Choosing Flowers

Flower meanings and symbolisation were a key element to flower choice many years ago. EASYFLOWERS have noticed this old school tradition is making a comeback. So to help you make the right decision we have provided the following information to assist you in your flower choice.

Obviously you do not have to send an arrangement that has a deep meaning behind the flower type, you can just choose an arrangement because you like the look of it. But having this information can assist you in your choice if you are finding it hard to decide on a design.

Flower Type Meanings

The following is an extensive list of flower types and the meanings/ sentiment they portray. Included in the list are the meaning of Roses and more.

ACACIA

Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love

AGAPANTHIS

Secret Love

AMBROSIA

Your Love is Given Back/Returned

AMARYLLIS

Pride, Pastoral Poetry

ANEMONE

Forsaken, sincerity

ARBUTUS

Thee Only Do I Love

ASTER

Symbol of Love, Daintiness

AZALEA

Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood

BACHELOR BUTTON

Single Blessedness

BEGONIA

Beware

BELLS OF IRELAND

Good Luck

BITTERSWEET

Truth

BLUEBELL

Humility

CACTUS

Endurance

CALADIUM

Great joy and delight

CAMELLIA

Good luck gift for a man

CAMELLIA (PINK)

Longing for you

CAMELLIA (RED)

You're a Flame in My Heart

CAMELLIA (WHITE)

You're Adorable

CARNATION (GENERAL)

Fascination, Woman Love

CARNATION (PINK)

I'll Never Forget You

CARNATION (RED)

My Heart Aches For You, Admiration

CARNATION (PURPLE)

Capriciousness, Whimsical

CARNATION (SOLID COLOR)

Yes

CARNATION (STRIPED)

No, Refusal, Sorry I Can't Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You

CARNATION (WHITE)

Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman's Good Luck Gift

CARNATION (YELLOW)

You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection

CATTAIL

Peace, Prosperity

CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL)

You're a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.

CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE)

Truth

CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW)

Slighted Love

CROCUS

Cheerfulness, gladness

CYCLAMEN

Resignation and Good-bye

DAFFODIL

Respect, Regard, Unrequited Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I'm with You

DAISY

Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity

DANDELION

Faithfulness, Happiness

FERN

Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter

FIR

Time

FLAX

Domestic Symbol

FORGET-ME-NOT

True Love, Good Memories

FORSYTHIA

Anticipation

FREESIA

T rust

GARDENIA

You're Lovely, Secret Love

GERANIUM

Stupidity, Folly

GLADIOLI

Give Me a Break, I'm Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators

GLOXINIA

Love at First Sight

HEATHER (LAVENDER)

Admiration, Solitude

HEATHER (WHITE)

Protection, Wishes Will Come True

HOLLY

Defence, Domestic Happiness

HONEYSUCKLE

Happiness

HYACINTH (GENERAL)

Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo

HYACINTH (BLUE)

Constancy

HYACINTH (PURPLE)

I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow

HYACINTH (RED OR PINK)

Play

HYACINTH (WHITE)

Loveliness, I'll Pray for You

HYACINTH (YELLOW)

Jealousy

HYDRANGEA

Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness

IRIS

Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valour, My Compliments

IVY

Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection

JONQUIL

Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned

LARKSPUR (PINK)

Fickleness

LILY (WHITE)

Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You

LILY (YELLOW)

I'm Walking on Air, False and Gay

LILY (CALLA)

Beauty

LILY (DAY)

Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mother

LILY (EUCHARIS)

Maiden Charms

LILY (TIGER)

Wealth, Pride

LILY OF THE VALLEY

Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You've Made My Life Complete, beauty, gaiety

MAGNOLIA

Nobility

MARIGOLD

Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy

MISTLETOE

Kiss me, Affection, To Surmount Difficulties, Sacred Plant of India

MONKSHOOD

Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near

MOSS

Maternal Love, Charity

MYRTLE

Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage

NARCISSUS

Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are

NASTURTIUM

Conquest, Victory in Battle

OLEANDER

Caution

ORANGE BLOSSOM

Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness

ORANGE MOCK

Deceit

ORCHID

Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtful, Maturity, Charm

ORCHID (CATTLEYA)

Mature Charm

PALM LEAVES

Victory and Success

PEONY

Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage

PETUNIA

Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me

PINE

Hope, Pity

POPPY (GENERAL)

Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination

POPPY (RED)

Pleasure

POPPY (WHITE)

Consolation

POPPY (YELLOW)

Wealth, Success

PRIMROSE

I Can't Live Without You

PRIMROSE (EVENING)

Inconstancy

ROSE (BRIDAL)

Happy Love

ROSE (DARK CRIMSON)

Mourning

ROSE (HIBISCUS)

Delicate Beauty

ROSE (LEAF)

You May Hope

ROSE (PINK)

Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me

ROSE (RED)

Love, I Love You

ROSE (TEA)

I'll Remember Always

ROSE (THORNLESS)

Love at First Sight

ROSE (WHITE)

Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You're Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence

ROSE (WHITE AND RED MIXED)

Unity, Flower Emblem of England

ROSE (WHITE-DRIED)

Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue

ROSE (YELLOW)

Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care

ROSEBUD

Beauty and Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love

ROSEBUD (RED)

Pure and Lovely

ROSEBUD (WHITE)

Girlhood

ROSEBUD (MOSS)

Confessions of Love

ROSES (Bouquet of Mature Blooms)

Gratitude

ROSES (Single Full Bloom)

I Love You, I Still Love You

SMILAX

Loveliness

SNAPDRAGON

Deception, Gracious Lady

SPIDER FLOWER

Elope with Me

STEPHANOTIS

Happiness in Marriage, Desire to Travel

STOCK

Bonds of Affection, Promptness, You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me

SUNFLOWER

Pride, Sunshine

SWEETPEA

Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time

TULIP (GENERAL)

Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland

TULIP (RED)

Believe Me, Declaration of Love

TULIP (VARIEGATED)

Beautiful Eyes

TULIP (YELLOW)

There's Sunshine in Your Smile

VIOLET

Modesty

VIOLET (BLUE)

Watchfulness, Faithfulness, I'll Always Be True

VIOLET (WHITE)

Let's Take a Chance

VISCARIA

Dance With Me

WISTERIA

Welcome

ZINNIA (MAGENTA)

Lasting Affection

ZINNIA (MIXED)

Thinking (or In Memory) of an Absent Friend

ZINNIA (SCARLET)

Constancy

ZINNIA (WHITE)

Goodness

ZINNIA (YELLOW)

Daily Remembrance

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Birthday Flower

Most people have heard of Birthstones, well the following list is of Birthflowers.

JANUARY
Flower: Carnation, Snowdrop

FEBRUARY
Flower: Primrose, Violet

MARCH
Flower: Jonquil, Violet

APRIL
Flower: Daisy, Sweet Pea

MAY
Flower: Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley

JUNE
Flower: Honeysuckle, Rose

JULY
Flower: Larkspur, Water Lily

AUGUST
Flower: Gladiolus, Poppy

SEPTEMBER
Flower: Aster, Morning Glory

OCTOBER
Flower: Calendula, Cosmos

NOVEMBER
Flower: Chrysanthemum

DECEMBER
Flower: Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia

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Colours

There are many different colour traditions and these can be affected by culture, function, application etc. The following is a general rule of thumb in regard to choosing the right coloured flowers to portray the correct sentiment.

You can base your colour choice on traditional associations or scientific choices.

Traditional Colour Choice

These traditional colour choices mainly apply to roses but may also be applied to other flower types.

  • Red roses mean romantic love.
  • Purple roses signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight.
  • Coral and orange roses signal desire.
  • Yellow roses are joy and friendship.
  • Pink roses express our gratitude and appreciation.
  • Light pink roses show feelings of admiration and sympathy.
  • Peach is more indefinite, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude.
  • White roses show meaning of reverence and humility.

Scientific Colour Choice

People respond to different colours in different ways, and these responses take place on a subconscious, emotional level. Specific colours have different effects on the human brain:

  • Black : self-confidence, power, strength
  • Blue : calming, lowers blood pressure
  • Green : soothing, relaxing mentally as well as physically, helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, nervousness
  • Violet : provides a peaceful environment
  • Pink: relaxes, relieves tension, soothing
  • Yellow : energizes, relieves depression,
  • Orange : energizes, stimulates
  • Red : stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, respirations and blood pressure

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Star signs

Aries

  • Aries are a Fire Sign which means they are passionate, enthusiastic, adventurous
  • Flowers & Plants for an Aries: Opuntia cactus (prickly pear), celosia (cockscomb), thorn-bearing shrubs, red roses, tulips, red peppers, amaryllis

Taurus

  • Taurians are Earth Signs which means they are home-loving, conventional, gourmand
  • Flowers & Plants for a Taurus: sweet William (Dianthus barbatus), scented stock, fruit-bearing trees, lavender, lilac, aster, lily of the valley, sweet pea

Gemini

  • Gemini is an Air Sign and they are talkative, lively, intellectual
  • Flowers & Plants for Geminis include: Solanum (Winter cherries), ranunculus, maidenhair fern (Addiantum), solidago (goldenrod), acacia (mimosa, wattle), daffodil, nut-bearing trees, cactus

Cancer

  • Cancerians are Water Signs meaning they are secretive, protective, caring
  • Flowers & Plants for the Cancerians are: cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), Ammi (Queen Anne's lace), delphinium, ferns, plumbago, passionflower, hydrangea, iris

Leo

  • The mighty Leo is a Fire Sign, they are extrovert, faithful, larger than life
  • Leo's Flowers & Plants are: safflower (Carthamus), croton, Joseph's coat (Codiaeum), marigold, gerbera, crocosmia, dahlia, clivia, sunflower

Virgo

  • Virgo comes under the Earth Sign and they are generally practical, modest, perfectionist
  • Virgo Flower& Plant choices include: monkshood (Aconitum), hypericum ( St John's wort), chrysanthemum, eucalyptus, veronica, violet, ivy, thistle

Libra

  • Librans are Air Signs, they are elegant, diplomatic, romantic
  • Libran Flowers & Plants are: chincherinchee (Ornithogalum), Moluccella (bells of Ireland), Cymbidium orchid, gardenia, tea roses, tuberose, freesia, gladiolus

Scorpio

  • The Scorpio is a Water Sign. The Scorpio is sensual, determined, dangerous
  • Flowers & Plants for Scorpio include: venus fly trap (Dionaea), Alpinia (pink ginger), Amaranthus (love lies bleeding), red hot poker (Kniphofia), hibiscus, peony, cactus, anthurium

Sagittarius

  • Sagittarius is a Fire Sign, they are straightforward, optimistic, playful
  • Sagittarian Flowers & Plants include: Eremurus (foxtail lily), eustoma (lisianthus), Liatris (blazing star), carnation, crocus, muscari, berried plants, allium

Capricorn

  • Capricorns come under the Earth Sign, they are hard-working, ambitious, respectable
  • Capricorn Flowers & Plants are: statice, holly, African violet, ivy, philodendron, kentia palm, snowdrop, jasmine

Aquarius

  • The Aquarians fall under the Air Sign they are forward-looking, unconventional, independent
  • Aquarian Flowers & Plants include: Eryngium (sea holly), arum lily (Zantedeschia), bird of paradise (Strelitzia), pitcher plant (Sarracenia), banksia, protea, yucca, aloe

Pisces

  • Pisceans are Water Signs, they are intuitive, humorous, compassionate
  • Flowers & Plants for the Pisces include: madonna lily (Lilium candidum), Euphorbia marginata, Cyperus (papyrus), stephanotis, jasmine, lilac, narcissus, gypsophila

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