Our Favorite Purple Annual Flowers

Add a punch of purple to your garden beds and borders with annual flower picks for every season.

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Colorful Blooms of Tricolor Morning Glory

Morning glory is an easy-to-grow annual climber which produces masses of delicate flowers from summer until first frosts.


Centaurea cyanus, cornflower or Bachelors button, is a small annual flowering plant. It is a lovely ornamental plant in its natural habitat of meadows and grasslands, flowering from June until August.

Colorful Violas Seem to Dance in Spring Display

Deadheading violas is important. For a long-lasting display, spend a few minutes every day or two removing fading flowers. These violas showcase a bright purple color that will add to any garden.

Glorious Morning Glory

Common morning glory is a climbing annual with trumpet-shaped flowers that may be blue-purple, magenta, pink or white. Needs full sun. H 18 ft (5.5 m); S 10 ft (3 m).

Pelargonium Funchal

Hues of pink and fuchsia are in these flower petals. Be careful to water sparingly during this season. 

Annual Clary Sage

Annual Clary Sage has heart shaped leaves, and many flower spikes covered with tiny flowers. It is a quick to grow plant.

Velvety Viola

Violas are a softly mounding annual with delicate one inch blooms that flowers from spring through fall. They can easily handle chilling frosts in April and November. They brighten a container garden.

Annual Bedding Asters Provide Season of Color

Asters always provide brilliant color, but for a show year after year, grow perennial species. The New York Michaelmas daisy has the brightest colors, while this Aster amellus is compact and floriferous. Both grow well in pots.

Sensational Salvia Dramatic in Large Groupings

Salvia viridis is an annual that produces multiple flower spikes with tiny flowers enclosed in showy bracts in shades of white, pink or purple and marked with darker veins. They are especially dramatic in large groupings.

Purple Geranium

Purple Geranium is a hardy geranium that has lots of gorgeous clear magenta purple flowers early in the season on a neat and very attractive mound of rich green foliage. Blooming often continues througout the summer in cooler areas.

Purple Morning Glory

Morning Glory is a fast growing climber with twining stems. This variety of morning glory bears luscious purple, funnel shaped flowers with yellow centers throughout summer.

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