Purple roses inspiration

Purple roses are a perfect gift for your loved one, or maybe for someone that’s getting married or even just for a usual celebration. They are such versatile yet such beautiful and full of symbolism flowers, perfect for any occasion.

Here’s a small collection of purple roses in different shades and in different environments and arrangements,  in order to give you a good vibe for this long day. Enjoy!

Beautiful lavender shade rose. 

The lavender color of the roses expresses relaxation, mindfulness, and calmness, giving you a nice and lovely vibe to your room if they are placed in a nice luminous spot.

Dark purple roses.

Dark purple roses represent passion and determination, they can make a great gift for the loved one or for a special day.

Purple Violet Bridal Bouquet 

When combined with white, the purple roses stand out in order to make an amazing wedding bouquet for your special day.

Rose Flower Bloom.

Small pink-purple roses are great for simple but amazing arrangements for parties, baby showers, weddings or to just lighten up your room.

Purple-magenta shade roses.

Did you know that you can make tea out of roses? The smell is amazing and it surely relaxes you and helps you cope with a stressful day.

White-purple rose.

These are perfect for weddings and flowers arrangements as they can be easily combined with any kind of flower white or purple.

I hope this collection made your day easier or at least relaxed you a little bit. Do you have any favorites?

Wisteria sinensis – a must have for your English cottage garden

Maybe the name does not ring a bell to you, but I bet you know this amazing beautiful plant. If you’re from the UK and live in a beautiful vintage cottage house you might even have this in your own garden, even though the plant is actually native to China. It is also found in the US but it became an invasive species in some of the areas that mimic the climate of China.

Lovely Wisteria Sinensis during Spring.

Wisteria sinensis is a woody, perennial climbing vine, but it can also be trained into a tree-like shape, with a bit of patience and finesse. It is also in the same family (Fabaceae) with chickpeas (Cicer arietinum), peas (Pisum sativum) and sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus), but the main difference is that Wisteria it’s quite toxic to the human body, due to its wisterin content (a type of glycoside).

The plant can grow up to 20-30m long, with shiny green, pinnately (feather-like distribution) leaves which have a length of 10-30 cm and oblong leaflets between 2-6 cm long.

The flowers can be white, violet or blue and they even have a distinctive fragrance that’s similar to that of grapes.  It’s very important to keep in mind that Wisteria only flowers after passed from the juvenile to adult stage and this can take up to 20 years, which is a very long time if you just want to start redecorating your garden. Also, even though Wisteria it’s quite tolerant to shade, it will only flower when exposed to the natural light of the sun.

A close-up with the flowers.

If you still want to smell the beautiful flowers in the Spring, you might want to know that there is an alternative, and you don’t have to wait for 20 years to enjoy it. You can buy a grafted plant, not the seeds, and the plant will be ready to bloom in your garden if you take care of it, in just a couple of years.

Other important factors regarding taking care of Wisteria, is the soil, which should be very moist but well-drained, and also the fact it needs regular pruning (twice a year) in order to keep them under control and encourage pruning.

Wisteria shaped like a tree.

Wisteria is also an amazing gift to celebrate new births and spring birthdays, welcoming someone new in your life, good luck when starting a business and to show your serious devotion to cause or a person.

It is usually associated with March and April and can represent a very beautiful gift as a birth flower for someone born during this months. The purple variation it’s also very nice to have on your wedding day as a ‘something purple’ item to complete the wedding tradition, with a purple twist.

Purple flowers you should really know about

We here at Purple Flowers AZ love to popularize all types of flowers, not just flowers, orchids or lilies – in other worsd, the usual suspects. There are many beautiful purple flowers not so well known, and that’s really a shame. Let’s change that, shall we?

Purple carnation

Carnation comes in many colors, and purple is no exception. Purple carnations indicate capriciousness, or, sometimes spontaneity – the flower is what you might call a double edged sword. You can use to tell somebody they’re spontaneous, or you can use to signal whimsiness – be sure to use the right context, and if you’re receiving them, think twice before interpreting their meaning.

Delphinium

Delphinium are magnificent flowers, and you could often see them showing up at gardening contest; so why don’t we see them more often? Well… simply put, the plants are poisonous. Some are treated or grown or modified, but generally speaking, all purple Delphinium are poisonous. Still, they may be used for exhibition purposes, or, in small quantities, as herbal treatment.

Purple Freesia

As a European, I was actually shocked to see how little most people (especially Americans) know about this flower. It has a magnificent fragrance, while also looking just chique and elegant… really a great flower, suitable for most occasions.

Purple Gladiola

Gladiolae flowers are endemic to Africa, but have since spread into many households throughout the entire world. Nowadays, the genus is mostly distributed in Mediterranean Europe, Asia, Tropical Africa and South Africa. Gladiola often symbolizes hidden feelings, making it the best flower for people who want to get out of the “friend zone”. However, expect not many people knowing this. It can also mean inspiration.

Purple Hyacinth

Hyacinth was a Greek mythological hero, but I don’t really want to go into him and his fate, you can read all about that here. Hyacinths bulbs are poisonous, but the plants aren’t; they are often used to symbolize rebirth, and are definitely pleasant on the eye.

Purple calla lilies

What, you didn’t know calla lilies can also be purple ? They’re just regal flowers, radiating nobility, elegance and majesty. Still, you should know they are just perfect to be grown indoor, even in relatively small pots. They’ll definitely add an extra something to your home.

Purple Lisianthus

They areare usually one to three feet tall, although there are dwarf varieties the only grow up to eight inches in height. Lisianthus, or Eustoma as they are also called, are tricky to grow, and require special attention. They have tiny seeds that must be sown on the surface not buried, and in soils well drained, and safe from fungal invaders.

The Purple Lilac

The Syringa vulgaris, or Lilac, is a genus of about 20-25 species of flowers which typically grow in temperate or Mediterranean areas. What few people know is that this purple shrub is actually related to the olive – but that’s just trivia, pretty irrelevant for its meaning and appearance.

The flower gained attention since ancient times, when the Greeks even used it in their mythology, however, it is believed that the plant was grown since prehistoric times. As the legend goes, the god Pan with the nymph Syringa. Syringa was frightened because Pan had been chasing her through the forests. However, scared by his aspect, she ran away, frightened, and afraid of being caught, she turned herself into a fragrant flowering.

An illustration of Syringa, the nymph

The flower’s color varies from white to purple and in between. The lilac was extremely popular in the Victorian era, in the 1800s, when it was used to show the first emotions of love – it was often use to say “I’m starting to fall in love with you”. In some contexts, it can mean loving protection; the white variety is used to symbolize the uttermost purity, as well as youthful innocence. In Mediterranean cultures, the flower is associated with Easter and the start of the Spring. In the US however, I’ve seen the flower used for quite different symbols: Syringa vulgaris is the state flower of New Hampshire, because it “is symbolic of that hardy character of the men and women of the Granite State”. Strange, but then again, I don’t live in New Hampshire, so what do I know.

In the absence of harsh conditions, Syringa grows anywhere from 2 to 10 meters, usually steming beautiful 20-30 cm purple flowers with a magnificent scent. The flowers are produced in the spring, in a dazzling display of color and smell. Lilac is a shrub, so it’s not really the kind of plant you want to grow indoor. However, if you have a garden, even a small one, you should know that they are low maintenance shrubs, really easy to take care of; they will offer a splendid view, a fantastic scent and once they grow, even some nice summer shade. Syringa doesn’t like too much water, which is why they usually thrive in sandy soils or on hillsides (again, this is just a preference, they do well in any soil type). Like any plants, lilacs will benefit from compost and humus worked into the soil to help retain water during dry spells and to provide additional nutrients. No fertilizer or additional substance is required.

They are susceptible to a few pests and diseases, mostly during hot and humid weather. If anything happens to them just be sure to contact your local florist and he’ll tell you what to do. Other than that, just keep the weeds to a minimum around them (it’s not even necessary to fully remove weeds) and if there’s a drought, give them a little watering – but not too much.

Growing white or purple lilacs is really really easy; just follow these common sense tips and watch them grow and thrive. Some people will tell you these plants are old fashioned or they’re your grandma’s flowers… but that’s just bull – and besides, your grandma knows best.

Purple rose tattoos

Art takes many forms, and especially in modern times, tattoos are already a common trend in many countries. In this post, I’ll share some fantastic purple rose tattoos,  because the symbolism is just extremely powerful, and the overall result is often just stunning.

First off, roses – they are the flower of love, a passionate, intense, burning love. No flower is more direct in meaning than the rose. Then, you have purple – the color of nobility, spirit and mystery. Bind them together, and what do you get? A true, noble love, full of mystery and spiritually charged. If that’s what you’re really feeling and you’re ready to have it on your skin for the rest of your life… then go for it!

More Purple rose tattoo pictures:

Here’s a great design as well

Simple and cute:

A little more intricate and sexy:

Orchids: Beautiful flowers in a variety of colors

Everybody loves orchids – the overall exotic appearance, the beautiful look, the magnificent scent… all these make orchids a favorite flower for millions. But what many people don’t know is that orchids come in a great variety of colors as well. Practically, they come in pretty much every color – except for blue, but we’ll get back on that a little later.

White orchids


Probably the best known variety of flowers – white, or white with dots; this is what most people imagine when they think of orchids. They are quite common now, despite the fact that they were once considered flowers only for extremely rich people, because they were quite difficult to grow under European conditions. The gorgeous white Dendobium fytchianum was discovered by a Captain Grant and Colonel Fytche in Burma in 1863.

Yellow orchids

Of course, yellow orchids came after the white orchids, and brought a whole new level to the table. Back in the day, they were a truly rare sight, and much more pretentious than their white counterparts.

Pink orchids

Pink orchids are probably the most popular choice today; such bouquets and flower arrangements are perfect for pretty much any occasion, and the significance is so broad and universally positive that whenever you’re in doubt, you can just go for the pink orchids.

Red Orchids

Red orchids are not quite a common site, but they’re quickly growing in popularity. Red orchids are often described as “an Asian love’s dream”. They are sophisticated but sincere flowers – the perfect choice for Valentine’s day.

Purple Orchids

Ahhh… purple orchids! The editor’s choice, they are royal members of the flower family. Purple orchids symbolize mystery, royalty, and spirituality – all combined in one single color. They are, by excellence, a symbol of nobility, ceremony and distinction. The meaning of these flowers is deep and should not be taken lightly. You can read more about purple orchids on the page I wrote specially for them, so I won’t go even more into details.

Black orchids

So do black orchids even exist? They definitely do! Orchid growers and hobbyists have been trying to  grow a black orchid for decades, and after all this time, they finally did it. Why such a fascination for black flowers of all kind still persists is beyond me but… who knows.

Blue orchids

Well as I was saying, there is no true blue orchid. There is actually a lot of debate around this subject There are plenty of purple orchids, even black orchids, but there are no blue ones – technically speaking. However, a lot of varieties are manipulated towards this goal, and probably, pretty soon blue orchids will become reality; and when you think about it, blue and purple roses would make a wonderful bouquet.

The purple… carrots!

Well, today we’re gonna take a little stroll from our usual purple flowers discussions, to talk about the carrots. Why? Well, because you should know that carrots were initially purple. That’s right.

Before the 17th century, virtually all the cultivated carrots were purple, and the modern, orange carrot we see today wasn’t cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century decided they want to make it of that colour, to signify their dominance (orange was their colour). In order to do this, they took mutant strains of the purple carrot, including yellow and white carrots and gradually developed them into the sweet, plump, orange variety we have today. Before that, even white carrots were more common than orange ones.

However, some people think that the mutation wasn’t made in an attempt to bring honor and glory to the House of Orange and honor Dutch independence; they believe the Dutch wanted to make it tastier and more resilient, and the colour came out as a side effect. So just so you know, if you see a purple carrot, it’s not a freak or something – it’s just keeping it real.

Purple lotus

Lotus flowers are very important in various cultures and religions throughout the world, especially in Indian and Egyptian cultures. In the most ancient times, millennia BC, lotus flowers signified the virtues of sexual purity.

Purple lotus meaning

“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world” ~ Gautama Buddha ~

However, in many prominent cultures in Indo-Asia, the lotus has different meanings. Often used as an example of divine beauty, the most important god in Indian mythology is often described as the ‘Lotus-Eyed One’ – its unfolding petals signifying the development of the soul. Also, the growth of this beautiful flower from the mud suggests that beautiful things can be born from dirty environments, and sometimes, the most beautiful souls have humble origins – an important theme in Indian mythology.

Most deities of Asian religions are depicted as seated on a lotus flower. For Buddhists, the rise of the lotus from the mud represents the purity of body, speech and mind – rising above the bodily pleasures. However, as time passed, the meaning of the lotus began to shift towards beauty, peace and grace. In Egypt, the lotus is closely associated with the Sun.

 

Today, lotus flowers should be preserved and observed only in their natural environment, where they belong; sadly though, many people pick them and sell them in markets, especially in India and Asia, so even if you are fascinated by the beauty of the lotus, be it of any colour, please, don’t support these activities.

As for the colour, the purple lotus is considered above all to be mythical and sacred, holding a special place among the flower kingdom.

Facts about purple lotus flowers

Lotus aren’t the typical plants to plant in your home, even if you have a great garden. Lotus flowers are typically planted in the soil of the pond or river bottom, while the leaves float on top of the water surface – you will usually see them rising just a few centimeters above water level.

What’s interesting about them, and not a lot of people know this, is that the flowers, seeds, young leaves and rhizomes are all edible – which doesn’t mean you should go out and eat them; however, in Asia they are used as food wrapping, and sometimes the petals are used as a garnish.

If you ask me, it’s a shame; lotus flowers, the most sacred flowers in the world – should be revered and admired in their natural environment.

Flower meanings, part 1

The subtle art of flower giving is sadly declining – too people today know whether when to give a rose and when to give a lily, and not nearly enough folks know what’s you should bring at special events. That’s why, we at Purple Flowers AZ are trying to bring it to light more. Here are just a few flowers and their correspondent meanings – this is the first post in the series.

Rose

If you don’t know this – you’re probably from another planet. Roses symbolize love. Depending on the colour they can be more suggestive towards a passionate love (red), respectful (white), or just something special (purple).

Orchid

Orchids are a symbol of exotic beauty and refinement. It is also a (relatively modern) symbol of powerful feminity.

Tulip

Tulips symbolize a perfect, fulfilled love. Not the thing you want to give your kids for their teacher. Perfect gift for your wedding anniversary, for example.

Anemone

Not the typical flower to be given – the anemone symbolizes fading hope, or perhaps anticipation.

Daffodil

Daffodils are among the few flowers women can give to men on every occasion – they symbolize regard and chivalry, as well as eternal life.

Calla lily

Platonic beauty – not the flower to give to somebody you are interested in romantically.

Freesia

Freesia flowers smell magnificently, and they are the perfect flowers to give to somebody you don’t see a lot, as they symbolize thoughtfulness, and caring for someone regardless of distance.

Lavender

Purity

Daisy

Purity and innocence

Gladiolus

Quite a powerful symbolism for Gladiolae – strength of character, faithfulness and honor are what these flowers stand for.

Hyacinth

These are the flowers to playfulness and sporty attitude – perfect for sporting events.

Iris

You can read more about the iris flowers here, but aside for what’s written there, another symbol for iris flowers is eloquence. The perfect flowers to give to someone who just held a great speech.

That’s about all I can think about right now, but stay tuned, we’ll get back with more flower meanings.