Plant Purple for Pop!
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Purple or dark-colored foliage plants provide contrast and dynamics to a landscape. They can make neighboring plants pop with colorful contrast, create focal points, and draw your eye to an area, and they can complement accent features in your garden. They are extremely versatile and can combine great with almost anything. While this list is not comprehensive, it provides a starting point to those recommended for growing in your St. Louis garden. 

Disclaimer: Purple to one person might look different to another. The plant selections on this list are in the purple/black range.

 
Annuals
Cordyline fruticosa
cabbage tree
Broadleaf evergreen

Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Height: 9.00 to 15.00 feet
Ipomoea batatas 'NCORNSP-021SHJB' SWEET CAROLINE SWEETHEART JET BLACK
sweet potato
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
brazilian joyweed
Annual

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 1.5 to 1.75 feet
Beta vulgaris (Garden Beet Group) 'Bull's Blood
beet
Annual

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Redbor'
kale
Annual

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
cabbage
Annual

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl'
ornamental pepper 
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Capsicum annuum 'Purple Flash'
ornamental pepper 
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet

 
 
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet

Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion'
dahlia
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Height: 1.5 to 3 feet

hyacinth
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 10.00 to 20.00 feet

fountain grass
Ornamental grass

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet

fountain grass
Ornamental grass

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium 
Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet 

Strobilanthes dyerianus
Persian shield
Broadleaf evergreen

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet

Perennials
bugbane
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet

bugbane
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet

bugbane
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Height: 4.00 to 6.00 feet

Ajuga reptans 'Binblasca' BLACK SCALLOP
bugleweed
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet

Ajuga reptans 'Mahogany'
bugleweed
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 0.25 to 0.75 feet

Heuchera 'Obsidian'
coral bells
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet

Heuchera 'Purple Petticoats'
coral bells
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet

Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' 
coral bells
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet

Ligularia 'Britt Marie Crawford'
leopard plant
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium to wet
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet

Penstemon digitalis 'Blackbeard'
beardtongue 
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Height: 2.50 to 3.00 feet

Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
stonecrop
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet

Shrubs
Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC HOLY GRAIL
hibiscus 
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium to wet
Height: 4.00 to 4.50 feet

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'
hibiscus 
Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium to wet
Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet

Cotinus coggygria 'Velvet Cloak'
smoketree
Deciduous shrub

Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Height: 10.00 to 15.00 feet
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'
ninebark
Deciduous shrub

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Height: 4.00 to 8.00 feet
Sambucus nigra 'Eva' BLACK LACE
black elder
Deciduous shrub

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Height: 6.00 to 8.00 feet
Trees
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
eastern redbud
Tree

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
 
Fagus sylvatica (Atropurpurea Group)
purple beech
Tree

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 50.00 to 60.00 feet
European beech
Tree

Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Height: 5.00 to 12.00 feet