The Q&A Archives: Purple Flowers For New Yard

Question: We purchased a house in September in the previous owners did a great job in planting flowers in the front yard. The trouble is that we don't know what many of them are! The front yard gets mostly sun to partial shade. Around the fence are a variety of rose bushes but I want to plant flowers to fill in the gaps between the roses. There is a walking path to the doorstep which is overgrown. I know there are lillies and peonies in there. I want to fill that area in with a variety of purple flowers that will bloom in the spring, summer and fall. Any ideas?

Answer: There are many purple perennials that you can use. You can select them so you can have blooms from spring through fall. I highly recommend that you look through some perennial books in the library or bookstore to help you become familiar with flower forms and cultural needs.

Here's a list to get you started, but this is just a small fraction of what's out there: Aster 'Purple Dome', butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii 'Nanho Purple'), delphinium, Delosperma, 'Johnson's Blue' Geranium, iris, Liatris, lavender, Perovskia, Nepeta 'Dropmore', Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue', salvia (many purple shades), Verbena 'Homestead Purple', Gladiolus 'Blue Heaven'.

Annuals: Lisianthus 'Balboa Blue Rim' and 'Blue Rose', blue-eyed daisy, 'Lavender Wave' petunia, Heliotrope, annual verbena, Laurentia, pansy, Scaevola, Plumbago 'Powder Blue'.

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