There are decorative plants, there are fragrant, and there are medicinal. But there are spicy herbs that combine all these qualities: they are suitable for flower gardens, they are able to fill the garden with fabulous smells, and also be part of flower tea.
We have compiled a collection of such universal purple plants. In fact, these cultures are much larger.
1. narrow-leaved lavender
This favorite by many shrubs migrated to our gardens from the hillsides of the Mediterranean. Lush rounded bushes saturated lilac shade grow to 60 cm in height. The decoration of the plant can be considered not only spike-shaped inflorescences with lilac and blue flowers, collected in whorls, but also narrow silver leaves.
To the conditions of growing lavender is not too demanding. The main thing is to choose a dry and sunny area for it, and do not forget to cut it in spring. Then the plant will be happy for a long time with bright colors and wonderful aroma.
Although not all flower growers can get along with lavender, you can still find an approach to it
2. Oregano ordinary
This beautiful perennial plant should certainly have flower growers who want to attract butterflies to the garden. Branched, pubescent, reddish oregano stems usually grow to 80 cm in height. Small purple-pink flowers are collected in inflorescences resembling small brushes. They bloom in July and continue to delight with rich colors until September.
The plant is completely unpretentious, so grow it is not difficult. But for oregano to show itself in all its glory, some of its "wishes" are still worth considering. So, best of all this plant will feel in sunny or slightly shaded parts of the garden. The soil can be any, but the drainage is obligatory, because the only thing that oregano cannot stand is water stagnation in the ground.
Essential oils secreted by oregano during flowering scare garden pests
3. Hyssop officinalis
Hyssop is probably one of the most fragrant herbs. Despite its small size (grows up to 50 cm in height), the plant exudes a pretty strong aroma. The shoots of hyssop are so densely covered with leaves, collected in whorls, that they are almost invisible. Dark blue and dark pink small flowers appear in the axils of the leaves.
To hyssop fully manifested its decorative qualities, it should be planted on an open sunny plot with drained soil. High ground water is also destructive for this plant, as well as for oregano.
Hyssopus officinalis - the best plant for fragrant flower garden
4. Anise lofant
Another plant with flowers in the blue-lilac range is a lofant. Only, in comparison with the previous modest crops, this perennial can reach a height of 1.5 m. Small flowers form large spike-like inflorescences.
In order for the flower to truly become the decoration of your garden, it should be planted in open sunny areas with fertile, loose soil. Lofant tolerates drought quite well, but still during flowering requires more moisture than usual. And although this perennial is considered to be cold-resistant, for the winter it is better to cover it with spruce leaves or sprinkle with a layer of peat.
Anise lofant is an excellent honey plant, therefore bees and bumblebees always hover around it
5. Kotovnik Fassena
In the garden of purple shades catnip perfectly fit. A plant with small lilac-lilac flowers, collected in the spike panicle, reaches a height of 60 cm. Perennial will please with abundant and long flowering, as well as a strong lemon scent.
The only place where perennials grow poorly is a plot with heavy soils. In general, the plant is quite unpretentious in the care. However, it is worth remembering that it is possible to get large flowers from it only when grown in an open sunny area with light fertile soil.
During flowering, the catnip is able to repel pests and clean the air.
6. Salvia oakwood
This perennial plant is characterized by large lower leaves and small upper ones. Long inflorescences grow up to 40 cm in height, while the shrub itself does not exceed 60 cm. Violet-blue flowers of sage are not too large, but due to the fact that they are collected in whorls of 2-6 pieces, these “brushes” look very smartly.
Among the plants of the genus Sage, this species is considered one of the most unpretentious. Still, it grows best in open sunny areas with light permeable soil. If you plant sage in heavy clay soil, it will begin to rot.
The plant has a pleasant smell, which is felt even at a distance
7. Creeping Thyme
This plant is one of the smallest among the decorative herbs. Its height is only 15 cm, but nevertheless, this small shrub deserves the attention of gardeners. Pink and purple thyme flowers, collected in fluffy inflorescences, look great against the background of leathery lanceolate leaves. The plant grows very quickly, forming a "soft pillow", and exudes a pleasant aroma.
In open sunny areas, thyme will feel best. Of course, you can grow it in partial shade, but in such conditions it will bloom much worse. Choose a neutral or slightly alkaline soil for the plant, and it will delight you with bloom for a long time.
Thyme pillows look good on alpine hills and vrokariyah
8. Monarda tubular
One of the highest representatives of our selection of beautiful spices - the monard. It grows up to 120 cm in height and is characterized by bright spherical capitate inflorescences. In fact, the flowers of the plant are small, but they are collected in false whorls, which in turn form inflorescences resembling whole flowers from a distance.
Like most herbs, flowering monarda will be the perfect decoration for your flower bed or curb if you grow it in open and well-lit areas. But keep in mind that this plant does not like drafts. And the monarda badly transfers a heavy soil in which moisture stagnates.
Monarda tubular - a very beautiful plant that is suitable not only for the purple garden
As you can see, the care of most herbs is almost the same. Therefore, it will be easy for you to grow several varieties at once. Try planting these amazing flowers and your garden will sparkle with gorgeous purple hues.