the color purple:

I have said for some time that if a color could be anthropomorphized lavender would be my spirit guide. It is only a marginal jest. (We do live in a periwinkle cottage!)

With this in mind, I will state that I have not applied as much effort as it would seem to putting purple into the garden. Allowing for gifts and transplants and random purchases, only a couple purchases were sought out for a purplish bloom.

The surprise lilies are setting up for another massive show. If things move forward as planned this fall, they will move to their new home down in the lot, which means this will be the last big show for a year or two.


I discovered last year that various hot peppers start off dazzling shades of purple that later ripen into various bright hues. Below are Chinese Five Color peppers before they shift into a multitude of colors.


I have tried a purple bell pepper each of the last three summers. This year, the variety was Pinot Noir from Bonnie plants, and it is the best producer with the biggest peppers so far. Two plants are heavily laden and have already provided a good harvest.




I’ll have to dig into notes to recall the name of the pepper below. It was late to bloom but seems to be recovering from the late start. It is a sweet pepper that resembles hot peppers in shape and retains its deep purple color as it ripens.


I’m fairly certain that the next two images are of common mallow. Last year we had exactly one plant. The root died off over winter, but it must self-seed, as we have numerous instances of it this year.

I currently think I’ll keep it as a native “walkway” grower. As long as it stays out of the raised beds, I rather enjoy seeing it about the garden. It visually reminds me of geraniums. It has the tiniest palest lavender blossoms.



There are many many things in our garden that are not purple, but not too many of them are blooming at the moment. The coreopsis and a small handful of lingering daylilies might be the only things after green peppers and tomatoes. (Some of the later are actually tinged with purple-black until they ripen!) Additionally, the blauhilde beans and the butterfly bush are both still putting out purple blooms.

I like the experience of a garden rolling through varied color palettes as it blooms through the year, and we seem to be arrive at this point with our garden, which is a nice way to mark the seasons’ passage as we move through our wabi-sabi life.

3 thoughts on “the color purple:

  1. That last plant is a pernicious weed that you will regret. Given half a chance, it will seed itself into your yards and beds!

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