How to Choose the Best Flowers for Every Occasion

Flowers are an ideal gift for almost any occasion. From anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother's Day, graduation, and weddings to expressing sympathy, gratitude, and appreciation, sending blooms is one of the best and most popular ways of conveying feelings to your loved-ones.


But with so many different varieties and colours, how do you choose the perfect flower for every occasion? Often times factors like what's in season, the recipient’s personal preferences, a flowers meaning and local traditions can also affect your choice.

Gifting flowers is always fun but may not be as simple as it seems. That’s why we’ve put together this little guide to help you choose the perfect flowers for any specific occasion.

Birthday Flowers

Nothing says happy birthday more than a bunch of the recipient’s favourite flowers! But if you’re uncertain about their favourite, lilies can often be a great choice and make a perfect birthday gift as they symbolise happiness and positivity. They also last super long, meaning they'll be remembering their spacial day for weeks to come. Lilies are however poisonous to cats so make sure that the birthday guy or gal is sans cats. Sunflowers are also popular because of their bright and cheerful disposition, plus they also last for ages! 

Birthday flowers

Still not sure what to get? Worry not. There’s yet another way to choose the perfect birthday flowers.

Did you know that like gems, every month has a birth flower and each birth month flower has a unique meaning?

Here are the flowers for each birth month and their meanings:

Birth Month

Flowers 

Symbolisation

January 

Carnation, Snowdrop

Love, admiration, fascination

February 

Iris, Violet

Faithfulness, wisdom, hope

March 

Daffodil 

New beginnings, happiness, joy

April 

Daisy, Sweet Pea

Innocence, purity

May 

Lily of the Valley

Love and appreciation

June 

Honeysuckle, Rose

Love, appreciation, gratitude

July 

Larkspur 

Positivity, levity, lightness

August 

Gladiolus 

Strength of character

September 

Aster 

Affection, love

October 

Marigold 

Elegance and devotion

November 

Chrysanthemum 

Compassion, friendship, joy

December 

Poinsettia 

Good cheer, happiness

 

Wedding Anniversary Blooms

Your anniversary is one of the most special days in your relationship. This milestone is a perfect opportunity to show your commitment and love to your partner.

With a flower to signify the years of your marriage, you can make this moment even more meaningful and special. Similar to birthday's, anniversaries have a flower associated with each year. Feel free however to pick your partners favourite ones.

Anniversary Flowers

 

Anniversary flowers by year

1st 

Carnations 

Young passionate love and a promise of commitment

2nd 

Lily of the Valley, Cosmos

Devotion and the purity of your relationship

3rd 

Sunflowers 

The strength of your bond, loyalty and fidelity

4th 

Hydrangea 

Gratitude and appreciation

5th 

Daisy 

Signifies the bond of your marriage and all your shared experiences

6th 

Calla Lily

Growth and beauty of your love and wisdom

7th 

Freesia 

Trust and faithfulness

8th

Lilac 

Recalling first emotions and sweetness of your love

9th

Bird of Paradise

The excitement your relationship contains and many adventures to come

10th

Daffodil 

Simple pleasures that you both share

11th

Tulip 

Declaration of love and deep passion

12th

Peony 

Honour and fortune of a happy relationship

13th

Chrysanthemum 

The abundance of love

14th

Dahlia, Orchid

Pure affection, understanding and mature charm

15th

Roses 

Strong passionate love and romance 

20th

Aster 

Wisdom and good fortune

25th

Iris 

Faith, wisdom and a promise of a happy and long-lasting marriage

30th

Lily 

Magnificence, beauty and devotion

40th

Gladiolus 

Vibrancy and remembrance

50th

Yellow Roses, Violets

Virtue, humility and faith

Flowers for Valentine's Day

Gifting flowers on Valentine’s Day has become a tradition to express one’s love and affection to a special someone. Although roses are no doubt the most popular Valentines Day flowers, there are also a lot of different options that perfectly fit this special occasion and will surely surprise your loved one. Lilies, carnations, tulips and alstroemeria are only some of the especially beautiful choices for Valentine’s Day flowers. We love arrangements that have bold red blooms such as the Renate and the Erica.

Valentine's Day flowers

 

Flowers for Mother's Day

Mother's day flowers

Flowers are one of the thoughtful gifts you can give mum on this special occasion. However, choosing the perfect flowers for the most special woman in your life can sometimes get overwhelming. Here are some thoughts for mum:

Carnations 
The most symbolic of Mother's Day. With a wide array of colours to choose from, classic carnations are a popular choice for Mother’s Day flowers. They’re also one of the longer-lasting cut flowers which means mum can enjoy them up to 2 weeks!
Roses 
Roses are classic and still a highly recommended gift for mums. They come in so many colours and different meanings, too.
  • Yellow roses - represent a caring nature
  • White roses - purity and brightness
  • Deep pink - appreciation
Gerbera Daisies
These cheery and vibrant flowers are sure to bring a smile to mum’s face. They also symbolise beauty, admiration and gratitude.
Tulips 
These elegant and gorgeous blooms make a perfect for mums as they express gratitude and perfect love.
Lilies 
A favourite of many and are associated with motherhood, these charming blooms are a great way to show mum how much you appreciate her.

Funeral Arrangements and Condolence Flowers

Funeral flowers

Flowers are a heartfelt way to express your deepest sympathy during the passing of a friend or a family member. In the most difficult of times, flowers also provide comfort to the family of the departed. 

 

Here are some of the most common types of funeral flowers:

Lilies 

Symbolises the soul of the departed and its return to a peaceful state of innocence.

Carnations 

Remembrance and love

Roses 

Classic deep red roses are often used at funerals and represent love and grief. 

Orchids 

Pink and white orchids are widely used to express one's sympathy and represent eternal love.

Gladioli 

Symbolise strength and fortitude

 

Christmas Blooms

Christmas flowers

Flowers are a perfect way to share and embrace the holiday spirit. Flowers and plants that symbolise Christmas include poinsettia, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, snow rose, orchids, and ivy.

Poinsettia 

This plant symbolises joy, love, purity and hope.

Amaryllis 

Represents determination, beauty, and love.

 

Final Thoughts 

There is always a reason to send someone lovely fresh flowers. Whatever the occasion, flowers can express a thousand emotions and are always a fantastic way to convey your feelings. Ultimately this guide should only serve as inspiration. Let your heart lead the way and you can't go wrong :)