Royalty of the Roses: The Purple Rose

Considered both mystical and majestic and symbolic of love both new and everlasting in its spectrum of shades, the purple rose has become one of the most revered rose colors in both gardens and bouquets. Even with the greater access to this color due to hybrid growing practices, purple rose varieties continue to be more rare and exclusive than their more familiar red and white counterparts.

Purple roses can grow in a variety of locations, but the growing considerations below can help you consider the best choices for your region and space. As you’ve taken care to find this truly special offering within the rose family, reflect on the support for both planted and potted rose development, as well as extending the life of cut blooms. Finally, perfect your purple rose incorporation by thinking about the power of hue and numbers, as well as artful design and the showing of your own spirit within the rose giving opportunity.

10 Thoughts for Growing and Giving Purple Roses

Purple Rose Growing Tips

Create your own magical garden with the likes of the Twilight Zone rose, a glorious arbor with the Quicksilver climbing rose, or new purple rose of your own design with a DIY approach. For the ruler of your heart, the Prince fan in your life, or the individual who’d appreciate the variation on a romantic classic, you can make the perfect purple rose moment just for them.

  1. Choose your variety carefully to make sure that it fits your environmental considerations and landscape choices. Consider whether you want purple roses in the shrub, bush, or climbing variety and spatial accommodations for various sizes; note that older varieties may have a longer lifespan than newer variants. Checking at your local nursery to find roses near you may also be a helpful choice as they are more likely to have the plants that will work best in your growing zone.
  2. Once you’ve selected your variety of purple rose, consider the location that will maximize its growing potential and be of most noteworthy curb appeal to your home and yard. When many people think of rose bushes, they often think of vast wall-like hedges of the Wonderland variety. However, significant spatial accommodations are not necessary for roses. Growing purple roses in a container allows them to be part of a patio or a sunny porch step; this format could also be beneficial in a gift application, so that the recipient can choose to continue to grow the roses in the pot or transfer them into a preferred location in the yard.
  3. Planting new purple roses and revitalizing any established roses typically happens in the spring, so you will want to plan ahead. Double-check the available sun and soil in your intended location to make sure that it’s right for your purple rose. Often, roses want the best of both worlds – a little sunshine to start the day and less direct warmth later in the day.
  4. Continued care for your purple roses requires mindful water and temperature management that may need adjustment based on the season and mulch use. Deadheading and pruning practices will help extend the life of your roses during a particular season, and winter preparations are necessary, especially in colder climates. All roses do not share the same care needs so make sure that you individualize your approach based on the particular type of purple rose that you have.
  5. Cutting roses also requires mindfulness. Roses are fairly hearty, but cutting later in the day, choosing blooms that are around a third of the way open, and leaving some of the green foliage can help ensure a longer life in your chosen vase or gift bouquet.

    How to Care for Purple Roses

  6. For roses that you cut yourself or that you receive as a gift, you play a significant role in how to care for your fresh flowers. Instead of just refilling water when it gets low in the vase, provide your bouquet with fresh water daily. Interestingly, soda can be a healthy choice in preserving flowers for continued enjoyment, but some fruits and vegetables may be a deterrent. (This irony in best health practices may not be one to share with your younger family members, lest they decide to be purple roses for a day or more.)
  7. Like flowers and chocolate, roses and romance have long been associated with each other.  Purple roses also evoke love in addition to the fire of romance. Choose a lavender collection for emerging love or potential love-at-first-sight or a deeper shade of purple to reflect the continuing vibrancy and growth of a longtime love. Combine a variety of shades to remind your recipient that no matter how many years you have been together, your stomach still gets butterflies when you are together.
  8. Although Valentine’s Day is a classic choice for a flower gift, roses at random can make a powerful statement. Your choice of a single purple rose from a farmer’s market vendor shows a willingness to move beyond tradition and spontaneity in thoughtful gestures. Alternately, the surprise of any rose bouquet with or without chocolate tells that person that no occasion is necessary to show how highly you esteem them.
  9. When it comes to event design or home decor, roses are a natural and much beloved choice, especially when opting for a rose as unique as the purple rose. In addition to color, you can make your arrangement of roses stand out by selecting within or outside of the purple palette, incorporating varied greenery or playing with vase sizes and formats. Centerpieces or table accents can double as favors if you use other cut flowers with similar staying power as the rose.
  10. To make your own magic with purple roses, you might try to create them yourself. Since it can be a greater challenge to find purple roses, dyeing your own roses is another option for centerpieces or bouquets. White roses are the best option for a blank canvas, though using other lighter colors may give you an even more unique hue.

Growing roses, especially purple roses, around your home provides you with a visual reminder of the love to which you, the magical and majestic being that you are, so deserve. Gifting roses to others shows your celebration of them as beloved and so impactful within your own life. From special anniversaries to just thinking of you, roses have a profound resonance from one heart to another.

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