Say It With Flowers! Popular Meaning of Each Flower You Send

Flowers are among the best things on the Earth — a perfect gift for every occasion. Whether you want to wish a happy birthday, make a romantic statement, send ‘get well’ wishes, or mourn someone’s death — nothing better than a gift of flowers to show that you care. 

Over the years, people have been using specific flower meanings and symbolism to associate with flowers of different colors, tones, and types to convey an array of feelings. However, with so many different types of flowers out there, it’s difficult to choose which one sends the right message. 

Here’s a quick guide to help you learn the hidden meaning of each flower so you can make an informed choice. Next time when you choose flower delivery, make sure the blooms are not only beautiful but also appropriate for the occasion.  

Meaning of Flowers


When it comes to gifting, roses are something that can never get old-fashioned. As a result, the rose is the most sought-after choice for flower delivery the world over. Roses boast a vibrant range of colors, with the meanings changing with color.  

What do different colors of roses mean?

Red Rose: The iconic red rose is still synonymous with love, passion, and romance. Nothing beats the red rose as the ultimate gift for your partner to show commitment, love, passion, and desire. 

When to give: Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and Anniversaries.

White Rose: often considered the most elegant and beautiful of all rose varieties, the white rose signifies dignity, purity, commemoration, and new beginnings. These are appropriate to be gifted on many occasions. 

When to give: to show sympathy or support during difficult times, as a mark of love and admiration, to celebrate nature and purity, like a new birth.

Yellow Rose: symbolizes trust, friendship, happiness, and loyalty; can be gifted for a wide variety of occasions. 

When to give: to celebrate friendship, cheer up dear ones, to mark religious holidays and special events.


Known for its striking beauty and mild, uplifting fragrance, the lily is one of the popular choices for floral gifts. Lilies are typically known as ‘funerals flowers’ as they symbolize the soul’s return to innocence, and are hence, widely chosen to commemorate the passing of a friend or family member. The most common lily is the white lily, though there are colored varieties like yellow lily, pink lily, and bright red lilies too. Lilies are also popular as gifts for anniversaries and birthdays.  

When to give:

White lily – Funerals, weddings, anniversaries, to extend thanks or congratulations

Pink Lily – Mother’s day, as mark of encouragement and sympathy for someone facing problems

Yellow, Orange Lily – stands for happiness and joy. Perfect choice for graduation parties, birthdays, house warming



The world is home to more than 25,000 species of orchids. The meanings and connotations associated with these alluring blooms are as diverse as the species itself. Orchids are delicate, and often associated with luxury and sophistication as a choice for a gift to someone you love.  

The majestic orchid symbolizes elegance and fertility, and is available in colours like:

White – stands for reverence, purity and elegance

Pink – a symbol for joy, grace, femininity

Purple – the most striking orchid variant, symbolizing royalty, admiration, respect

Orange – signifies pride and boldness

Red – the fiery red orchid evokes passion and love

When to give: Housewarming parties, Mother’s Day, retirement gift, new baby arrival, celebration on reaching a milestone.

Peony Roses

Peony roses are beautiful flouncy flowers with an intoxicating fragrance. Traditionally believed to symbolize love, good fortune and prosperity upon marriage, peonies have a subtler meaning than traditional roses. Gift a peony bouquet to subtly indicate your feelings of love and admiration for a special someone.  

Peonies are native to China, and bear a significant meaning in Chinese tradition. For centuries, peonies have been gifted as a sign of prosperity and good fortune. These blooms are considered lucky, to be gifted as part of a friendly gesture.

When to give: Weddings, anniversaries, housewarming.

Meaning of Flowers

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom is considered a gift from the Himalayas, and holds significant relevance in both Japanese and Chinese culture. For centuries, the billowy pink and white cherry blossom blooms have been gifted to offer strength and power in distressful times, and also to symbolize the transition of life.   


Known for their versatility and longevity, tulips are a favored flower delivery choice, and they symbolize perfect love. Tulips can be found in a variety of colors, and the colors determine the meanings of the flowers. 

Red – symbolize love

Yellow – hope, friendship, cheer

White – forgiveness, express apologies, respect

Pink – Love, happiness, confidence 


The exceptionally beautiful Chrysanthemums are sure to win the heart of any receiver. Classic Mother’s Day flowers, Chrysanthemums stand for optimism, happiness, fidelity but can also be gifted on birthdays, new baby arrivals.  

Meaning of Flowers

Visit Pearsons Florist, your local floral expert, to choose from an amazing range of flower delivery options for any occasion. 

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