• Melissa Kartini

Valentine’s Day and the Language of Roses

Updated: Aug 6, 2018

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we all know what that means. Flower sales are going to hit the roof- for roses, especially.

Did you know, though, that there is more to roses than their natural perfume and aesthetic? For instance, the colour of the rose you pick for your loved one can symbolise your feelings for them. Such is the language of flowers.

With this in mind, we’re here to provide you with a rose colour guide to help you with your purchasing decision. This and the upcoming month are (mostly) going to be about love, so let us help you make this year’s Valentine’s Day extra special.


Ever popular, red roses are seen as a traditional symbol of love and romance, which understandably makes them the go-to choice for Valentine’s Day. What flower says “I love you” better than the red rose, after all?

Connections to love aside, the red rose also embodies the meaning of beauty and perfection.


Another popular option, the pink rose understandably has softer connotations than its red cousin. Admiration, gentility, grace, joy and sweetness are some of the meanings that this lovely flower is instilled with.

If you feel your special someone possesses any of these traits, it might be a good idea to have some pink roses in your bouquet.


The colour yellow is often associated with bright, uplifting happiness so it is only natural that the yellow rose reflect the same meaning. If you want to tell someone that they make you happy, yellow roses might be your best bet.

Why, even just looking them lifts your mood without even trying!


If you believe red is the only colour that represents boldness and passion, you have another think coming. The orange rose is a fantastic alternative option for those of you who prefer a more light-hearted tone in your gift.

So highlight the passion in your relationship by giving your loved one orange roses. These blooms are associated with energy, and are used to symbolise enthusiasm, desire and excitement.


While understated, the white rose remains an extremely popular choice the in the flower business. These sophisticated blossoms are used to represent innocence, purity, remembrance and charm.

They can also be traditionally found at weddings, where they symbolise new beginnings.


An elegant way of expressing your gratitude to someone is through the peach rose. A cross between the colours pink and orange, this soft-toned petaled beauty is soothing to both the eye and heart. This makes it an incredibly apt for representing appreciation, don’t you think so?

Sneak in a couple of peach roses in your bouquet to say “Thank you” with eloquence.


Want a more unique way of saying “I love you”? The lavender rose might be perfect for you.

A slightly unusual choice that is no less enchanting than its fiery red cousin, the lavender rose possesses an alluring air thanks to its more delicate shade. It also reflects love at first sight, and an eagerness to grow your relationship.

Which makes it more than adequate to gift to the girl (or guy!) you have your eye on. *winkwinknudgenudge*

Of course, there are more ways to express your feelings, but devoting effort by saying them through flowers makes your Valentine’s Day bouquet all the more meaningful. We’re sure your loved one will appreciate it.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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