A classic native wildflower, purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) brings a steady stream of color to gardens all summer long. It’s a hearty plant, withstanding full sun, drought and poor soil of all sorts (clay, rocky, shallow). Plant breeders have worked to improve this flower powerhouse by expanding blossom color and form. The result? You can find (no longer purple) coneflower plants in a rainbow of shades, including red, gold, white, orange and pink. This variety is PowWow Wildberry, which unfurls vivid rose-purple blooms. Coneflowers are deer- and rabbit-resistant. Purple coneflower grows 24 to 60 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Some newer varieties grow shorter. Hardy in Zones 3-8. Good vase companions for purple coneflower: Oriental or Asiatic lily, Russian sage, catmint, hosta and gas plant.
Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Deport recommends threading your signature color, throughout your home, either in big way, by painting an entire room, or using it as a subtle accent, like a candy dish or vase. For example, this dramatic dining room is painted a pearly violet, the homeowner's favorite hue.
Take your yard to the dark side by adding a drift of ‘Purple Knight’ alternanthera (Alternanthera dentata). This easy growing annual thrives in whatever weather summer throws at it—heat, humidity, thunderstorms or drought. Use ‘Purple Knight’ to deliver color to planting beds, or tuck it into a container design where it happily plays a thriller or filler role. If you like to gather garden bouquets, include this dark-leafed beauty in your plant palette. Stems make a pretty addition to a vase. Pinch plants when young to increase branching. Leaf color is darkest in full sun, but plants adapt well to part sun or part shade conditions. Plants grow 18 to 36 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide.
This light and bright kitchen features white wooden cabinets paired with neutral granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. A neutral glass tile backsplash adds a finishing touch, while a vase of purple hydrangeas is arranged on the counter.
Vintage mint green cabinetry and low tile backsplash give this traditional kitchen a vintage feel. A luxury, stainless steel stove stands at the ready for a cooking session in this crisp kitchen. Stainless steel hardware compliments the color scheme while a simple arrangement of purple lavender in a white vase adds a pop of color.
A comfortable sitting area pairs chrome armchairs and a purple-topped ottoman in this contemporary home office. Textured wallpaper creates an interesting backdrop to the space, while colorful art and vases add notes of vibrancy.
Gorgeous pink and orange flower arrangements in silver vases decorate this kitchen table. A set of crystal stemware with a purple-blue etched floral design is woven throughout the setup, while natural light illuminates the space.