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Flower Symbolism: The Meaning Behind Your Bouquet

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Ever been in the awkward situation of buying your loved one a big beautiful bouquet of flowers, only to find out that you’ve sent them Anemone’s which are said to symbolise fading hope and a feeling of having been forsaken? We have been there too, and it’s not a fun feeling for either the giver or receiver of the flowers. That’s why we decided to create this handy-dandy guide on flower symbolism: Never give the wrong flowers again!

Flower Symbolism 101

So, if you’re new to the world of gifting and flowers, you’re likely not going to be delving too deeply into all the different types of flowers; You probably just want the prettiest bouquet possibly, right? So we’re going to make it easier for you by listing some of the most popular flower choices and their meanings! Read on if you want to up your gifting game 😉


Ahh, the rose. What hopeless romantic hasn’t considered buying their lover a bouquet of roses, or maybe even a singular rose, as a gift? Roses are iconic, but what do they *mean*? Roses are said to symbolise love and romance. BUT it’s not that simple; roses mean different things depending on the colour. Obviously red roses tend to symbolise love and passion, but pink roses on the other hand, they symbolise gratitude and admirationvario. If you want to give a rose to a teacher you appreciate, for example, a pink rose could be a great way to go. For friends, a bouquet of yellow roses could be a great choice. Yellow roses are said to symbolise warmth and happiness, and are sometimes nicknamed the friendship flower because of the joy they give!


Interestingly, the name for Tulips comes from the Persian word for turban, due to their turban-like shape when in full bloom. Tulips are said to stand for perfect or deep love. However, because tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, they can also hold the meaning of rebirth.



Whilst, similar to roses, different variations of the lily hold different connotations, generally speaking lilies represent purity and fertility, or fresh life and rebirth. It is white lilies that tend to represent purity and rebirth, while pink lilies represent femininity and admiration. So, we recommend gifting pink lilies to female friends or those that need a little bit of appreciation, and white lilies for those getting married or going to funerals.


Orchids come in a vast array of colours, so it’s best to learn the meaning of the specific colour before choosing to send these flowers to a loved one. Pink orchids are said to represent femininity and grace, red represent romance and passion, orange represent strength pride and boldness, whilst purple represents royalty and dignity. There are green, yellow and blue orchards, too! Green holds the connotation of good health and fortune, yellow symbolises vitality and new beginnings, and blue means luxury and rarity.


Carnations are an extremely popular flower to gift a friend. They should be well-received, too, as they represent love, fascination, distinction, protection, healing, and strength. White carnations stand for innocence, good luck and purity. Pink carnations are said to symbolise a mother’s pure and never-ending love, whilst red carnations stand for love, affection and admiration.

So there you have it! Flower symbolism isn’t so hard to get to grips with! Which ones are your favourite to send/receive?!

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