Purple Reign: Throw Ultra Violet Around Your Garden
Every year, Pantone releases its color of a year, a color that so many people wait for with bated breath, from wedding planners to gardeners and, well, this year the royal hue is back in fashion. That’s right, the 2018 color of the year is ultra-violet.
The good news is, the color purple has long been a perennially perfect color to throw about in the garden, which might have something to do with there being over 170 different shades.
Of course, not everyone knows how to use ultra-violet in their backyard, which is why we have pulled together a list of purple plants that you need to know about if, of course, you want to see this color get a little nod every time you look out of your kitchen window with soap-sud covered hands.
This dramatically deep colored alternative to the agapanthus is a hugely popular addition to the garden for some many reasons, not least of all they are able to survive for long periods without any water whatsoever. But that’s not all. They are also super-easy for beginners and, best of all, they keep this gorgeous color of theirs all year round.
This big, beautiful and bold trees are one of our favorites without any shadow of a doubt. There is just something absolutely breathtaking seeing a row of jacaranda trees in spring when their gorgeous, bright purple flowers start blooming. But what makes this an absolute winner in our books is the fact it is a pollinator, which means it won’t just be a vibrant addition to your garden, it will attract all sort of wonderful nature too, from hummingbirds to butterflies.
These magical plants look like they’ve stepped out of a Dr Seuss story – they have really thick, dense and vibrant purple globes that stand on the end of long, tall stems, below which incredibly lush green leaves cover the ground. They are incredible to see, and a huge part of that is because, when they bloom, it means summer is just around the corner. What’s more, you can enjoy them anyway you like. You can let them run wild at the bottom of your garden, use them as a gorgeous path border, or let them sing in groups in a pot.
These are otherwise called cauliflower graffiti, and the reason for that is their intense colour. The reason this happens is to do with it having an abundance of the antioxidant also found in red cabbage and red wine. What this means is, you have a veggie patch that looks as good as it tastes. On that note, you can eat this cauliflower raw, boiled, steamed or, best of all, stir-fried. It might even be the perfect way to get your kids – yeah, your fussy eating kids – to enjoy chomping on some veggies for the first time in a very long time.
Like we said, this is the year of all things purple, and these are the plants, perennials and trees that will let you celebrate it.