How to speak the love language of flowers

By Bethany Rentfro, Staff Reporter

Valentine’s Day means love is in the air for couples everywhere and one of the best ways to shower your loved one with affection is gifting them with an extravagant bouquet of flowers.

Unfortunately, it can be hard to choose the right type of flower that will make your special person feel loved. 

Flowers have meanings and people should keep this in mind when they are planning their big day or the perfect date for Valentine’s Day.


The flowers that stand out most in an arrangement are called focal flowers. These flowers all look very attractive on their own but what do they mean when they are all put together?


Did you know anemones symbolize anticipation? This delicate bloom is alarmingly gorgeous and it is sure to charm anyone.

With many color choices and beautiful full petals, this flower is sure to draw the attention of anyone who loves a bright and unique arrangement.

Gifting these flowers to someone you’re planning to ask on a date or marry on Valentine’s Day is a sure way to symbolize love. 

Baby’s Breath

This flower is commonly seen in arrangements as a filler to larger flowers and pairs well with most.


This small, white, gypsophila flower symbolizes festivity, so make sure to add some in if you’re getting ready to celebrate a special occasion.


This distinctive flower has white petals and a bright yellow center. It is actually a fusion of two flowers into one which symbolizes true love and is one of the reasons it is so popular to gift to a loved one.


Hydrangeas are beautiful flowers that boast a wide array of colors and meanings.

Pink hydrangeas represent heartfelt emotion, blue symbolize frigidity and apology, white symbolizes boastfulness and bragging and purple symbolizes a deep desire to understand someone.

With all of these meanings, there’s a perfect hydrangea for every occasion.


This flower comes from France and has a wide array of color selections and a unique shape. If you’re looking to impress with your loyalty, this flower signifies faith, valor and wisdom. 


This purple flower smells amazing and symbolizes calmness and serenity. If you’re looking for a flower that will bring a halt to some turmoil, lavender may just be the way to go.


Lilacs are small in comparison to the others on this list and boast an incredible range of purples and white in their repertoire to make up for their lack of size.

If your significant other is the first person to ever steal your heart, surprise them this Valentine’s Day with some gorgeous lilacs, whose name means first love. 


Lilies come in a variety of colors, each one having its own unique meaning.

White lilies represent modesty and virginity. If you’re looking to woo someone new on Valentine’s Day, a white lily is a great way to show your patience in developing the relationship.

An orange lily symbolizes passion and yellow symbolizes gaiety, so if you’re head over heels for your partner, orange and yellow lilies are the best way to communicate that.


No, they’re not made of steel but these flowers are sure to steal the heart of a true southerner! It has a distinctive fragrance that is prized around the world and has been around for 20 million years. The magnolia symbolizes nobility and dignity. 


Orchids are one of the most popular picks for bouquets on Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s because this flower symbolizes refinement and charm or it’s the unique purple hue which would make any person feel one of a kind.


Roses are probably the most commonly selected flowers for Valentine’s Day but they still make a statement. Red roses symbolize passionate love, pink symbolizes admiration and white symbolizes purity. 

These flowers are always a safe option if you really don’t know what else to choose.


This iconic yellow flower is definitely an eye catcher when chosen for an arrangement. Sunflowers mean loyalty and adoration, so if you want your partner to know they can trust you, this flower will communicate that message with vibrance.


While tulips may not be the most beautiful flower out there, they do come in a wide array of vibrant colors.

The flower itself symbolizes perfection, so if you want your significant other to feel loved, they’re the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day.

So, there you go. Throwing together a bouquet can be much more thoughtful than just picking what looks pretty. Even if your partner doesn’t know the meaning behind the floral arrangement, the knowledge of secret messages is thrilling.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, a thoughtful bouquet is always sure to impress.


Bethany Rentfro can be reached via email at [email protected]

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