Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, What Do Flower Colors Mean To You?

KatphotoBy Kathleen Harvey, Owner, Plant Artistry, LLC

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and many people send flowers to their loved ones. Gazing upon a beautiful, brightly colored flower arrangement can evoke strong emotion. But what emotion does the flower giver intend versus what the arrangement conveys? From the deep passionate red of a rose, the elegant white of a calla lily, or the exuberance concentrated in a bouquet of golden tulips, the color of flowers sends an emotional message.

Coveted throughout the ages for their simple beauty and intoxicating fragrance, there’s no better way to send a heartfelt message than with flowers. Each flower type has its own special significance. Every flower color from a deep red rose a bright yellow daffodil offers a rich and meaningful story dating back thousands of years. Over the centuries, these messages have been written down and exchanged as the symbolic meaning flowers express. Consider these meanings when choosing the next fresh flower bouquet you wish to send so that your flowers communicate exactly what you intend to say.

Red arouses an energy that has the power to transform an otherwise unassuming flower into the essence of desire, strength, and passionate love. Red is the color of seduction and desire.

White is associated with innocence, humility, and reverence. White flowers evoke simple beauty.

The pale blue hues of a hydrangea, or the deep blues of an iris, can calm worries and preoccupation and represents peace, openness, and serenity.

Pink is the color of youth. A pink rose is often given as a token of admiration and appreciation; while it’s darker cousin, purple, is the color of royalty.

Yellow elicits feelings of joy and lightheartedness. Also a symbol of friendship, a bouquet bursting with yellow blooms sends a message of new beginnings and happiness. Yellow flowers are perfect for celebrating new relationships.

Orange’s message is clear and blatantly proud. Symbolizing energy, enthusiasm, and warmth, an arrangement of blooms in this vibrant color conveys confidence, satisfaction and a passion for life.

Now that there is a road map for flower meanings, be sure to support your local florist and give a bouquet to that special someone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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