Do you know the language of flowers? As our list below shows, each flower has its meaning. Orange blossom, for instance, symbolizes chastity, purity, and loveliness, while red chrysanthemum means "I love you."
Flowers have always been a big feature at weddings, too. For example, look to the royal flower bouquet at the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge). Her flowers had a very special meaning.
The groom, too, wears a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his button-hole. This stems from the Medieval tradition of wearing his Lady's colors to declare his love.
One fun idea is to have a garden gathering and have each person bring a flower that has meaning to them. Or, paint tiles on a kitchen island with a flower representing each of your loved ones.
Symbolic Meanings of Herbs, Flowers, and Trees
|Aloe||Healing, protection, affection|
|Bachelor's button||Single blessedness|
|Carnation||Alas, for my poor heart|
|Clover, white||Think of me|
|Crocus, spring||Youthful gladness|
|Dill||Powerful against evil|
|Geranium, oak-leaved||True friendship|
|Honeysuckle||Bonds of love|
|Hyacinth||The constancy of love, fertility|
|Jasmine, white||Sweet love|
|Lilac||Joy of youth|
|Marjoram||Joy and happiness|
|Myrtle||The emblem of marriage, true love|
|Rose, red||Love, desire|
|Rue||Grace, clear vision|
|Salvia, blue||I think of you|
|Salvia, red||Forever mine|
|Tulip, red||Declaration of love|
|Violet||Loyalty, devotion, faithfulness|
|Zinnia||Thoughts of absent friends|
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