Passion for purple combo
By: Garden Gate staff
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A punch of purple
A monochromatic color scheme is striking — and easy to pull together. Just choose flowers that are different tints or shades of the same color and use a variety of bloom shapes to keep your grouping interesting.
It can be as simple as starting with a favorite spring plant already in the garden. Then boost its impact with flowery, cold-tolerant spring annuals, such as pansies. Click ahead to learn more about this bold pair!
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Accent late-season ‘Cum Laude’ with ‘Purple Rain’ pansies for a striking late-spring pairing.
It’s easy to keep tulips coming back year after year — just water plants while they’re growing, let the foliage ripen until it’s brown and then forget about them. When the temps start to rise, replace pansies with summer annuals or keep watering the plants for a second, lighter bloom in fall.
A – ‘Cum Laude’ tulip (Tulipa) Bulb; purple flowers in late spring; full sun to part shade; 18 to 24 in. tall, 5 bulbs per square ft.; cold zones 3 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1
B – ‘Purple Rain’ pansy (Viola) Perennial; purple flowers in spring and fall; full sun to part shade; 10 to 12 in. tall, 12 to 16 in. wide; cold zones 6 to 8, heat zones 12 to 1