Everyone loves flowers, and there is no better way to show someone you love them on Valentine’s Day than with a gorgeous bouquet of expertly arranged flowers.
But have you ever wondered why certain flowers are perfect for this romantic occasion? Why does a single red rose signify passion and love?
Here we look at everything from roses to lilies and discover the hidden meaning behind them.
We all know what red roses are meant to express. They demonstrate our love and devotion, and it’s no wonder they are popular on Valentine’s Day. This tradition stretches back to ancient times when the red rose was associated with Venus, the goddess of love.
Of course, red is also a passionate colour, filled with fire and emotion, making it a perfect expression of romance. Whether it’s a single rose or an artisan bouquet, you generally can’t go wrong with this option.
Other Types of Rose
If you are considering buying roses for the one you love but want something a little different, there are other colours to choose from. The white rose is more understated and often used for wedding bouquets. It’s supposed to signify virtue, reverence, and purity. But it’s also the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day if you want something different.
If you want to express love at first sight, then try lilac roses. These are more unusual but can help create a great impression if you are in the first throws of love but don’t want to overdo things with a bunch of red roses. Pink is another colour you might want to choose if you wish to be more low-key – it signifies grace and elegance.
Lilies are also strongly associated with love and romance and are a great alternative to roses. Different types of lilies can signify different things, from devotion and appreciation to passion. Pink lilies are a sign of wealth and prosperity, for example, while orange is more passionate.
Another option if you don’t want to buy your loved one some roses is to go for an orchid. These elegant flowers can be purchased in pots and signify friendship and beauty.
During the Victorian period, gifting someone an orchid was seen as exotic – not least because the plants were still then native to Asian regions. More widely available nowadays, they make an excellent centrepiece for any table and are the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.
Peonies and Carnations
Other alternatives can be just as elegant and fragrant if you want to give your loved one something different. Peonies are becoming more popular and signify wealth, prosperity, and romance. Carnations symbolise love and fascination, and while they may have gone out of fashion in recent years, they are still an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day.
Flowers are the perfect way to show love at any time of year, but especially on Valentine’s Day, as the Hanako team creates the most beautiful bouquets for that special someone in your life.