Southern Living

Giving fresh flowers is an easy way to show a friend, family member, or neighbor that you're thinking about them. However – you wouldn't want to give your Great Aunt Edna Mae some romantic roses, would you? Different blooms stand for different things, and sharing a bouquet of flowers is a fun way to express your appreciation or thanks. For instance, you may want to give your Mama a bouquet of pink hydrangea to tell her how much you love her. Here are a few of our favorite flowers and their meanings.

Gerbera Daisy: These cheery stems deliver messages of happiness.

Rose: Pink selections express love and gratitude. (Reserve red for romance.)

Hydrangea: Choose a shade of pink to show your sincere love and devotion.

Peony: Convey honor and beauty with these bold, pillowy blooms.

Lily: This timeless blossom is closely tied to motherhood.

English Daisy: Give first-time moms a bright symbol of new beginnings.

Tulip: The pink petals of this popular flower demonstrate enduring love for family.

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