Meaning of Flowers | Your Valentine’s Day Guide

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The meaning of flowers and the symbolism of specific flowers most closely traces to the Victorian era when propriety ruled the day and gestures were a more modest means of communicating feelings.

This caring gesture of giving and receiving flowers for the most significant moments in our lives has become a modern tradition because the thoughtful intent remains.

To give flowers on Valentine’s Day is to demonstrate your feelings for a lover, a friend or a family member. According to the Society of American Florists, “Nearly one-third (28%) of American adults purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day 2018.” That’s a whole lot of love! 

But these were not just floral gifts from spouses and partners, children, parents, grandchildren, sibs and friends treated the people they love to flowers. 10% of people gave flowers to themselves!

This year on Valentine’s Day, surprise someone you love (including yourself!) with the little indulgence of beautiful, fresh flowers. As you make your selections, keep in mind the language of love your gift represents.

The Meaning of Flowers – The powerful message, intrinsic in the flower you choose…

While there are many sources and variations on the meaning of flowers, we’ve gathered some of the more common or widely-known examples.

rose bouquet

It’s no wonder roses are the universal symbol of love and romance at any time of the year. Statistically, RED roses are the most purchased flower for others and for self on Valentine’s Day.

meaning of flowers rose colors


When a suitor or admirer courted during Victorian times, a carnation was often presented as an unspoken answer in response to the caller’s affections. A solid carnation meant, “Yes,” a striped carnation was a soft declination, “I am sorry, but I can’t be with you,” and a yellow carnation was an unapologetic, “No.”


meaning of flowers mixed flowers


Giving plants at Valentine’s Day is also a popular choice. 

Visit our Greenhouse for a wide selection and consider sending some of these symbolic options:

aloe plant burgundy oxalis clover plant artillery fern plant german ivy plant

My Pro Tip:

Why not create a custom mixed flower bouquet using the meaning of flowers to send a message that defines your feelings? Just give us a call at 603.332.4565 to tell us what you have in mind and our designers will prepare an arrangement that is certain to further endear you to your Valentine.

See you at Studley’s!


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