Perennial Shrub with Purple Flowers

Name a perennial shrub with purple blooms
Which perennial shrubs have purple flowers?

Perennials are plants which last for more than two years. With care, perennials can produce flowers for several years. Bushes can also be perennial and a common example is the Hibiscus bush or shrub.

Evergreen Shrub with Purple Flowers

The most common evergreen shrubs with purple flowers include the lilacs, plums, and lavender. The purple bushes contrast with luscious green foliage in full bloom. The flowers of these evergreen shrubs usually come back every year making your garden have color in your landscape the whole year.

Choosing the best shrubs should depend on the location of your garden. Flowering evergreen shrubs thrive best along borders or behind a flower bed. You, should, however ensure it gets enough sunlight to blossom.

What is the bush that looks like lavender?

Salvia officinalis, also known as sage or common sage, has grey foliage and blueish purple flowers that resemble lavender. This sage, like lavender, is native to the Mediterranean and has a plethora of culinary and medicinal applications.

Video – Best shrubs with purple flowers

Shrubs with beautiful purple blooms

Evergreen shrub with small purple flowers

Below is a list of the most popular evergreen shrubs with small purple flowers. They include:

  • Purple Hydrangea Shrubs – These shrubs can be identified by their large purple blooms that are made up of small flowers
  • Purple Fuchsia Shrubs – This shrub produces fantastic flowers with a tear-shaped center surrounded by pink petals
  • Rhododendron Flowering Shrubs– These shrubs bloom with small purple or pinkish flowers. These shrubs also give a pleasant fragrance when in bloom.
  • Bluebeard – This small flowering shrub blooms in late summer filling the garden air with a pleasant smell. Not only can you grow this shrub on perennial borders and front gardens, but also in containers.
  • Lavender – This is a small herbaceous shrub that produces spikes of purple flowers that smell fantastic.

Perennial purple flowers

Purple perennial flowers are divided according to their stature. The majority of gardeners use a plant’s mature height to decide where it should be planted and whether it will fit in the space. Example are vervain, German bearded iris, Beer’s breeches, and Monkshood among others.

The flowers are divided into three sections:

  • Purple perennials that grow tall.
  • Purple perennials with a medium height.
  • Purple perennial flowers on short stems.

Purple perennial flower identification – list of purple flowers

Flower/plant name  Scientific nameBest growing conditions 
VervainVerbena StrictaThe sun-living vervain is hardy to -30 degrees F. Although the plant tolerates shade, it grows well under full sunlight with drained soils as a necessity.
 German Bearded irisIris germanicaIris thrives well in full to partial sunlight. The plant is easy to grow but it is considered to be as tough as nails with a carefree nature. Reaching 2 to 3 feet in height, it is fully hardy down to -40 degrees F.
Bear’s breechesAcunthus mollisGrows well in full summer with its blooms lasting for 4 months. it’s also winter hardy down to -20 degrees F. 
MonkshoodAconitum napellusThey do well until late summer and last into autumn. Full sunlight makes the flower of this plant stand tall. 
Tatarian asterAster tataricusThese 6 feet tall perennial thrives in full sun and it is hardy to -40 degrees F. Does well in a variety of soil conditions but proper drainage must be adhered to.
Russell blue lupineLupinus ‘Russell Blue’Lupines thrive well under full sunlight. They are classics in late spring and winter hardy to -30 degrees F. 
Clustered bellflowerCampanula glomerataThe flowers of this plant thrive best in both partial and full sunlight. Most cultivators also prefer cool moist soils for increased blooms.
Blazing starLiaricis spicataThis North American native perennial prefers full sun conditions. It’s also easy to plant and must be cultivated in drained soils of medium fertility.
SalviaSalvia nemorosaSalvia is best known to bloom in hot, sunny, and dry garden beds. Simply put, the soil must be well-drained.
Anise hyssopAgastache foeniculum ‘Blue Fortune’This plant can tolerate light shade but sunny conditions are better.
Wood phloxPhlox divaricataKnown to produce early-season blooms. Wood phlox thrives well during spring; hence it is resistant to dry soil. It is hardy down to -40 degrees F
Purple- leaved spiderwortTradescntia pallida ‘Purple Queen’This plant is hardy in warmer climates and must be replaced during spring. Also does well in partial shade as long as the soil is moist.
Bushes with purple flowers

Infographic – Common perennials with purple flowers

Shrubs and bushes with purple flowers
Purple flowering shrub identification

Purple shrubs and bushes

Shrubs and bushes with purple flowers come in many diverse forms. There are both deciduous and evergreen species. The most interesting shrubs to consider include:

  • Rose of Sharon
  • Weigela
  • Syringa Vulgaris
  • Magnolia
  • Rhododendron

Purple flowering shrubs UK

The teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) is a native UK plant that grows every other year. Its tall spikes of brush-like flower heads with purple blooms attract bees and butterflies. In the winter, goldfinches eat the seed.  For best results, plant in a secluded area of the garden.

Other plants with purple flowers

Sweet rocket. Scientifically knowns as Hesperis matrionalis is a purple-flowered plant with an amazing fragrance. This plant thrives well in partial sunlight or a partially shaded border.

  • Alliums – this pant is popular with pollinating insects.
  • Salvias – this plant thrives well among other bright-colored flowers like rudbekias and kniphofias.
  • Verbena bonariensis – this plant which is not only attractive to pollinators but its plate-like purple flowers make it popular.
  • Wisteria – Wisteria is best grown against the front of a house or on garden walls.

List of purple perennials

  • Teasel
  • Sweet rocket
  • Alliums
  • Salvias
  • Catmint
  • Verbena bonariensis
  • Clematis
  • Wisteria


What is the name of the bush with purple flowers?

Lilacs. Common lilac flower clusters are equally lovely. They have a pleasant fragrance that may propel them to the top of the list of shrubs with purple flowers. Although other colors are available, many gardeners prefer purple lilacs.

What perennial plant has purple flowers?

Verbena bonariensis is cultivated for its plate-like purple flowers, which attract a wide range of pollinators. It’s ideal for giving borders height as well as long-lasting color.

What flowering shrubs look good all year?

Many shrubs provide perennial interest due to their evergreen leaves or a changing palette of berries, flowers, and foliage color in the autumn. However, shrubs have a seasonal cycle with a specific flowering period, making it impossible to flower all year.

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