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Flowers That Mean Love

Updated: May 18, 2023

Red roses

We're not sure there's any flower whose meaning is more well-known than the red rose – and we have Valentine's Day to thank for it! Red roses are commonly given to lovers and partners as a symbol of romance and affection on the 14th February, with just a single rose doing the job.

Red roses are associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love and passion. The number of roses you send and receive also has a meaning.

1 rose – Love at first sight

2 roses – Love and affection

3 roses – Usually given as a gift for a one-month anniversary

6 roses – You're infatuated and want the recipient to be yours

10 roses – You want to tell them that their love is perfect

12 roses – This is a classic bouquet size to ask someone to be yours

15 roses – Give 15 roses to say sorry

24 roses – This huge bunch of roses simply says 'I'm yours'

50 roses – That's a lot of roses! This is the ultimate romantic bouquet when you want to make an impression

100 roses – This grand statement suggests that your love is in bountiful supply and will last forever.


Dahlia flowers are considered to represent a lasting bond – making them perfect for your bridal bouquet. They're also said to mean commitment, another great reason to feature them in those wedding flowers.

Red tulip

Believe you've met your soulmate? That one person you intend to spend the rest of your life making happy? Then a bouquet of red tulips is the perfect romantic gesture. This favourite spring flower in a bold shade of red is said to symbolise true love.


Peonies are a popular choice for summer weddings and floral arrangements when you just want to let someone know you care. In the language of flowers, peonies are said to represent a happy marriage so are the perfect blooms for a decadent bouquet to walk down the aisle with!


A staple in many floral arrangements, carnations also have an important job to play when you want to send that message of love. Each colour of carnation means something a little different, so choose wisely! We've featured their meanings below.

Light Red – admiration

Dark Red – deep love and affection

White – pure love and good luck

Pink – a mother's undying love

Alchemilla Mollis (Lady's Mantle)

These are given to show comforting love, at a time when you want to let someone know you are there for them. Alchemilla is a little wild in appearance and looks incredible alongside dark shades of red and deep pinks in a bouquet.

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