We’re in the middle of May already, can you believe it? The year is flying by so quickly and now we’re now in the start of the peak peony season! With the spring season and peonies in bloom, many arrangements during this time of year tend to be in pink pastel shades or bright coral mixes. I thought I would change it up a bit and share with you a bouquet I made that has a rich purple and fuchsia shades with just a bit of light pink for contrast. It’s a great palette for a spring wedding or event if you want something a little bolder or darker in color.
The “ingredients” to this purple fuchsia bouquet:
- 4-5 peonies (I used a mix of burgundy red, fuchsia and hot pink)
- 4-5 light pink garden roses (I used “Joyce” variety)
- 6-8 purple and white sweet peas
- 4-6 violet bearded dianthus (by request)
- 5-6 dark burgundy scabiosa
- 3-4 fuchsia or hot pink mini carnations
- 4-5 white with berry red trim carnations
- Mix of greens (I used 1-2 stems of silver dollar eucalyptus, salal, baby blue eucalyptus, myrtle, and integrafolia)
To start, you’ll want to make sure your flowers have had a chance to hydrate in water. I typically use flowers that have been hydrating in water for at least 1-2 days. Flowers like peonies, garden roses, and carnations need some time for the blooms to open up more. On the other hand, flowers like sweet peas have a much shorter vase life, so you can either get these delivered later or keep them in the fridge in water for a day or two to get them to last longer.
You’ll want to prep your blooms by carefully removing foliage from the blooms.
Looking at your flowers, decide which one you’d like to take center stage in your bouquet. I chose a red peony to be the star with a few pink garden roses right next to it.
From there, build out your bouquet. For this particular arrangement, I opted for a more loose and free form shape. Create depth by setting larger blooms in varying heights and use the smaller blooms and greens to fill in smaller spaces. Allow some stems to drape naturally from the bouquet and continue to add stems until you’re happy with the shape and size.
I love the contrast in this purple fuchsia bouquet. Blooms like scabiosa and bearded dianthus provide interesting texture while the sweet peas and carnations provide unique color patterns. It’s definitely a change from the typical spring pastel palettes!
I hope this provides some inspiration, especially if you’re planning a similar palette for your wedding or event. You could easily use the same mix of flowers from this purple fuchsia bouquet for centerpieces or in smaller arrangements. If you have any questions or need help choosing flowers, just drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help! Hope you enjoy the rest of May!