How to Grow a Beautiful Garden of Purple Herbs This Spring

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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A garden of purple herbs is not only beautiful but functional.  With spring only a few short months away, I have been giving some thought to what type of herbs I should put in my herb garden. I am going to try a few new herbs this year and I think that purple herbs will really make my herb garden pop more than the traditional greens. I love having a herb garden, but for the most part, herbs aren’t very colorful.  And, I think that these purple herbs will help add a bit of color.

Garden of purple herbs


Garden of Purple Herbs

Dark Purple Opal Basil (Ocimum basilicum purpureum)

Purple basil has a slightly more intense flavor than traditional basil so you don’t need to use as much.  You can add a tiny bit to boiling water and boil just until the water changes color.  Then remove the basil leaves and boil your cauliflower in it. Freak out the kids with purple cauliflower. I’ve grown this in the past and it’s definitely one of the easiest purple herbs to grow if you’re a novice.

How to Grow a Beautiful Garden of Purple Herbs

Purple Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Another herb that I already grow is Allium schoenoprasum or Purple Chives.  Ideally, you want to snip them for use before the flower forms at the top.  I generally let a few of these purple herbs go to flower and keep another bunch for use throughout the season by removing the flowering head. You can also remove the flower portion and put it in vinegar.  Not only is it pretty but it flavors the vinegar with a delicate chive taste. Just be sure to keep it out of the light or the flower will fade.

How to Grow a Beautiful Garden of Purple Herbs

Purple Sage (Salvia carnosa)

Of all the purple herbs that I enjoy, purple sage is one of my favorites. Not only can you use it in cooking, it also has medicinal properties.  It can be used as a decoction or infusion and used to treat coughs and colds. We have a huge bush of purple sage in the corner of our herb garden. I love running my fingers over the leaves in the summer because they smell so good. This really should be part of any medicinal herb garden plan.

How to Grow a Beautiful Garden of Purple Herbs

English Lavender (Lavandula)

Of all the purple herbs I love, this one is my favorite. I adore English lavender but sadly it will not grow for me. I’ve tried twice and it never comes back the next year. I’m in zone 4 so it isn’t surprising but I still hope that some year I’ll have a return crop.  English lavender smells heavenly and can be used in bath salts and potpourri. You can also cook with it.  I’ve made a potato chowder with lavender buds and also a lavender bread that was delicious.

How to Grow a Beautiful Garden of Purple Herbs

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

I love bee balm and have grown the red variety here in the past. You can also find pink and purple varieties so it would be a wonderful addition to your garden of purple herbs. Bee balm attracts bees which are good for pollination and also repels mosquitoes. Bee balm is very high in vitamin C and makes a wonderful tea. This is one of my favorite ornamental herbs.

How to Grow a Beautiful Garden of Purple Herbs

Wouldn’t you love to have a garden of purple herbs?

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