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Planting a bridal garden

By Susanne Talbert (art_n_gardenJanuary 24, 2009

Whether you or a loved one is about to be married or you just love the romance of weddings, creating a nuptial themed spot in your garden can be a special undertaking.

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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'
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 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'
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 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
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 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'
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 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 - blackthumbx2Wedding Bells - EmmaGraceHosta Bridegroom - Jody 
Bridal Veil Broom - BootandallShirley Temple Peony - FlamingonutBridal Veil Hibiscus - Kell
Amaryllis Blushing Bride - bsharfJennifer's Wedding Dahlia 0 FlowerfrenzyUnity of the Spirit - kimsgardenheave
50th Anniversary Daylily - Calif_Sue  Jan's Wedding Rose - GrampapaBrideflower - Kniphofia
Bridal Wreath Spirea - ceejaytownBride to Be Dahlia - GreenorchidCalla Bridal Bliss - Lakesidecallas
Elmer's Blushing Bride - DelvacarolBride's Halo (thumbnail) - JfrizzellThe Bride's Rose - Leslie_Pz
Aurora's Wedding - DottnmdElaine's Wedding Iris - JoanJBridal Path Daylily - lilydaydreamer
Wedding Dance Iris - Lincolnitess Rose of Sharon Blushing Bride - Michelle Hunziker Dressed in Lace Daylily - Mystic 
Don Juan Rose - MarsueMaid of Honor Rose - mtiltonForever and a Day Daylily - Mystic
Dress Rehearsal Lily - menkidsLarkspur Blushing Brides - MygypsyroseForever in Love - Mystic
Regal Wedding Daylily - MysticFlower Girl Rose - Plant_Manager Bride's Dream Peony - Sanannie
Bridal Veil Astilbe - NoreasterAngel's Veil Iris - PuttytatTaihort Hsin-Ying Snow Orchid - Shirley1md
Blushing Bride Hydrangea - WaterCan2  Royal Wedding Poppy - Wetdogfarm Bridesmaid Brugmansia - monika 

  About Susanne Talbert  
Susanne TalbertI garden in beautiful Colorado Springs, half a mile from Garden of the Gods. Since we bought our first house two years ago, I have been busy revamping my 1/4 acre of ignored decomposed granite. My garden passions include water gardening, vines, super-hardy perennials, and native xerics. By day, I am a high school ceramics teacher as well as a ceramicist and painter.

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