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1 Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna’ from the mildly aromatic silvery green leaves to the violet flower spikes with purple stems. Bees love the flowers that stay looking sharp long after the petals fall, thanks to papery bracts that hold their colour. Dead-heading – either little and often or in one go – encourages new flowering side-shoots till October. 'Caradonna’ loves sun; use it as a purple ribbon through late season grasses or, at 18in (45cm), it is the perfect centrepiece for a pot.

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Lauren's Garden Inspiration

Purple is a mainstay to the garden & I cannot think of a plant colour it doesn't "Go" with. Purple & orange, purple & pink, purple & blue, & yellow, & red....need I continue ?

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Cerinthe major purpurascens "Blue Honeywort" - Outstanding selection with grey green foliage and beautiful blue blooms. Easy to grow in full to part sun, great for bees and butterflies. Annual, will reseed

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Matteuccia struthiopteris

A brilliant ostrich fern which grows in shady, damp areas, and looks especially good planted with alliums.

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Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis with the foliage of Euphorbia characias http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/verbena-bonariensis.html

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Find useful gardening tips and articles at http://www.thebloomingoasis.com Zinnias: try combining with Cosmos and Cleome. Find out how to grow cut flowers from seed at http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/seeds-and-bulbs/how-to-raise-cut-flowers-from-seed/3720.html

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10 Wonderful and Cheap DIY Idea for Your Garden 2

Riotous with high-summer color, this perennial border is built to last. After the delphiniums fade, purple salvias and strappy-leafed variegated irises keep the show going till fall.

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