10 Occasions for Giving Flowers

Perhaps the number one gift of all times are flowers, any kind of flowers, from bouquets of long stemmed roses to potted plants. It just takes a moment or two to consider all the flowers you’ve seen as gifts in your lifetime and look at the myriad of reasons for giving flowers and you could almost say they are the ‘universal gift.’ Here are the top 10 occasions for giving flowers as gifts.



While today, it is mostly considered an obsolete gesture to bring flowers on a first date, the idea of giving flowers to someone you've gone out with a few times is still a good one.

Flowers for a first date should not be overwhelming. Tulips, orchids, and dandelions are not intimidating to your new object of affection. If you’ve been going steady for some time, nothing is better than the traditional red rose.


Speaking of red roses, shades of red for love, pink for elegance, and yellow flowers in general for affection and joy are the perfect mix for a Valentine’s Day bouquet. Avoid yellow roses alone, however, as that represents friendship, not love. A yellow rose with a red tip, however, can symbolize both love and joy. For a newer relationship, purple roses signify enchantment in the budding couple. If you have been together a significant amount of time, or your spouse isn’t thrilled with roses, pink tulips are the perfect replacement.


Seasonal flowers go best with anniversaries, to represent the time of the year you are celebrating. For spring, choose pale, delicate flowers, such as the peony, peach blossom or cherry blossom. Summer flowers should be bright and vibrant – think yellow, gold or pink roses, or a bouquet of sunflowers.

Fall flowers are darker, but with rich colors, such as a lily. Gold roses come back into play here, matching the changing trees. Flowers blooming in winter include chrysanthemums, orchids, and pansies. Winter flowers bridge the rich colors of autumn with the pale colors of spring.

What is most important, however, is choosing a flower that represents your relationship. If your spouse particularly loves a certain flower, it’s best to showcase their favorite in a bouquet. There are also flowers that represent certain anniversaries: daisies for five years, daffodils for 10, roses for 15, and asters for 20.


Reds and pinks to show love and admiration are the perfect touch, though it is hard to go wrong here with any choice you make. Carnations, roses (especially pink), and gerbera daisies can combine with yellow tulips or lilies – representing joy and affection – and make a vibrant bouquet any mother in your life will enjoy.


Need a sophisticated way to say thank you to a colleague or good friend? Your best bet is their favorite flower, but if you are uncertain, go with a pale flower. Whites, pinks, and yellows show your appreciation. Carnations, lilies and daisies fit well into this category.


Once again, if the recipient’s favorite flower is known, start with that. However, there are also flowers that correspond to each month. In the U.S., the flowers are carnation and snowdrop for January; primrose for February; daffodil for March; sweet pea for April; hawthorne and Lily of the Valley for May; rose and honeysuckle for June; water lily and delphinium for July; poppy and gladiolus for August; morning glory and aster for September; calendula and marigold for October; chrysanthemum and peony for November; and holly and narcissus for December.


The first question regarding sending flowers to someone who is ill is where they are resting. If they are in the hospital, flowers should not be overly fragrant. Irises and tulips can be vibrant and add a touch of color to dreary hospital rooms. If they are at home, marigolds represent resilience while yellow flowers, such as daffodils representing rebirth, are bright and cheery. Avoid yellow daylilies, however, as they are associated with funerals.


Funeral flowers are typically sent directly to the funeral home and serve as a tribute to the deceased. The size can vary, however, large and formal arrangements are most common. Colour matters alot as well. Blue, white and green are colours of peace, humility and calmness and are comforting during a sad time. Orange, white  and red can invoke energy and passion and should be sent when one is celebrating a life inspite of mourning the departed. Yellow daylilies represent the soul leaving the body, and are thus often found at funerals. 


Sympathy flowers are different from funeral flowers in that they are usually sent to the home of those grieving. Generally it is never too late to send these. Bright flowers, such as lilies and daisies, are recommended. Purples and blues can also represent hope and rebirth. If done in a bouquet, these are generally smaller than those meant for funerals.

10. Weddings


There are many traditions surrounding who gets what flowers in a wedding. The bride can choose a bouquet of any  type of flower of any colour she likes. Bridesmaids usually get a smaller version of the bride's bouquet. The groom and his groomsmen wear  boutonnieres that match the bride's bouquet. It is typically a no-no for guests to SEND flowers to the bride and groom as a gift on their wedding day.