Purple Hydrangea - A Guide to Purple Hydrangeas

Purple Hydrangea

Purple hydrangeas are royal flowers. They inspire elegance and they impose respect. Dazzling flowers with spectacular blooms, purple hydrangeas are perfect for weddings, embellishing any floral decoration. Easy to grow, it can be used as a border plant in gardens or as the center flower in your wedding arrangements!

Purple Hydrangea Description

  • Family: Hydrangeaceae
  • Origin: The name of the purple “hydrangea” is a derivative from the Greek hydra, which means water and angeion, which means jug, referring to the shape of the head of the flower. The purple hydrangea is native to South Eastern Asia, but it can also be found in the Andes.
  • Sun exposure: Purple hydrangeas prefer filtered sun. So partial shading is more proper for these kind of flowers.
  • Height: Purple hydrangeas grow from 3 to 4 feet.
  • Soil: Purple hydrangea soil should be rich, moist and it should drain well. One thing you should know is that if you change the pH balance of the hydrangea soil, you can obtain all kinds of colors, including purple hydrangea. And for this to happen, aluminum must be added to the soil of other color hydrangeas so they become purple.
  • Leaves: Purple hydrangeas' leaves are small, heart shaped, glossy, quite coarse and green in color.
  • Blooming time: Purple hydrangeas bloom for about six to eight weeks in the summer and they can also bloom in the fall.
  • Maintenance: For a proper growth of the purple hydrangea, firstly, the plant should be deadheaded, which means removing any dead branches or blooms. Then, keep the soil moist enough for their development and spread some mulch at the base of the stem, in the fall.
  • Propagation method: Purple hydrangeas can be propagated through rooting and ground layering or from stem cuttings.

Purple Hydrangea Species

There are four types of hydrangeas: Hydrangea macrophylla, Hydrangea arborescens, Hydrangea quercifolia, and Hydrangea paniculata. Purple hydrangeas can be found in species like: Geoffrey Chadbund, Hornli, Blue Wave, Blue Bird or Miss Belgium.

Purple Hydrangea Meaning

Purple hydrangeas are seen as a symbol of vanity and boastfulness, their color make them royal, inspiring elegance and representing exotic sophistication.

Purple hydrangea may also represent gratitude and appreciation.

Purple Hydrangeas Arrangements

The purple hydrangea is a festive flower. Used on various occasions, purple hydrangea arrangements are just the thing for a black tie event and it can make a wonderful centerpiece on your wedding table.

Purple hydrangea may be combined with Allure roses, blue Delphinium, green Viburnum and purple Lisianthus. You can also use Peonies, Irises, Snapdragons, Calcynia, and Solidago in your purple hydrangea arrangements. Purple hydrangeas also go well with mellow yellow, pale pink, lavender, creamy yellow and orange, or you can spice things up with deep blue and purple, sunny yellow and vibrant orange!

Purple Hydrangea Bouquets

Purple hydrangea bouquets are seen as royal bouquets. Chic and elegant, they are perfect for any high society bride. Purple hydrangeas may be used with yellow irises or roses and tulips, the contrast is exquisite and very modern.

Mix purple hydrangeas with deep pink mini calla lilies, deep orange roses, deep pink roses and orange tulips, for a tropical bridal purple hydrangea bouquet. Or you can try mixing purple hydrangeas with pink tulips, pink cymbidium orchids, peonies, kimies and dahlias. Either way, your purple hydrangea bouquet will look fantastic!

Purple Hydrangeas in Gardens

Purple hydrangeas are shade loving plants, so plant them in the right spot, near a tree or anything that may give them partial shading. Make a beautiful arrangement in your garden by combining your purple hydrangea bushes with white hydrangea or with yellow orchid trees.

Now remember what was said about purple hydrangeas' soil: it must contain aluminum in order for the bloom of the hydrangea to become purple. A pink hydrangea can become purple, but never a white hydrangea. So, what you have to do is maintain the pH level of the soil below 5.5 and you will surely get those purple hydrangeas! Also, it would be best if the soil would be acid and if you used a fertilizer that was low in phosphorus and quite high on potassium.

Water them constantly and remove any dead headsm this is called deadheading, so that new blooms may appear!


Purple hydrangeas are wonderful cut flowers. They can have up to about three weeks vase life. All you have to do is keep them in abundant water, in a moderate place that has abut 8 degrees Celsius and near a source of natural light: preferably a window or a balcony.

Purple hydrangeas can be toxic, so place them in a spot where children cannot reach them!

Purple hydrangeas are beautiful, radiant flowers. Used on various occasions, they are seen as special flowers that contribute to the beauty and elegance of any bouquet or floral arrangement!