Purple flowers are great in the garden because they are vibrant and have a rich color. They can be used in a variety of ways, from accenting an already existing flower bed to creating a focal point for the garden.
The color purple combines the calm of blue and the powerful energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty, luxury, and ambition. It represents wealth, creativity, independence, magic, and spirituality.
In nature, purple is understood to have a sacred meaning. Lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are considered delicate and treasurable.
Here are our six favorite purple bulbs to plant this fall:
Amethyst Meadow Squill - Amethyst Meadow Squill is known for its pyramidal spikes that have tiny star-shaped violet-blue flowers. It is a perennial that comes back year after year. It is native to Croatia and easy to grow. It blooms between the end of your spring bulbs and summer perennials. It grows 4-10 inches tall and 2-3 inches wide. Plant in full sun or partial shade in well-draining soil. The whole plant is poisonous, so make sure you wear gloves when handling them. Hardiness zones 6-9.
Gladiator Allium – Gladiator is an award-winning plant and one of the tallest of the alliums. The ornamental onion has dozens of small star-shaped purple flowers forming a six-inch globe cluster. The plant flowers from late spring to early summer. The flowers last well into the summer and come back year after year. Gladiator grows 3-4 feet tall. It is easy to grow in many different types of soil in full sun. It is also drought-tolerant. It is a great pollinator attractor and is also deer resistant. Hardiness zones 4-8.
Miss Saigon Hyacinth – Miss Saigon is a beautiful rich purple colored hyacinth. The plant has pretty spikes of densely covered starry florets. It is fragrant and blooms for 2-3 weeks in mid-spring. The plant grows 8-12 inches tall and will naturalize in the right location. It will thrive in well-draining soil in full sun or partial shade. It has won a prestigious award from the Royal Horticultural Society. You can use these as cut flowers or force them indoors. Hardiness zones 4-8.
Latifolium Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) – This flower is two flowers in one. On top are sterile light blue flowers and on the bottom are fertile dark-purple flowers. The flowers are beautiful, and they last a long time. They bloom for several weeks in early spring. They are fragrant and the more you plant the more fragrant your garden will be. The plant will grow 8-10 inches. Try them in a flower bed or use them in a border. They are deer and rabbit-resistant. Hardiness zones 4-8.
Pickwick Crocus – Pickwick Crocus are giant dutch croci with a large silver-lilac cup with heavily striped light and dark purple stripes. These crocuses are extremely vigorous and have a long life. The flowers bloom for three weeks in early spring. The blooms only open when it is sunny out or when there is a lot of light. They will close when it is raining and at night. Growing 4-6 inches tall, they naturalize easily. They are easy to grow when planted in well-draining soil in full sun or light shade. This crocus can be forced indoors. Hardiness zones 3-8.
Scilla Peruviana - Scilla Peruviana is also known as Portuguese Squill and is native to the Western Mediterranean region. The plant blooms in late spring and early summer and it is a showstopper as it fills in the gap between late-blooming tulips and summer perennials. Scilla Peruvian produces large conical clusters that produce up to 50 tiny starry violet flowers. The cluster measures around six inches. It is a tender perennial, so if you are in a cold climate, plant them in a container. They grow 4-10 inches tall and 6-8 inches wide. Plant them in well-draining soil in full sun to partial shade. The whole plant is poisonous, so make sure you wear gloves when handling them. Hardiness zones 8-9.
Let us know your favorite purple flower bulbs.