As a bunch of florists (no pun intended) choosing our favourite flower can feel like an impossible ask. As each season brings beautiful new blooms how could we possibly favour just one flower above all? How can you decide between the heavenly perfumed rose or the fluffy petals of the peony – seriously people the choice is hard!
To help with this serious predicament we have created a cheat sheet of the secret meanings behind your favourite florals. This is your guide to what each flower represents and what it means for you.
The classic rose, can have varied meanings depending on its colour. Bright red roses symbolise love and lust whereas lavender roses reflect love at first sight. White roses symbolise purity and innocence and yellow roses show new beginnings, joy and friendship.
Pink roses represent happiness, grace and gentleness with orange roses symbolising desire and enthusiasm. Finally, coral roses symbolise friendship, modesty and empathy.
What roses mean for you: You are classically romantic. Your aesthetic? Elegant, timeless and never going out of style. You know how to make a statement and make it seem effortless.
Tulips are said to symbolise true love and fame. Much like roses, tulips can also have different meanings depending on their colour. Red tulips are considered a declaration of love, while purple tulips represent royalty. Yellow tulips are considered happy and sunny with white tulips meaning worthiness and forgiveness.
Daffodils represent rebirth and new beginnings. A single daffodil foretells a misfortune while a bunch of daffodils indicate joy and happiness.
Peonies have several different meanings, including bashfulness and compassion. They also symbolise a happy and healthy life, a content marriage and prosperity.
Sunflowers signify adoration (because they turn to face the sun), as well as dedication or dedicated love, and pure thoughts. They also symbolise happiness because of their close resemblance to the sun, their petals are often referred to as ‘rays’.
Lilies symbolise purity and refined beauty, however their meanings also change depending on the colour and type. Generally, white lilies symbolise modesty and innocence, yellow lilies represent happiness and orange lilies symbolise passion.
Carnations symbolise different things based on their colour. Red carnations represent love, pride and admiration, while pink carnations symbolise the love of a woman or mother. Purple carnations represent spontaneity, yellow carnations mean disdain or rejection, white carnations symbolise innocence and pure love and striped carnations represent refusal.
Poppies also have different meanings depending on their colour—red poppies generally symbolize remembrance, while yellow poppies signify wealth and success.
*A special thanks to all the sources of this article including The Flower Expert and Apartment Therapy.