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Purple Elegance – Outdoor Plants With Purple Leaves

Purple Leaves Outdoor

Step into the world of outdoor elegance with nature’s tapestry – plants adorned in regal shades of purple. From the majestic ‘Black Magic’ Elephant Ear to the charming allure of ‘Purple Majesty’ Ornamental Millet, these outdoor wonders bring a touch of royalty to your garden. Let’s journey through these vibrant, purple-leafed companions, discovering their unique personalities and the secrets to cultivating a breathtaking outdoor sanctuary.

Astilbe ‘Delft Lace’

Astilbe 'Delft Lace'

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Picture delicate, feathery plumes of purple dancing in the breeze – that’s the Astilbe ‘Delft Lace.’ This perennial dazzles in USDA Zones 4-9 by flourishing in partial shade and moist soil. Plant it in your garden for elegance, transforming ordinary spaces into enchanting realms.

‘Black Magic’ Elephant Ear

'Black Magic' Elephant Ear

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In foliage drama, the ‘Black Magic’ Elephant Ear reigns supreme. Its large, dark purple leaves make a bold statement in any garden. Thriving in tropical climates (Zones 8-11), this majestic plant demands attention and promises a touch of exotic allure.

‘Black Scallop’ Bugleweed

'Black Scallop' Bugleweed

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Meet the ground cover extraordinaire, ‘Black Scallop’ Bugleweed. This low-maintenance beauty spreads its glossy, deep purple leaves, creating a lush carpet. Perfect for Zones 4-9, this hardy companion transforms bare ground into a rich tapestry.

Taro 

Taro

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Escape to the tropics with the Taro. Its striking blue-green leaves, tinged with purple, add a touch of paradise to your garden. Ideal for Zones 8-11, this exotic plant thrives in well-draining soil, turning your outdoor space into a lush oasis.

Burgundy Lace Fern

Burgundy Lace Fern

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For a touch of delicate sophistication, consider the Burgundy Lace Fern. Flourishing in shaded areas (Zones 4-8), its finely cut, lacy fronds in shades of purple create a mesmerizing play of textures, adding a graceful allure to your garden.

Canna ‘Bronze Scarlet’

Canna 'Bronze Scarlet'

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Australia meets your garden with the Canna ‘Bronze Scarlet.’ This vibrant plant, thriving in Zones 7-10, boasts striking deep purple foliage and bold flowers. Plant it in full sun for an explosive burst of color, turning your garden into a haven of down-under charm.

Crabapple ‘Cardinal’

Crabapple 'Cardinal'

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Nature’s jewel – the Crabapple ‘Cardinal’ – brings a burst of purple to your orchard. Thriving in Zones 4-8, this deciduous tree graces your landscape with showy blossoms and delightful fruit, creating a picturesque scene straight from a fairy tale.

Dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’

Dahlia 'Bishop of Oxford'

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The Dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’ is the showstopper of the garden, flaunting rich, velvety purple blooms. Best suited for Zones 8-10, this tuberous perennial demands well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight, rewarding your efforts with a breathtaking display.

Eastern Ninebark ‘Diablo’

Eastern Ninebark 'Diablo'

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The Eastern Ninebark ‘Diablo’ takes center stage for a touch of drama and versatility. Thriving in Zones 3-7, its deep purple foliage adds depth to your landscape, whether as a standalone shrub or a charming hedge.

Purple Sweet Potato

Purple Sweet Potato

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Imagine the earthy elegance of a sweet potato; now envision it draped in shades of royal purple – that’s the Purple Sweet Potato. Thriving in USDA Zones 9-11, this culinary delight adds a delicious twist to your garden. Plant it in well-draining soil, bask it in sunlight, and watch as it not only graces your outdoor haven with its vibrant foliage but also gifts your kitchen with a regal harvest. 

Ornamental Millet ‘Purple Majesty’

Ornamental Millet 'Purple Majesty'

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In ornamental grasses, ‘Purple Majesty’ stands tall and proud. Thriving in Zones 10-11, its striking, deep purple plumes make a bold statement in any garden or landscape, creating a stunning focal point.

Ornamental Pepper ‘Purple Flash’

Ornamental Pepper 'Purple Flash'

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Spice up your garden with the Ornamental Pepper ‘Purple Flash.’ Thriving in Zones 9-11, its compact size and purple-tinged foliage add a dash of heat to your landscape. This annual delight promises a colorful display, ensuring your garden stays vibrant all season.

Persian Shield

Persian Shield

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For an exotic touch, welcome the Persian Shield to your garden. Thriving in Zones 9-11, its iridescent purple leaves create a dazzling display. Plant it as a backdrop or in containers for a burst of otherworldly charm.

Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

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Endearing and playful, the Polka Dot Plant adds a whimsical touch to your outdoor haven. Thriving in Zones 10-11, its purple-spotted leaves bring a lively energy to your garden. Plant it in well-draining soil, and watch as this charming annual weaves its magic.

Coleus

Coleus

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Whether tucked into garden beds or showcased in containers, Coleus thrives in various conditions, making it a versatile companion for garden enthusiasts. Preferring partial shade and well-drained soil, this annual gem brings color to Zones 10-11. With its serrated leaves showcasing an array of purple hues, Coleus is the playful artist in your garden, adding a touch of drama to any landscape.

Conclusion

As our journey through these captivating purple-leafed wonders comes to a close, think of your outdoor space as a garden and a vibrant tapestry. It’s like a painting waiting for colors, textures, and the unique stories each plant brings. So, embrace the regal allure of purple foliage and watch your outdoor haven transform into a masterpiece crafted by nature. Happy gardening – where every leaf tells a story, and your garden becomes a living artwork!

 

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