Red and purple sit next to each other on the color wheel which makes them an ideal pairing. They are both colors associated with royalty and they look perfectly regal when combined in a pot or container. Add a complementary color such as yellow or green and you’ve got a display that can only be described as majestic! Don’t forget that red and purple foliage plants can be just as striking as the flowers!

As a reminder one simple container gardening recipe is to combine spillers, fillers, and thrillers together:

Spillers - They are found at the edge of the container and are designed to cascade toward the ground.

Fillers - They tie the container together as they are planted between the spillers and thrillers. They are taller than the spillers but not as tall as the thrillers would be.

Thrillers - They are the star of the show and are attention getters. They often have dramatic flowers or colorful foliage.

Here are some red and purple plants to grow in partial to full sun conditions:

Spillers:  Red and Purple Calibrachoa, Red Purple Wave Petunia, Lenai Verbena-Purple or Red, Purple Prince Alternanthera

Fillers:  Red Gerbera Daisy, Dianthus Supra Purple, Red Geranium, Osteospermum Astra Purple Spoon and Serenity Red

Thrillers:  Red Hibiscus, Salvia Red or Purple, Purple Gladiolus, Persian Shield

Here are some suggestions for containers that include red and purple plants that will be situated in partial to full shade conditions:

Spillers:  Pansy Red or Purple, Begonia Red, Ajuga/Bugleweed, Oxalis Purple Shamrock

Fillers:  Impatiens Fiesta Purple, Impatiens Infinity Light Purple, Impatiens Dazzler Red

Thrillers: Coleus Purple Emperor, Coleus Ruby Slippers

Photos Courtesy Jill Mazur

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