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15 White and Purple Flowers for Australian Gardens

Filling your garden with white and purple flowers creates an amazing display that is both cooling and relaxing.

There are plenty of plants that you can choose from that have interesting white and purple blooms.

Here’s just a small selection:

Viola hederacea ‘Native violet’

Viola hederacea flower | Plant varieties
Viola hederacea / Photo by 阿橋 HQ / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Most Australian gardeners will be familiar with the native violet. It’s one of those plants that will grow almost anywhere and is a particularly great flower for spots that are heavily shaded.

It will spread around the garden and pop up quite readily to form a fairly dense mat of dark green foliage. Viola hederacea spreads through underground runners and is the perfect ground cover plant for difficult areas where nothing else will grow.

The lovely white and purple flowers appear through most of spring and summer. These flowers can add some much-needed colour to darker spots in your garden.

Australian violets like moist soil and are perfect for planting under native trees and in rockeries. The only thing that they don’t like is dry conditions.

Even though this plant can spread profusely, it’s easy to keep it under control and any plant sections that you pull out can be planted elsewhere in the garden.

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Winky Purple-White’

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Aquilegia vulgaris / Photo by Arne Nordmann / Wikimedia (cropped) / CC BY-SA 3.0

There’s something quite delightful about columbines or granny’s bonnet that I simply adore. These old-fashioned plants are undergoing a revival and add a touch of whimsy to your garden with their fascinating blooms.

This particular cultivar has stunning dark purple flowers that are tipped with white on the ends. The foliage is soft and lacy which adds to the plant’s appeal.

Hardenbergia violacea ‘Purple Coral Pea’

Hardenbergia violacea | Plant varieties
Hardenbergia violacea / Photo by KENPEI / Wikimedia (cropped) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Hardenbergia violacea is an evergreen Australian native climbing plant with twining stems.

It’s indigenous to the Adelaide region of South Australia but can also be found in VIC, NSW, TAS and QLD.

Hardenbergia violacea flowers are pea-shaped and grow in clusters, with colours ranging from light pink to deep purple, and occasionally white.

In spring, they bloom and cover the top of the bush in a stunning display of colour. They’re also perfect for pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Brunfelsia latifolia ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’

Brunfelsia latifolia | Plant varieties
Brunfelsia latifolia / Photo by Izu navi / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This lovely evergreen shrub is easy to grow, especially in areas that have a good degree of humidity.

The dainty flowers start out being dark purple and fade to white as they mature. This means that a healthy shrub will be filled with a constant display of white and purple flowers.

Dietes grandiflora ‘Fortnight Lily’

Dietes grandiflora | Plant varieties
Dietes grandiflora / Photo by JMK / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

This pretty lily has stunning flowers with white outer petals and delicate purple inner ones.

The plant produces large clumps with grass-like foliage that are ideal for planting along borders or beside your driveway. The flowers bloom in spring and summer.

Duranta repens ‘Geisha Girl’

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Duranta repens / Photo by Rotational / Wikimedia (cropped)

This outstanding climbing plant has impressive large sprays of flowers that have purple petals edged with white. Geisha Girl will grow in most areas around the country and blooms in spring and summer.

These blooms are followed by orange-yellow berries that last from autumn right through winter.

Brachyscome iberidifolia ‘Swan River Daisy’

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Brachyscome iberidifolia / Photo by Martin Bahmann / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

This is hardy plant with daisy-like flowers in colours of white, bright blue, and mauve. The plant will flower profusely in summer and autumn.

You’ll also love the soft ferny foliage that compliments the pretty flowers.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Geranium Rozanne | Plant varieties
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ / Photo by Dominicus Johannes Bergsma / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

This hybrid geranium has gorgeous violet-blue flowers with lovely soft white centres.

This plant is a herbaceous perennial which means that the foliage will die down over winter but come back again the following spring.

Flowering extends from late spring and continues throughout autumn if you give the plant a light trim in summer.

Limonium perezii ‘Sea Lavender’

Limonium perezii | Plant varieties
Limonium perezii / Photo by David J. Stang / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

This drought-tolerant perennial is ideal for coastal areas and will even tolerate light frosts. It produces large domed flowerheads that are quite impressive.

The tiny flowers are both deep purple and white. In addition, the leaves turn a gorgeous bronze colour in autumn.

Nemesia ‘Purple White’

Nemesia | Plant varieties
Nemesia / Photo by Andy Mabbett / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

These pretty groundcover plants have bi-colour purple and white blooms that have a sweet fragrance.

The blooms appear mainly in spring and autumn but sometimes you’ll also find a few blooms in winter. Deadheading regularly will produce plenty more blooms.

Osteospermum ecklonis ‘African Daisy’

Dimorphotheca ecklonis | Plant varieties
Dimorphotheca ecklonis / Photo by Javier Martin / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

African daisies come in a variety of colours including purple and white. These plants are hardy but usually only live for around 2 to 3 years.

They will grow in most parts of the country except for areas with heavy clay soil. They also don’t like wet soil.

These would make a stunning display if you plant them en masse by alternating the colours.

Pericallis cruenta ‘Cineraria’

Pericallis cruenta Cineraria cropped | Plant varieties
Pericallis cruenta / Photo by Ray in Manila / Flickr (cropped) / CC BY 2.0

This is a tender perennial with stunning rich purple flowers with white centres. It’s the perfect plant for brightening up a shady spot in your garden as it needs protection from harsh sunlight.

Cineraria is also a popular pot plant that prefers moist but well-drained soil.

Petunia ‘Merlin’


Petunias are some of the easiest annuals that you can grow and they’re perfect for hanging pots to brighten up your outdoor entertaining area.

This cultivar has purple flowers with white centres and would look great in your garden when either planted on its own or mass planted along a border.

Viola x wittrockiana

Viola x wittrockiana | Plant varieties
Viola x wittrockiana / Photo by David J. Stang / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

Violas are in the same category as petunias when it comes to easy-care annuals that you can grow to brighten up your garden.

This delightful hybrid has gorgeous ruffled deep purple flowers with white edges. 

Tibouchina Chameleon

When this medium-sized shrub flowers in autumn and spring, you’ll be delighted with both white and purple flowers on the same plant.

In addition, you’ll get blooms in varied shades of white and purple. This cultivar is also ideal for growing in pots or for hedge plantings as it can be pruned and shaped any way you like.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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