No matter if purple is your favorite color or you just want to spice up your garden with a color that stands for luxury, royalty and elegance, planting some purple shrubs is the way to go.
Shrubs offer a variety of landscaping options. You can use it to block your neighbor’s line of sight in your garden, create a privacy series, or edge a walkway. They even make fantastic statement pieces or backdrops behind your flower beds!
Whatever the case, adding a few purple shrubs is a wise choice.
Here are some of the 18 best purple flowering shrubs to plant this spring.
1. Butterfly bush
The butterfly bush is hardy to Zone 5 and stays evergreen all year round if you live south of Zone 8. This robust shrub prefers well-drained soil and full sunlight. Plant one of these beautiful shrubs in your garden – a major attraction for butterflies and other pollinators – and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful colors.
A variety of purple tones are available, including lilac and plum, with multiple flowers that are created on quills. You don’t have to limit yourself to purple either – the butterfly bush is available in several shades.
Abelia is a flowering shrub that produces flower sun tones like pink, peach and, of course, purple. You will love the purple flowers that appear late in spring with their spicy-sweet fragrance and colorful autumn leaves. They also produce seed pods that pull all kinds of birds and butterflies onto your lawn.
There are different types of abelias, many of which are hardy. It works well as a border plant or as a specimen – as long as you can enjoy the fragrant flowers! It is hardy in zones 4 to 9.
This purple shrub loves acid soil and grows well in zones 4 through 9. There are many options – some rhododendrons grow more like trees while others are shrub-like. You should choose a shorter rhododendron if you are in the market for a shrub. Tiny rhododendrons are best suited for the full sun.
4. Golden dew drops
Despite the confusing nickname, golden drops of dew aren’t golden at all. In fact, they produce flowers in beautiful purple tones. These plants can be grown as small plants in the northern growth zone. However, when grown in zones warmer than Zone 9, golden dew drops bloom into large, sprawling shrubs.
You can often reach more than 6 feet tall and wide!
For the best and most vibrant purple tones, plant your golden dew drops in full sun. Penumbra is also tolerated.
Hydrangeas come in all sorts of colors, but purple is one of the most eye-catching colors available. You can grow this plant from zone 3 to 8. Choose a variety that is well suited to your growth zone. Although it works well as a basic shrub in a shady area of your garden, it will bloom more profusely if it receives at least four hours of sunlight a day.
Make sure your soil is well drained too, as hydrangeas don’t want to have their feet wet.
Bougainvilleas, a tropical vine, grow well in zones 9 through 11. Most of these shrubs have single flowers, but you can also buy them with double flowers to achieve double the color. As a versatile shrub, the bougainvillea needs something to grow like a grid.
Lilacs are adaptable and robust plants that grow well from zone 3 to 9. This shrub requires minimal maintenance and will reward you for your few efforts with fragrant purple flowers every spring. Some varieties rest in winter, so it’s best to plant in autumn.
Weigela is hardy in zones 3 to 8 and is well suited as a marginal or specimen shrub. It blooms from mid-spring to mid-autumn, making it one of the most breathtaking and long-lasting perennials you’ll find. It produces bright green variegated leaves and purple flowers (although other colors are also available).
The azalea is a plant with many colors, including red, white, orange and yellow. However, lavender is one of the most popular colors. There are several different varieties of purple azaleas, including “Purple Gem”, “Robles”, “Bloom-a-Thon Lavender” and “Conlee”.
Although Beautyberry is a shrub that produces white flowers in late summer, the purple berries that appear on the stems in autumn will draw your attention. There are many types of beauty berries that also have black-purple foliage, so you can enjoy purple in many forms on this beautiful shrub. It is hardy in zones 5 to 8, with popular purple varieties such as “Purple Pearls” and “Pearl Glam”.
Heather, not to be confused with winter heather (which looks very similar to heather and is also purple), is a beautiful looking shrub that grows close to the ground. It will produce tons of light purple flowers for you and grows well in zones 5 through 8.
Technically, lavender is an herb, but can also be grown as an underbrush. This plant is beautiful and also has a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes. In summer it is the first to produce many flowers. Not only is it deer-resistant, it is also drought-tolerant. IT has fragrant leaves and flowers that attract all types of visitors to your lawn!
Crepe myrtle is a plant that loves the heat. It can be grown in zones with a cold of up to 5 like a woody shrub, but produces the most productive flowers in warmer growth zones.
No matter where you live, you want to plant your crepe myrtle in acid soil and cut it in half – this allows the plant to produce more beautiful flowers the following spring.
Caryopteris is often referred to by names like “Bluebeard” and “Blue Mist”, but in fact its color tends to fall between purple and blue. This flower has several varieties and is suitable for zones 5 to 9. It blooms later in summer, so you get color at a time of year when the color is sparse.
15. Rose of Sharon
Some varieties of Rose of Sharon produce blue flowers under the right growing conditions. However, these “blue” bushes are often more purple than blue, and many varieties have beautiful lavender tones. One of the best strains to choose is ‘Lavender Chiffon’ which grows up to 12 feet tall and is difficult to catch in zone 5.
Wisteria, one of the hallmarks of the south, is usually grown as a vine. However, it can also be trained to grow as a shrub if you can prune it well. However, this plant is worth a little more care and produces beautiful grapes with stunning purple flowers. It grows well in zones 5 through 8.
Believe it or not, there are also rose bushes with purple flowers! Despite their names, both Rosa Rhapsody in Blue and Rosa Midnight Blue actually push out purple flowers. These rose bushes are very fragrant and grow well in zones 6 through 10, with some plants over 4 feet wide and tall!
Russian sage is the perfect shrub to grow as a flower border and produce several tiny lavender flowers. It has small, silvery leaves and is a great filling plant. It can grow between plants that have large, showy flowers and bloom well during the summer months. It grows up to five feet tall and is hardy in zones 4 through 9.
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Planting a shrub with purple flowers will draw a lot of attention to your lawn. You can create a breathtaking statement or a breathtaking border with which you can enjoy your garden all season.