Flower Facts

Best Purple Flowers for Gardens and Bouquets

Purple flower assortment - Roses, hydrangeas, lilacs, orchids

Purple reigns royal among the top color options for floral gifts. With purple flower arrangements and purple flowering plants, you have plenty of options when you want to send a smile.

Found wherever flowers bloom, the color purple can range from a barely-there whisper to an impossible-to-ignore statement. It blends blue’s gentle tranquility with red’s fiery power. Purple stands as a symbol of royalty, wealth, and wisdom, as well as creativity, vitality, gratitude, admiration, and magic.

Whether you want to manifest some deeper meaning or simply give a bouquet that stands out, add purple flowers. It makes a perfect choice to show respect with a hint of class. You can find arrangements where purple is the main focus or add light or dark purple flowers to the mix for a pop of color, along with dark green foliage.

From tiny purple blossoms to large purple petals and from light purple buds to dramatic purple hues, we’ve put together a collection of some of the most common purple varieties. While purple makes a great color for summertime blooms, purple flowers can add a burst of color all year round for any occasion.

Here are some helpful details on some of the most recognizable purple flowers for DIY gardeners. We share their botanical names and whether they’re annuals (ones that only last one year) or perennials (ones that pop up year after year). We talk about zoning out, giving you the USDA growing zones or the climates where each purple plant will thrive best. We also tell you their favorite sun spots so that you’ll know if your flowers need to catch some rays or seek some shade in your own garden.

Finally, we present some general information on each bunch of light purple flowers or eggplant-colored bloom, as well as the best buds that make these flowers stand out in an arrangement.

33 Purple Flowers for Your Garden or Bouquet

Anemone

aka Anemone nemorosa
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3 – 9
Best buds: Clematis, Hydrangeas
You’ll find the anemone as a purple perennial along with a variety of other colors. Some of these species pop out in fall, while others wait for spring. These cup-shaped flowers grow slowly and tend to spread out in rock gardens or woodsy areas.

Aster

aka Aster, China Aster
Favorite sun spots: Partial sun to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3-8
Best buds: Daffodils, Roses
These star-shaped flowers with yellow middles may remind you of a daisy. If they’re hanging out in your garden, they do best in moist soil and cool weather. The china aster, similar in looks to a chrysanthemum, regularly hits the list of popular purple flowers and makes a great choice to go with your indoor houseplants or outdoor window boxes.

Balloon Flower

aka Platycodon grandiflorus
Favorite sun spots: Full sun to partial shade
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3 – 8
Best buds: Carnations, Snapdragons
A member of the bellflower family, the balloon flower provides a variety of white, pink, bluish-purple, deep purple, or bright purple flowers. The buds of this interesting flower start out looking like balloons but transform into stunning, star-shaped blooms.

Bee Orchid

aka Ophrys apifera
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade or full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 6 – 9
Best buds: Tough to find in the floral industry as they’re rare and protected in some areas
Bee orchids show off a multitude of hues, including purple and white. The purple perennial features a shape similar to a bee, and they draw male bees that spread pollen. Bee orchids are finicky and challenging even for flower pros, so if you want to DIY this one, plant it inside.

Blue-Eyed Grass

aka Sisyrinchium
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 4 – 9
Best buds: Irises, Carnations
Don’t be misled by the name. Blue-eyed grass (not an actual grass) features big bunches of purple (not blue) flowers. This pushy purple perennial will dominate your entire garden if left to its own devices.

Butterfly Bush

aka Buddleia davidii
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 5 – 10
Best buds: Hydrangeas, Asters
With its stunning color, this fragrant flower offers a sensory treat. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, adding to its popularity in the garden.

Calla Lily

aka Zantedeschia aethiopica
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 8 – 10
Best buds: Petunias, Heliotrope
Calla lilies often make the cut for bouquets and flower arrangements, especially during the Easter holiday season. These single-petal flowers make themselves equally comfortable indoors as a popular house plant as well as outside. They come from a big family, so if you’re a fan, you can seek out plenty of other lily varieties.

Canterbury Bells

aka Campanula medium
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to full sun
Perennial favorite (sometimes biennial)
Zoning out: 4 – 10
Best buds: Sweet Peas, Snapdragons
These beautiful, bell-shaped flowers with five-pointed blooms make a stress-free planting choice. They require zilch in terms of effort or expertise. You will need some patience since it may take a year or more for these blooms to ring out in their full glory.

Candytuft

aka Iberis
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 7 – 11
Best buds: Cosmos, Zinnias
Though a bunch of these tiny blooms may look like cotton candy, these lilac flowers taste nothing like the spun sugar treat from your childhood, so better to keep them out of the mouth! Plant them in your rock garden and enjoy the beauty, but choose another sweet snack.

Catmint

aka Nepeta
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3 – 8
Best buds: Irises, Dahlias
Catmint’s spiky, silvery-purple flowers last throughout the season. If you’re a novice gardener, these make a great place to start. They’re pretty in a vase on their own when cut, too.

Columbine

aka Aquilegia
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade or full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3 – 8
Best buds: Peonies, Irises
Columbines start out a dark green in spring, change to maroon come fall, then transform into multiple hues. These bell-shaped blooms act as a hot gathering spot for hungry hummingbirds.

Cosmos

aka Cosmos bipinnatus
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Annual guest
Zoning out: 3 – 10
Best buds: Roses, Carnations
If you don’t want these delicate flowers with a tall stem to give you a break, be sure to plant them near a stake, fence, or house for some support. Other than that, these popular flowers, native to Mexico, require very little maintenance.

Crocus

aka Crocus vernus
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3 – 8
Best buds: Hyacinths, Daffodils
You’ll see the crocus in a wide array of colors. They’re a welcome sign of spring with a strong scent that lures bees from the hive.

Dwarf Iris

aka Iris reticulata
Favorite sun spots: Partial sun to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 5 – 8
Best buds: Tulips, Sunflowers
A showy flower that pops up in early spring, the dwarf iris comes in purple and a variety of other colors. The blooms with their rich petals stick around for a week or less but will visit again next year.

Foxglove

aka Digitalis purpurea
Favorite sun spots: Full sun to partial shade to full shade
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 4 – 10
Best buds: Snapdragons, Dahlias
Foxglove brings the drama with its tubular flowers, spikey good looks, and an assortment of colors. This one’s an important source of medicine since it provides digitalis, long a remedy for those with a heart condition.

Fuchsia

aka Fuchsia magellanica
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 9-10
Best buds: Spray roses, Carnations
These exotic blooms thrive in hanging baskets with a bunch of other flowers. They don’t love the heat, so throw bunches of shade when you have fuchsias around.

Gladiolus

aka Gladiolus hortulanus
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 6-10
Best buds: Dahlias, Zinnias
The Gladiolus can stretch as high as six feet. They love to show off in purple and a variety of other colors.

Heliotrope

aka Heliotropium peruvianum
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to full sun
Annual guest
Zoning out: 10 – 11
Best buds: Roses, Asters
With deep green leaves surrounding bunches of tiny white, blue or purple flowers, heliotropes share a fragrance you can’t miss.

Hellebores

aka Helleborus
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 4 – 8
Best buds: Peonies, Lilacs
With white flowers, purple flowers, or a variety of colors on the spectrum in between, these blooms last for up to eight weeks. In spite of the long blooming period, their beauty doesn’t last long in a vase, so enjoy the view while you can.

Hydrangea

aka Hydrangea macrophylla
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 4 – 9
Best buds: Dahlias, Roses
These huge blooms will bring joy to your day every time you glance at them. With big heads made up of a bunch of small flowers, hydrangeas come in blue, pink, and shades of purple. Soil acidity creates the color variety.

Lavender

aka Lavandula
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3 – 9
Best buds: Roses, Peonies
With a lovely scent and penchant for stress relief, these small purple flowers make a popular choice as a gift or a treat for yourself. A symbol of devotion, you can give lavender in a flower arrangement or in plant form. Pair one of these with a lavender product like a cocktail mix or body lotion for a delightful present.

Lilac

aka Syringa vulgaris
Favorite sun spots: Partial to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3 – 7
Best buds: Hellebores, Peonies
Lilac’s a northern girl with shrubs bearing bunches of light-purple tiny flowers. You’ll know she’s there because of her wonderful fragrance. She sticks around for about two weeks before she disappears.

Lisianthus

aka Eustoma grandiflorum
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 9 – 11
Best buds: Carnations, Calla lilies
These blue, lilac-colored, or deep purple flowers may remind you of roses. You’ll see these attractive flowers in single or double blooms.

Moonflower

aka Datura stramonium
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 8 – 11
Best buds: This toxic friend does best outside and on its own.
Most often purple or white, these sub-tropical flowers grow on vines. They may climb as high as 20 feet on a trellis. Moonflowers offer a soothing scent along with their delicate beauty.

Morning Glory

aka Ipomoea purpurea
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite (in warm climates)
Zoning out: 3 – 10
Best buds: Sweet peas, Lilly of the Valley
These saucer-shaped flowers wake up with the morning sun, leaving marks on the petals from where they folded up at night. We get it, morning glories. We’re still a little rumpled first thing in the morning, too.

Mystic Merlin

aka Malva sylvestris, French mallow
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 4 – 8
Best buds: Cosmos, Salvias
These rich purple flowers bring a bit of magic with long-lasting blooms. You’ll sometimes hear them called French mallow.

Petunia

aka Petunia hybrida
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Annual guest
Zoning out: 9 – 11
Best buds: Daisies, Irises
With more than 30 species, petunias come in a rainbow of colors, though you’ll most often see white or purple funnel-shaped flowers. They have a very fragrant scent.

Sea Thistle

aka Eryngium, Sea holly
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 5 – 8
Best buds: Lavender, Roses
The bluish-purple flowers of this plant, sometimes called sea holly, feature an otherworldly appeal as opposed to traditional beauty. They may look like something from another planet with their unusual shape, but sea thistles offer great benefits to our home turf, offering a perfect spot for birds, butterflies, and bees to gather.

Sweet Pea

aka Lathyrus odoratus
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Annual guest
Zoning out: 7 – 10
Best buds: Roses, Peonies
Many perfumes feature sweet pea’s delicate scent. Sweet peas come in purple and a variety of other colors. They hold up well but challenge beginning gardeners.

Wild Hyacinth

aka Dichelostemma multiflorum
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 10 – 11
Best buds: Tulips, Ranunculus
If you want to give bees a place to gather and cover a large portion of ground, wild hyacinth makes a great purple flower choice. Bees pollinate these blooms like it’s their job, making wild hyacinths lovely and low-maintenance blooms that give our buzzy friends a boost.

Wild Indigo

aka Baptisia australis
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 3 – 19
Best buds: Peonies, Irises
In the wild, these spikey purple blooms can reach great heights — as much as four feet. Florists have the magic to tame these popular purple plants, and they often appear in bouquets and dried flower arrangements.

Wisteria

aka Wisteria sinensis
Favorite sun spots: Partial shade to full sun
Perennial favorite
Zoning out: 5 – 10
Best buds: Irises, Clematis
Wisteria is a social climber with a bunch of blooms and a captivating scent. You’ll see wisteria in a variety of shades, including white, blue, and purple.

Zinnia

aka Zinnia elegans
Favorite sun spots: Full sun
Annual guest
Zoning out: 3 – 10
Best buds: Marigolds, Petunias
Zinnias feature a single stem and a bright yellow center surrounded by boldly colored petals. The most common variety of zinnia is the dahlia flower.

Pick Your Perfect Purple Blooms at Bouqs

At The Bouqs Co., we take the work out of indulging your passion for purple. Whether you want flowers that remind you of purple flowering ground covers you find in nature or blooms that inspire dreams of quaint cottage gardens, we have just the purple plant you desire.

The Bouqs advantage reaches beyond the vast array of violet-tinted color options. We work with sustainable farms, so you know your purple bouquets will make a great, green choice. We source our flowers from some of the best flower farmers in the world so whether you want blue flowers or flowers with symbolic meaning, we deliver the highest quality blooms to your recipient’s door. At The Bouqs, we offer a convenient flower subscription plan to help you save while you bathe your besties (or yourself) in purple blossoms. Plus, we provide next-day or same-day delivery for a last-minute purple fix.

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