There is a whole art behind choosing the right type of flower, the right color andcreating the perfect bouquet for a particular occasion. It can require a significant level of expertise to truly be able to express ones emotions and intentions through carefully chosen flowers, so a lot of people eventually mess things up, in spite of their good intentions. Well, the good news is that there are some flowers that be used for most social occasions. These are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colors that have become generally accepted as the go-to gift for anything from a date to a funeral. Some care needs to be taken when picking a suitable color, although there are timeless classics like the red rose that will be greatly appreciated by anyone and under any circumstance. Here are the ten prettiest examples.
Roses are a beginnerís best friend. You have a number of different colors to choose from - red being the universal color of love and passion, white symbolizing purity, yellow commonly used for denoting friendship, pink representing gentleness and empathy. A single rose is a great thing to have with you on a first date; a bouquet of roses can be very versatile, used as sympathy flowers for the close family of a deceased friend or relative, for anniversaries, to congratulate someone or as a part of a going away present. ††
Lilies symbolize life and the creative force, and can be used to brighten up someoneís day (a hospital visit) as a romantic gesture, a pretty decoration in a room or as a gentle sign of condolence. White lilies go especially well with other flowers in floral arrangements and are associated with elevated beauty, timeless grace and virtue. †
Orchids are the flower of choice for those with a more refined taste and a flare for extravagance. They are intricately shaped and colorful, guaranteed to turn heads and spark a conversation, and this is why they find a special place in floral arrangements and bouquets. There are a lot of interesting specimens in this family of flowers so you have a lot of room to maneuver when looking for your perfect orchid.
These are not particularly suited for funeral arrangements and sympathy flower bouquets, but they are excellent for all kinds of happy occasions. A bouquet that incorporates red or orange gerberas is particularly effective at lifting someoneís spirit, and showing love and playfulness. If a friend or family member is in a hospital bed or bedridden at home, a bunch of colorful gerberas are your best option. ††
Tulips are the epitome of elegance and class. They are not too extravagant or flamboyant Ė they have vibrant, warm colors and a simple yet striking shape. A yellow is a great way to show someone that you support their decisions, that you treasure their friendship and that you have deep respect them as a person. Red tulips will show that you find your loved one unique and precious and that you can put enough thought into a gift to think of another flower other than a rose. ††
In Christian tradition, carnations are associated with the tears of the Virgin Marry, who wept as Christ bared the burden of his cross. They are symbols of love and admiration, very durable and striking, so they are a great choice for bouquets. They can be used to show platonic love towards a friend or close family member or they can be used as a grand gesture of romantic loved toward a very special person in our lives. ††
Calla lilies are very beautiful and sensual flowers, often found on gravestones of lovers/spouses that passed away young. They are commonly used to express grief, but they also symbolize a celebration of immortal beauty and undying love. Calla lilies look great in bouquets, but can also be a very striking stand-alone flower in a vase.
With these seven flowers it is difficult to go wrong, and they can be combined to make some striking bouquets that can sweep a loved one of their feet, express grief and empathy, cheer someone up or just show someone that we appreciate their company and personal sacrifices. It only takes a little originality to truly impress someone, even with such a traditional gift as flowers.