Planting with purple

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PURPLE is actually the second most common flower colour, only trailing behind yellow, but we often fail to get the most out of it.

It is an incredibly versatile colour, which can either be vibrant or subdued, so it really depends on what kind of statement you’re trying to make with your particular flower garden.

If you’re going for a pale purple, lilac and lavender can be a lovely choice. The contrasting colour for violet and purple is yellow. The paler shades offered up by lilac and mauve look very nice next to creamy yellows, such as common primroses.

When purples are placed alongside whites, silvers and greys, they look darker and more vibrant than they really are, and both colour groups pop. For something more dramatic, try morning glories or some purple gladiolus.

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