Flower Colours & Their Meanings

Do you want to go that extra mile in selecting a bouquet to send to someone? Flowers are rich in symbolism and meaning, and choosing a particular colour can send an extra message to the recipient. Whether you wish to express love, friendship, sympathy, or a range of other emotions, the ‘language of flowers’ can speak volumes.

Check out our guide below and next time you are ordering or receiving a flower delivery, notice the colours of the flowers and think of the messages they send.

8 of the Most Popular Flower Colours and Their Meanings

Flower Meanings Red

Red Flowers

Vibrant, passionate and demanding to be noticed, red is the colour of love and romance. If you love someone and want to express your love, you typically can’t go wrong giving them a bouquet of beautiful, red flowers. Lesser known, red can also portray courage and respect. Give red flowers as a declaration of love, desire, or as an act of courage.

Most popular red flowers: Roses, Aster, Chrysanthemum, Tulips

Flower Meanings Pink

Pink Flowers

Delicate light pink hues speak of gentleness, femininity, happiness and love – perhaps why you find fink flowers in so many Mother’s Day bouquets. A very romantic flower colour, it’s also a symbol of grace and innocence. Gift pink flowers as a gesture of affection, romance, or a show of appreciation.

Most popular pink flowers: Roses, Carnations, Lilies, Peonies

Flower Meanings Yellow

Yellow Flowers

The colour yellow is primarily associated with spreading happiness and joy; however, it is also the ideal colour for symbolizing friendship. Gift yellow flowers to friends in celebration and appreciation, to cheer up someone’s day, or to celebrate a new beginning. With their bright hue and cheery personality, they are also great for increasing the positive energy in a room.

Most popular yellow flowers: Roses, Sunflowers, Daisies, Tulips, Lilies

Flower Meanings Orange

Orange Flowers

A vibrant colour, orange symbolizes energy, excitement, warmth, and is full of life. They also symbolize warmth, which is why they are popular flowers in the autumn when the weather starts to cool. Bring orange flowers to a housewarming party, to manifest good energy, and to show enthusiasm.

Most popular orange flowers: Marigolds, Tulips

Flower Meanings Blue

Blue Flowers

A serene flower, blue symbolize tranquillity and peace – ultimately, this colour is known to spread feelings of relaxation in order to help people release any negative feelings or feelings of stress! Gift blue flowers to someone who is worrisome, experiencing stress, or give to someone who hopes to find peace and clarity.

Most popular blue flowers: Asters, Morning Glories, Hydrangeas

Flower Meanings Purple

Purple Flowers

A royal colour, purple flowers symbolize dignity, tradition, pride and success. Send a bouquet containing purple flowers if you want to express admiration and respect. They’re perfect to give to a recent graduate or to congratulate a job promotion.

Most popular purple flowers: Iris, Allium, Bellflowers

Flower Meanings Lavender

Lavender Flowers

Though to the eye purple and lavender may look similar, their meanings differ – Lavender flowers symbolize youth and elegance, grace and refinement. Lavender flowers have a delicate, feminine and old-fashioned touch to them, even when contained in a decidedly modern bouquet. Lavender flowers are perfect for someone that is in need of downtime and relaxation.

Most popular lavender flowers: Daisies, Orchids, Lilacs, Petunias

Flower Meanings White

White Flowers

Traditionally used in bridal bouquets or during memorial services, white flowers range in meaning from purity and innocence to sympathy. Depending on the type of blooms you choose, a bouquet of white flowers can be bold and brilliant, or gentle and reassuring.

Send a bouquet of white flowers as a gesture of respect, to apologize, or to show your sympathies.

Most popular white flowers: Orchids, Carnations, Daisies, Roses