There is no other product that conveys so much feeling based on its color alone. They are sexy, intriguing, and universal and perfect for any occasion.  

According to Leatrice Eiseman, International Color Expert,
“Our response to color is intensely emotional, and flowers can be a catalyst for feelings that stimulate more than just our sense of sight and smell. “Color can help us find the balance we seek from our surroundings. And, flowers are an ideal way to harness the power of color to enrich our lives,”

The emotion represented by a color is also defined by cultural tradition. The use of flowers and color can symbolize certain traditions. Color meaning and the use of flowers can be different in every country. We use color to express our own style and individuality.  

Flowers come in an infinite range of colors. Depending on the flower, the colors can represent different meanings but generally speaking, the color will signify similar meanings from flower to flower.

These meanings are steeped in tradition and their origins go back to biblical times or earlier in some instances. As an example, red roses signify passion and deep love while yellow roses today mean joy, honor and friendship and yet at one time they meant diminishing love, infidelity or even jealousy.

Just as Red is most commonly associated with love and passion. A red flower can be a symbol of desire, lust, devotion, and beauty. The color red is also often related to heat, fire, and strength. Red flowers when given in various numbers can mean anything from “I love you,” to “Will you marry me?” Red is the spark that kindles our most fervent flames of desire. Send red flowers to someone who needs a jolt of energy – this shock of color is sure to get their engines revving! Red excites. Red flowers are classic and can be a potent stimulant for a romantic liaison.

Red flowers have played their part in historical events. One such event took place on April 25, 1974 as army officers caused the downfall of the 50 years old fascist dictatorship in Portugal.

Portugal saw democracy restored by its ‘red carnation revolution.’ Portugal was under a dictatorial regime for 48 years. The dictator was Salazar. Things were not easy, especially for the ‘lower’ classes. One of the things that came with it was a horrible war when Portugal wanted only independence. Many lives were lost and it got completely out of hand. So a revolution was planned by military people known as The April Captains. The plan was to abolish the dictatorship, begin a democracy and end the war.

On the morning of the 25th April 1974, the signal that everything was ready was sent: A song played on the national radio. And troops began marching to Lisbon. And after a few hours of tension they did it. The dictator at the time gave in. The revolution was peaceful, only 4 people were killed (by the regime). The reason it’s called the red carnation revolution? Legend has it that a florist on her way to work carrying a bunch of red carnations put a carnation in the rifle barrels of each of the soldiers as she passed them in the town center. This created a wave and the citizens of Lisbon did the same almost overnight toppling the 40-year dictatorship established by Antonio Salazar.

Other Red flowers include: Roses, Anthuriums, Tulip, Gerberas, Peonies,  Tulips and Dahlias

And then there’s Pink – pink is feminine, fun and playful. Pink flowers are a sweet reminder of childhood days. The pink flower can express admiration, or a teasing interest, grace, gratitude and happiness. It is often a more modest gesture than that of a striking red flower, offering an allure of mystery to the recipient as to the intentions of the giving party.

Some pink flowers include Peonies, hydrangeas, Stargazer lilies, Ranunculus, Roses, Tulips, Gerbera Daisies (shown), Freesia, Zinnia, Camellias and of course roses.

Speaking of roses, one of the oldest flowers known to mankind, and perhaps the most popular, the rose represents love, magic, hope and the mystery of life.

Nebuchadnezzar used them to adorn his palace. In Persia, they were grown for the perfume oil, and the petals filled the Sultan’s mattress.

In Kashmir, the Emperor’s cultivated elaborate rose gardens and the roses were strewn in the river to welcome them home.

Emperors filled their sitting baths and fountains with rose-water and sat on carpets of rose petals. The Greeks associated the rose with the blood of Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love) beloved Adonis.

The Romans used roses in feasts and orgies. From an image of Pagan love, the rose was transformed into an emblem of Christian spiritual love connected with the Virgin Mary, with Christ’s blood and with the Crown of Thorns.

The rose was created by Chloris, the Greek Goddess of Flowers, out of the  lifeless body of a nymph found one day in a clearing in the woods. Asking for Aphrodite’s help, she gave the nymph beauty, Dionysus (the God of Wine) gave her a sweet scent, and the three Graces gave her joy, charm and brightness. 

Zephyr (the West Wind) blew the clouds away so that Apollo (The Sun God) could shine upon her and make the flower bloom. The rose was born and crowned the “Queen of All Flowers.”

The next color on our floral palette is BLUE – Blue is the color of tranquility, trust, and infinite possibilities. Flowers in shades of blue release the spirit and often induce feelings of comfort. Blue flowers symbolize the clarity found in our dreams, thoughts, and imaginations. The color blue speaks to the dreamers in our world, and blue flowers call out the muse in the poet, artist or musician.You can gather bunch of blue flowers when you need a boost of inspiration. Blue flowers are the perfect hue for enhancing calm and tranquility. They offer a sense of calm, dignity, and serenity, Deep  blue oceans; Calm, cool lakes; and pale blue skies.

You can find the color blue in flowers like bachelors buttons (shown), Iris, Agapanthus, Allium, Delphinium, Hydrangea, Larkspur, Forget-me-nots and Freesia.

One of my favorite colors is purple. Purple flowers symbolize royalty, individuality, sophistication, creativity and meditation. Purple flowers are energizing and spiritual at the same time.  When we see the color purple our eyes open wider. A natural reaction that opens our spiritual senses and reminds us that we are all connected to an infinitely divine system.

Violets are the perfect sentiment that says to someone “you are unique, special, and part of a perfect whole.” Purple or violet is also considered a color of royalty and nobility in ancient symbolism. Purple or Violet flowers can relax as well as awaken feelings of intense euphoria.

Some flowers that come in purples and violets include Hyacinth, Lavender, Snapdragons, lisianthus, Sweet pea, Gladiolas, impatiens, Lilacs, Orchids and Tulips.

Speaking of Tulips… did you know that the tulip (the Turkish word for turban) was originally a wildflower, growing in Central Asia. It was first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1000 AD, The flower was introduced in Western Europe and the Netherlands in the 17th century by Carolus Clusius, a famous biologist from Vienna.

In the beginning of the 17th century, in addition to its medicinal use, the tulip was starting to be used as a garden decoration. It soon gained major popularity as a trading product, especially in Holland. The interest in the flower was huge and bulbs sold for unbelievably high prices. Botanists began to hybridize the flower.

They soon found ways of making the tulip even more decorative and tempting. Hybrids and mutations of the flower were seen as rarities and a sign of high status. In the months of late 1636 to early 1637, there was a complete “Tulipmania” in the Netherlands. Some varieties could cost more than an Amsterdam house at that time. Even ordinary men took part in the business. They saw how much money the upper class made in the commodity and thought it was an easy way of getting lots of money with no risk. The bulbs were usually sold by weight while they were still in the ground. This trade in un-sprouted flowers came to be called “wind trade”.

AHHHH GREEN ….. Green surrounds us in nature, Typically a background color, Green when combined together in varying shades can give us the feeling of harmony, balance and positive energy. If you’ve ever been cooped up during a long cold dreary winter, you know the feeling you get at that first glimmer of green in spring.

Green flowers represent renewal, growth, hope, health and youth.

Green is also the color of the heart chakra, and so it takes on the meaning of good health. Bright green is the color of Mother Nature on top of the world.  

Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a “greenhorn” is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. 

Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic. Some green flowers include Orchids, Button Mums. Thistle, Hellebores, Roses, Green Cymbidium and Bells of Ireland,

One color that screams excitement is Orange. Orange represents enthusiasm, vivacity, intrigue, health and happiness.  Orange is the closest match to the shade of the sun, so it is symbolic of expansion, growth, and warmth. It is also a color of friendship and community.

Bright sunny orange reminds me of warm summer days, barbeques and playing outdoors.  An orange flower makes a bold statement of color and vitality. Often associated with the sun, a bouquet that contains orange flowers brings thoughts of passion for life, satisfaction, and an air of confidence. Autumn leaves, hot summer sands, or citrus fruits, Orange or Coral commands attention. Orange flowers can stir feelings ranging from simply enjoying life to pure, dizzying attraction.

Orange flowers can include Roses, Poppies, Orchids, Birds of Paradise, Protea, Lilies, Ranunculus, Gerbera Daisies, Tulips and Marigolds (shown).

The marigold has been associated with the sun’s journey across the sky, from nine o’clock in the morning until three o’clock in the afternoon. The Victorians believed they could set their clocks by the hour that this vibrant flower opened and closed its colorful petals.

Marigold flowers year-round and the name marigold is said to mean Mary’s gold after the Virgin Mary. The marigold has been said to signify grief; because the flower mourns the departure of the sun when its petals are forced to close.

Marigolds add a blaze of brightness to our gardens and to our lives as they search for the fiery brilliance of the sun.

Following Orange, is Yellow. Yellow is associated with gold, and is considered a symbol of nobility, clarity, purity, truth and intellect. Mayans viewed the color in yellow to be associated corn, symbolizing sustenance, and all things that are wholesome. Scientific studies indicate writing on yellow tablets increases memory retention which ties the meaning of flower color in yellow to intelligence and reason. A room full of bright yellow flowers can help anyone studying for a big test or writing an important paper.    

Yellow flowers simply make people smile. It is the color of friendship, joy, and lightheartedness.

New beginnings like the start of spring are associated with the beauty of yellow flowers. Warm and bright, this color also is a perfect way to add brilliance to any bouquet. space or experience.

Some yellow flowers include Tulips, Daffodils, Sunflowers, Lilies, daisies, golden asters, Alstromeria, Freesia.

White flowers symbolize purity and innocence, elegance and new beginnings. White flowers are classy, unique and often celebrate a successful beginning. It is no wonder white flowers are a popular choice among brides.

Some white flowers include Casablanca lilies, Tulips, Gardenias, Daisies, Dahlias, Lilies, Cosmos, Magnolias, Calla Lily, Narcissus, Peonies, Roses and orchids.

Speaking of Orchids … in the book Dream of Orchids by Phyllis A. Whitney, the heroine Laurel York has dreamed of this reunion with her father, the famous writer Clifton York, for years. And when she follows him down to the exotic Florida Keys, both love and evil meet her in the form of handsome Marcus O’Neill, who welcomes her, but her two suspicious stepsisters do not. 

Then there is Clifton York himself, the strange man they all love, and the secret buried treasure that has lain undetected for years. Only the prize orchids waiting in the greenhouse hold the key to a life that Laurel has only dreamed about– or a nightmare that can only end in murder…

BLACK Flowers have attracted our attention for centuries. black tulips and black roses appear to originate from a fairytale world. A pure black flower is the Holy Grail of plant breeders worldwide. Their improbable and “unnatural” colour inspires a powerful feeling of mystical expectation. Black symbolizes sophistication and mystery and sexiness.

Victorians and Edwardians at the cutting edge of fashion used to collect them, going to great lengths to track down exotic species.

Today Black flowers are adored by Art Nouveau designers However, in reality no pure black flowers exist. The so-called black tulip is actually very dark purple and the black rose is, in fact, very dark red. There are other less common cut flowers which occasionally occur in “black” forms – they all ooze decadence, mystery, fascination. 

Other than the dried or dyed, natural black flowers are probably slim to none. But, there are some flowers that come close – deep, red-black or deep, purple-black – giving black flowers a less negative connotation in exchange for a more seductively elusive one.

Although these flowers are not a true black some would say they are more on the reds and chocolate tones with a black cast to them. Those considered or called black flowers are Black Beauty Roses, Queen of Night tulips, Chocolate Cosmos, Bat Orchids, Black Hollyhock and Black Calla Lilies (shown).

The influence of COLOR

As you have heard and likely experienced for yourself, colors bring about emotions and can influence the way we feel. The colors selected for the home, clothing or a bouquet of flowers can reveal our personalities and how we feel at a particular moment in time. The use of color also depends on the season, the moment and the person. The right mix of colors can emphasize and enhance emotion.  Choosing “just the right flower and the almost right flower can be akin to love and like.”