Create Big Garden Appeal with Compact Loropetalum
Purple Diamond® Semi-dwarf Loropetalum
Goodbye old-fashioned, house-swallowing loropetalums. Say hello to Purple Diamond® Semi-dwarf Loropetalum, tamed and improved for today’s landscape. With compact growth and enriched color, Purple Diamond® brings loropetalums into the 21st Century. No longer relegated to the spacious back forty, loropetalum can now take center stage in the landscape. Here are a few ways to use this garden gem.
The fountain-like form and deep purple color make for a striking accent in the garden. Purple Diamond® has the richest color of any purple-leafed loropetalum on the market, and its color lasts all season – despite summer heat or winter chill. Try planting Purple Diamond® in entrance beds to welcome visitors year round. The spring floral display will wow guests, and you may enjoy encore performances of the vibrant pink blossoms throughout summer.
- Create contrast to draw attention – try golden or silver-blue foliage.
- Texture also provides contrast. Pair Purple Diamond® with grasses or the fine-textured ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia.
- Let Purple Diamond® shine - limit other purple foliage in close proximity.
- Echo the color purple in nearby flowers. Try a a mass of Little Blue Fountain™ Agapanthus.
- Accentuate the vase-like form of Purple Diamond® with contrasting forms such as the low mounding Yewtopia® Plum Yew or columnar evergreens.
The compact size of Purple Diamond® Loropetalum is ideal for massing in beds and borders. Groups of plants will add a bold pop of color in a large border. For a formal design, plant in rows for a lush hedge. Or plant a playfully winding line of purple through a large bed. Go modern by planting a rectangular block of Purple Diamond® in a grid pattern. Depending on the color of your house, Purple Diamond® can make a stunning foundation. This application works best with light-colored facades.
- Avoid pruning hedgerows of Purple Diamond® - the arching foliage will create a stunning, natural hedge.
- There is such a thing as too much purple – balance Purple Diamond® with plenty of greenery in a foundation planting.
- Loropetalum is excellent for stabilizing soil. Plant in masses along slopes.
- Play with color in a bed or border. Pair Purple Diamond® with the golden foliage of ‘Lemon Lime’ Nandina and echo the foliage color in the bulky blooms of ‘Big Daddy’ Hydrangea.
- Repetition is a useful device. Repeat clumps of Purple Diamond® throughout the design.
Purple is a great color for garden design as it harmonizes with so many other colors in the landscape.