Though the rose is a classic expression of love, sometimes using your imagination to send a creative arrangement can be even more endearing. Because many of the most common flowers also have specific connotations, here are some more original blossoms to send in order to tell that special someone how you feel.
- Camellias – In the language of flowers, camellias mean “My destiny is in your hands.” As part of a marriage proposal, presenting your beloved with a bouquet of camellias can be an incredibly powerful gesture.
- Cyclamen – Because a gift of cyclamen carries the meaning of “Timid hope,” these potted plants can be an ideal alternative to cut flowers on a first date.
- Daffodils – These sunny blossoms are symbolic of new beginnings, so they can be perfect for those apology bouquets sent after a big argument.
- Freesia – If you’re thinking of sending flowers to a close friend to show that you appreciate them or to support them during a difficult time, freesia is a great choice as it’s meaning in the floral world is “Lasting friendship.”
- 5. Purple Hyacinth – Like daffodils, purple hyacinth is a great choice for a reconciliation arrangement; sending them is another way of saying, “Please, forgive me.”
- Tulips – For those ready to make a bold statement about their previously-hidden feelings, tulips are the traditional flower for declarations of love.
- Zinnia – To say, “I mourn your absence,” for funeral ceremonies or simply to let a long-distance friend or lover know that you miss them, zinnias are the perfect choice.
- Snowdrops – Sending snowdrops is a message of consolation and hope; to show your solidarity and faith in better times to a loved one in a difficult spot, these delicate flowers are a beautiful and thoughtful way to get your point across.
- Stephanotis – These classic white blossoms are used for wedding ceremonies to symbolize happiness in marriage; sending a bouquet that includes them can be a message of good wishes for an upcoming marriage, or to celebrate an anniversary.
- Purple Coneflower – Because these flowers are a symbol of strength and health, they’re absolutely perfect for inclusion with Get Well Soon floral arrangements. Fun fact: the herb echinacea, which is believed to boost immune systems and shorten the life of the common cold, is derived from purple coneflowers.
Because the subtle language of floral arrangements has unfortunately waned in popularity, it might be a good idea to include the definition in the attached card to be sure that your message is received as you intended it. Going the extra mile to research the perfect flowers for a love letter made wholly of blossoms or even just choosing one flower to express your feelings can make a huge impact. This attention to detail shows a level of commitment that can sometimes be difficult to verbalize, which can lead to stronger relationships and better communication.