Because we have been moving house for the past five days, it has, naturally, rained for the past five days. To all the locals out there who needed the rain – you’re welcome.
Traipsing across wet red clay type of soil makes me hanker for some green. Get in some grass seed, get some plants happening, hide the soil that glugs up the treads of our shoes and inevitably (because – children) gets walked through the house on our brand new floor.
I have grandiose visions of the entire front yard being a glorious rich purple and black theme. While it is raining, I will hide inside and plan.
So, here they are – 10 of our favourite purple plants!
Number 1: Purple Allium Giganteum
Big bursts of beauty, these stalks can grow taller than a small child, really lending to the image they have as Truffula Trees. Plant at the end of winter, and they could be springing up by the start of summer. Can be planted indoors or outdoors.
Number 2: Purple Heart Flowers
Excellent for ground cover, these plants are mostly cultivated for the gorgeous burgundy shades in the foliage, even though the little flower is still cute. It reminds me of that iconic scene in Aliens. But prettier. Blooms in summer. Colours are brighter when the root system is forced to cramp (like in pots).
Number 3: Jacaranda
The Jacaranda is known in our local vicinity to bloom around Christmas time. Mature trees drip with small purple flowers, and at the height of their blooming season, have little to no leaves, making it an eye-catching addition. For a short while after the blossoms drop, the tree is bare and looks kinda ugly, but leaves return around the end of summer. Aside from this period, they’re great shade trees.
Number 4: Dendrobium Orchids
I just love these flowers. So much so, I used them in my wedding bouquet. The image below is of my own bouquet (and my wedding shoes!) which my sisters-in-law and I made on the eve of the wedding.
Anyway, these guys aren’t a beginner’s flower, as they require attendance to get the best bloom. They love winter sun and summer shade.
Number 5: Lavender
Lavender is super easy to grow, smells lovely, attracts bees (go pollination, yeah!), and suit ground or pot. This will be the first plant I purchase with the Hammerlings for potting, but more on that later.
Number 6: Creeping Thyme
This is another groundcover, but for use in place of lawn. It’s fairly hardy under foot traffic, and you rarely need to mow it (low-maintenance for the win!). They do take a bit of time to spread (or, ‘creep’), but the end result is definitely noteworthy.
Number 7: Wisteria
It is important to remember these babies, while romantically weepy and drapey, are also poisonous (especially the seeds). They can overtake a garden, so plant in pots. They can take 6-7 years to bloom, but they grow rapidly, so you can manipulate the vine to sit where you want it. Great for archways or providing cover.
Number 8: Artichokes
Traditionally, artichokes are eaten before they bloom, so the buds are picked in late winter/early spring. If the buds are left, you will find magnificent blooms like this all summer long. After summer, the plant goes dormant. Artichokes love the sun, but are quite invasive, so carve out a special spot for them where they won’t arti-‘choke’ any other plants. You know I’m funny.
Number 9: Purple Ghost Japanese Maple
Another low maintenance tree, this maple likes an average amount of sunlight. The leaves are not truly purple, but a dark red with black veins which makes them look purple. Depending on your zone, this tree blooms from spring through to late autumn, but some sources say it has two blooming periods – one in spring, and another during late autumn.
Number 10: Purple Shamrock
Purple Shamrock grows in ground or looks great in hanging pots. When they flower, the light purple blooms fall over the side of the basket. The deep purple is an attractive groundcover addition, and the plants are low maintenance. We always love low-maintenance. They will spread naturally each season.
What do you think? Are there any pretty purple plants here that you have experience with, and tips you can share?