Most brides have a colour scheme in mind for their wedding, but have no idea which flowers are available in their colours. You find the most beautiful flower creations on the internet and in Bridal Magazines, but unfortunately for South African brides, most of those flowers are not always available here. You kinda set your heart on something, just to find out it’s not available in the colours you want or it’s not in season...
Don’t despair! Just because certain kinds of flowers aren’t available, doesn’t mean you can’t have the colour of your dreams. There are still a lot of flower options to ensure an enchanting wedding day!
We have listed the main flower colours used along with their meanings and the various flower options available. Even though some of them might still be seasonal, it will at least give you a better idea of what your options are. If you are planning a wedding in Durban, feel free to get in touch with us to see which flowers are available around the time of your wedding. We’ve also put together a highly recommended step by step wedding flower guide which will assist you with everything you need to ask your wedding florist, and includes great tips to save you money, plus some ideas for inspiration.
Yellow flowers, the unofficial national flower of friendship, but also represent joy, happiness, new beginnings, energy and cheerfulness.
Popular Yellow Flowers: Daffodils, Roses, Sunflowers, Umbellatum Lilies, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums/Daisies, Frangipani, Tulips, Gladiolus, Calla Lilies/ Zantedeschias, Snap Dragons, Billy Buttons or Craspedia.
Suggested Colour Combinations: Royal blue or navy (ribbons), dark purple or a combination of dark pink, orange and green flowers.
Green flowers symbolise nature, good fortune, new life and well being.
Popular Green Flowers: Button Chrysanthemums/ Pom Poms, Roses, Carnations, Hydrangea, Cymbidium Orchids and Spider Chrysanthemums, Anthuriums, Kale (ornamental cabbage), Succulents (Desert Rose).
Suggested Colour Combinations: White and dark colours like purple, orange, yellow and cerise pink.
Pink: Pastel Pink, Cerise or Hot Pink
Pink flowers represent happiness, grace, love, joy, beauty and innocence.
Popular Dark Pink Flowers: Roses, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums, Gladiolus, Hydrangea, Protea, Snap dragons, Carnations, Calla lilies.
Popular Light Pink Flowers: Roses, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums, Waxflower, Hydrangea, Tulips, Lisianthus, Snap Dragons, Carnations.
Peonies - Light & Dark Pink: they are not always available in all the colours and are only available for a short period of time in South Africa between the months of October and November.
Suggested Colour Combinations: With cerise or hot pink: Orange, green, yellow. Light or Pastel pink: white or lilac.
Red flowers, the colour of love, passion and desire. They also represent confidence, beauty and strength.
Popular Red Flowers: Roses, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Gerberas, Alstroemeria, Oriental/ Umbellatum Lilies, Gladiolus, Lobster Claw, Anthuriums, Celosia (cockscomb).
Suggested Colour Combinations: Dark purple, white and black.
Orange flowers symbolise warmth, energy, vitality, enthusiasm, passion and confidence.
Popular Orange Flowers: Gerberas, Calla Lilies, Tulips, Umbellatum Lilies, Roses, Chrysanthemums, Gladioli, Strelitzias, Pincushions, Hipericum Berries.
Suggested Colour Combinations: Cerise or Hot Pink.
Black roses are the most commonly used black flower. They look black, but are usually a dark shade of red, purple, or maroon. Although black usually has a negative connotation and can be seen as a symbol of death, it can also be a symbol of something positive like love after death, undying love and new beginnings.
Popular and only natural (or un-dyed) black looking flowers available: Black Baccara Rose and dark burgundy Zantedeschias / Calla Lilies.
Suggested Colour Combinations: Mainly red, deep and dark colours like bright yellow, dark/ burnt orange, dark purple, dark pink or even white.
White flowers are known as a symbol of purity and innocence but also represent elegance and modesty.
Popular White Flowers: Roses, Arum Lilies, Lace Flower, Baby's Breath / Gypsophilla, Daisies, Gerberas, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Michaelmas Daisies / Aster, Casablanca Lilies, St Josephs, Anthuriums, Waxflower, Lisianthius, Snap Dragons, Veronicas, Stocks, Chincherinchees, Delphiniums, Freesias.
Suggested Colour Combinations: White is a very versatile colour and can be combined with any colours, whether pastels or dark colours.
Purple or Blue
Purple flowers, also sometimes referred to as blue flowers, are quite rare and vary from shades of radiant red to calm blue, and are a very popular colour choice for weddings and events. Since many couples struggle to think of blue or purple flowers, we’ve listed a number of options in different shades that are available in South Africa, for inspiration.
Purple has long been associated with royalty and magic. Lavender and lighter shades on the other hand convey femininity, youth and beauty. Darker shades of purple suggest luxury, spirituality, admiration and love, while blue flowers represent peace, serenity and truth.
Unfortunately, in most cases, the bright blue or dark purple flowers seen on the internet or in international magazines are not real, especially when it comes to roses, gerberas, daisies and orchids. These flowers are usually dyed or could even be silk or paper flowers. Since our flower markets in South Africa don’t sell these dyed flowers, they are seldom used. If you are looking for fresh flowers, check with your local florist for availability first, and make sure that they are in fact what you expected or wanted.
Lilac Flowers: Lisianthus, Iris, Lavender, Michaelmas Daisy / Aster, Liatris, Stocks, Sweet Pea, Hydrangea.
Lilac Roses: Amnesia Rose - They have an antique kind of look and feel to them. They can sometimes look like they’re old, so please ask to see them first before you decide on using them for your wedding or event.
Purple Flowers: Lisianthus, Gladiolus, Tulips, Statice, White & Purple Calla Lilies, Larkspur, Phalaenopsis Orchid, Sweet Pea, White & Dark Purple Proteas, Hydrangea, Ornamental Kale.
Blue Flowers: Iris, Delphiniums, Veronicas, Orchid, Hydrangea.
Purple & Blue Dendrobium Orchids: An excellent choice if you are looking for a unique and exotic look. They are available in South Africa, however check with your florist and order your flowers in advance.
Suggested colour combinations: Different shades of purple, pink, green, turquoise and blue flowers to create magical bouquets and centrepieces.
You'll also find great tips for choosing colour schemes in this article.
Please keep in mind that most of these flowers, even though available in South Africa, are still seasonal, so you need to check the availability with your florist or plan your wedding so that it coincides with your favourite flower’s season… ;-)
If you have any questions or you think we’ve missed any important flowers or flower colours, please let us know in the comments below, and if you are looking for a wedding florist in Durban, get in touch with us to see how we can help you realise your dream wedding.