Purple in the Garden

Look at colour in a new light. Purples look stronger in autumn with the lower less intense light levels.
Butterfly bush

Purple pigmentation is a combination of red and blue. The proportions affect the intensity of the purple colouring. This Buddleia has a large number of small flowers and other varieties can verge on a pink colouring.


The small low growing Geranium has veined petals giving two tone purple. The temperature of the light can affect how we see the colour. Early morning light favours the blue spectrum whilst red hues look stronger in the evening.


Purple cover a range of colours from mauve, lilac, lavender right through magenta to virtual black.

Purple does not sit well with lush greens and I recommend combining it with grey leaved plants.


Purple Leaved Plants

  • Acer platinoides ‘Crimson King
  • Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea ‘Nana’
  • Sedum Matrona or Vera Jameson
  • Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon
  • Prunus cerasifera Nigra
  • Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple

Gardeners Tips Links


  1. Yellow is a Yowser Colour | Gardeners Tips - February 24, 2013

    […] Perhaps the best combination is Yellow with Blue or its complementary colour purple. […]

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