Floriography, the language of flowers, started in the Victorian-era as a way for people to symbolically communicate personal thoughts and feelings. Some of these may surprise you; ranging from a secret love to heartlessness, popular flowers have a wide variety and interesting representations!
You’re lovely, secret love, good luck
Gardenias are most widely used to express your secret love for someone.
Innocence, loyal love, purity, faith, cheer, simplicity
Lilac First or new love
Perfect for a wedding ceremony or as a gift for a new mother.
RoseLove and passion
Each rose color signifies a different meaning:
Red: enduring passion; white: youth and innocence; yellow: friendship and happiness; pink: grace; orange: enthusiasm and desire.
The black center of a tulip is said to represent a lover’s heart.
LilyHumility, sweetness, return to happiness
Today’s culture incorporates orchids as a means of symbolizing rare and delicate beauty.
StephanotisMarital bliss; desire to travel
One of the most relevant for a newlyweds (wedding ceremony and honeymoon!).
HydrangeaThank you for understanding; heartlessness
SunflowerLoyalty and best wishes
The open face of this flower represents the sun itself, happiness and warmth.
So next time you’re picking out an arrangement for that special someone, or even when considering wedding bouquets, take a look at the deeper meaning to the most popular florals. Not only will it add character to your arrangement, you will create a beautiful visual of your emotions in the process!