Do you know the language of flowers? As our list below shows, each flower has its own meaning. Orange blossom, for instance, symbolizes chastity, purity and loveliness, while red chrysanthemum means I love you.
Flowers have always been a big feature at weddings, too. As an example, look to the royal flower bouquet in the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Ducchess of Cambridge). Her flowers had very special meaning.
The groom, too, wears a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his button-hole. This stems from the Medieval tradition of wearing his Lady's colors, as a declaration of his love.
One fun idea is to have a garden gathering and have each person bring a flower that has meaning to them. Or, paint tiles on a kitchen island with a flower that represents each of your loved ones.
There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature's wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.
–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875
Please tell us which flowers have meaning to you! If we are missing one of your favorites, please tell us which one and its meaning.
Wish to grow a flower that has meaning to you or a loved one? Click on the linked plant names for free planting and growing guides.
|Symbolic Meanings of Herbs, Flowers and Trees|
|Aloe||Healing, protection, affection|
|Bachelor's button||Single blessedness|
|Carnation||Alas for my poor heart|
|Clover, white||Think of me|
|Crocus, spring||Youthful gladness|
|Dill||Powerful against evil|
|Geranium, oak-leaved||True friendship|
|Honeysuckle||Bonds of love|
|Hyacinth||Constancy of love, fertility|
|Jasmine, white||Sweet love|
|Lilac||Joy of youth|
|Marjoram||Joy and happiness|
|Myrtle||The emblem of marriage, true love|
|Rose, red||Love, desire|
|Rue||Grace, clear vision|
|Salvia, blue||I think of you|
|Salvia, red||Forever mine|
|Tulip, red||Declaration of love|
|Violet||Loyalty, devotion, faithfulness|
|Zinnia||Thoughts of absent friends|