Purple flowers have a special place in the hearts of both gardeners and florists. Comparing to other flower colors, some purple and white flowers are rare, i.e. certain flowers come in white and pink more often than in purple.
In this purple and white flowers guide, we will present to you some of the most beautiful purple blooms there are, more than 25 of them, among which:
- Wild Hyacinth
- Dianthus caryophyllus/ Carnations
- Dendrobium Orchid
- Dwarf Iris
- Calla Lily
- Canterbury Bells
- Sweet Pea
- Bee Orchid
- Butterfly bush
- Morning Glory
- Bittersweet nightshade
- Sea Holly
- China Aster
- Bell Heather
- Balloon Flower
- Blue-eyed Grass
- Lily of the Nile
- Common Comfrey
- Purple Pansy
- Blackcurrant Swirl Moonflower
This guide will give you details on how to plant and grow specific purple and white flowers, soil type, whether they need full sun or partial shade, water requirements, and the best season to plant them and expect them to bloom in.
We will also tell you if they are best for hanging baskets, garden beds, trellises, or containers, so without further ado, feast your eyes on the most adorable purple and white flowers!
Introducing Types of Purple and White Flowers
There are hundreds of types of purple and white flowers. You can plant them in your garden or keep them in hanging baskets or flower pots.
Some purple flowers are a fantastic choice for indoor flower arrangements to calm the energy and bring elegance when put in a vase. There are various shades of purple – they go from very light lilac shades to deep, dark purple.
There are also pinkish-purple flowers as bright as strong as magenta, but the most coveted and the rarest are purple-blue flowers. Purple-blue and blue flowers are rarely found in nature.
Here we start with the specific types of purple flowers, you will learn how to plant them, which soil you should choose and how much sun and water the flowers like.
Wild hyacinth, Camas lily, or Camassia is a gorgeous purple cone-shaped cluster of about twenty star-shaped white, purple or blue flowers on an elongated stem. These purple flowers are perfect for a garden with wildflowers, flower beds, or even flower pots.
When it comes to soil requirements Camas lily likes either well-drained soil or loamy soil types. They enjoy full sun and can grow to be about 14 inches tall. They are really easy to grow and will spread fast and attract bees to your wildflower-inspired garden.
Ideal hardiness zones: 3-9.
Dianthus Caryophyllus/ Carnations
Dianthus caryophyllus flowers or Carnations are a species of Dianthus flowers that also come in shades of purple. Carnations are inevitable in cut gardens, as borders and flower bouquets due to their lovely ruffled petals.
Naturally, Carnations are pinkish, but there are all possible colors and color combinations of Carnations in cultivars. If you want to plant Carnations in your garden you will need either neutral soil or alkaline soil. Choose a well-drained soil variety.
Those ruffled purple flowers like full sun and can grow from 6 inches tall to 12 inches tall.
Ideal hardiness zones: 3-9.
Dendrobium Orchid plant is one of the types of purple and white flowers that are associated with romantic love. The flowers are long-lasting, and in nature, they grow on tree bark not in the soil.
How does the plant look like? It has a cluster of dark green foliage right next to the soil and a thin long stem with up to six flowers growing close to the top.
This is the reason they have a shallow root system, which, in turn, makes them perfect for window containers. They bloom in spring and early summer.
Having in mind that soil is not their natural habitat, wise soil choice is crucial for well being of Orchid flowers. The soil you chose has to be well-drained and coarse to ensure root aeration.
Water the plant when the soil is a bit dry. Dendrobium flowers come in many color varieties and do not prefer full sun -they enjoy partial shade or filtered sunlight.
Ideal hardiness zones: 9-12.
Dwarf Iris flowers are purple, blue, white, and yellow flowers that grow from early spring and up to summer. The purple and white flowers bloom for about three weeks with each individual flower lasting up to seven days.
Their botanical name is Iris reticulata and the flowers are short species in the tall iris genus. The purple variation blooms in deep purple petals with a bright yellow mark on the bottom petal.
If you want these purple and white flowers in your spring garden, you will have to place them in the areas getting full sun, but they will tolerate partial shade as well. When it comes to the potting medium, plant it in a well-drained soil variety, that is moderately watered.
Ideal hardiness zones: 5-9.
Zantedeschia plant or Calla Lilies are not a type of lily flowers. The flowers come in a huge spectrum of colors including blue-purple (aubergine), white, black, yellow, and pink.
To make things even more interesting, they are not flowering plants but produce a false flower, but that does not take any beauty out of the elegant tubular flowers.
They are great purple and white flowers to keep both indoors and outdoors. A calla lily flower is used as a cut flower as well. Regarding soil, they like well-drained soil types that need regular watering.
If you accommodate them in garden borders or containers in full sun or partial sun they will grow up to 30 inches tall.
Ideal hardiness zones: 5-11.
Native to Southern Europe, Canterbury bells or campanula medium, as the name suggests, are bell-shaped purple and white flowers. The plants grow to be 6 feet tall and require supporting rods.
You can plant them in flower beds or informal gardens, and although they are bells they are not plants suitable for hanging baskets. The gorgeous bell-shaped flowers come in blue, purple, pink, and white, with purple flowers varying from light purple to dark purple shades.
It is a non-demanding flowering plant that prefers moist, well-draining soil in full to partial sun and moderate watering. They attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
Ideal hardiness zones: 5-8.
Sweet pea or Lathyrus odoratus, is a scented multi-color plant with a sweet, delicate perfume. They come in all colors and color combinations and often have two or more colored flowers at the same time.
They are trailing plants and require support since they can grow up o six feet tall and once they germinate they are easy to care for. Lathyrus odoratus plants are flowering plants that enjoy full sun and partial sun.
If you want to plant these purple and white flowers in your garden make sure to pick the right kind of soil and the right choice would be loose soil rich in organic matter.
Ideal hardiness zones: 7 or colder.
Bee Orchid plants, or Ophrys apifera, got their name after the color and shape of their unique flower. The flowers have three white or purple petals (shades of purple range from white to rich, deep purple), and a fourth bee-shaped and colored petals.
The unique petal mimics the color pattern and shape of a female bee and this serves to attract bees, especially male bees, to pollinate the flowers.
These purple and white flowers are hard to cultivate outside, however, you can plant them in rock gardens and indoor containers. The plant likes moderate watering and partial shade. You should pot it in well-drained yet moist soil and it will grow to be from 6 to 20 inches tall.
Ideal hardiness zones: 6-9.
If you want to plant a bush with gorgeous white and purple flowers a butterfly bush is one of the best types of purple flowers for your fairy-tale themed garden. You can plant them in a garden or a large flowerpot and they can grow up to 16 feet tall.
What makes these flowering plants unique is that they bloom in large lance-shaped flowers consisting of many smaller blossoms of pink, white and purple. They can have flowers of one color or they could be cross-cultivated to have blooms in two or all three colors at the same time.
The name comes from the plant’s ability to attract butterflies with its soft scent, and the butterflies add to the fairy-tale-like feeling. They are interesting to hummingbirds as well.
The Buddleia davidii flowers are drought-tolerant and grow from late spring and into early fall. They are purple and white plants that like full sun and moderate watering.
As for the soil, it does not like the soggy types of soil but thrives in well-drained, moist soil.
Ideal hardiness zones: 5 -10.
Morning glory, or Ipomoea purpurea, got its common name after the fact that its purple and white flowers bloom in the morning. Aside from dark purple, the flowers can be hot pink, and white.
This gorgeous flowering plant is a vine with scented, trumpet-shaped flowers attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators. It is an invasive vine and you should plant it in containers rather than a garden bed since it spreads quickly.
It grows up to 8 and is as low as 4 feet tall in full sun and well-drained soil. Besides a good drainage capacity, there is not much more to think about regarding soil – any kind of soil mix will do.
Ideal hardiness zones: 2-11.
This is a flowering plant that produces poisonous berries so plant it with care, especially if you have small children around. It is an invasive, vining plant with star-shaped blossoms in the deep shade of purple that is in contrast with a protruding, thick yellow stamen.
When it comes to soil and watering the bittersweet nightshade flower, the plant likes moderately moist, well-drained neutral-type soil. This species does not like the full sun.
It can grow up to 8 feet tall and requires the support of a trellis or a tree. It can even grow up along the hedges or fences and it creates privacy. The plant’s botanical name is Solanum dulcamara, and it does by Poisonberry or Climbing nightshade as well.
Ideal hardiness zones: 4-8.
Sea holly, or Eryngium, is one of the most interesting types of purple flowers to plant in your garden. It has statement purple flowers with spiky petals that make the unusual purple flower unique and lovely addition to any garden.
The star-shaped blooms come in shades of purple, blue, and lavender. Aside from adding diversity to your garden, it will be very easy to grow. This plant tolerates cold winds.
It is drought-tolerant due to its long roots, and the soil type it thrives in is dry well-drained soil. Moreover, this cutie grows up to about 35 inches tall and prefers full sun.
Ideal hardiness zones: 2-9.
China aster or Callistephus Chinensis, are flowers similar to chrysanthemums in the fact that they come in a range of shades of purple, pink, white, red, and yellow.
Its flowers are in various shapes, they can have pom-pom-shaped blooms or daisy-like flowers. The daisy-like species have yellow centers. The flowers bloom, depending on the zones, in the late spring or early summer and all through fall. This daisy-like plant can grow from only 8 inches tall and up to 3 feet tall.
As for the soil and sun, these purple and white flowers enjoy areas with full sun and tolerate partial shade and well-drained soil.
Ideal hardiness zones: 2-11.
Erica cinerea, commonly known as Bell Heather or Twisted Heath belongs to easy to grow types of purple flowers for your garden. It is associated with good luck in Scottish tradition.
Able to grow up to 20 inches tall flower that blooms from early spring to late summer and early fall. The bell-shaped flowers bloom in a pinkish-purple shade in a bush of small evergreen-like branches with spiky green foliage. When you touch them, the bell-shaped purple and white flowers have a dry, paper-like texture.
You can plant it in flowerpots or as ground covers anywhere. These lovely purple flowers are drought-tolerant and enjoy full sun exposure as well as a well-drained potting medium. They prefer acidic clay, loam soil.
Ideal hardiness zones: 6-8.
Also known as Platycodon, Balloon flower got its name after the shape the flower takes right before it develops into star-shaped blooms.
The balloon-like flowers are light violet-blue, white or pink color, and if cared for properly they can grow to be two feet tall. As for the soil, these purple flowers prefer loamy, well-draining soil rich in organic matter.
Ideal hardiness zones: 3-9.
The Blue-eyed grass, or Sisyrinchium montanum, is not grass but a purple flower belonging to the genus Iris.
Native to North America, they bloom in spring and all through late summer. They are plants forming groups of long green stems and foliage and small, about an inch in diameter, delicate blue or light-purple flowers.
These purple blooms are suitable to plant in cottage gardens and containers and they thrive in full sun and partial shade. They have six purple petals and a yellow stamen. Pot them in moist, yet well-drained soil.
Ideal hardiness zones: 4-9.
Lily of the Nile
The Lily of the Nile, or Agapanthus Orientalis, is a flowering plant with blooms in purple, pink, white, orange, red, and yellow. The hues of purple go from light purple to a deeper, almost blue-purple shade of flowers.
These purple flowers bloom from late spring and all during the summer. They are quite sensitive and you have to plan them in an area of your garden that is protected from wind and direct full sun.
When it comes to light requirements, these purple and white flowers prefer filtered sunlight and partial shade to full sun. Native to Africa, it is drought-tolerant. This species requires well-drained organic soil.
They are perfect to keep as cut flowers, and if you are looking to gift these purple blooms, they symbolize childbirth and fertility so they are a flower perfect to give to a new mother.
Ideal hardiness zones: 9-11.
Common comfrey or Symphytum officinale is a wildflower that grows all across North America, Western Asia, and Europe. They are 3 feet tall purple, white or pink flowers that bloom from late spring and through summer.
The plant has hairy green foliage with bell-shaped blooms. It enjoys well-drained soil and not soggy soil types since these types of purple flowers have deep roots.
This beauty does not require any fertilization while in bloom and flourishes in areas with either full sun or partial shade. They are suitable types of purple flowers to plant in a cottage and wildflower garden.
Ideal hardiness zones: 4-9.
If you want beautiful purple and white flowers in your garden throughout the year you should plant purple pansies. They like colder weather as well as hot.
They have full green foliage and round multi-color blooms in color combinations like purple with yellow, white, pink, or light purple.
These plants are not very tall, and this makes them great ground cover plants, garden bed or container that needs filling. As a cut flower, lavender can be dried and kept in a vase for a long time, spreading the same calming scent.
These delicate, yet striking purple flowers come to be 9 inches tall and about that wide as well. They thrive in highly fertile well-drained soil – it should be fertilized in spring and fall before bloom.
Pansies grow in either full sun or partial shade but they do not like direct exposure to full sun. Keep in mind that they require lots of water and need moisture in the soil.
Ideal hardiness zones: 4-11.
Blackcurrant Swirl Moonflower
Blackcurrant Swirl Moonflower, or Datura metel, is one of the 9 species in the Datura genus. Datura metel is characterized by deep purple and white trumpet-shaped, tubular flowers.
The other name this garden plant is known by is Devil’s trumpet since it is highly poisonous. Plant it well-drained soil type and full sun to thrive and grow to be up to 4 feet tall.
Ideal hardiness zones: 5-7/ 8-10.
Petunia is a flowering plant that is cultivated in a variety of colors and color combinations. The purple-white species are:
- Petunia Bravo in shades of purple, lavender, and blue veins on white flowers.
- Cascadia Petunia with magenta or purple flowers with white edges.
- Purple Night Skies – dark, almost bluish-purple flowers sparkled with white reminding of a starry night.
In addition to this, there are Crazytunia, littletunia, purple vein ray, and many others.
If you are looking to plant hanging baskets full of flowers in your garden, petunias are perfect for it. You can place hanging baskets on tree branches, or your balcony. Petunias like full sun to partial shade, well-drained soil.
Ideal hardiness zones: as annuals 8-11; as perennials in any zone.
Verbena plants are a genus with several types of species. The species differ in the color combination of the blooms, and they can have white, magenta pink, blue, or purple flowers.
Some species have clusters of bi-color flowers that are white in the middle and purple or blue towards the edge. The others have clusters that have light purple, almost white flowers in the outer section of the cluster while darker purple flowers form a circle in the middle of the flower cluster.
Verbena plants are not only decorative, but used in medicine as well. Its purple and white flowers prefer full sun to partial shade and need to be grown in well-drained soil.
Depending on the species, they can like the soil to dry completely between watering, or they need the soil damp. Verbena can have healthy blooms all through summer if you take care of it adequately.
Ideal hardiness zones: 7-11.
Allium plant genus consists of many flowering and non-flowering plants including onions and garlic. The plant we are talking about is called the Ornamental Allium plant and, as its name suggests, it is only decorative.
It is appreciated due to its sphere-like flowers full of small blooms in a variety of colors, including pink, white, and purple. The globe-shaped flower cluster sits on top of a tall stalk.
Depending on the species, alliums can be only 12 inches tall, while some taller species can be from 3 or 4 feet tall and up to 8 feet in height. Allium plant blooms for a short time- in late spring and early summer.
Plant it in either full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil making sure that the plant and its dainty blooms are protected from the wind. Suitable to plant in rock gardens or as back in garden beds, it will attract butterflies and bees, and other pollinators.
Ideal hardiness zones: 3-9.
Lavender, or Lavandula, is inevitable in the perfume business, cosmetics, aromatherapy, and even culinary arts. The most famous species of lavender flowers is Lavandula angustifolia.
The plant has tall and long stalks with very small purple flowers along the top of the stalk. It is great as a flower to plant around rock gardens, in garden beds, or even containers. All it takes is a little bit of a breeze or you can rustle the flowers to feel the famous scent. Its delicate purple and white flowers do wonders for stress relief.
Lavender flowers need full sun and dry, well-drained soil. Full sun exposure is especially important in cooler climates since in partial shade and or windy areas it does not thrive. It blooms from mid-spring and through summer, with the blooming season lasting for about three to four weeks.
Ideal hardiness zones: 5-9.
Columbine, or Aquilegia, is one of the most beautiful purple blooms to have in your garden. Colombine flower has 5 petals that can be in any shade of purple, orange, red, yellow with a white-colored middle.
The flower has a complicated shape, and it looks like white bell-shaped blooms have merged with purple star-shaped flowers in the bell’s bottom. Plant it in full sun to partial shade and water regularly so that soil would be moist. When you pick the soil type stick to well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
Ideal hardiness zones: 3-9.
Periwinkle or Vinca plant is another trailing, purple-blue beauty. It has simple, yet rich-colored green foliage contrasting with pale blue or violet flowers consisting of five delicate petals.
They grow to be only up to 6 inches tall and 2 feet in width, which makes them great to plant in gardens that require a thick garden cover. Pick well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.
You can plant them in hanging baskets, but they can grow up a trellis. Planting them in hanging baskets will allow you to have a curtain of gorgeous flowers falling down your balcony.
Ideal hardiness zones: 4-9.
The Symbolism of Purple Flowers
The color purple is associated with spirituality, elegance, respect, honor, and royalty.
Purple flowers go with almost all flower arrangements -they go with white for an elegant feel, they go with yellow, red, and orange flowers to give contrasting focus, and they go well with pink flowers to capture femininity.
A purple flower is suitable as a gift on any occasion and for a person of any age, especially if we want to express admiration and respect or mark a period in their life that signifies a transition – i.e. they are graduating or getting married.
Interestingly, purple and white flowers are not closely associated with either love or passion, but rather a platonic connection and royalty. There are some types of purple flowers that are appropriate to give a man as well. A purple cut-flower would bring peace and harmony into a room.
Due to their symbolism and elegance, purple flowers are a common flower in wedding bouquets, especially in combination with pink and white flowers to signify femininity, harmony, and elevation.
What flower is purple and white?
There are many varieties of white and purple flowers. Some come in different shades like – Allium, Butterfly bush, Morning glory, or Canterbury bells. On the other hand, some of them are bi-colors, either found in nature or cultivars – Petunia, Verbena, and Bee Orchid flower.
What are those purple flowers called?
There are plenty of purple and white flowers, but the most commonly mentioned ones include Wild hyacinth Dianthus caryophyllus flower, Dendrobium Orchid flower, Dwarf Iris flower, Calla lily flower, Canterbury bells flower, Sweet pea flower, Bee Orchid flower, and more.
What purple flowers are blooming now?
It depends on the season. In spring -wild hyacinth, carnations, dendrobium orchid, verbena, dwarf iris, columbine,… During summer – butterfly bush, common comfrey, dendrobium orchid, lavender, calla lily, bee orchid, allium,…When the fall arrives- China aster, pansy, bell heather, sea holly, calla lilies,… In winter – Purple pansy, monkshood, crocus…
How many types of purple flowers are there?
There are hundreds of purple flowers in all shades of purple. Certain cultivars come in two colors, i.e. some species of Petunia, Pansies, Sweet Pea, and so on.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this insightful guide on purple and white flowers.
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