The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

Flowers are more than just pretty decorations or tokens of affection. In fact, they have their own language that has been used for centuries to convey messages and emotions. This language of flowers, also known as floriography, was especially popular during the Victorian era when social norms prevented people from expressing their feelings openly. By using certain flowers or arrangements, individuals could communicate everything from love and admiration to jealousy and disdain. Luckily, most of our flowers convey positive feelings!



We sometimes have customers that wish to know the best colour of rose to gift to convey a certain message, such as yellow for friendship, but that is usually the extent of it. Similarly, every Valentine's Day our most popular gift is red roses, but have you ever wondered why that is? There are so many different meanings for an array of flowers, many of which we have in the shop on a daily basis that we are more than happy to arrange into a meaningful design for you.

If you or someone you know are interested in floriography, we carry a wonderful deck of cards with the most beautiful floral paintings on one side and information about each bloom on the other. You can see a few in the photos accompanying this post.



Please keep in mind that while we think this is an interesting and fun way to portray certain emotions or celebrate certain milestones, it by no means is a rule or condition you must meet to share flowers with a loved one. If your friend’s favourite flowers are red roses, please do not be afraid that they will automatically assume you have romantic intent! Floral varieties and colours can also just be nice to look at. This journal post is only meant to be fun and educational!


Here are the most recognized meanings for our most popular blooms:


Alstroemeria - Support, Friendship


Amaryllis - Pride


Anemone - Anticipation


Aster - Wisdom, Faith, Daintiness


Baby’s Breath - Everlasting love


Bittersweet - Truth


Calla Lily - Faith


Campanula - Constancy


Carnation, General - Uniqueness


Carnation, Red - Deep love, My heart aches


Carnation, White - Innocence, Pure & Sweet love


Carnation, Pink - Motherly love, Encouragement


Carnation, Yellow - Disappointment


Chamomile - Courage, Patience in adversity


Cherry Blossom - Peace


Chrysanthemum, General - Optimism, Wealth, Abundance


Chrysanthemum, Red - I love you


Chrysanthemum, Yellow - Slighted love


Chrysanthemum, White - Truth


Clematis - Intelligence


Cornflower - Growth


Cosmo - Harmony


Daffodil - Regard, Unequalled love, Inspiration


Dahlia - Resilience, Good taste


Daisy - Innocence, Loyal love


Delphinium - Opportunity


Fern - Magic, Fascination


Freesia - Trust


Gerbera Daisy - Joy, Celebration


Gladiolus - Integrity, Strength, Victory, Preparation


Hellebore - Scandal


Holly - Defense, Domestic happiness


Hydrangea - Gratitude for being understood


Iris - Good news, Faith, Trust, Wisdom, Hope, Valour


Larkspur - Open Heart, Levity


Lavender - Admiration


Lily, White - Purity, Heavenly


Lily, Yellow - Happy


Lily, Orange - Confidence


Lily, Stargazer - Abundance


Lily of the Valley - Hope


Since we don't often get in Lily of the Valley unless it's locally grown, we have a special necklace collaboration with Sugar Blossom Jewelry in case you are wanting to send some "hope" to a friend or loved one. Find it here.


Lisianthus - Desire


Magnolia - Nobility, Love of nature


Myrtle - Good luck, Love in a marriage


Orchid - Fertility


Peony - Happy life, Bashfulness


Phlox - Unity


Poppy - Memorial


Ranunculus - Attraction


Rose, Red - Romantic Love



Rose, Pink - Grace, Happiness


Rose, Orange - Desire


Rose, Coral - Sympathy


Rose, Lavender - Love at first sight


Rose, White - Innocence, Heavenly


Rose, Yellow - Friendship, Congratulations, Platonic love


Scabiosa - Warmth


Snapdragon - Graciousness


Solidago - Encouragement, Good Fortune


Sunflower - Health, Strength, Adoration


Sweet Pea - Blissful pleasures, Departure


Sweet William - Gallantry


Tulip, General - Perfect love


Tulip, Red - Passion, Declaration of love


Tulip, Yellow - Sunshine in your smile


Waxflower - Endurance, Assertiveness


Yarrow - Healing, Courage, Everlasting love


Zinnia - Lasting affection


Please note that some of these varieties are seasonal and therefore not available at certain times of the year. If you are looking to create a recipe, please give us a call and we can help you create something special.



We have come up with a few combinations for you if you wanted to say something specific!


When you want to say:


“Don’t worry, I’ve got your back!”
Alstroemeria (Support, Friendship) + Waxflower (Assertiveness, Endurance)


“Congratulations on your new baby!”
Pink Carnations (Motherly love, Encouragement) + Gerbera Daisies (Joy, Celebration)


“I’ll love you forever”
Red Roses (Romantic Love) + Babies Breath (Everlasting love)


“Well done on the promotion!”
Delphinium (Opportunity) + Chrysanthemums (Optimism, Wealth, Abundance)


“Get well soon”
Sunflowers (Health, Strength) + Yarrow (Healing, Courage)


“I am so sorry for your loss”
Scabiosa (Warmth) + Coral Roses (Sympathy)


“Hoping for a better and brighter tomorrow”
Iris (Good news, Faith, Hope) + Larkspur (Open heart, Levity)


If you come up with any of your own combinations, we would love to hear your suggestions. Hopefully you have as much fun with it as we do!

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