Flowers & their Meanings

Flowers & their Meanings


What is the Meaning of Flowers?


When giving someone flowers we tend to give the tried and true but with a little more information, you can give a truly thoughtful tribute. Flowers have many meanings and these can indicate which ones you may wish to give or display on particular occasions.

The most commonly known are the beautiful classic and timeless roses. Different colours have different meanings. Red is strongly linked with romance (anniversaries, Valentines Day), white with purity (weddings), yellow with friendship and pink with thankfulness.

Vase of Sunflowers



Sunflowers are known as the third anniversary flower. They represent adoration and pure thoughts. Sunflowers are also symbols of dedicated love. Their sunny nature make them a great gift to brighten up a home or cheer up a friend whether it is one stem or a bunch.

As some pregnant women are sensitive to anything odorous, Sunflowers are a perfect flower to give as they have no perfume.

Lily Regale


Lilies epitomize refined beauty. White lilies symbolize modesty and virginity, making them popular for bridal bouquets. The orange lily represents passion. Gaiety typifies the yellow lily. Lilies are commonly given as Easter gifts because the Easter lily represents the Virgin Mary.

While the Lily of the Valley characterizes sweetness, it is not classified as lily botanically.

Lilies suggest that the soul of the deceased has returned to a peaceful state of innocence, hence their strong association with funerals.

Gerbara Pink
Gerbera Daisy

The Daisy is a very popular flower. It represents purity & loyalty.

Specifically, the Gerbera daisies express cheerfulness and have uplifting qualities. Potted Gerberas are an exuberant burst of colour that are easy to transport so they make great housewarming gifts or get well presents.



Carnations are known as the flowers of the gods. The scientific name for carnations is Dianthus, which stems from the Greek word dios meaning Zeus and anthos meaning flower.

The carnation is another type of flower that has varying meanings depending on their colour. Overall, carnations represent a feminine love, pride, beauty, fascination and distinction.

Pink carnations signify a mother's love. They are often gifted on Mother's Day.
Light red carnations display admiration, while dark red carnations characterize profound love, particularly women's affection.
Purple carnations symbolize unpredictability.
White carnations suggest pure love and luck.

Carnations are a popular funeral flower due to the link to the legend that some Christians believed carnations bloomed from the tears of Mary as Jesus carried the cross to his crucifixion.



The Aster symbolises patience, elegance & daintiness.

In ancient times, it was thought that the perfume from their burning leaves could drive away evil serpents. Today, they're known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience.

Peony Poppies

Peony Poppy

The Peony symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity. It is also used to extend compassion.

In Greek mythology; To save Paeon (and show compassion to him), Pluto transformed him into a peony, because he knew it was a flower that people would admire and praise.

Bishops Flower

Bishops Flower

Closely related to Queen Anne's Lace, this flower symbolises a haven or sanctuary. It signifies complexity and delicateness and adds a lightness and delicate touch to any bouquet (similar to Gypsophila).



Also known as Snapdragons, this flower symbolises strength & graciousness. This can be seen in the stature of the flower and the fact that they have the strength to grow in rocky areas.

Antirrhinums actually possess two meanings. This is similar to the mythical creature they resemble, the dragon. Revered in some cultures and feared in others. The fear aspect can symbolise deviousness.


Statice is symbolic of remembrance, success and sympathy and are very popular in many bouquets and bunches of flowers for the vase, to add texture, structure and varied colour.

Stock Flowers


Stock symbolises lasting beauty and happy life.

The distinctive blossoms and the delicate and wonderful scent Stock releases, demonstrates beauty that doesn't fade, contentment with life, spiritual purity and connecting with the world.

Flower Montage



The tulip is one of the most popular and loved flowers of spring. Due to their meaning of perfect love, tulips represent elegance and grace. They can be used to epitomise a declaration of love. They also embody fame and can be broken down into more meanings based on colour variations. Similar to colour distinctions of other flowers, pink tulips represent caring while purple tulips represent royalty. Red tulips are most closely associated with deep love and yellow tulips are used for those hopelessly in love. White tulips offer forgiveness, and violet tulips for faithfulness.


Lilacs are most often gifted in colours of purple or white. They convey confidence and youthful innocence. White lilacs are known to represent humility. Purple lilacs represent a first love and make great gifts for new or young romance. Lilacs are also the flower gifted on an eighth anniversary.


Gardenias are the perfect gift for the quintessential romantic. They are meant to represent secret love and are thought to say, "You are lovely." The gardenia represents sweetness and purity. Gardenias also express joy which is experienced when the beautiful fragrance of this flower is inhaled.


This long stemmed flower symbolises devotion and friendship.

Celebrate a friendship with a lifelong friend by giving them a large bouquet of colourful Alstroemeria blossoms. A nice gesture is to give an acquaintance who helped you out of a tight spot a single flower as a gift of thanks. Unsure what kind of flowers to give a family member for a birthday, Alstromeria would be perfect.

Market Peonies

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