The Meaning Behind Flowers

It’s true what some people say: not all flowers are created equal. Sometimes we’ll choose colors and flowers based on personal taste, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but you’ll want to be careful not to send the wrong message.

Whether you’re picking out flowers for a friend, arranging a bouquet for a customer or selling flowers to a new florist in the industry, we’re here to help!

Here are some flowers and colors with their corresponding meanings so you don’t get yourself (or your customer) into any trouble. As always, it’s about expressing feelings with flowers. We really doubt you’ll get into too much trouble if you don’t follow this guide.


This flower is used for holidays such as Mother’s Day and to celebrate a couple’s first wedding anniversary.

White: Symbolizes love and sweetness

Red:  Lighter tones are meant for admiration while darker ones mean affection & deep love

Pink: Used quite often to show a mother’s love

Yellow:  Some people say yellow carnations symbolize contempt. We’re not so sure about this since we’re big fans of the color but we’re putting it out there just in case!



This flower is named after the man who discovered it in the 16th century, Clas von Alstromer, a Swedish baron who established a botanical garden in the west coast of Sweden.

There are several meanings behind the Alstroemeria including devotion and friendship. Some people also believe this flower is used to show people you are with them during difficult times.

White: Seen to signify purity and spirituality

Yellow: Symbolizes energy and happiness

Pink: Represents young romantic love

Purple: Given to people that are considered unique. In the past it has been used for royalty and noble classes.



Chu-Hsien, a city in China was named after the flower; its literal translation is Chrysanthemum City.

In general, Chrysanthemums symbolize “honesty” and “longevity” but there are some color meanings as well.

Red: Symbolizes love and desire

White: Given to show loyalty and honesty

Yellow: Represents neglect and sorrow 

Violet: Used for get-well wishes


Here’s hoping you’ve found this useful! Next time you’re playing with flowers, test your knowledge and transform the art of creating beautiful arrangements into something deeper, more personal and meaningful!