Blue flowers can really add a cool touch to your floral designs. However there are not a lot of truly blue flowers. In this post I will go through some different and popular types of beautiful blue blooms for your wedding flowers and other floral design needs!
Hydrangeas are one of the more popular blue flowers and while they were considered old-fashioned, they have recently enjoyed a revival. They produce large spherical blooms and come in many colours but not least purple and blue – but an interesting fact is that some years they will bloom green and also often the flowers will turn green once they have been another colour for a while!
Some blue hydrangea varieties include:
- Blue Danube
- The Original
- Nikko Blue
- Endless Summer
- Penny Mac
The blue-tones are encouraged by getting the acidic ph levels in the soil spot on. When cut and in the vase they can easily wilt so it’s a great idea to look up some of the many tips available online for reviving and extending the vase life of your flowers. Blue Hydrangeas are popular for use in bridal bouquets, offsetting nicely against white blooms.
Hyacinths are a lovely flower that comes in blue-purple shades, growing from a bulb which is poisonous and can also irritate the skin, so you should wear gloves when handling. In Greek mythology Hyancinth was a youth jealously loved by Apollo, who accidentally killed him with a discus. Apollo then made a blue flower from the blood of the youth, calling it the Hyacinth.
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One popular flower variety, called “Blue Magic” or the grape hyacinth, is actually NOT a hyacinth at all. It belongs to the muscari genus, nevertheless it has wonderful bell shaped blooms in a lovely actual blue. It is also known as a “florist hyacinth”.
Delphiniums, popular in cottage-style gardens, are perennials that are usually tall enough to need staking in the garden (although there are some dwarf varieties that do not need this). Delphiniums which are a Ranunculaceae (buttercup), come in various colours but are most famous for their blue blooms. Tall Delphiums are great for adding height to an arrangement for impact, and they are one of the few truly blue flowers so are often called upon to meet the whims of the bride who knows what she wants! This flower works so well standing tall over shorter green foliage and white-toned flowers in standing arrangements that need to suit the scale of larger rooms.
Anemones, another fleur bleu from the Ranunculaceae family, are just so sweet. Tradition has it the love goddess, Venus, dripped nectar into her dead fella, Adonis’, blood thereby creating the flower. Hmmm … well it might not make any sense but it sure makes for a pretty, delicate little blooms. Another common name for the flower is “windflower” due perhaps to the way they bob and dance in the breeze.
Blue Poppy Aneomones and Lord Lieutenant Aneomones are among the blue flowering varieties. Despite their vivid blue hues the petals are quite delicate. Mix your blue anemones with complementary colours and blooms such as mauve roses, purple lisianthus and white hydrangeas.
The Iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow, due to the many colours it comes in, but it is perhaps best known for its violet / blue flower variety.
It is the state flower of Tennessee where each year they hold an Iris Festival celebrating the flower. It has long been an important flower in culture, painted by such luminaries as Vincent Van Gogh and stylised into the fleur-de-lis which has been used as a coat-of-arms symbol for many powerful cities, countries and families, including Florence, France, Brussels, and the Medici family. It is also known internationally as the Scouting emblem.
The iris flower is used in perfumes and traditional medicines and is also used to flavour and colour gin. Iris varieties with blue flowers (tending to violet) include:
- “Iris ensata ‘Blue Beauty'”
- Iris germanica
- Iris unguicularis
- Tall Bearded Iris ‘Alizes’
Bearded iris’s like the Alizes have become very popular recently and more commonly come in blues and purples than in other colours, with a true red remaining elusive to breeders to this day.
Tweedia is a great choice if you adore blue flowers. This modest vine will wind up and around fences or trellises adding a fun splash of cool blue to your garden with it’s tiny star shaped flowers which are long lasting when cut. If left growing the blue flowers will become purple as they age. The leaves are a grey/green colour and can be described as “felty”.
Butterflies love Tweedia as do many Australian flower lovers although the flower is introduced from South Africa and is regarded by some as a pest. The flowers range from an bright blue to an icy blue and this is one reason why florists love the flower so much as blue flowers are not as common as other hues. With care, cut Tweedia can last for 10 days or so, so be sure to cut the stems at an angle and remove any foliage that sits under water when in the vase. Tell your customers to keep them out of the sun and heat as they will last longer in a cool shady spot.
Tweedia is great when your bride wants to include blue in her hand-tie and look great in loose, natural bouquets too.
And in finishing, it would be remiss of me as a musician not to acknowledge the awesome 1995 track by Dr Octagon – “Blue Flowers”. Enjoy!
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