Garden Color Inspiration: Violet, Plum, and Aubergine

I’ve been collecting images for this post for a while.  I wrote about pink a while ago and people either loved it or hated it.  There’s been quite a bit of chatter about what’s going to be the color of the year this year, and there are rumblings of pink or purple being the front runners.  Shades of purple and violet can be arresting in a garden. Unlike the pink post, this one includes plants.

purple container plants Garden Color Inspiration:  Violet, Plum, and AubergineFall container planting in shades of violet designed by Bruce Bailey from Heavy Petal Nursery.

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image via Marie Claire

An aubergine stucco wall makes a dramatic backdrop for both brown and green.  This deep red-violet is probably the most restful of the purple family.

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image via Floradora

Although I’m not a fan of dyed mulch, this violet and pink path makes a bold statement, especially combined with apricots and oranges.  Maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to this color family this time of year.  Violet, plum, aubergine and just about any shade of purple is a fantastic counterpoint to the oranges and yellows of fall foliage.  They are complimentary on the color wheel so they can also be quite garish.

purple knot garden Garden Color Inspiration:  Violet, Plum, and Aubergine

image via Pinterest via John Glover

An analogous color story of violet and red-violet spins the traditional knot garden idea into something completely different.  Violet, plum, aubergine or just plain old purple can be serene or quite nutty depending on the circumstance it’s used in.  Below are three examples.  The first is transitional and calming, the second contemporary and frenetic, the third eclectic and welcoming.  Whichever, it’s a bold color choice, not for everyone, but in the right place…well all things have a place, don’t they?

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image via HGTV

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image via HGTV

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image via Marie Claire

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4 Responses to Garden Color Inspiration: Violet, Plum, and Aubergine

  1. Anna K says:

    Oh how fun! It is true – purple is a fabulous backdrop for plants. Not sure why it’s not used more…

  2. Anna, maybe because it’s such a variable hue with all sorts of associations beyond gardens. Lavender for old ladies, bright purple for coloring eggs, deep violet for mourning. All of these have connotations outside of the pleasure of gardens.

  3. I think some of these photos show that sometimes the best color in the garden comes from a paint can. Love that aubergine house!

  4. Cindy–I totally and completely agree with you. Color in a garden can be so much more than plants.

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