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The Beginner’s Guide to Flower Selection

March 15, 2017
Beginner's Guide to Flower Selection

Gifting flowers is a sweet and classic move towards letting someone know that you care. While buying flowers may be quite cumbersome before, online florists has made the process easy breezy these days. You can buy flowers and have them delivered in a matter of minutes within the comfort of your home.

So you’re thinking about giving flowers to your loved one and you don’t know where to start. Don’t fret, we have the perfect guide to help you throughout this whole process.

Consider the basics

First, you need to deal with the basic details.

Who’s the recipient? The types of flowers you send to your mother or a boss is different from a bouquet for your significant other. Red flowers may be romantic for your romantic partner but wildly inappropriate for a boss. Below is a basic guide on flower meanings to help you out. Of course, if you know the recipient’s favourite blooms, you’re already on the right track. It’s also helpful to find out if the recipient has allergies, so you can avoid certain flower choices. Check out this list of allergy-prone flowers to avoid.

What’s the occasion? Is it for Mother’s Day? Valentine’s Day? Or maybe there’s no special occasion and you just want to express your appreciation. Occasions can dictate not only the type of flowers you send, but also the floral arrangements for your bouquet.

Do you have a budget? Another detail to consider is your budget. If nothing else, this can narrow down your flower selection based on your price range.

Flower customs

Another key factor to consider are the customs of certain cultures. In order to avoid unintentionally offending your recipient, be aware of the basic dos and don’ts especially in a multi-cultural environment such as Singapore.

For example, the Chinese culture associate the lotus flower with wellness and purity. The lotus symbol appears quite a lot in their arts as well as religion. It is also in Chinese tradition to send flowers as gifts for unpleasant occasions. In particular, yellow chrysanthemums and white flowers are considered funereal flowers symbolising death. Alternatively, red flowers are considered auspicious, while poenies and orchids are associated with prosperity and luck, respectively.

Flower meanings

Below are some of the most popular flowers in Singapore along with their meanings:

Roses symbolise love and passion. This makes roses a staple during Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. They figure quite heavily in arts and poetry as metaphors for beauty and desire. While a red rose says “I love you,” white roses evokes loyalty and pure love. Other shades, such as pink, can convey admiration and blossoming love.

Orchids is growing in popularity because they are not only elegant, they’re also fairly low maintenance. They’re symbols for beauty and sophistication. Their exotic appeal articulates a sender’s admiration and romantic inclinations. It also illustrates the sender’s unique and refined taste.

Tulips is another favourite for romantic gestures. They represent perfect love and commitment. This sophisticated flower also exemplify elegance and grace.

Iris can be perfect for any occasion. Generally, they represent hope and devotion. Depending on colour, you can send purple irises for wisdom, yellow for passion, blue for faith and white for purity.

Chrysanthemums are great for friendly affection. This “golden flower” is an allusion to positivity and prosperity. They’re usually given for loved ones who recuperating or a gesture of good will. Red chrysanthemums can indicate love, white can mean truth and yellow can symbolise jealousy.

Sunflowers are symbols of optimism. Its “sunny” aesthetic can lift anyone’s spirit, so you can send these blooms to someone who needs some cheering. Perhaps you’d also want to send them for some joy and inspiration. This is why a sunflower is usually a fail-safe choice for its positive message.

You can always consult your online florist for the meanings behind different flowers for the perfect bouquet.