Planting a bridal gardenBy Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)
January 24, 2009
There is an amazing assortment of flowers and plants that are matrimonially named. If they are named for the bride herself, a wedding component like the veil or dress, or the romance involved, they are all beautiful plants to be included in a wedding garden.
|Daylily, 'Regal Wedding '||Poppy, 'Royal Wedding '|
Daylily, 'Unity of the Spirit '
If you want a full sun or a shade garden, there are plants that can suit your needs. For a full sun garden, there are numerous daylily, rose, and iris cultivars, poppies, dahlias, and hibiscus. A connubially themed shade garden could consist of hostas, astilbes, calla lilies, and hydrangeas.
|Hosta, 'Bridegroom'||Astilbe, 'Bridal Veil'|
| Calla Lily, 'Bridal Bliss'|| Hydrangea, 'Blushing Bride' |
A bevy of ‘Blushing Brides' are available for you to choose from. Many are white to light pink in color and would be standouts in a wedding garden, just as the bride is supposed to be.
|Amaryllis, 'Blushing Bride'||Delphinium, 'Blushing Brides'|
|Iris, 'Elmer's Blushing Bride'||Rose of Sharon, 'Blushing Bride'|
If you know of a specific person getting married, it's possible that you could find a flower with her name specifically.
|Daylily, 'Aurora's Wedding' ||Iris, 'Elaine's Wedding|
| Rose, 'Jan's Wedding' || Dahlia, 'Jennifer's Wedding' |
Don't forget all the small details such as the ‘Bridal Veil' and the dress. You can find all the players as well, ‘Bridesmaid,' ‘Flower girl' and ‘Maid of Honor' in this wedding garden.
|Broom, 'Bridal Veil'||Hibiscus 'Bridal Veil'||Iris, 'Angel's Veil'|
|Dahlia, 'Bride to Be'||Double Bridal Wreath Spirea||Iris, 'Wedding Dance '|
|Morning Glory, 'Wedding Bells'||Daylily, 'Bridal Path'||Daylily, 'Dressed in Lace'|
|Brugmansia, 'Bridesmaid'||Rose, 'Flower Girl'|
|Rose, 'Maid of Honor'||Lily, 'Dress Rehearsal'|
There are also plenty of flowers that can represent the bride herself.
|'Bride to Be'||Brideflower (Sneezeweed)|
|Rose, 'The Bride's Rose'||Peony, 'Bride's Dream'|
You could also grow flowers that are traditionally held in bridal bouquets such as stephanotis, white peonies, or red roses.
|Stephanotis (Bridal Wreath)||Peony, 'Shirley Temple'||Rose, 'Don Juan'|
If you don't have time to plant a full garden in honor of the occasion, consider giving one of these plants as a wedding present to the happy couple. If either of them is even slightly gardeningly inclined, think how welcome a perennial that will grow for many years would be.
|Daylily, 'Forever and a Day'||Daylily, '50th Wedding Anniversary'||Daylily, 'Forever in Love'|
Planting a wedding garden: what a special way to honor a wedding, past, present or future.
Thank you to all the contributors of PlantFiles for their beautiful images:
|Stephanotis - blackthumbx2||Wedding Bells - EmmaGrace||Hosta Bridegroom - Jody|
|Bridal Veil Broom - Bootandall||Shirley Temple Peony - Flamingonut||Bridal Veil Hibiscus - Kell|
|Amaryllis Blushing Bride - bsharf||Jennifer's Wedding Dahlia 0 Flowerfrenzy||Unity of the Spirit - kimsgardenheave|
|50th Anniversary Daylily - Calif_Sue||Jan's Wedding Rose - Grampapa||Brideflower - Kniphofia|
|Bridal Wreath Spirea - ceejaytown||Bride to Be Dahlia - Greenorchid||Calla Bridal Bliss - Lakesidecallas|
|Elmer's Blushing Bride - Delvacarol||Bride's Halo (thumbnail) - Jfrizzell||The Bride's Rose - Leslie_Pz|
|Aurora's Wedding - Dottnmd||Elaine's Wedding Iris - JoanJ||Bridal Path Daylily - lilydaydreamer|
|Wedding Dance Iris - Lincolnitess||Rose of Sharon Blushing Bride - Michelle Hunziker||Dressed in Lace Daylily - Mystic|
|Don Juan Rose - Marsue||Maid of Honor Rose - mtilton||Forever and a Day Daylily - Mystic|
|Dress Rehearsal Lily - menkids||Larkspur Blushing Brides - Mygypsyrose||Forever in Love - Mystic|
|Regal Wedding Daylily - Mystic||Flower Girl Rose - Plant_Manager||Bride's Dream Peony - Sanannie|
|Bridal Veil Astilbe - Noreaster||Angel's Veil Iris - Puttytat||Taihort Hsin-Ying Snow Orchid - Shirley1md|
|Blushing Bride Hydrangea - WaterCan2||Royal Wedding Poppy - Wetdogfarm||Bridesmaid Brugmansia - monika|