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The Secret Language of Flowers

The Secret Language of Flowers

The Symbolic Messages in the Hidden Meaning of Flowers

What will your Choice of Flowers Say About you?

What better time to look at the symbolism of flowers than a time when you're deciding on your wedding bouquets and floral displays? Flowers have had a hidden meaning since as far back as Victorian times, when women carried small bouquets with messages encoded in the language of the flowers. Strands of ivy signified fidelity and friendship, forsythia symbolised anticipation, and anemone's meant abandonment.

William Shakespeare even chose his flowers with great consideration to enhance his plays. In Hamlet for instance, when poor Ophelia grieves “There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that's for thoughts.”

Flowers and even the colours you choose have underlying, but subtle messages that you may wish to consider when making your bouquet choices. This little blog is just our way of helping you make an informed decision and choosing the flowers that suit your personality or emotions. Many people choose their bouquets for very personal reasons, a flower or colour that reminds them of a special person, or an event or moment in their lives that matters to them dearly.

Allium - good fortune

Gerbera - purity

Nasturtium - jest

Amaryllis - pride

Gladioli - natural grace

Orchid - ecstasy

Anemone - abandonment

Gypsophila - everlasting love

Pansy - thoughtfulness

Anthurium - attraction

Heather - passion

Periwinkle - promise

Aster - beginnings

Heliotrope - devotion

Poppy - dreams

Bouvardia - enthusiasm

Hibiscus - opportunity

Primrose - hope

Camellia - excellence

Honeysuckle - bonds of love

Ranunculus - charm

Chrysanthemum - hope

Hyacinth - young love

Red Rose - love

Crocus - youthful

Hydrangea - boastful

Rosemary - remembrance

Daffodil - chivalry

Jasmine - good luck

Sunflower - power

Daisy - innocence

Lavender - distrust

Sweep Pea - lasting pleasure

Delphinium - swiftness

Lily - virtue

Tulip - hopeless love

Dogwood - endurance

Magnolia - dignity

Violet - faithfulness

Freesia - calm

Mimosa - sensitivity

White Rose - silence

Gardenia - grace

Narcissi - egotism

Yellow Rose - jealousy




What Colours for your Wedding Flowers?

Different colours can trigger specific sensations. It’s just what colours do. Each shade of colour is intended to elicit something magnificent within you. Pay close attention to gentle motions within you as you gaze upon the colours of this season’s bouquets. Take note of any sensations you feel as you contemplate azures, violets and magentas. Your reactions to these eye-popping colours will clue you in on the messages a flower has to share with you.

Here’s a brief summary of the more common colours and their messages that can be applied to the flowers in your bouquets Match them up with the symbolism of the flower species when you're deciding on your wedding bouquets and floral displays:

Blue is a very popular colour. It is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The colour of the sky and ocean, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives.

Red is the colour of passion and commands attention. Using this shade as an accent colour will immediately draw everyone's gaze to a particular decorative element.

Green is the colour of nature, fertility and life. Grass-green is the most restful shade. Green symbolises self respect, well-being and balance and is a safe colour that works in most settings and venues.

Pink is youthful, fun and exciting, while vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red. Pink is the colour of happiness and is often regarded as elegant and romantic.

Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future.

White project purity, cleanliness and neutrality. It also indicates a fresh start, innocence and simplicity.

Orange is fun and flamboyant and radiates warmth and energy. Terracotta, peach and rust have a very broad appeal but orange is ideal for an Autumnal wedding theme, really nice with orange gerberas.

Purple balances the stimulation of red with the calm of blue. With mystical and royal connotations, purple is a colour favoured by confident and creative types.


Marriage is about declaring your love for one another and celebrating that love with friends and family alike. Declaring your love through flowers has been made simple enough. It’s no coincidence that baby’s breath and ferns are included with a lot of your rose bouquets. While the roses say love, the baby’s breath means everlasting love and the ferns add sincerity. However, you can always make your floral love note a bit more personal. Red tulips are an outright delectation of love. If you want to be more subtle, small sunflowers signal adoration, jonquils show desire and violets let the receiver know they occupy your thoughts.

The language of flowers isn’t limited to flowers either. How a four leaf clover as a much more thoughtful way to say “be mine” than a hard heart shaped necklace. Or ivy to symbolise your promise of fidelity and everlasting friendship.

There are endless ways you can interpret symbolic messages from the world of flowers. The key is to connect with the blossoms that really have a meaning to you. Choose your flowers with imagination and verve!


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