Roses: the classic flower of love

Roses: the classic flower of love

Roses are one of the most iconic flowers available. From deep red to pale lilac to sunny yellow, there’s no shortage of colors available to express any emotion. They have been used throughout history to symbolize love, war, and politics.


Did you know that the rose is 35 million years old? That’s pretty old! In ancient Rome, roses were used for perfume, for medicinal purposes, and for confetti at celebrations. In the 15th century, roses were used as symbols of the two sides fighting for control in England. The white rose symbolized York, and the red rose symbolized Lancaster in a conflict that became known as the “War of the Roses.”


In the late 18th century, China introduced cultivated roses to Europe, and most modern-day roses can be traced back to that time. Today, there are more than 150 species of roses.


Roses have long been used in floral arrangements, whether in a classic bouquet of a dozen red roses or as soft color accents in a mixed fragrant bouquet. Here are a few common colors of roses and their meaning.


Red for love, romance, and beauty


If you want to say, “I love you” with flowers, you can’t go wrong with red roses. They pair well with vibrant lilies or white mums in a mixed bouquet, or they can stand alone as a striking symbol of love.


Yellow for friendship, joy, or well wishes


Yellow roses bring sunshine to any floral arrangement, and they are a great way to express friendship or wish someone well. They are bright and cheerful all on their own or can easily be mixed with other bright flowers to spread joy. 


Lavender for love at first sight or enchantment


When you’re falling hard but not quite ready to go with red roses, lavender is a great choice to say how much you care. They’re also a perfect choice in early spring mixed with other soft hues like pale pinks and creams.


Pink for love, gratitude, and happiness


As with any rose, there’s a wide range of color available in the pink category, including soft pink, bright pink, and white with pink tips. Pink roses are a great way to say thank you or express happiness for someone or something.


White for purity, innocence, and charm


White is the classic color of innocence and purity, so they’re a great choice for religious events. White roses can also provide a contrast with other bright flowers to help the colors pop.


Orange for energy, excitement, and passion


Orange roses are a slightly less common color, but they’re outstanding for mixed bouquets that include bright gerbera daisies or colorful lilies.


Whatever your reason for sending roses, we can help you choose the perfect color and complementary flowers to make a stunning bouquet.

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