Purples in my garden but what colour for you?

VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348
I love purple,/red foliage and purple flowers in the garden. Cotinus Royal Purple, berberis atropurpureum, acers. Heucheras, pittosporum Tom thumb. Physocarpus Diablo, red grasses, the purple black acteas, etc. etc. And the flowers.....allium Purple Sensation, the near purple salvias, the tall purple lobela ( forget its name at moment), Baptisia Australlis, penstemons, dahlias (not too many) osteospermums, asters etc. They add a richness to the garden tempered by yellow foliage what better?


  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Blue, blue, blue! Delphiniums, lupins, campanulas, gentians, geraniums, ad infinitum!image

  • I go more for the 'explosion in a paint factory' palette me....although I suppose that it's all the different greens that hold everything together and prevent it all looking like a complete disaster....

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,113

    I'm more of a romantic female and I like blues and pinks best. I do have purple, cotinus, berberis, heucheras (such as Palace Purple and Plum Pudding), salvias. Some purples don't like conditions here, hot, dry, windy, limestone, cold winters, eg acers, pittosporum Tom Thumb, acteas, tall red and purple lobelias. I like very dark tulips, like Queen of the Night and Dahlias. I'm trying to do a pastel colour bed and a hot colour bed with reds, yellows, purple, but I like the pastels best.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,762

    Brum- with you on the acid green with purples and also green/cream variegation. Heucheras with yellow/cream phormiums (if you get the location right)work well and euphorbias that have red bracts with other red stemmed planting is something I've used. Hot pinks only for me BL! Geranium 'Anne Folkard' is a favourite.Queen of the Night tulips are stunning! White is always a good foil for the dark colours and I like big architectural plants like Fatsia. Iris 'Night Owl' is so inky and velvety you could eat it..image

    Controversial now - unlike most people I really don't like the blue and yellow thing...sorry! Unless it's dark,purply blue and  very pale yellow/cream!

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  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    Purples and pinks for me too, although I do love my azalea lutea. I do have. Small patch with some lime green euphorbia and an orange geum, the look lovely together.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,775

    The border in the back garden is mainly blues, pinks and whites.

     The front garden is still in the planning stage, but I'm thinking of stronger colours, with some combinations inspired by MD's jewel garden - deep plummy reds, blue-greys and some yellow 'punctuation'.  Still in my head yet, nothing on paper so far.  I think a must-have will be rosa glauca, and some euphorbias - they'll start off the blue/grey - one of my daughter's friend's father bred bearded iris, and she has one called Boxted Spice - I'm going to look at it and see if it's the colour I want - but it might be too 'rusty'.  

    Still very much at the ideas stage ............


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  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Verdun, touché!imageimageimage I couldn't think of the names of the others!

    I also love my dahlias ranging from dark red to white with pink centres. Actually, my garden is a mixture of colours, but I heart leaps when I see a blue flower!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,762
    Verdun wrote (see)
    Fairy girl cheek out eryngium jade frost. Green n cream variegation and wonderful azure flowers. Next to euphorbia rubra it's an eye catcher all summer long
    Purples as isolated colours look great....purple sensation balls in spring, for example, popping up here n there add sumptuousness

    Okay Uncle Verd..will do !image

    I'm gonna have to move again to a bigger plot at this rate! I used to have the spharocephalon allium with euphorbias and the purply miscanthus varieties along with the A.F. geranium I mentioned. The bed also had those Night Owl Irises and Q of Night tulips and later some of the dark sedums so I had lots of bees and butterflies, and inky purple clematis at the back. The 'Spring Green' tulips look good with that combination as well.

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

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