This is what my Lilac bushes look like in bloom. Bumble bees and butterflies and birds are all over it. The smell is to die for :)

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I love rhododendrons, and have two in this beautiful shade of purple; however, they tend to get overgrown and "bushy." So, I trimmed out the entire bottom of mine, making the bush into a tree. I then planted some shade-loving plants beneath it. Everyone keeps asking me where I got those "trees!" ;)

Gorgeous rhododendrons in this beautiful shade of purple; they tend to get overgrown and "bushy." So, you can trimmed out the entire bottom making the bush into a tree; then planted some shade-loving plants beneath it.

The Victorians labeled this bloom "beware," — which is actually appropriate, since they're quite poisonous.

12 Flowers With Hidden Meanings

Rhododendron - The Victorians labeled this bloom "beware," — which is actually appropriate, since they're quite poisonous. In the Language of flowers: "Beware, I am dangerous".

10 low-maintenance perennials for the busy gardener! You can still have beautiful flower beds without spending a lot of time maintaining them.

10 Low-Maintenance Perennials

10 low-maintenance perennials for the busy gardener! You can still have beautiful flower beds without spending a lot of time maintaining them. Look at this gorgeous lavender/purple/violet-colored perennial border!

Purple flower from a bush in my neighbors yard.

Purple flower from a bush in my neighbors yard.

Purple flowers are a great way to add interest to your yard or landscape. See some of our favorite purple garden flowers!

70+ Beautiful Purple Flowers (Care & Growing Tips)

Purple smoke bush is often used as a garden specimen due to the purple-pink plumes and the purple leaves on some cultivars. It is highly drought tolerant. Common Names: Purple smoke bush, smokebush, smoketree, purple smoke tree.

Tuck this early blooming bee balm into the front of your flower border to create a colorful swath of magenta purple flowers. Butterflies and hummingbirds adore Leading Lady Plum monarda! Hardy to zone 4 too.

'Leading Lady Plum' - Bee Balm - Monarda hybrid

These vivid fuchsia purple flowers top a dwarf, compact mound of deep green foliage. An easy way to invite pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds to visit.

Butterfly Bush  Butterfly bush is like a summer-flowering lilac. The blooms appear in similar colors -- purple, lavender, blue, pink, and white -- and are deliciously fragrant. Happily, butterfly bushes offer a longer bloom season than lilacs: from summer into autumn, especially if you pinch off the old flower clusters as they start to fade.  Name: Buddleia davidii  Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil  Size: To 10 feet tall or more  Zones: 5-9

The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

The Butterfly Bush can grow to 10 feet or taller and bloom longer than lilacs, making them a perfect summer-blooming shrub. Click through to see and read about 12 other summer-blooming shrubs from BHG.

Purple Wisteria Tree (grows in zone 9) • Drought tolerant, so you don't have to water • Pest & disease resistant- no spraying! • Fragrant blooms you can smell from a distance

This beautiful Purple Wisteria Tree requires little water and produces fragrant blooms you can smell from a distance.

You can actually change the color of your hydrangeas — making them pink, blue, or ethereal shades of periwinkle — by following these simple steps

This Trick Will Magically Turn the Shade of Your Hydrangeas

If you've ever admired a hydrangea bush blooming in all sorts of pastel shades, you'll be happy to know that the look is achieved by a simple science trick!

Deer resistant, blooms all summer, nodding purple blue cups:  campanula

Campanula Birch Hybrid (Serbian Bellflower, Bellflower)

This plant has several name, depending on where you find yourself. In west Texas it's called Purple Sage; also known as: Texas Ranger Plant and in Arizona it is commonly called Purple Texas Sage. This plant needs no attention at all. It blooms when there is moisture in the air, thus announcing rain for us in drought-stricken areas. Grows in full sun.

The Texas Ranger Sage shrub/bushes are blooming all over Arizona! Pics of desert bushes painted with brilliant purple flowers!

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' Commonly known as the Beautyberry Bush. A must have shrub in the garden. Easy to grow with great color in the fall.

A Must Have In the Garden: Callicarpa Beautyberry Bush

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' Commonly known as the Beautyberry Bush. A must have shrub in the garden. Easy to grow with great color in the fall. A popular pin from Garden Matter.

As a horticulturist, I often find myself recommending plants to people. I feel bad when I get asked for the impossible plants; something like an evergreen that flowers all year long, is hardy in Zone 3, loves deep shade, and deer won’t eat it. There is one incredible flower that I frequently recommend, though, because [...]

Everyone Should Plant Angelonia

As a horticulturist, I often find myself recommending plants to people. I feel bad when I get asked for the impossible plants; something like an evergreen that flowers all year long, is hardy in Zone loves deep shade, and deer won’t eat it.

Garden Fragrance Galore! - Dianthus Firewitch - easy to grow groundcover for a sunny spot in the garden.

Garden Fragrance Galore - Dianthus 'Firewitch' - Easy to grow ground-cover for a sunny spot in the garden.

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