While sugar maple shades get all the press–orange, red, russet, and gold–one of the most exciting garden colors for fall is purple. Not those pale Easter shades, but the rich and robust ones, from plum to burgundy.
Case in point is this seductive scene where the dark, saturated tones of a purple leaf grape (Vitis viniferea ‘Purpurea’) and a plummy coral bell (Black Beauty Coral Bell) create a quiet moodiness in contrast to the boisterous harvest hues.
As you survey the garden this autumn, imagine how you could up the drama with just a few purple plants. To get you started here are a few we love.
Glossy, ruffled dark purple foliage grows into a tight mound, providing excellent contrast for its sprays of tiny white flowers. Partial to full sun. Up to 12 in. tall and 16 in. wide. Zone: 4 – 9