What Do The Colors In a Bouquet Say To You?

Flowers are known for having their own language.  And unique as each flower is, we too are unique in what our eyes and heart are drawn to.  So let's explore what the experts say the meaning and symbolism of colors are as we follow the color wheel.  And then let me know if you agree!

 

 A Sunbright sunflower nestled among Flamingo Feather celosia, zinnias, dianthus and a multitude of other fresh flowers for this summer bouquet

A Sunbright sunflower nestled among Flamingo Feather celosia, zinnias, dianthus and a multitude of other fresh flowers for this summer bouquet

Yellow

The color of harmony, trust and kindness—a great middle ground between friendship and love—is yellow. Yellow flowers have grown increasingly popular in the work place and at social and family gatherings.

Yellow flowers convey meanings of sympathy, thoughtfulness, and friend-like love and most importantly trigger that truly natural smile like no other.  I'm smiling now with this sunflower in view, aren't you?


Green

The color of money and nature, green will send wishes of good fortune and harmony. Green is also the color of health, youth, and prosperity. By giving this flower, you are telling your friend or loved one that you would like your relationship to grow and continue to do well.  Green also serves to provide balance to a bouquet and give the other colors the opportunity to shine in their own placement.  

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 Love-In-A-Mist nigella, an early spring favorite here on the Farm

Love-In-A-Mist nigella, an early spring favorite here on the Farm

Blue

Blue means serenity, intimacy, and deep trust. Blue flowers are often used by long-term couples to communicate their never-ending love, trust, and loyalty in a relationship.  True blue flowers are some of the most sought after colors by flower farmers, designers and florists alike as this is a more challenging color for flower breeders to attain.


Violet

Violet is a royal color which often means fascination and respect. Violet flowers express a romantic gesture as they carry with them feelings of elegance and charm. These can express feelings of love at first sight.  I was fascinated with this photo from the moment I took it last year.  Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil produces some of the most beautiful violet flowers I have ever seen and pollinators love them as well!

 Our favorite pollinator dining on basil in full bloom

Our favorite pollinator dining on basil in full bloom


 Red Oklahoma zinnias nestled among white lisianthus

Red Oklahoma zinnias nestled among white lisianthus

Red

Undoubtedly, red is the color of passion. Giving a red flower arrangement will communicate your strong and powerful love. With a color the same as the heart, red means seduction, desire and passion. 

We are blessed with a multitude of beautiful red flowers, snap dragons and zinnias are two that grow exceptionally well here in southern Indiana.  With only 12 remaining long-stem rose growers in the United States, the overwhelming majority of the traditional long-stem red roses that are coveted by so many are imported from South America.  As a local-grower and supporter of domestic flower farming, I ask that instead of reaching for the imported long-stem red rose, you embrace with me the beauty of the many locally/domestically grown red flowers. 


Pink

Pink is a color of innocence and sensitivity, but also very romantic. Although red flowers mean love and passion, pink flowers can show your gentle, yet deep love for someone. Pink flowers can also indicate appreciation, joy, and happiness. 

The pink Lisianthus pictured here was one of my absolute favorite flowers that I grew in 2017.  Known also as a Texas Blue Bell, it reminds me of the beauty of a rose when in bud and early bloom stage.  Lisianthus are a favorite of wedding designers as they offer a domestic alternative to roses.

 Pink lisianthus, this flower farmer's favorite color

Pink lisianthus, this flower farmer's favorite color


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Orange

Symbolic for growth, enthusiasm, and warmth—orange is the flower color of friendship and community. Orange flowers send feelings of happiness and joy, with a hint of adventure and spontaneity.  Just like a beautiful sunset, these flowers can also convey a message of fiery passion and intense desire. 


White

The color of purity, innocence, sympathy, and humility. This flower will show your friend or loved one that you are thinking about them. While it does convey messages of purity and innocence, this color also means new beginnings. 

 White Oklahoma zinnia headed towards a full double

White Oklahoma zinnia headed towards a full double


So do you agree with the experts?  What colors are you drawn to when you think of your friends and also your loved ones?  It really does connect!

 A sampling of some of 2017s best and brightest blooms here on the Farm

A sampling of some of 2017s best and brightest blooms here on the Farm