The meaning of plants: top romantic flowers for Valentine’s Day

If you’re struggling to put your feelings into words, just say it with flowers.


The language of flowers has long been used as a way of conveying special messages and symbolism to loved ones, particularly in terms of romance and friendship. This is why flowers are so commonly given as a gift on Valentine’s Day, and why you should adorn your home and business premises with stunning plants and flowers in the lead up to the most romantic day of the year!


Want to convey the right message this Valentine’s Day? Check out our round-up of the most romantic flowers and their meanings…




 We all know that red roses are the traditional symbol for love and romance (thanks to their association with Aphrodite, the goddess of love). This is why they’re the most popular flowers to be given as a gift for Valentine’s Day, with 51% of people buying them for a special someone during this time!


However, what you might not know is that light pink roses are often used to convey sympathy, though dark pink roses are used as a way of expressing gratitude. Additionally, because yellow roses symbolise joy and friendship, these are best given as a gift of platonic love.


Blue Violet

close up photo of blue violets

“Roses are red, violets are blue”; there’s a reason blue Violets make an appearance in this classic poem that is often recited as an expression of love! Like red roses, these flowers make a wonderful romantic gift because they represent love, devotion and affection, as well as a promise of faithfulness.




With their gorgeous pink blooms and glossy green foliage, azaleas are a popular choice for Valentine’s Day flower bouquets. Depicting femininity and developing passion, it also reminds loved ones to take care of themselves when they are given this fragrant flower as a gift.


beautiful purple lilacsPurple Lilacs


Similar to roses and many other flowers, lilacs have different meanings depending on their colour. For example, although the colour lilac (after which this flower is named), represents a first love, it’s purple (or more specifically, magenta) lilacs that are associated with love and passion.


Alternatively, blue lilacs symbolise feelings of happiness and tranquillity, whereas white lilacs are used to denote youthful innocence and purity. Nonetheless, with their delicate, colourful flowers and many meanings, lilacs of all shades make great Valentine’s Day flowers.




 The clue is in the name when it comes to the meaning of these pretty pale blue, pink and white flowers; Forgot-Me-Nots are the perfect gift to tell a loved one that you hope you won’t be forgotten by them. It also symbolises true love, and acts a reminder of your favourite memories with a loved one.


Pink peonies


Pink peonies are considered to be one of the most romantic flowers for a number of reasons; not only do they represent love and prosperity due to their full and rounded blooms, but they’re also the 12th wedding anniversary flower, and are an omen of honour, good fortune, and a happy relationship.



close up photograph of pink peonies


The snowdrop is the first flower of the year, and they bring hope of spring when they bloom. However, they also represent hope for the dark times to pass, and for the light to return once more. This is why they’re gifted to friends who are going through a difficult time, regardless of the time of the year.


To get your business premises ready to celebrate the most love-filled day of the year, phs Greenleaf have released a new range of Valentine’s Day plants and flowers. Featuring a Valentine’s desk floral, heart wreath, rose display and hanging basket, this is the perfect range for pubs, hotels, restaurants, and anywhere else your customers will want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style!


 To find out more about our new Valentine’s flower range for businesses, contact phs Greenleaf