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Popular Valentines Flowers & Their Meanings

Beautiful Blooms & Blossoming Romances: Popular Valentines Flowers & Their Meanings

When it comes to ordering flowers for Valentine’s Day, most of us stick with tradition. Classic bouquets featuring reds, pinks and white, usually featuring a fair few roses. Our last post looked at some of the popular flower choices for Valentine’s Day, but we want to look a little further into the meaning behind these flowers. All flowers are said to have meanings behind them, some more commonly known than others, so it’s important to make sure the blooms in your Valentines flowers don’t have any negative associations! So, looking at the flowers featured in our last post, let’s take a look at the meaning and symbolism behind them.


The flower of choice when it comes to Valentine’s Day, roses are traditionally considered as the flower of love. However, if we go a little further, there are actually different meanings to the different colours of rose you can find.

Red Roses: It’s commonly known that the red rose signifies true love, passion, and deep emotion, making them the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. In addition, the number of roses you give also have different meanings too! A single red rose signifies love at first sight, making it a great choice for a first date, but it can also be given later on in a relationship to say “I still love you.” Six red roses symbolises infatuation, while a dozen of them simply says “Be mine!” For even grander gestures, a bouquet of twenty four roses instantly says “I’m yours!” while one hundred red roses signifies your eternal devotion.  

White Roses: White roses have connotations with purity, innocence and new beginnings, making them a popular choice for bridal flowers. The crisp white petals are perfect for bringing a touch of elegance to any Valentine’s Day bouquet and can be a wonderful choice if you’re celebrating your first Valentines as a married couple!

Yellow Roses: Surprisingly, yellow roses aren’t traditionally associated with romance. Instead, these bright and sunny blooms are known to symbolise friendship and their close associations to the sun make them perfect for putting a smile on someone’s face. So, if you have a single friend that’s usually a little down in the dumps this time of year, a delightful bouquet of yellow roses could be just the thing!

Pink Roses: Wonderfully flirty and feminine, pink roses are known to symbolise elegance and grace and are a lovely way to say “thank you” or “I appreciate you.” Also associated with sweetness, pink roses will make the perfect bouquet for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.


The meaning of the lily goes right back to ancient Greece, where the flower was a symbol of the goddess Hera. Seen as an enchanting symbol of devotion and purity, these majestic and enchanting flowers come in a variety of delightful breeds and colours, along with a gorgeous scent. While lilies are known more as the flower of choice for funerals rather than romantic Valentines Day flowers, they still have a whole range of connotations that makes them a great choice for your bouquet. For example, white lilies of the valley are traditionally seen as the flower of choice for your second wedding anniversary, while pink stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity.


A delightful and affordable option for anyone on a budget this Valentine’s Day, carnations are known to express love and fascination, making them an excellent option for new relationships that are only just blossoming. As with roses, different colours of carnations also convey different meanings too.

White Carnations: Signifying pure love, white carnations can make a wonderful addition to your Valentines flowers, or can even be given in an arrangement on their own if you’re on a tight budget.

Pink Carnations: Pink carnations actually have one of the most significant meanings, in that they were believed to be first found on Earth from the tears of the Virgin Mary. Because of this, they’re known to represent a mother’s undying love. Why not show your Mum some love this Valentine’s Day with these cheery blooms?

Red Carnations: And of course, the traditional Valentines colour, red carnations are not only a symbol of love and affection, but also admiration too. An excellent alternative to the traditional red roses, red carnations are a fabulous way of showing your love for someone.


With their cheerful appearance and being available in a wide variety of colours, gerberas are bright, beautiful and add a touch of warmth to any bouquet. Coming from the same family as the sunflower, the gerbera has been known to symbolise happiness and joy, as well as overcoming sorrow, making them an excellent choice if your other half has been through a bit of a tough time. Gerberas also have associations with children too, symbolising the happiness they bring, so if your significant other is expecting a baby this Valentine’s Day, a beautiful gerbera bouquet will make a wonderful gift!


Coming in a glorious array of bright and striking colours, tulips are indeed a much loved flower, bringing with them fond memories of springtime. A wonderfully versatile and affordable bloom, tulips are a great choice for all occasions. Red tulips of course are said to signify true love, while purple is known to symbolise royalty, and yellow is known to represent cheerfulness. Believe it or not, the black centre of the tulip is also seen to represent a lover’s heart, which has been darkened by intense passion - that’s got to make them a contender for Valentines flowers, right?

Whatever your flower of choice this Valentine’s Day, and whoever the lucky recipient is, we have a glorious range of Valentines flowers for you to choose from at Clare Florist. Simply choose your bouquet, place your order and we’ll do the rest!

Written by Amy Jackson - Content Writer at Discount Promo Codes

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