(Closed) Purple Flowers in July! Including questions about DIY dying!

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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.

  1. matsumoto aster (huge and has a great color – looks really wild next to green)
  2. purple carnations (sturdy in heat and photographs great)
  3. monte casino aster (maybe wrong shade of purple but good on boutineers)
  4. larkspur (great deep purple color always available year round)
  5. anemones (cannot stand high heat – wilts easily)
  6. lisianthus (standard work horse)
  7. purple iris  (maybe wrong season)
  8. allium
  9. liatris -tall stalks for arrangements
  10. dark callas (always available)
  11. purple stock (smells f.a.n.t.a.s.t.i.c. – always available)
  12. big bushy dark dahlias  (should be around in july)
  13. heather
  14. veronica
  15. gladiolas (hard to find in the dark shades but they are out there)
  16. 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 πŸ™‚

Post # 7
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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  

bay leaf

bush ivy

dahlias –brights no whites

belladonna -dark blue –

dusty miller

euphorbia (dog eye)

gailardia -bicolor

hypericum (green)

israeli ruscus

kale – purple

lepto – dark

Lilac – purple  


peonies (bright pinks/corals/purples) no whites

pepperberry- green

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)

varigated pitt

veronica – blue



Post # 9
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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. πŸ™‚

Post # 11
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@canuckbee: a wholesaler in watsonville. Check out matsumotos – they are WILD in photos πŸ˜‰ Good luck!

Post # 13
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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 πŸ™‚

Post # 14
975 posts
Busy bee

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.  πŸ™

Does anyone have any suggestions?


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