Post # 1
I need some help finding purple flowers for July! My main wedding colour is a deep eggplant purple, softened up by light green accents. So far I have Iris, lithianthus, ranunculus (season goes until end of June or early July, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed), anemone, hydrangea, cala lily, and a couple others.
But what I am really looking for are the elusive dark purple roses! Now I realize that the majority of these are dyed, but that there are few dark purple garden roses that do exist.
I have three questions for any other purple brides out there
– Did you find any cut naturally purple roses? If so, where?
– Did you find a place to buy roses that were dyed a deep purple?
– Anyone know how to DIY dying roses dark purple? (I have some skilled family help and we are going to practice beforehand!)
Post # 3
@canuckbee: Hmmm i have no idea and am not able to help you with the roses. I know you can dye them (obviously) but i would be concerned with getting the dye on your dress!
You should contact a florist and ask about other dark purple options (or maybe go the fake route for jsut those flowers, mixed in with real ones??)
Post # 4
Purple roses = my nightmare. Try Ecuador or Columbia varieties over California.
I’d suggest looking for neighbors with rose gardens as you’ll just need a couple for your bouquets (and watch for thorns).
You could also try Sam’s Club or Costco and see if they could put in a request for a named variety (every domestic industry rose has a brand name like sterling silver, coolwater, or lavonde).
The lisianthus and dark callas will be great focals. Larkspur comes in a vivid purple and photographs great. Purple carnations hold up under stress and heat as does monte casino aster (maybe too lilac in shades for you). Bullet Allium looks great and is sturdier than hydrangea or anemones.
- matsumoto aster (huge and has a great color – looks really wild next to green)
- purple carnations (sturdy in heat and photographs great)
- monte casino aster (maybe wrong shade of purple but good on boutineers)
- larkspur (great deep purple color always available year round)
- anemones (cannot stand high heat – wilts easily)
- lisianthus (standard work horse)
- purple iris (maybe wrong season)
- liatris -tall stalks for arrangements
- dark callas (always available)
- purple stock (smells f.a.n.t.a.s.t.i.c. – always available)
- big bushy dark dahlias (should be around in july)
- gladiolas (hard to find in the dark shades but they are out there)
- hollyhock (this is probably harder to find than the dark roses but they rock!)
Sorry – i’ve had a lot of caffeine and little sleep this week. Hope this helps you – matsumotos are really undervalued and I think have the best shade of purple 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice!
I’ve found dyed flowers from a wholesale florist, however they aren’t really a wholesale price! My florist is actually my mom, she used to do flowers for weddings years ago, and now she is getting back into it with mine!
When the flowers a dyed properly there isn’t any worry about the dye running on your dress (okay, maybe if it rained, but I am getting married in Calfornia in July so there isn’t any chance of that). The problem is we don’t know how to do it ourselves to save the $ of buying the dyed flowers!
Post # 6
sfchick! Your rock! You came up with a lot of options I hadn’t considered!
Purple Dahlias – that’s perfect! I also had no idea that hollyhock came in purple! You really just made my day!
Are you also looking for purple flowers? Your wedding date is fairly close so you are probably all set by now, but at this time of year you should be able to get purple ranunculus… which are amazing and hold up well.
Post # 7
You can buy floral spray paint from a lot of floral supply stores. Just be careful not to over spray them or they will die. I would suggest mixing dark purple lizianthus with (natural) lavender roses and some green hydrangea. That way you would have multiple shades of purple to add depth, with the light green accents you want. Good luck!
Post # 8
@canuckbee: Just for fun -Here’s my list that I ordered the other day- heavy on dahlias and ranunculas:
Amaranthus- hanging green
Anemones –all brights no white
dahlias –brights no whites
belladonna -dark blue –
euphorbia (dog eye)
kale – purple
lepto – dark
Lilac – purple
peonies (bright pinks/corals/purples) no whites
ranunculas -assrted colors,green centers ok,varigated ok – (please no white)
scabiosa antique lavender
snapdragons (oranges/reds) )
tulips – bright colors, parrot, varigated, crazy french (no white please)
veronica – blue
Post # 9
@canuckbee: could you use lavender instead of dark purple? the dye stuff is such a hassle in my opinion. July isn’t a great month for roses in California……which you know already…..the dark callas and lizzy are your best bet imho. 🙂
Post # 10
O love your list! Thanks!
My colours are dark purple and green, so while there will be some lavender as accents I want my bouquet to be all different dark purple flowers. I also have a wholesale flower place who says it may be possible to get dark purple ranunculas in July… If there is cool spring back east.
Where did you order your purple dahlias from?
Post # 11
@canuckbee: a wholesaler in watsonville. Check out matsumotos – they are WILD in photos 😉 Good luck!
Post # 12
You are a wealth of information today! I have never heard of matsumotos, I’ll look it up!
Do you mind sending me the name of the wholesaler? My wedding is in Morgan Hill so that would be amazingly convenient!
Post # 13
@canuckbee: hi sorry – this guy is to the trade only. I’d suggest going to the local farmers market in morgan hill and negotiate w/a family directly. I did my friends wedding in San Francisco this way and got a way better rate than what I would have paid for at the SF flower market. Buy less variety and buy in bulk – it will save you on labor and make a stronger impact 🙂
Post # 14
I found this post when looking for help with my dark, eggplant purple wedding, too.
We desperately want peonies (or peony-like flowers) for our wedding, but they don’t come in our colors. 🙁
Does anyone have any suggestions?