Garden Color: How to Landscape With Purple

Purple may be used to create a mood from the garden — from to intimate to inspirational. In color theory purple traditionally signifies knowledge, self-respect, spirituality, dignity and wealth. In the landscape it boosts feelings of internal calm and self-worth, offering a feeling of refuge. Additionally, it is considered useful for creative inspiration and comprehension. If you feel drawn to violet, lavender, plums and deep purples, here are five strategies for adding this hue to your yard.

Elliott Brundage Landscape Design

1. Adopt a Color Strategy

Like colours, a lot of purple may backfire. However, a single color scheme may work if you use enough variant. Here, for example, light lilac catmint ‘Walker’s Low’and dark purple salvia leucantha ‘Midnight’ create adequate contrast to maintain this tranquil planting from becoming dull.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

For a broader palette, go for an analogous color scheme which combines neighboring colors on the color wheel, like in this front garden with its calming blend of blue, purple and purple. The plant collections contain dwarf catmint Nepeta mussinii, alliums and purple salvia.

Genevieve Schmidt

Complementary colors (colors in the opposite side of the color wheel) may bring out the best in each other. Here, fiery yellow adds a vibrant punch and pleasant contrast to cool purple salvia.

Schmechtig Landscapes

2. Go Formal or Casual

Associated with both royalty and serenity, purple is in the home in almost any style of garden. Planted en masse, spiked purple blossoms like salvia or Veronica create an elegant selection for a formal bed.

Designing Eden llc

Similarly, purple is in the home in casual settings, as evident in this lupine meadow.

Christine Kelly / Crafted Architecture

3. Think Beyond Plants

Add purple into the landscape by painting trimwork, front doors, arbors, gates or containers. A mixture of energetic crimson and peaceful blue, purple has the unique ability to work well with both warm and cool color schemes.

Kathleen Shaeffer Design

A trio of purple — plants, a pot and a painted front door — greets visitors to the charming residence.

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Margie Grace – Grace Design Associates

The color of old-time favorites such as lilacs, violets, irises and hydrangeas, purple is sometimes pegged as an old-fashioned hue. Designer Margie Grace threw that nostalgic idea a curve using these mod purple arbors.

Zeterre Landscape Architecture

4. Set a Disposition

Lavender is considered to improve feelings of inspiration and insight, making it an perfect selection for a contemplative garden.

The Carter Rohrer Co..

According to color theory, purples and soft mauves are mild colors that help alleviate strong emotions. Create your yard a haven with this color combo’s soothing colors. (Plants shown comprise astilbe chinensis ‘Visions’ and hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’.)

Aiken Gardens & House

Purple makes a romantic gesture in this lovely dining spot, in which clematis increases the trellis to create a privacy screen.


5. Don’t Forget Foliage

Dark purple foliage makes an excellent accent. Contemplate ground covers, such as setcreasea purpurea, for a swath of purple at a garden bed.


The profound purple-black of bugbane (cimicifuga ramosa) ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ creates a striking foil against silvery eryngium and pink astilbe. The plant produces light white spires from the autumn.

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Drought-tolerant gardens may get in to the purple act with a broad selection of succulents steeped or tinged with all the eye hue.

J. Peterson Garden Design

Even shrubs like American beautyberry may add a little purple to delight the eye.

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