10 Beautiful Purple Flowering Shrubs

If you love the color purple, there are many different shrubs with bright purple blooms that you can plant in your garden.

Here are 10 easy to grow purple flowering bushes that are ideal for garden beds, shrubberies, containers or privacy hedges.

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purple shrub


1. Lavender (Lavendula)

Lavender is a fragrant perennial shrub that flowers from late spring through to late summer.

English and French Lavender are two of the most popular types of Lavender but there are more than 450 different varieties available. [1]

Lavender grows best in full sun but you can also plant it in a container and place it in front of a sunny window for a beautifully fragrant houseplant.

purple lavender bush

2. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Hydrangeas are easy to grow perennial shrubs with flowers in a variety of colors including purple, pink, blue and white.

If your soil is acidic with a pH lower than 5.5, you’re more likely to get blue or purple flowers.

Soil that is more alkaline will produce pink flowers.

Hydrangeas grow best in a position with morning sun and afternoon shade.

3. Bougainvillea

Bougainvilleas are popular climbing plants but they can also be trimmed into round bush shape.

The brightly colored flowers are actually modified leaves called bracts, and they can be purple, pink, red, yellow or orange.

Bougainvilleas are fast-growing, heat loving and drought resistant. They will flower best in full sun.

purple bougainvillea plant

4. Lilac Bush (Syringa vulgaris)

Lilac bushes are easy to grow, hardy, low maintenance plants.

Their fragrant flowers are great for attracting butterflies and they’re beautiful as cut flowers.

There are many different varieties of lilacs, with some small compact varieties, while others can grow as high as 15 feet (4.5 m) tall. [2]

Lilac bushes need to be pruned every year after they finish flowering.

purple lilac shrub

5. Wisteria (Wisteria chinensis)

Wisteria is a deciduous perennial with beautiful cascading flowers that can be mauve, light purple, pink, blue or white.

Wisteria is fast growing and can easily become invasive if it’s allowed to grow uncontrolled.

To grow Wisteria as a shrub, you’ll need to cut it back regularly.

wisteria plant

6. Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

Butterfly bush is a fast-growing, deciduous shrub that doesn’t require much maintenance.

It has long spiky flower heads that bloom from summer until fall.

As well as purple, the flowers can be orange, pink or white.

Butterfly bush can become invasive in areas with warm temperatures, but you can remove the spent flower heads to stop the seeds spreading. [3]

Butterfly bush

7. Heather (Calluna vulgaris)

Heather is a low growing perennial shrub that spreads out easily.

It’s a low maintenance plant that grows best in full sun and it can tolerate poor quality soil.

The flowers come in many shades of purple as well as red, pink and white.

Heather shrubs

8. Azalea (Rhododendron)

Azaleas are perennial flowering shrubs that grow best in partial shade.

The flowers can be purple, pink, red, orange, yellow or white.

Azaleas need to be cut back when they finish flowering to keep their shape and promote bushier growth.

9. Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp) 

Crepe Myrtles are large deciduous shrubs that can tolerate light frosts and hot summer weather.

They flower from summer through to fall and the flowers can be purple, mauve, pink, white or red.

The flowers are ruffled and look a bit like crepe paper, which is how they get their name.

In fall the leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red before they fall off.

purple crepe myrtle flowers

10. Weigela

Weigela is another perennial shrub that comes in many different shapes and sizes.

As well as purple, the flowers can also be yellow, pink or white.

Weigela plants grow best in full sun, but varieties with variegated leaves will need some afternoon shade.

purple weigela flowers

So there are 10 beautiful purple flowering shrubs to add to your garden.

Planting a few of these bushes is a great way to fill your garden with masses of fragrant purple flowers and attract beneficial insects to your yard.

Here’s a quick video that shows some beautiful re-blooming shrubs. I think you’ll find some great ideas for your garden here.


Which of these purple shrubs do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 purple flowering shrubs

Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Sarah Emery

    Purple is such a powerful color and I love seeing purple flowers. I am fascinated with everything lavender but also love the beauty of bougainvilleas.

  2. Scott DeNicola

    We have several different varieties of hydrangeas in our yard and the soil plays a major factor in the color of the flowers. Where I live the soil is a mix of clay and sand so we don’t always get that bright purple. I’m also a big fan of rhododendrons. We’ve planted the butterfly bush before as well and boy did it spread. I still have shoots that pop up now and then.

  3. Geneva

    This is a great article for anyone who wants to see more purple in their garden. Even if you don’t garden yourself, you still learn quite a bit about the different varieties of flowers that are purple.

  4. Lene Andersen

    I love purple! My engagement ring has a purple saphire, my wheelchair is purple… It’s everywhere. 🙂 I really appreciated your breakdown off the different colours of hydrangeas. I have always wondered how that happened.

  5. Ivana Mearns

    Lavender is definitely my favourite out of these! Purple is such a beautiful colour, from gentle violet shades to deep purple – all perfect for gardeners!

  6. Luna S

    There are a lot of really nice options here, that butterfly bush is beautiful and I bet the lavender would smell amazing.

  7. Britt K

    All such beautiful options! I am personally drawn to lavender due to the many aromatherapy benefits associated with having lavender around. There is no better way to help lower your stress and find a sense of peace and calm than doing so in a natural way!

  8. Lyosha

    how beautiful! i am so very much in love! these flowers are something special. never saw them before

  9. Krystel | Frugal Living

    I really need to fix my garden this summer. It has so much potential. An indoor lavender plant sounds great too

  10. Lyanna Soria

    What a wonderful collection of purple flowers. I’ve always loved Hydrangea since I discovered it in a photo in the past.

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