Maximize your hue with a view that just won’t stop
Put some purple power behind your program with one of this year’s hottest hues. Traditionally suited for royalty but perfect for anyone fit to be king, shades of violet complement virtually any container or garden. A quick glance at the palette shows a bevy of variety ready to work in your toolbox.
Pennisetum ‘First Knight’ boasts the deepest, darkest, blackest purple foliage. The center stays upright; outer leaves arch gracefully. Great disease resistance and garden- or container-friendly height of 48-54 inches. Thrives in heat. Full sun to partial sun. USDA Zones 8-11.
Pennisetum ‘Royal Lady’ bears blades that emerge green, then darken with heat and sun to maroon and finally royal purple with a red midrib. Assertively upright, yet full and graceful. Height 4-5 feet. Full sun to partial sun. USDA Zones 8-11.
Pennisetum ‘Majestic’ raises long, broad, rich purple-red leaves. Its color deepens even in bright sun, strong heat and humidity. Reaches about 6 feet tall. Full sun to partial sun. Hardy in Zones 7 to 11.
Pennisetum ‘Regal Princess’ adds a jewel to the crown with its beautiful striking purple color and enhanced disease resistance. Reaches just 3 to 4 feet high and stuns in gardens and containers alike. Thrives in the heat. Full sun to partial sun. USDA Zones 7-11.
Andropogon ‘Red October’ PPAF has deep green foliage that darkens to purple in late summer, then vivid scarlet in autumn for spectacular late-season color. ‘Red October’ loves sun and reaches heights of 5 to 6 feet. USDA Zones 3-8.
Pennisetum ‘Noble’ impresses with upright, dark blades so deep purple they look black. With thinner and darker leaves, ‘Noble’ boasts a 6 foot height in a rounded clumping habit. Full sun to partial sun. USDA Zones 8-11.
The wildly popular Pennisetum xadvena ‘Rubrum’ offers a winning combination of striking burgundy-red foliage and foxtail-like plumes that catch the breeze and add interest to landscapes and containers alike. Fast growing and prolific blooming, this tender perennial is everything an annual should be.
Another hot annual grass, P. xadvena ‘Eatons Canyon’, is like a slightly shorter version of ‘Rubrum’, topping out at under 3’. Vibrant red-brown flower plumes rise above stunning narrow red-bronze foliage. With its finer, greener foliage and dwarf size, ‘Eatons Canyon’ is the star of the show in mixed containers or small gardens.