Though a favorite color for many brides, blue can be difficult in terms of having a wide variety of flowers to choose from. Have you noticed how rare blue is in nature and how few animals and plants exist that are blue? In food, the color blue is actually an appetite suppressant because it is such a rare occurrence making it kind of gross to us – blue eggs anyone?! And then there’s the everlasting quest to find a blue rose. Though blue roses do not exist in nature, breeders have sought to create one using hybridization techniques and, more recently, transgenic methods. However the “blue roses” available at the market today are perhaps more accurately described as lavender or lilac in color. It’s no wonder the blue rose symbolizes the quest for attaining the impossible!
Luckily for those who love blue, there are blue flowers that can be used for a blue themed wedding! Delphinium, hydrangea, tweedia, and irises are some of the more commonly available blue flowers. Many times blue flowers will appear somewhat purple or violet instead of a true sky or marine blue. Mixing shades of blue with purples or perhaps even greens or fuchsias can create beautiful luscious jewel tones – think emeralds, sapphires and rubies! Pairing blue with another color increases the number of flowers you can use for a blue wedding. Shades of blues with whites and ivories can showcase blue as the prominent color while allowing for more choice of flower varieties to incorporate.
Some blue flowers such as delphinium are blue due to the plant pigment delphinidin. Delphinidin is sensitive to pH and will be blue in basic, alkaline conditions and turns more red in acidic conditions. Similarly, hydrangeas can change color depending on the pH of the soil. Soils containing aluminum and acidic in quality will produce blue hydrangeas, and soils lacking aluminum and with a higher pH will be pink. Therefore, you can expect to find delphinium and hydrangea in shades of purple, mauves or pinks, as well as white.
Hydrangea and delphinium make wonderful blue wedding flowers! They both come in light as well as deep shades of blue. Delphinium can be grown extremely tall, perfect for large scale arrangements, but can also be found shorter – great for bouquets and centerpieces. Big puffy balls of hydrangea take up lots of space for large arrangements but can also be either broken or spread apart for bouquets, centerpieces, or boutonnieres. If you’re planning to feature the color blue at your wedding, perhaps you might consider using hydrangea and delphinium for your wedding flowers!