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.

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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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.

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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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 ?

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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Rock Cress - Plant Aubrieta 'Cascade Blue'   Excellent evergreen ground cover, producing cushions of pretty purple-blue flowers. It can be planted along the edge of a bed or lawn, or in the rockery, but is also very effective in a hanging basket displaying a profusion of colour.

Rock Cress - Plant Aubrieta 'Cascade Blue' Excellent evergreen ground cover, producing cushions of pretty purple-blue flowers. It can be planted along the edge of a bed or lawn, or in the rockery, but is also very effective in a hanging basket displaying a profusion of colour.

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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

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

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

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

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

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Verbena bonariensis (aka the plant with these gorgeous purple blooms) is ok for bumblebees, but really comes into its own when it comes to butterflies and hummingbird hawkmoths. It self seeds well and you can take cuttings in the autumn so it's the plant that keeps on giving! #homesfornature

Verbena bonariensis (aka the plant with these gorgeous purple blooms) is ok for bumblebees, but really comes into its own when it comes to butterflies and hummingbird hawkmoths. It self seeds well and you can take cuttings in the autumn so it's the plant that keeps on giving! #homesfornature

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