Flowers can make any lawn or garden look beautiful. They are also one of the most common gifts given for anniversaries, birthdays, and many other special occasions. Before you purchase flowers for your loved ones, it is a good idea to know what the flowers that you are giving signify.
Roses are one of the most popular flowers given on special occasions. The rose is a symbol of love and passion. The Romans and Greeks associate the rose with the goddesses of love, Venus ad Aphrodite.
The sunflower holds our fascination because of its brilliant and distinctive appearance. The sunflower was first grown in South America for its oil and food. Today, the sunflower is grown for its beauty and uniqueness as well.
The tulip was first found in Turkey and Persia. In the 16th century, they were brought to Europe. The tulip got its name from the Turkish word for gauze, which was used to make turbans.
The botanical name for the snapdragon is antirrhinum. The name is derived from the Greek work “anti”, which means like, and “rhin”, which means nose. It describes the snapdragon perfectly, because it is sout-shaped.
Carnations are January’s birth month flower. They come in a variety of colors, and each color holds a different meaning.
- Pink: Affection
- Red: I love you
- White: Pure love
- Yellow: Rejection and disappointment
- Striped: Regret of a love that is not shared
The violet is a beautiful flower, which signifies loyalty, faithfulness, and watchfulness. When violets are given as a gift, it lets the recipient know that you will always be there for them.
The daffodil is a symbol of unequaled love. This flower is as yellow and as bright as the sun. When you give this flower to someone you love, you are telling them that the sun is always shining when that person is around.
The daisy represents purity, loyal love, and innocence. It is also often given between friends who are keeping each others secrets. The daisy tells you both, “I will ever tell”.
Lily of the Valley
The lily of the valley signifies humility, sweetness, and a return to happiness. When you give your loved one a lily of the valley, you are showing them that your life is complete with them in it.
Gladiolus are a symbol of integrity, remembrance, calm, and infatuation. When you give another person gladiolus, you are telling them that your heart has been pierced with love for them.
Morning glory is a symbol of affection. These flowers can be given to a friend, family member, or someone who you are in love with. Anyone who you have affection toward will love to receive these flowers.
The chrysanthemum is November’s birth flower. It comes in a variety of colors, and each has a different meaning.
- Red: I love you
- White: innocence, purity, and pure love
- Yellow: Slighted love
You usually see holly at Christmas, this is likely because it is December’s flower. It symbolizes your hope for domestic happiness, which many families hope for during the holiday season.
The marigold is a sign of a warm, fierce, undying love. If you are given this flower, it means that the person who gave it to you really, really, cares.
Bird of Paradise
This flower signifies joyfulness and magnificence. This flower is given when the recipient is is anticipating something wonderful and exciting.
The freesia is a symbol of innocence and thoughtfulness.
The gardenia is a symbol of sweetness and purity. They also indicate a secret love. This is why it is not uncommon for a person to receive gardenias from a secret admirer.
The iris symbolizes eloquence. It grows in a variety of colors, and each color has a different meaning.
- Purple: Wisdom and compliments
- Blue: Faith and hope
- Yellow: Passion
- White: Purity
The hydrangea has dual meanings, one for positive and one for negative. The positive meaning of this flower is heartfelt emotions. It is also used to express thankfulness for being understood. The negative sense of this flower represents heartlessness and frigidity.
The orchid is a beautiful flower, which is fitting because it is the symbol of exotic beauty. It represents mature charm, pride, refinement, and thoughtfulness.
The best way to give a person flowers that really mean something, is to know what the flower symbolizes. With all of the flowers out there, you will be sure to find one that shows exactly how your feel.