Roses are red. Violets are blue. Which kind of petal is best for you? Like precious stones, flowers have symbolism. Different varieties have different meanings, as do their hues. There are flowers to represent friendship, romance, sympathy, well wishes, and more.
Here’s a quick guide to the best blooms for a variety of occasions.
For anniversaries and Valentine’s Day: Red and pink roses are representative of love and passion, making them a timeless choice. For something less obvious, tulips also signify love. Stay away from yellow, as the color most commonly symbolizes friendship.
For sympathy: Lilies, daisies, and roses are suitable options for flowers you’re sending or bringing to a grieving person’s home. Funeral flowers are different; these are often large, specialized wreaths or baskets delivered to the funeral home by the florist. It’s important to note that flowers aren’t appropriate in the Jewish mourning tradition.
For those who are sick: Get-well flowers differ depending on whether the ill person is at home or in the hospital. If he or she is in the hospital, stay away from highly fragrant flowers, which might be irritating to patients. Tulips are your best bet. If the person is at home, a houseplant, which offers more permanence and whose greenery can signify life and well-being, is a nice idea.
For friends: Whether it’s to say thank you or just because, the best flowers for friends are their favorite variety. Not sure what they like? Opt for orchids, lilies, daisies, or carnations (just not yellow carnations, which represent disappointment).