outdoor wedding for spring - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by wendwill
March 23, 2010
We want to plan an outdoor wedding. We have Azaleas and are wondering what else we can plant to provide beautiful color and blooms for our wedding in Spring of 2011. Do you have any recommendations of hardy flowering plants? Also, what blooms the most here in Humble, TX. and what Spring month would be best for weather since it will be an outdoor wedding on. We are looking at April 23, 2011.

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2010


There are lots of spring blooming annuals you can plant. Check your local garden center and make notes about the ones that most appeal to you. In addition to your azaleas, consider the following:
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii "Pink Delight"): A shrub with clusters of bright pink flowers in a cone shape with deep green leaves. It grows to 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. The fragrant blossoms attract butterflies.

Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus): Carnations that you can use as border plants have double flowers, bluish-green leaves and branching, leafy stems that often become woody at the base. Bushy and compact, the plant can grow to 12 to 14 inches high and wide. The fragrant pink blooms are 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide.

Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum "Tango Pink"): An annual variety that has semi-double pink flowers with dark green foliage. It grows to 1 to 2 feet high and wide.

Gladiolus: A perennial that grows from a corm and has sword-shaped leaves and tubular flowers. Flowers, which come in a variety of colors, bloom from spring to fall, depending upon the kind of gladiolus and when you plant. Smaller hybrids and species will flower in about 80 days, while grandiflora hybrids will come out in about 100 days.

Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla): A Japanese shrub that grows to 4 to 8 feet high and wide. It has thick, shiny, toothy leaves, and flowers that can be white, red, pink or blue. To keep the bloom color pink (or red), the soil needs to have a pH reading of 7.0 or more. Two suggested varieties include Endless Summer, which has pink or blue blooms; and Lady in Red, which blooms pinkish-white flowers that deepen to burgundy red.

Rose: It comes in various forms, from shrubs to climbers, with colorful flowers that are often fragrant to some degree. Sunset Western Garden Book offers a page full of rose suggestions by color. Among them are Gertrude Jekyll, a shrub with fragrant pink flowers; Yves Piaget, a hybrid tea with fragrant deep pink blooms; and Fame, a grandiflora with deep pink flowers and a winner of the All-America Rose Selections award.

Spiraea (Spiraea japonica): A deciduous upright shrub that grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. It features flat, 8-inch-wide clusters of pink flowers above oval, sharply toothed green leaves. One variety to consider is Neon Flash, which has purple-tinted foliage and bright rosy pink flowers.

Irises usually bloom in the spring, as well.

As for the weather, here's a website you can visit:

Scroll down to weather history and you can get a good idea of the weather you can expect.

Best wishes with your wedding!

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