10 Purple Perennials to Plant for Beauty Each Year 

Lavender, a perennial, attracts bees and butterflies with its fragrant foliage and purple-blue flowers. Sunlight and well-draining conditions suit its fragrant oils.  


Russian sage's lavender-blue blossoms and silvery-gray foliage give the landscape a delicate look. It's drought- and deer-resistant, making it ideal for sunny borders.  

Russian Sage 

Salvia has numerous purple-flowered species. Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple Sage) and Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night' are popular. They like full sun and well-drained soil and attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  


Catmint has aromatic foliage and small lavender-blue blooms. It's drought-tolerant, easy to grow, and bee-friendly. 'Walker's Low' is appreciated for its long blooming season.  


Purple coneflowers like Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' stand out. Pollinators appreciate these daisy-like flowers with coppery-orange centers.  


Lovely balloon-shaped buds open into purple-blue star-shaped flowers in balloon flower. In partial shade, this perennial attracts butterflies and lasts.  

Balloon Flower 

Many purple-flowering cranesbill geraniums are hardy. They make great ground coverings for sunny to somewhat shaded settings with delicate, five-petaled purple, violet, or blue flowers.  

Hardy Geranium 

The tall, airy perennial Verbena bonariensis has clusters of tiny, purple flowers on slender stalks. It gives borders and meadow gardens vertical appeal and butterflies enjoy it.  


Siberian iris has exquisite purple, blue, or white blossoms on slender stems. They're low-maintenance perennials that like moist, well-drained soil.  

Siberian Iris 

While recognized for their decorative onions with spherical purple blooms, Alliums come in many shapes, sizes, and colors of purple. Pollinators enjoy them and they offer architectural character to the garden.  


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