Purple Shade Plants

Brighten up the darkened corners of your backyard with all the shade of purple. Many purple flowers flourish in the shade and bloom. Some are small and are perfect for containers onto a porch. Operate and others spread nicely as ground covers under a shade tree. Others are shrubs — perfect for filling up that cool, dark spot in your yard.


Trilliums (Trillium spp.) Are native wildflowers that grow well in the shade. Attempt”Trillium Purple,” that will bloom from spring through the summer. All these perennials, which grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3-8, are desirable for their distinctive, three-petaled purple blooms. They grow to a maximum height and width of 12 inches, and will fill a container well. Violets or pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) are a popular with home gardeners for their delicate faces. They can also be used as cut flowers. They grow best in USDA zones 8 to 11. Because they don’t like warmth, they are perfect for shade gardens in those zones. The purple shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) is a perennial notable for its own purple foliage. The triangular-shaped leaves also add interesting texture to a shade garden. Easy to grow, this plant thrives in USDA zones 6 to 10 and prefers shade.


Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.) Are a choice with home gardeners who need a big shrub that will bloom even in shady conditions. They come in many colors, but try Rhododendron catawbiense if you need one with authentic blooms. This plant grows best in USDA zones 4 to 8. Hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp.) , such as rhododendrons, have big clusters of flowers. Also they grow best in shade, as stated by the Clemson Cooperative Extension site. Try out Hydrangea macrophylla”Royal Purple” for a splash of lavender. This plant grows best in USDA zones 6 to 9.


Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana) are hardy annuals that thrive in shady areas. Because they are annuals, they can be grown in most USDA zones. Frequently used as border or container crops, they spread and will blossom long in cool conditions. Attempt”Celebration Light Lavender” should you desire a light purple that almost glows. Wax begonias (Begonia semperflorens) also grow well in the shade. “Party Pink Bronze Leaf” includes purplish-pink flowers and leaves that are green on top and dark purple beneath. Wax begonias, in most USDA zones, will grow such as impatiens.

Other Plants

The Purple Dragon lamium (Lamium spp.) Is a tough shade-loving floor cover which includes flowers that are vivid and leaves. The plant grows in USDA zones 2 to 9 and will reach a height of about 8 inches. The grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) is an early spring-blooming shade bulb notable for its clusters of purple, bell-shaped flowers. This plant thrives in USDA zones 3 to 9, as stated by the University of Wisconsin Extension site. Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) is a hardy ground cover grown primarily for its foliage. The cultivar”Atropurpurea” has bronze-purple leaves and grows well in the shade, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden site. This plant grows best in USDA zones 3 to 9.

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