Romance in the Garden

Struggling to quite know what to say? Flowers have been used for centuries to fill in the gaps where words are not enough, revealing secret messages coded into their blooms by colour or type. If you’re into ‘saying it with flowers’ then choose carefully so you say just the right thing!


Traditional Colour Choice


These traditional colour choices mainly apply to roses but may also be applied to other flower types.


Red roses mean romantic love. 
Purple roses signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight. 
Coral and orangeroses signal desire. 
Yellow roses are joy and friendship. 
Pink roses express our gratitude and appreciation. 
Light pink roses show feelings of admiration and sympathy. 
Peach is more indefinite, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude. 
White roses show meaning of reverence and humility.



Tussie Mussies


These posies date back centuries and you can create them from grouping plants together to relay meaning. Perhaps a modern take on this could be to create a Tussie Mussie Container Garden…or go one step further and spell out your love in an entire garden remodel that only you and your lover will know the secrets of. If you are into garden romance, here’s a small ‘starter dictionary’ to help your plans.


ACACIA  - Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love 
AGAPANTHIS  - Secret Love 
AZALEA - Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood 
BEGONIA - Beware 
CACTUS - Endurance 
CALADIUM - Great joy and delight 
CAMELLIA -  Good luck gift for a man 
CAMELLIA (PINK) -  Longing for you 
CAMELLIA (RED) - You're a Flame in My Heart 
CAMELLIA (WHITE) - You're Adorable 
DAISY -  Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity 
FERN - Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter 
GARDENIA -  You're Lovely, Secret Love 
GERANIUM - Stupidity, Folly 
HYDRANGEA  - Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness 
IVY - Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection 
LILY (WHITE)  - Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You
LILY (CALLA) - Beauty 
MAGNOLIA -  Nobility 
MARIGOLD -  Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy 
MOSS - Maternal Love, Charity 
MYRTLE - Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage 
OLEANDER - Caution 
ORANGE BLOSSOM - Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness 
ORCHID -  Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtful, Maturity, Charm 
PETUNIA -  Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me 
STEPHANOTIS - Happiness in Marriage, Desire to Travel 
SUNFLOWER - Pride, Sunshine 
VIOLET - Modesty 
VIOLET (WHITE) -  Let's Take a Chance 
WISTERIA - Welcome 
ZINNIA (MAGENTA)  - Lasting Affection 

By: Meredith Kirton