Discovering Violet

A garden designer's favorite violet plants throughout the year

By: Daniel Mount
Daniel-Mount
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Daniel Mount hails from a long line of wandering gardeners, nurserymen and farmers.  He received his first shovel for his…

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Violet, the shortest visible wavelength of light is the least visible color, ideal for shadows, but challenging for the gardener.

From “A Gardener Comes to Terms with Violet”:

You might believe the marriage of sexy red with faithful blue would create a perfectly harmonious color. But violet seems to me a more violent clash of bloody red and bruised blue, passive and aggressive. Vibrating in these two fields gives violet a visual nap, sumptuous as velvet, turbulent as unsettled seas. Of all the colors, it is the one that befuddles me the most.


Tulipa 'Bleu Amiable', chives, and dame's rocket (Hesperis matronalis) Photo: Daniel Mount

Tulipa ‘Bleu Amiable’, chives, and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) Photo: Daniel Mount

Winter/Spring

Allium 'Purple Sensation' Photo: Daniel Mount

Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Allium ‘Globe Master’, A. ‘Mars’, A. ‘Purple Sensation’,

Aquilegia atrata

Baptisia australis

Camassia quamash

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple’, C. ‘Lilac Beauty’, C. ‘Ruby Giant’

Crocus vernus ‘Flower Record’, C. ‘Grand Maitre’, C. ‘King of the Striped’, C. ‘Lady Killer’

Daphne genkwa

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Geranium 'Nimbus' Photo: Daniel Mount

Geranium ‘Nimbus’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Geranium ‘Nimbus’

Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Miss Saigon’, H. ‘Peter Stuyvesant’, H. ‘Woodstock’

Iris xrobusta 'Gerald Darby' Photo: Daniel Mount

Iris xrobusta ‘Gerald Darby’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Iris douglasiana, I. missouriensis, I. pallida ‘Variegata’, I. ×robusta ‘Gerald Darby’, I. versicolor

Paulownia tomentosa

Rhododendron impeditum

Syringa vulgaris 'President Lincoln' Photo: Daniel Mount

Syringa vulgaris ‘President Lincoln’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Syringa vulgaris ‘President Lincoln’, S. ‘Sensation’, S. ‘My Favorite’

Tulipa ‘Blue Amiable’, T. ‘Blue Parrot’, T. ‘Negrita’, T. ‘Purple Prince’, T. ‘Queen of the Night’, T. ‘Rembrandt’s Favorite’, T. ‘Synaeda Blue’

The triumph tulip 'Havran'. Photo: Daniel Mount

The triumph tulip ‘Havran’. Photo: Daniel Mount

Summer/ Fall

Aconitum ‘Bressingham Spire’

Foothill daisy (Erigeron corymbous) Photo: Daniel Mount

Foothill daisy (Erigeron corymbous) Photo: Daniel Mount

Aster ×frikartii ‘Monch’

Aster nova-angliae ‘Hella Lacy’, A. ‘Treasure’

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion' and Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ and Ginkgo biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’. Photo: Daniel Mount

Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’

Campanula latifolia, C. ‘Sarastro’

Campanula latifolia Photo: Daniel Mount

Campanula latifolia Photo: Daniel Mount

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’, C ×jackmanii, C. alpina

Cynara cardunculus

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Hemerocallis 'Big Blue' Photo: Daniel Mount

Hemerocallis ‘Big Blue’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Hemerocallis ‘Little Grapette’, H. ‘Big Blue’

Liatris spicata

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Salvia 'Amistad' Photo: Daniel Mount

Salvia ‘Amistad’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Salvia guaranitica ‘Amistad’, S. leucantha‘ Santa Barbara’, S. nemerosa ‘Amethyst’, S.n. ‘Cardonna’, S. verticillata ‘Purple Rain’

Tricyrtus ‘Tojen’, T. formosana

Verbena bonariensis, V. ‘Homestead Purple’