Flowers have a fascinating language and history; every colour, bloom, and arrangement has a different connotation. While much of this language is lost or not followed anymore, some people still follow the historical symbolism and may feel that it’s appropriate for an occasion such as a funeral. In some cultures (especially Eastern European), flower meanings and history is still quite well known.

Flower Colours

Blue: represents tranquillity and harmony, with a sense of stability, confidence, and honesty. Blue flowers are relatively rare, although there are coloured options if you feel that this is the right colour for you.

Green: these flowers are meant to bring luck.

Orange: suggest flamboyance and a fiery personality. Orange arrangements used to be placed in buildings or rooms where people were expected to discuss ideas and theories.

Pink: represents fresh beginnings and passions. It can symbolise youth or emotional maturity, but different shades have different meanings. Pale pink is still associated with femininity, while brighter shades suggest romance, fun, and friendship.

Red: represents intensity, passion, and danger. These could be suitable for someone who had an impulsive personality or had a real zest for life. Red roses are also associated with love and romance.

White: is used around the world for significant occasions and is the colour of the circle of life. It represents purity, and when given as a gift isa gesture of respect. Most classic funeral arrangements are white and this is often the best option if you are unsure.

Yellow: represents hope and happiness, and is often a token of courage and cheerfulness. Yellow flowers are quite unusual in funeral tributes, but new traditions celebrate a person’s life rather than mourning their passing so it can be appropriate depending on the occasion.

Purple: represents spirituality and admiration. Purple has been the colour of royalty for much of history and flowers in this colour often show respect.

Birth Month Flowers

January: carnations

February: irises

March: daffodils

April: daisies

May: lilies

June: roses

July: delphiniums

August: gladioli

September: asters

October: marigolds

November: chrysanthemums

December: poinsettia

Flower Meanings

Acacia: friendship and chaste love

Camellia: gratitude and perfection

Carnations: devoted love or womanly love (especially a mother’s love)

Chrysanthemums: friendship, love, cheerfulness in old age, optimism, or a desolate heart

Dahlia: dignity, elegance, and good taste

Daisy: innocence, loyalty, purity, gentleness, and abundance

Forget me nots: faithful love and memories

Gladiola: strength of character, sincerity, and moral integrity

Hyacinth: sincerity

Iris: faith, wisdom, valour, and hope

Lilac: purity and modesty

Lily: lilies come in a variety of types and have a number of meanings, from wealth and prosperity to youthful love and coquetry

Magnolia: nobility and dignity

Orchids: refinement and affection

Rose: confidentiality, love and passion

Sunflowers: adoration, warmth and longevity

Sweet Pea: pleasure, departure and goodbyes

Tulip: romance, elegance and grace