My Desire For Purple Flowers In The Garden

Over the years I’ve found that I need to have more and more purple flowers in my garden. They really liven the landscape of my patio garden.

I haven’t seen any occupants of this bird house for some time. The wild morning glories grew up and around it this year.

At least the weathered bird house I brought with me from Texas is getting some use.

Bindweed Or Morning Glory:

What is the difference between bindweed and morning glory?

Bindweeds are very closely related to the Convolvulus, or bindweed plants, which are perennial.

Bindweed plants grow from rhizomes or underground storage structures that spread the weed.

The wild morning glory flowers are short-lived. They open a rich blue in the morning. Then they become purple in the heat of the day and crumple and die that same evening.

But there can be a lot of them, and every flower gives birth to a seedpod that will drop its distinctive dark, little rock-like seeds onto the ground for next season.

Regardless of the fact that they spread like crazy, I still think these morning glories are beautiful on the patio. But then I favor purple flowers in a landscape.

Purple Flowers At The Nursery:

Every spring at the nursery I seek out purple flowers, such as petunias and pansies, and lighter shades of purple as well. Some of the lighter purple blooms are usually on verbena and allium plants, just to name a few.

Since the cold last winter killed my white clematis, I purchased a purple clematis this past spring, and it is beautiful when it blooms. Now it’s too hot for much to bloom however.

Purple flowers in a garden evoke a soothing feeling against the green leaves of plants.

It’s never been my favorite color when decorating indoors. But it’s definitely just about my favorite color of flower outdoors.

Meaning For Purple Flowers:

Did you know that there is a meaning for purple flowers? A royal color, purple flowers symbolize dignity, tradition and success. A bouquet containing purple flowers can be symbols of admiration and adoration.


Flowers that are blue-purple add weight to a flower border. They are useful for anchoring bright colors and for separating and defining others.

For maximum contrast, pair blue-purple with its complementary color yellow/orange.

When you look out across a garden, dark blue-purple flowers seem to recede into the shadows.

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  1. I love bold purple flowers in my pots, too, mixed with red and yellow. In my beds, I was told that deer don’t like purple flowers, so that’s what we’ve planted. Not sure if it’s true, but they do avoid most of them.

  2. I love purple flowers too! What I especially like about morning glories is how, in pictures, it looks like the inside is glowing. That always amazes me!

  3. Your morning glories are the exact color of mine! I got Burpee seeds at least 5 years ago and they have reseeded themselves every year. And, as you know, they plant themselves elsewhere! Some went to the opposite fence and some went around the house to the back fence. lol With our South Dakota wind, that’s not surprising!

  4. Brenda, could you tell us where to purchase blue morning glory seeds? I have gotten little packets from Wal-Mart but have never had luck with them. As a child, I remember my grandmother running string on one end of the front porch making a handmade arbor of sorts. Blue morning glories were running the length, height and width of it, shading the wooden swing in front. I can still see that image in my mind and I thought it was just about the prettiest thing I’d ever seen.

  5. My garden beds flank both sides of my driveway and frame the backyard on 3 sides. They are all a real mismash of color, except at the front of the house, where I try to confine myself to red and white, usually geraniums and petunias, to coordinate with my bright red front door and large white planters on my small front “porch” (more like a front stoop). Along one side of the driveway, I have a lavender clematis, a hybrid large purple Iris that is deep, dark and beautiful, and another hybrid that gives me a sort of reddish/purplish slightly smaller blossom. They’re both stunning when they bloom. I only wish they lasted longer! Because of the high acidity in the soil of the garden where I planted a hydrangea on the other side of the driveway near two towering pine trees, the flowers will start out in all different shades from bright light purple to pale lavender; as the flowers age they turn pinkish with green undertones. This season I gave the shrub a good hard pruning and I’ve never had more flowers, and they’re still “pickable” since first blooming more than three months ago, it’s just amazing. I made sure to give it a good dose of daily water during our horrific hot and humid summer with little to no rain for more than 2 months. The hydrangea blossoms have all “faded” to the pinkish with green undertones now, but are still full and vibrant. I planted some purple cone flowers maybe 4 years ago and they give me reliable long lasting flowers. The butterflies go ga-ga over them and the local black/yellow finches and red house finches just love the seed heads. Wondering if there is a correlation between Ivy’s appearance (even though she doesn’t go outside she can be seen through the patio doors) and the disappearance of occupants in your bird house? But they still come to your bird bath and the tree overhanging your fence. Your own little bit of peaceful paradise!

  6. I love purple flowers outside and aside from the aesthetics, hummingbirds are attracted to my purple petunias. Each year is getting hotter and thus it’s difficult to keep them going this time of year.
    With songbirds dying mysteriously at an alarming rate this year, in our area we were asked to take down bird feeders, the thinking being the feed was a possible source. I have a large 3 tier bird bath fountain that this year, even with the constant movement of water, grows thick algae in less than 24 hrs after cleaning with a 10/1 water-bleach solution. In the 11 yrs we have had the fountain, this has never happened before! The heat is just to extreme and I imagine it was also making bird feed go rancid quicker. My goal is to plant a little flower garden just for the birds, bees and butterflies going forward with natural food sources. Of course It will have to be cleverly fenced off from the deer with wire that the flowers will still be able to be seen by the humans. My purples will include purple coneflower, aster, iris and of course purple petunias again in hanging baskets on the porch. I think any color flower bloom goes with purple as well. Usually I mix 3 different colors in my containers and will probably do the same with what I put in the ground. This darn extreme heat makes life difficult for sure. I can’t live without flowers in my life!

    1. This year I mixed red with my two usual colors of flowers, yellow and purple. And then I planted zinnia seeds and have all different colors of zinnias. I read about the problem with the bird feeders. Hope that gets solved quickly. I love the idea of a garden for nature’s creatures!

  7. I love morning glories, I actually planted some seeds this year and were delighted that they were all blue/purple. I am drawn to purple flowers too but when you plant them in the garden they do not show up much against the soil. I have some old indoor wall plaques that I want to hang on the fence for next year for the morning glories to grow on.

    1. Seems to, yes. I have them every year and they keep spreading. I get rid of the ones that come up in containers where I have something I don’t want them mixed with. It’s hard for me to toss the little morning glory plants that come up though.

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