The colour of 2018 is Ultra Violet, according to colour experts Pantone. That’s purple to you and I!
With the colour purple being linked to the cosmos, and its rarity in nature, it’s an exciting colour to incorporate into your garden this year.
To ensure your garden is on trend, and to make the most of this vibrant and regal colour, here’s our top picks of the purple flowers and vegetables you should be growing in your garden.
This perennial plant is easy to plant and grows best in soil that retains moisture well. It’ll be ready to plant in early Spring, and preferably should be planted in partial shade, such as near a wall or fence. Get it in “sherwood purple” to stay on trend.
The dainty iris doesn’t flower for long, but is worth it when its exuberance blooms between late spring to early summer. An added bonus is its sword shaped leaves are long-lasting and bring a nice touch to your garden all year round. The iris is fairly tolerant to most soil conditions too. The perfect colour is its “ruffled velvet” sibirica.
The geranium pratense, also commonly known as the meadow cranesbill, is great for attracting bees to your garden due to its long season of producing pollen and nectar. The added bonus is it sometimes blooms twice a year, once between May and July, and again between September and October. The ideal colour for staying on trend is “Purple Haze”.
This is also known as the balloon flower, and gets its name from its unopened buds resembling hot air balloons. Get it in “Astra Blue” – despite the name, it’s actually more of a purple shade. The platycodon is a great plant for getting your children involved in the garden, and is easy to grow and care for. Our 3 piece garden set, which includes a hand trowel, hand fork and daisy grubber, would be the perfect item to plant this with your children.
These flowers look like daisies and will help enhance your garden’s colour with blooms in late summer and autumn, after many of your other flowers are fading away for the year. They prefer to grow in cool climates and moist summers, so the UK is perfect for planting this in your garden! The “novae-angliae” type is perfect for the purple trend this year.
The aubergine gets its purple colour from the anthocyanins in its skin, which protect it against the sun’s harmful UV rays. They should be sown in February or March as they can take a while to grow and ripen.
Although not the standard, you can in fact get carrots in other colours, such as “cosmic purple”. They may have a purple skin, but on the inside they’re as orange as the regular carrot. They grow best in mild temperatures, as hotter temperatures can lead to root defects and a slight distaste.
Purple Sweet Potatoes
Purple-fleshed sweet potatoes need a long and warm season compared to the ordinary sweet potatoes. But don’t be put off as they can still be grown in a cooler climate such as ours, and will definitely be worth it once they’ve been roasted. Wait until after the frost has passed for planting these.
Spring is the ideal time for planting figs as they can have a full growing season to become established. They can be planted in the ground or grown in containers, but need to be against a sunny wall if outdoors.
Unlike its name suggests, the red cabbage still applies to the purple veg category. The red cabbage changes its colour depending on the pH value of the soil it is grown in. Ensure your soil is neutral to produce a more purple shade. They are ready to be sown from February to mid-April, but need firm soil.
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