Big Bold Purple Plants (for August 2014)

ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

A darling friend of mine is getting married in mid August and as part of her bride / perfect day demands is that for decorations she wants fresh flowers - in particular big bold "countryside wild like" purple ones (with a Scottish theme).

Her aunt will be hard at work in her garden to keep up with requests but as with all things not least that very important day sometimes its not a bad thing to have a back up so I want to offer her up some of my garden / greenhouse space / time to grow a few different varieties should the weather be unkind to her aunt. Ideally things I can grow them in pots so its just a case of throwing them in the back of the car with some ribbons to decorate (not to mention move them easily from green house to cool room as required for that near perfect on the day bloom).

But there is little point me offering her mud if I can't come up with some suggestions of seeds I can get a hold of easily to grow. She isn't a gardener herself, plants are either "pretty" or "might be a weed" and so doesn't have a specific list of plants she wants to attend the wedding.

So I fall to you, my learned friends to see what you can suggest!

Thanks ever so much in advance!!

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    I wonder whether she'd think purple penstemons were 'wild-like' ? 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • I get some seed catalogues sent to you and let the bride have a look through them.

     

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,220

    I've got some scotch thistle seedlings that should be in full flower next August. Silver spiky leaves, purple flowers. Should flower in a 14 inch pot.

    You might not be able to throw it in the back of the car though.Might need a transit.image

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,220

    Clarington, where is she getting married?

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Barnsley Fidget.

    Thanks for the suggestion Dove, I think think I'd best follow Annies idea and get a catalogue for her to choose from! 

  • How about Sea Holly (Eryngium bourgatii)?

    Very "thistle like" for Scottish theme, purple flowering in August.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Clari, I was looking through the Sarah Raven catalogue last night and thinking of this query - it's full of possibilities and as it's illustrated your friend could point out just what she likes image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Thanks Dove, I'll order one this afternoon. My Chiltern Seeds catalogue turned up this week but alas doesn't have any photographs which is rather a shame!

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892
    Keyser Soze wrote (see)

    How about Sea Holly (Eryngium bourgatii)?

    Very "thistle like" for Scottish theme, purple flowering in August.

    Keyser they look fantastic! I'll send her a photograph and see what she says image

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    Cardoon are huge and have the 'thistle' look.

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