Purple Foliage and Flowers Unify This Plant Combination

This plant combination is anchored by Royal Purple Smokebush and Blue Satin® Rose of Sharon, the largest plants of the group. More than likely, you'll use just one of each of these. It's framed by the lower-growing, mid-sized evergreen shrubs; Hebe 'Pretty and Pink' and Yucca 'Color Guard'. Depending upon your garden's size, you may want to use several of each of these. Summertime color is enhanced by the purple-flowering Salvia and Penstemon. The large foliage of Melianthus major, which looks good for a solid three seasons, conveys added drama. Together, these plants convey a color story in shades of purple, lightened by a flash of yellow from the yucca that will look attractive and provide beautiful color for months and months.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8
Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun
Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Average

Design Considerations

Style: Northwest Eclectic, Waterwise
Features: Attracts Pollinator, Drought Tolerant, Fabulous Foliage, Flower Fest, Harmonious Colors, Romantic Cool Colors, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Wildlife Friendly, Winter Interest
Focus: Color Theme, Mixed Border, Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Saving Water, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading

Plants In this Combo