Growing lilacs

The lilac garden in springtime is hard to beat. Those who are growing lilacs, either common purple lilac or the new varieties of reblooming lilac could consider using cut lilacs as part of their wedding flowers. Read on to see lilac pictures and for more information on planning your lilac wedding flowers.

If you are already growing lilacs in your garden, you will know how beautiful they are. If your wedding is in the springtime, you may be lucky enough to book a venue that is growing lilacs in the gardens. The lilac trees would make a fabulous backdrop for wedding photos, particularly if you have chosen purple wedding flowers.

Lilac varieties

growing lilacs

There are so many varieties that if you are planning on growing lilacs you will be spoiled for choice. Planting a lilac tree or bush in your garden would be a lasting reminder of your purple wedding flowers.

There are two main types of lilacs to consider. Both are available in dwarf shrub form or as plants that grow into trees so be sure you know the space you have in your garden and buy the right kind of tree.

Common purple lilac

This is the traditional type of lilac. The common purple lilac is found in many old country gardens. It blooms early in spring and gives a blaze of purple flowers for two to four weeks.

After this time, the flowers start to fade, turn brown and eventually fall off. The lilac shrubs or trees have a dark green, heart shaped foliage for the rest of spring and summer. Those growing lilacs have always wanted to prolong the flowering season and so reblooming lilacs were discovered.

Reblooming lilac

The magic of reblooming lilacs is that they extend the flowering season, meaning that your lilac shrubs keep on producing flowers throughout the summer months. This would be a great type to plant as a reminder of your wedding day. If you want to plant reblooming lilacs then choose one of two varieties, Josee or Boomerang.

Back from growing lilacs to purple wedding flowers ideas...

The Language of Flowers

You can use the 'language of flowers' to give a special meaning to your bouquet

Here are some of the most popular wedding flowers and their meanings...

  • Allium - good fortune
  • Aster - beginnings
  • Daisy - innocence
  • Freesia - calm
  • Gardenia - grace
  • Gypsophilia - everlasting love
  • Heather - passion
  • Lily - virtue
  • Orchid - delicate beauty
  • Red rose - passionate love
  • Tulip - hopeless love
  • White rose - purity

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    Hints and tips...

    For a bit of fun for the girls at your wedding, why not tie this cute poem to your bouquet before you throw it?

    "Congratulations Missy! You pushed your way up front. You caught the bride's bouquet. Good luck with your groom hunt!"

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