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The best purple flowering plants

Purple is a perfect colour in the garden

‘Negrita' Tulip (Triumph Group)
Purple has long been associated with royalty; it's also a wonderful colour in the garden. The deep plum purple blooms of the ‘Negrita' tulip are intensified by rich beetroot purple veins, making it a true stunner in the early to mid-May flower border. ‘Negrita' stands a majestic 40 centimetres tall on a sturdy stem (which also makes it well suited for indoor bouquets). Plant the bulbs of this easy-to-grow beauty in fall (up until soil freezes), 30 centimetres apart in a sunny, moist, well-drained site (good drainage is very important during winter). ‘Negrita' is delightful grouped en masse, or contrasted by pure white or pale pastel colours in the garden. It can also be naturalized, or forced indoors. Zones 3 through 7.

‘Etoile Violette' Clematis (Viticella Group)
Height 3 to 4 m Spread 1 to 4 m Location full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil Cultivation keep roots moist and shaded. Train up a support, let sprawl over evergreens and through shrubs, or use as groundcover. Prune 20 to 30 cm from the ground in spring Flowers lavender—blue to purple with golden stamens; June to September (on new growth) Zone 4

Lady Slipper Orchid - Paphiopedilum superbiens
Height 30 to 45 cm Spread 30 cm Location bright window (doesn't need direct sun); moist (must not dry out), well-drained soil composed of fir bark, perlite and peat moss Cultivation easy to grow; repot annually; keep humidity high Flowers deep purple Zone indoors only

‘Lee's Dark Purple' Rhododendron
Height 2 m Spread 2 to 3 m
Location part shade; moist, acidic, well-drained soil Cultivation mulch to keep roots cool; protect from drying winds; not drought-tolerant Flowers violet-purple with brownish blotches; May to June Zone 4

Also consider
‘Ruffled Velvet' Siberian Iris - Iris sibirica ‘Ruffled Velvet', Zone 3

‘Purple Showers' Pansy - Viola ‘Purple Showers', Zone 5

‘Purple Mountain' African Daisy - Osteospermum barberiae var. compactum ‘Purple Mountain', Zone 6

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