)
Salvia flowers offer bright colors during summer. They are ideal as edge or bedding plants, because the tall flower formations form a thick mass. Salvias love loamy, well-drained soil and full sun. The soil needs to be improved with organic compost before being used as a medium.
20. Alpine Betony (Stachys monnieri)
Alpine betony flowers have spike-like shape and grow in clusters, supported by individual stalks. The foliage grows at the bottom of the stalks, creating a bowl-like impression. Alpine betony is drought-resistant and rabbit-resistant. It needs full sun, well-drained soil, and regular bud removal after the blooming season passes.
Purple flowers offer regal beauty in any types of garden. Make sure to choose the most suitable plant for your garden type, and enjoy amazing view every day.