Explore: The Secret Language of Flowers

A fresh floral arrangement is one of our favorite little luxuries here at LaurenConrad.com. It’s the perfect easy way to add a pop of color and a fresh burst of fragrance to your space. But if you’ve been picking out blooms based on appearance alone, it’s time to take a look at the meaning behind them. From Victorian era Britain to ancient Japan, many cultures throughout history have assigned meaning to flowers. Whether you’re decoding the arrangement the new guy you’re seeing sent or deciding which blooms belong in your bridal bouquet, the language of flowers is both interesting and surprisingly useful, too. Take a peek…



  • Anemone – unfading love; anticipation
  • Camellia – perfect loveliness
  • Chrysanthemum – joy; optimism
  • Dahlia – elegance; dignity
  • Gardenia – purity
  • Lavender – luck
  • Lily (white) –innocence; purity
  • Orchid – rare beauty; luxury
  • Peony –Prosperity; bashfulness
  • Rose (pink) –gratitude; admiration
  • Rose (coral or orange) – desire
  • Rose (yellow) – friendship

Now that you know what each bloom means, it’s time to put your flower arranging skills to the test…

What does your favorite flower mean?

Share it in the comments.

xo Ilana

P.S. You can watch Lauren’s flower arranging tutorial video here!

Photo: Ilana Saul for LaurenConrad.com
Sources: The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss, Wikipedia, Teleflora
Categories: Grow, Ilana Saul
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  • njhaineswv

    There is a book called “”The Language of Flowers”” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I highly recommend it! (http://www.amazon.com/The-Language-Flowers-A-Novel/dp/0345525558) The main protagonist uses her flowers to communicate in her own special way.

    My wedding flower was the lilac in purple and white, which symbolizes first love and youthful innocence.

  • Meghan Conard

    Very interesting! I love orchids and peonies!

  • These Peach Roses

    I love tulips, hydrangeas, and peonies!

  • Annie

    Kate Middleton’s wedding bouquet and cake all had flowers that were specificially selected for their meaning.

    Lily of the valley – sweetness and renewed happiness
    Hyacinth – constsancy
    Sweet William – obvious?
    Myrtle – Every royal bride since Queen Victoria has had Myrtle in her bouquet.

    I think selecting flowers based on their meanings to give in bouquets or even to have around the house definitely adds meaning. Plus the fragrance doesn’t hurt either.


  • Allison Norton

    LOVE this, so interesting! Thanks for sharing. xx

  • Annie

    Thanks Allison!

  • Kimberly4

    What about hydrangeas? What does that mean?

  • Bethany Rose

    Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers! I just looked this up and it’s quite different from what I expected. The hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood. In its negative sense hydrangea symbolizes frigidity and heartlessness. Interesting…♥

  • Kimberly4

    Oh, i do like heartfelt emotions. lol

  • Janet

    My favorite flower is Lavender and Rose (Orange).

  • sabrina

    what do sunflowers mean? those are my favorite!

  • kalamityray

    Love this! It’s interesting to see the symbolism behind all this–in a few decades, no one will know this kind of stuff off the top of their head. http://makeyourhairgrowfaster.net/

  • Shirley A West

    I enjoyed knowing this, I LOVE flowers !

  • amb0904

    Remember the time LC got schooled on flowers from intern Emily.

  • Chrysta Wahjudi

    Red rose: Love. White Rose: Faith, purity.

  • xlamyx

    hi , can u help me please find the flower language for “Luculia ” i was searching everywhere but still found nothing ! thank u

  • http://gardenersfinchley.co.uk/ Desiree Thomson

    I just love peonies! They’re even more beautiful than roses! I even started growing them in my garden. You can learn how to do it here: http://tinyurl.com/pcvnz4l

  • http://thejedition.blogspot.com J. Edition

    This is awesome! I definitely didn’t know most of these :)


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