Flower Color Meaning in Gardens, Art & Gifts

Flower color meaning brings new life to floral paintings, gardens and gift-giving! Creating a beautiful garden is like painting a picture in living color. Gardening for pleasure as well as gardening to grow food is an almost universal human occupation. Achieving color harmony, contrast and effective color combinations is a fascinating art.

Flower color meaning can be specific even for the same type of flower. For example, a red tulip has a different meaning than a yellow tulip. However, there are general color meanings that can guide the creation of a garden, a bouquet or the choice of a gift for a symbolic purpose. 

In addition to gifts and bouquets, gardens can be created in honor of a loved one who has passed on or as a celebration for a special event such as an outdoor wedding. Likewise, artwork can be chosen based on the colors of the flowers depicted.

Knowing flower color meaning will bring your appreciation of flowers to a whole new level. The next time you are planning a garden or choosing a gift, don’t forget to consider flower color meaning! By doing so, you can create a garden or giving a gift that is a conversation piece as well as a beautiful sight to see.

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Red Flower Color Meaning

The color psychology for red flowers includes pleasure, desire and vitality. In addition, red represents the will to win, love of sports and the survival instinct.

Red flowers are stimulating and eye-catching. The intensity of red flowers creates movement and drama. Accordingly, bright red flowers symbolize cheerfulness and happiness.

Red flowers include poppies, poinsettias, daylilies, tulips, pansies and zinnias. These flowers all come in “warm” colors:  red, orange and yellow.  Likewise they are all considered to be stimulating colors.

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Orange and Yellow Flower Color Meaning

Orange flowers raise the spirits and reflect the joy of sunshine. Cheerful orange flowers symbolize warmth, fire, energy and vitality. Common orange flowers include marigolds, daylilies, nasturtiums, and calendula

The flower color meanings for orange are creativity, confidence, intuition, friendliness and the entrepreneurial spirit. For example, is there anything happier and more promising than a meadow of beautiful marigolds? 

Yellow flowers are the heralds of spring. Sunshine yellow flowers symbolize the clearing away of the winter and stimulate clear thinking. Well-known yellow flowers include daffodils, crocus, irises, daylilies, coneflowers, dandelions and chrysanthemums. The color meanings of yellow are enthusiasm, cheerfulness, sense of humor, fun, optimism and intellectuality.

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White and Pink Flower Color Meaning

White flowers symbolize purity, contemplation and innocence. Many night-flowering plants are white, symbolizing the feminine energies of the moon. White flowers include daylilies, gardenias, alyssum and baby’s breath. Use white to give breathing space in your garden from the intensity of bright colors demanding attention. White means purity, inner illumination and spirituality. 

Pink flowers symbolize love and healing from grief, anxiety or emotional trauma. A rose garden is the quintessential pink garden. Other pink flowers include chrysanthemums, irises, daylilies, camellias, azaleas, carnations, peonies and dahlias. Pink is related to warmth and love, gentleness, beauty, and an outward orientation.

Blue Flower Color Meaning

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Blue Flower Color Meaning

Blue flowers symbolize the peace of ocean and sky. The impact of blue flowers is cooling and calming. As a general meaning, blue symbolizes water, the source of life. The color meanings of blue are related to freedom, strength and new beginnings. Blue skies mean optimism and better opportunities. 

The blue lotus in Buddhism symbolizes the victory over the senses. The blue lotus is psychoactive and has been used as an aphrodisiac, sleep aid and anxiety reliever. Blue flowers include irises, asters, bluebells, hyacinths, periwinkles, delphiniums, anemone, bachelor buttons, forget-me-nots and morning glories.

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Purple and Violet Flower Color Meaning

Purple and violet colors soothe the mind and nerves. Some color psychologists say purple helps to relieve tension and dissipate anger and violence.

The color meanings of violet are the psychological quality of transformation, transmutation and the balance of power and love. Additional meanings include charisma, charm, magical abilities and tolerance.

Purple and violet flowers include lilacs, violets, irises, pansies, sweet peas, foxglove, lupines, allium and crocuses.

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Kathleen Karlsen Book Author

Kathleen Karlsen

Author of Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine

The information in this article has been excerpted from the book Flower Symbols: The Language of Love by Kathleen Karlsen. This book includes ancient and modern flower meanings and folklore about the world’s most beloved flowers. Buy one for a flower lover in your life. Learn to “say it with flowers” for any occasion! 

Flower Symbols: The Language of Love features:

  • Over 100 of the world’s most beloved flowers
  • Information about traditional uses of flowers
  • Famous quotes about flowers
  • Selected poetry
  • Flowers for healing 
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