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Purple Flowers 40 Stories

Folks are always lamenting that they have few flowers both late in the growing season and early. Well, I can solve the latter with pasque flower, a clumping, slowly expanding native flower that's ahead of the game every April.
Great Design Plant: Aster
The lack of flowers blooming in the garden in the fall can be a real bummer, but as I write this in August, you've got time to plant some autumn bloomers. Asters come in a range of stunning colors, particularly pinks and purples, and there are more than...
Great Design Plant: Walker's Low Catmint
The arrival of gold, orange, and red in the garden signals that fall is upon us and that most plants are beginning to shift gears to prepare for winter dormancy. As autumn colors are, it's nice to have something to set off the fall glory....
Great Design Plant: Annual Phacelias
Phacelias start their springtime display by uncoiling their curved racemes with flowers of blue, mauve, purple or lavender. As their eye-catching, bell-shaped flowers open, these annuals call pollinators for a yummy meal of nectar and pollen. The high...
Great Design Plant: Symphyotrichum Novae-Angliae Ushers in Fall
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is one of the showiest North American native plants in the fall garden. Vibrant purple petals and contrasting yellow to orange centers are visually attractive to both gardeners and pollinators. With...
Great Design Plant: Violet Silverleaf Thrives on Scant Water
The gray foliage of violet silverleaf provides a perfect color contrast to green shrubs seen throughout the Southwestern landscape. This drought-tolerant shrub is transformed with the appearance of violet flowers sporadically throughout the summer and...
Great Design Plant: Wild Bergamot, Friend of Foragers
Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is one of the most resilient North American native plants and is a delight for bumble bees and butterflies. It can be used in a variety of situations, including butterfly...
6 Unsung Bulbs for Fall Planting
Next year's garden may seem far away, but you can get it off to a great start by planting spectacular bulbs this fall. Some add much-anticipated color to the bare winter landscape, others jazz up summer borders, and still others bloom into fall. Many...
Great Design Plant: Passiflora Incarnata
Passiflora incarnata (also known as maypop, wild passion vine and purple passion flower), is a wonderful vine to add to your landscape for its summertime beauty and its habitat values for butterflies and other pollinators. The flowers are beautiful...
Great Design Plant: Dwarf Blue Indigo Offers Carefree Beauty
I’m a big fan of Baptisia. There are many species, most underutilized, but the most common one you’ll see for sale — as either a hybrid or straight species — is Baptisia...
Great Design Plant: Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris Ligulistylis)
One morning several years ago, before the monarch butterfly populations crashed in 2012 and 2013, I was looking out of my window at the garden, admiring the splendor I’d created. Suddenly a far corner lifted off in a splash of orange, then another splash,...
Great Design Plant: Wild Geranium Puts on a Color Show
If you asked me for two words to describe wild geranium, I would tell you “reliable” and “versatile.” Reliable, because you don’t need to fret over its yearly emergence, unlike some of the more delicate woodland plants in a shade garden. Versatile,...
Great Design Plant: Desert Ruellia Brings Beauty to Dry Gardens
Finding a plant that can handle hot, dry conditions without needing a lot of water is a common goal for homeowners who live in the dry Southwest. When you pass by one that is also beautiful, it is time to take a second look and consider adding it to...
Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil
Imagine what characteristics you would want in the perfect shrub. How about one that blooms throughout the year, loves hot temperatures but can handle cooler ones, all while needing no pruning? Would you add one to your landscape? Well, imagine no longer,...
Great Design Plant: Lilac Vine for a Purple Profusion in Winter
There aren’t many vines that put on a show in the middle of winter, but that is exactly when lilac vine shows off a profusion of purple flowers. As pretty as the flowers are, they aren’t fragrant, but when they fade, lush green foliage stands up...
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