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Flowers and their meaning – one for every occasion

20 February 2020

“In joy and in sadness, flowers are our constant friends.”

– Unknown

Roses are red, violets are blue. But what does it all mean? We dive into some of the meanings of the different flowers so you can give an extra special flower arrangement for different occasions.

Red Rose

Red Roses

Love and romance. Most commonly seen around Valentine’s Day, this is the flower that most people know the significance of. They are striking and beautiful and will always make someone feel adored, loved and appreciated.

Red is a strong colour and can also mean passion, power, excitement, change, confidence and of course, strength. Red flowers could be helpful when someone is needing a little more confidence, energy or spontaneity in their life.

Orange poppy

Orange Poppy

Poppies are most well known for their use during the Anzac memorials and Remembrance Day. This is because they symbolise the eternal sleep. They also inspire imagination and can be a wonderful inclusion in floral arrangements for other occasions.

Orange is a great colour to symbolise support during change. It’s warm, offers emotional strength, vibrant and can improve self-confidence. Brighten someone’s day and show you care with some orange flowers.

Yellow Tulips

Yellow Tulips

One can’t help but smile when tulips are near. That’s why the tulip festival in the Netherlands is so popular, people go there to simply enjoy and smile at the beauty all around them. Yellow ones specifically symbolise smiling.

Yellow is a joyful colour. It symbolises optimism, enlightenment, fun, laughter, summer and cheer. It can also be significant for memory, clarity and enthusiasm for life. Yellow flowers are wonderful to bring brightness and light in difficult times.

Blue Iris

Blue Iris


The iris can say to someone “your friendship means so such to me”. It can also symbolise faith, hope, wisdom and valour. This is the perfect flower to show someone you love and respect them.

Blue means truth, sincerity, loyalty and honesty. This is why it’s such a wonderful flower colour for friendship. It’s also nurturing, reliable and protective. Definitely a great choice for holding someone in your heart during a challenge experience.

Zinnia Magenta

Zinnia Magenta

This beautiful flower means lasting affection. Show someone you will always love and care for them with this flower, wherever they may be. It can be a great flower to send to someone who is grieving as it also means thinking of an absent friend.

Magenta symbolises universal love. It’s compassionate colour and gives such beauty and vibrance to any floral arrangement when included. It inspires beauty, brings emotional balance and can help with moving forward.

Pink Hyacinth

Pink Hyacinth

This is a playful flower. It’s sure to make whoever receives it smile. The hyacinth is a symbol of positive things and can help someone during their time of healing. It can also be a great way to brighten someone’s day and show them you’re thinking of them.

Pink represents grace, gentility, and happiness. It can also convey youth, innocence, and joy. Pink is a warm and happy colour, this is why we see it included in so many arrangements.

White Orchid

White Orchids

Orchids can be one of the most thoughtful flower you could send to someone grieving or in need of sympathy. They are charming and symbolize beauty, love and maturity

If you want to say “I will always love you,” then an orchid is for you.

White flowers are often used for funerals and when showing someone you care. White symbolises innocence, clarity, wholeness, completion and new beginnings. The colour white is a beautiful way to symbolise life’s journey.

Meet our onsite florist

Our team of dedicated onsite florists can help you with selecting the perfect flower arrangement for any occasion. With an extensive range of beautiful fresh flowers and thoughtful gifts instore.

Unable to be there in person, fresh flower delivery to graves and memorials is also available, with a variety of personalised options. Our florists are located within both Springvale Botanical Cemetery and Bunurong Memorial Park.

Our floral team have 70 years of combined experience, please contact us here to discuss your specific needs.