New in the Nursery: Purple Perennials


From aubergine to periwinkle, late summer is the perfect time to welcome pops of purple in the garden. Two of our favorites? The often-overlooked Joe Pye Weed and Oriental Fountain Grass. We love how their unexpected beauty not only adds color to summer plantings, but height and dimension too! Read on to learn more about how to grow and care for these purple perennials. 

Joe Pye Weed: Native to the northeastern United States, Joe Pye Weed is an herbaceous perennial that blooms from July to September in cheerful shades of mauve. This low-maintenance bloomer enjoys full sun to partial shade and moist soil, and is great for attracting butterflies thanks to its tantalizing vanilla fragrance. 

Oriental Fountain Grass: Arching in feathery clumps, the purple-hued blooms of Oriental Fountain Grass lend themselves naturally to bringing height and texture in container plantings and borders. Moist, well-draining soil and partial sun or shade are all it takes to allow this perennial to thrive season after season. 

Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived blooms.

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