7 Tall Purple Flowers to Add to Your Garden

Tall purple flowers can make a big statement in your garden. Which ones should you conisder growing?

Would you like to brighten your garden in the spring? Tall purple flowers might be just what you need to add color and depth! 

In this article, I’ll introduce you to some fantastic tall purple flowers that will look great in any garden arrangement.

1. Blazing Star

Blazing star plants can grow to heights of 2 – 4 feet. It grows in grasslands, woodlands, and meadows. You can also find them growing along railroad tracks and roadways. This plant produces round, fluffy, deep purple flowers with blooms up to ¾ inches in diameter. 

Blazing stars grow best in full sun and in dry to medium well-drained soil. It’s a hardy plant that can endure drought, intense summer heat, and high humidity. 

Blazing star is an excellent choice for perennial borders, cottage gardens, native plant gardens, prairies and meadows, and rain gardens. 

purple blazing star grass on a field

2. Purple Sage Flowers

Purple sage flowers have densely-packed purple tube-like blooms that grow on velvety green leaves in late spring. The blooms remain throughout the summer. 

It’s a low-maintenance flower that’s accustomed to sandy or less than ideal soil. Purple sage thrives in arid conditions, so it’s a perfect garden addition if you live in a hot, sunny, and dry climate. 

Purple sage grows best in the sun, so plant it in a location that receives plenty of enough direct sunshine. It looks fantastic in flowerbeds and along landscaping borders and in patio planters.

purple sage flower blooming in the field

3. Foxglove

Gardeners have long used tall and magnificent foxglove plants in their gardens. Foxgloves are fast-growing plants that bloom for two seasons. In its first season, the plant only produces a cluster of leaves at its base. 

However, in its second year, foxgloves grow 2 – 5-foot stems that are lined with magnificent funnel-shaped pink, white, or purple flowers

Foxgloves thrive in full sun, partial shade, or full shade, depending on how hot it is outside. It grows best in rich, moist, well-draining soil. 

These plants are ideal for flowerbeds, landscaping borders, and planters.

wild purple foxglove flower

4. Early Purple Orchid 

As the name suggests, the early purple orchid is one of the first orchids to bloom in the spring. It can grow a little over a foot tall and has large glossy leaves that can have purple-green splotches. 

The blossoms, on the other hand, will take your breath away. Each plant can have up to 50 purple-pink flowers that bloom in concert and emit a sweet fragrance that attracts bees and other insects. On the other hand, they are rabbit and deer-resistant

It prefers moist soil and grows best in full sun or mild shade. 

Early purple orchids make excellent accent plants when added to gardens and along landscaping borders.

purple orchids in full bloom

5. Anise Hyssop

Anise hyssop plants have densely-packed flowers ranging from deep blue to purple. This perennial grows 3 – 5 feet tall. 

When adding this plant to your garden, space them 12 – 24 inches apart in well-drained soil. Also, make sure they’re placed in a spot that receives full or partial sun. 

6. Butterfly Bush 

Butterfly bushes have clusters of cone-shaped blooms that attract butterflies and other insects. They bloom throughout the spring and summer. Even when they aren’t in bloom, this shrub’s naturally elegant shape and evergreen leaves can add flare to your garden.

Regular varieties can grow as tall as 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide; smaller dwarf versions can be as small as 18 inches tall. Both prefer full sun and well-drained soil with a pH level between 6.0 – 7.5. 

butterfly bush flowers in full bloom

7. False Indigo

False indigo is a tall perennial that has uniquely shaped indigo flowers. Even after the blossoms fade, its color and height still add depth to your landscape. They look great in gardens and along landscaping borders and attract a lot of butterflies and hummingbirds.

Make sure false indigo plants get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Sunlight also helps to ward off fungal infections. It grows best in medium-draining soil, but once established, it can tolerate dry soil well. 

Water it frequently the first year after it’s planted but reduce water to an inch every couple of weeks thereafter.

Carley Miller
Carley Miller is a horticultural expert at Bustling Nest. She previously owned a landscaping business for 25 years and worked at a local garden center for 10 years.
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