Whatever the occasion and whoever the recipient, a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers is almost always guaranteed to be a surefire success. But if you are giving the gift of nature to a friend or loved one, have you considered the message that you are sending with your chosen flowers? Your local florist in Edinburgh will be able to give you plenty of advice on flowers, colour matching, and the suitability of particular flowers to different occasions. However, if you are truly serious about giving the ultimate considerate gift, it is also important to get to know the meanings behind some of the most popular flowers.
We have put together a handy guide to the meanings behind some flowers which are commonly found in bouquets. You can use our guide to make sure that you are giving out the message you intend to, through the flowers themselves as well as the bouquet as a whole. Putting additional thought into your choice of flowers will show the recipient just how much you care; it can be a really thoughtful, individual way to personalise a classic gift.
- Amaryllis. Symbolic of splendid beauty, the amaryllis’ deeper meaning is that of wealth beyond beauty.
- Tulips. One of the most popular flowers due to its array of bright colours and adaptability to any occasion, the tulip commonly represents ‘perfect love’. It is often used to signify a declaration of love. It is also a favourite for weddings, as it can mean ‘happy years’ which is, of course, a lovely sentiment for a wedding!
- Lilies. There are more than 80 different flowers in the lily family, making the lily an enduring choice and a firm favourite. Lily-of-the-valley symbolises sweetness and purity, white lilies represent modesty, and orange lilies symbolise passion.
- Carnations. In general, carnations mean pride and beauty, though again there are many different types and colours, all of which have different meanings. Red carnations mean love and admiration, pink for a mother’s love, and white is for pure love and innocence.
- Sweet Pea. The sweet pea is symbolic of departure after a good time. However, on a more positive note, it also represents delicate pleasure and bliss.
- Daffodils. As a common spring flower, it comes as no surprise that the daffodil indicates rebirth and new beginnings. It also stands for regard, chivalry, and perhaps surprisingly, unrequited love.
- Gardenia. Purity, sweetness, joy, secret love. The gardenia has many charming meanings, making it another favourite for weddings.
- Freesia. The delicate freesia indicates thoughtfulness and innocence.
- Sunflowers. A summer favourite, sunflowers symbolise adoration, dedication and pure thoughts. Mini sunflowers are the perfect visual representation of happy, carefree, summer days.
- Gerberas. The gerbera belongs to the daisy family, which means it also takes on the symbolism of loyalty and purity alongside the daisy. By itself, though, gerberas are indicative of cheerfulness.
- Iris. Purple for compliments, blue for hope, yellow for passion, and white for purity.
If our short guide has given you some gift inspiration, get in touch with us, as your local florist in Edinburgh, to discuss your choice of bouquet and the gift options available to you.