A Study on Color: Purple in the Garden

“The bougainvillea hung about it, purple and magenta, in livid balloons.” – Anita Desai, Games at Twilight

Some studies have shown that 75 percent of children prefer purple over other colors. Shopping demographics have proven that customers prefer purple colors products. And purple lights are believed to enhance mood and creativity.

The color purple has two intriguing faces. Depending on what other colors you use with it, purple can be hot or cold. Not only that, look at the range of hues that can be called purple. It is the product of two primary colors, and depending on which one you move more of will change the hue. The red-purples will be warm and vibrant – seen as more energetic to the human eye. The blue-purples are subdued and seen as peaceful and contemplative.

The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.

So how can you incorporate purple in your outdoor living space?

Speedwell: Or Veronica, is a carefree and easy-to-grow perennial with long spikes of small petals in purple, blue, pink, or white.

Coral bells: They can actually be found in several foliage colors—like bronze, purple, and more. The spikes of tall, bell-shaped blooms is where the coral bells flowers get their name and are just as impressive as the foliage color, blooming in late spring to early summer.

Clematis: For proper care of clematis, clematis vines prefer sunny locations (at least six hours of sun needed for blooming) but the soil should be kept cool.

Or you could use purple pillows for a luxe accent on your outdoor furniture.