Valentine's Day and the meaning of Flowers

Most people recognise Valentine's Day as a date to celebrate romantic love and affection toward your partner. But did you know that, historically, the date of February the 14th presented as a chance to express feelings of appreciation to family, friends and children?

Red roses are a traditional choice when it comes to sending flowers attached to messages of love and desire, but why not choose flowers that reflect your significant other’s personality - whether that be classic and sophisticated, or bright and fun. Below we’ve listed some other seasonal favourites and the meanings behind those:


The Dahlia represents celebrating what makes you different, seeking adventure and moving past challenges. The Victorians used the Dahlia to signify a lasting bond and commitment between two people, making it a perfect Valentines gift.

Key ideas associated with Dahlias are the following:

    • Grace and inner strength
    • Power
    • Seeking adventure and travel
    • Commitment to another person  


Having such an elegant look, it’s no wonder the Lily flower means royalty, rebirth, and purity. There are hundreds of different true lilies, but the most commonly found cut-stem lilies are the orientals. With their striking shape, the large blooms open to either pink or white.

The Lily Flower means:

  • Royalty and excellence
  • Motherhood and fertility
  • Purity
  • Passion and drive


Also known as a ‘Mum’, the Chrysanthemum was first cultivated from wild blossoms by the Chinese, with the first breeding efforts dating back to the 15th century. It is a common cut flower used for bouquets and flower arrangements, and the traditional pick for Mother’s Day.

What does the Chrysanthemum Flower Mean?

  • Lasting friendship
  • Support in the face of obstacles
  • Cheerfulness and positivity
  • Loyalty and devotion, both romantic and platonic



This distinctive bloom that looks similar to a rose has a great vase life and is available in a range of pretty pastel shades. It’s also a popular wedding flower due to its link with devotion and long-lasting bonds. 

Lisianthus has plenty of different meanings to explore, such as:

  • The birth flower for Sagittarius
  • Lifelong bonds
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Showing someone appreciation
  • Traditional values and old fashioned morals. 


“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” - William Shakespeare

The Rose is one of the most loved of all flowers has been widely recognised for hundreds of years as a symbol of love, sympathy or sorrow.

In mythology the Rose is associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who was often depicted adorned with roses around her head and feet.

What does the Rose Flower Mean?

  • Love and Faith
  • Honour
  • Beauty
  • Passion and devotion
  • Timelessness

Roses come in a vast array of colours and there are over 100 species. Did you know that the spikes on a Rose’s stem are technically called prickles, not thorns?

Each coloured Rose offers a distinct and different meaning. The following are some commonly associated meanings for each colour:

Red: The red Rose has come to be the ultimate symbol to express romantic love. Though the red Rose has a long and storied history, it still reigns as the ultimate symbol of passionate affection.

Pink: Pink Roses are your ultimate go-to multipurpose colour. They are appropriate for sending thanks, cheering up a friend, or recognising a romantic occasion.

White: The pure white colour of white Roses conveys respect, pays homage to new beginnings and expresses hope for the future. Historically, the white Rose symbolised innocence and purity.

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