There is no denying the fact that sending flowers is a terrific way to surprise someone special or express your love. Though purchasing flowers can be as easy as finding any one of thousands of generic websites and placing an order for a common bouquet, it is important to understand the symbolic meaning of different flowers. Making the correct choice when gifting flowers can make a big difference—between your true intentions being expressed and a missed opportunity or, worse, being viewed as inappropriate or offensive.


Here are a few holidays and milestones and the best types of flowers to send for each:

  • Valentine’s Day

We commonly purchase flowers for dates (though never a first-date) and other romantic occasions such as Valentine’s Day. As a universal symbol of love, red roses are a timeless choice for such occasions. For others, the delicate elegance of orchids is the way to go. Regardless of which type is ultimately selected, be sure to pick the right color. One specific flower to avoid is a yellow carnation, as it symbolizes disappointment and rejection.

  • Anniversary

Red, white and blush roses are always a gorgeous and safe option for anniversaries. Tulips are perfect for someone searching for less-traditional yet equally refreshing flowers. Coupling a beautiful bouquet with a fragrant candle and delectable indulgences like macarons show that you will go above-and-beyond to show the recipient the extent of your love.

  • Birthday

Surprising someone with delivery of beautiful flowers on her or his birthday is always a thoughtful gesture. Everyone likes to feel special on birthdays and there is no better way to guarantee this emotion than by sending the prefect bouquet. Pink, yellow or assorted roses are a much-appreciated choice. Keep in mind that red roses symbolize romantic love and, while they are often great for a spouse, they would not be appropriate for the birthday of your boss’ wife.

  • Funeral

After someone passes away—whether a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague or other—sending sympathy flowers is an important gesture. A simple bouquet has the unique ability to lift spirits when words simply cannot, to bring incredible beauty to an otherwise dark period. An arrangement of roses, orchids or hydrangea is always appropriate for expressing sympathy. White flowers symbolize feelings of reverence, honor and peace, providing comfort to those who are in the greatest need.

  • Mother’s Day

For many, Mother’s Day is among the most important days of the year. After all, each of us literally owes our life to Mom! A special bouquet of carefully-chosen and magnificent flowers relays how much you love and appreciate her, on Mother’s Day and every day of the year. Pink or gold roses are beautiful options, as are tulips and orchids. Pink is a symbol of femininity, respect and gracefulness while gold expresses gratitude and respect.

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