What Your Mother’s Day Flower Bouquet Really Says

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • May 07, 2019

20 Flower Meanings For The Perfect Mother’s Day Bouquet

Mother’s Day is almost here! While the women in our lives deserve to be celebrated every day, it’s always a good idea to pull out all the stops for Mother’s Day.

If you are thinking of getting your mother a bouquet of flowers for this special day, great! You’ve come to the right place.

While many people think that flowers are a fleeting gift, we couldn’t disagree more. Flower bouquets are a wonderful way to tell your mom how you really feel about her.

After all, a rose isn’t just a rose, and a sunflower means more than just a sunflower! Each flower has its own special meaning, and the right bouquet can show your mom just how much you love her.

Maybe you plan to purchase from a florist, or maybe you’ve been taking care of your own flower garden! Either way, the flowers on this list are sure to give your mom the best Mother’s Day yet!

Follow along with us below to learn the meanings behind 20 of the best Mother’s Day flowers. Then, create your own bouquet to show how you really feel!

1. Anemone

This beautiful purple flower has two common meanings. On a positive note, an anemone means anticipation. However, it also means hopeless or forsaken, which is probably not the message you’re trying to send on Mother’s Day!

2. Bird of Paradise

A Bird of Paradise is a unique, exotic flower that any mom is sure to love! This flower resembles a bird in flight, hence its one-of-a-kind name. Bird of Paradise represents joyfulness, magnificence, excitement, and wonder.

A bouquet of Bird of Paradise will stand out to your mom, and show her how excited and overjoyed you are that she is in your life.

3. Calla Lily

Calla Lilies are common for wedding bouquets and for good reason! Their white color resembles purity and innocence, while the flower itself symbolizes magnificence and beauty. This combination in meaning makes it a perfect flower to add to your Mother’s Day bouquet!

4. Carnation

While carnations are often looked down upon in the flower world, the meanings behind their different colors make them stand out in any bouquet.

White Carnation

White Carnations symbolize innocence and pure love. If you’re trying to say, “Mom, you are sweet and lovely!” consider adding white carnations to your bouquet.  

Pink Carnation

Pink carnations are perfect for Mother’s Day because they often symbolize the love of a mother and are known to be a way of saying, “I will never forget you”.

Red Carnation

If find yourself in constant admiration of your mom, add red carnations to her bouquet. Red carnations signify love, admiration, and pride.

Yellow or Striped Carnation

We suggest steering clear of yellow and striped carnations. Yellow carnations mean disdain or disappointment, while striped carnations signify refusal.  

5. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums come in many colors, and each color has its own meaning! Chrysanthemums, in general, symbolize optimism, joy and long life—making them the perfect touch for any bouquet.

Red Chrysanthemum

As with many other red flowers, a red chrysanthemum means love.

White Chrysanthemum

White chrysanthemums are not only beautiful, but they have significant meaning as well. This color of chrysanthemum means truth and loyal love. These are the perfect flower to show your mom how loyal, loving and trusting she is.

Yellow Chrysanthemum

Be careful with yellow chrysanthemums! These often symbolize slighted love, so reconsider adding these to your Mother’s Day flower bouquet.

6. Daffodil

Yellow daffodils have many meanings, each of which can be used to say something different to your mom!

Sometimes, daffodils are used to represent regard or chivalry. More commonly though, daffodils symbolize rebirth or new beginnings. These flowers can also mean unrequited love.

Interestingly enough, a single daffodil represents misfortune, while a bouquet of daffodils indicates joy and happiness.

Fun Fact: Did you know that daffodils (among other flowers on this list) are effective at deterring squirrels from your home and garden?

7. Daisy

These sweet white (and sometimes colored) flowers are common in any bouquet! Daisies often mean purity and innocence, but they also stand for true love.

Just because daisies are common doesn’t mean your mom won’t love them. Daisies are another beautiful way to say, “I love you, mom!”

A Gerbera Daisy, on the other hand, specifically conveys cheerfulness—which makes sense based on its bright colors!

8. Gardenia

These white flowers are the perfect addition to any floral arrangement, especially for your mom! Gardenias represent sweetness, love, and joy, so they are bound to be a happy addition to any Mother’s Day bouquet.  

9. Hyacinth

Hyacinth are gorgeous, tall, bundled flowers that will stand out in any bouquet. Like a few others, hyacinth come in many colors, each with their own meaning!

Blue Hyacinth

A blue hyacinth represents constancy.

Purple Hyacinth

While they are beautiful, purple hyacinth represent sorrow—which makes it less ideal for a Mother’s Day bouquet.

Red or Pink Hyacinth

Red or pink hyacinth signify playfulness, which could be the perfect flower for an active, on the go mom!

White Hyacinth

White hyacinth means loveliness—what better way to show your mom how lovely she is?

Yellow Hyacinth

So far, yellow flowers almost never have an optimistic meaning. Yellow hyacinth represent jealousy, so consider blue, red, pink or white hyacinth before adding yellow!

10. Hydrangea

These breathtaking blue and purple flower bundles may just be your mom’s new favorite! Hydrangeas represent heartfelt emotions and the feeling of being understood. Their beauty and meaning are sure to make any mom’s day.

11. Iris

An Iris symbolizes eloquence—however purple, blue, yellow and white iris each have meanings of their own.

Purple Iris

You know the saying, mother knows best? As every child comes to find out, this saying is almost always true.

Since purple irises represent wisdom and compliments, they are the perfect way to show your mom appreciation for her knowledge.

Blue Iris

Blue irises symbolize faith and hope.

Yellow Iris

Yellow irises symbolize passion, making it the perfect flower to gift from a significant other!

White Iris

White irises indicate purity.

12. Lily

When in bloom, lilies are some of the prettiest flowers in a bouquet. Lilies often represent refined beauty, but their different colors denote other meanings.

White Lily

A white lily symbolizes modesty.

Orange Lily

An orange lily would work perfectly in a Mother’s Day bouquet from a significant other since they represent passion.

Yellow Lily

Yellow lily means lighthearted or cheerfulness, making it the perfect flower to add a cheery touch to any bouquet.

Lily of the Valley

A Lily of the Valley signifies purity of heart and sweetness. Tying these into any bouquet will show your mom how much you value her.

13. Orchid

An orchid is a perfect way to celebrate any mother’s womanhood! An orchid is a symbol of exotic beauty and represents thoughtfulness, charm and glorious femininity.

Plus, orchids are beautiful and unique, making them stand out from other flowers.

14. Peony

This light pink flower represents compassion and symbolizes a happy life, a happy marriage, good health, and prosperity.

15. Rose

The rose is one of the most common ways to say “I love you” with flowers. It’s no secret roses come in many colors, so we want to discuss the meaning of each below.

Red Rose

Red roses exemplify deep emotions such as love, longing, desire, admiration, and devotion. Often a bouquet of 12 red roses is an elegant and sincere way to show your mom you love her.

White Rose

White roses symbolize purity and innocence.

Yellow Rose

Yellow roses will shower your mom with feelings of joy, happiness, and warmth. They often signify caring and friendship, making them less romantic than other roses.

Pink Rose

Pink roses convey admiration, joy, and gratitude. Deeper pink roses also symbolize elegance.

Orange Rose

Orange roses represent passion and energy. They are fiercer than other roses, so they often represent feelings of desire and romance.

Green Rose

Green roses often denote good wishes and feelings of peace.

16. Snapdragon

Snapdragons are unique flowers that are typically green and pink in color. A snapdragon conveys feelings of graciousness and strength. Use snapdragon to show your mom how much you admire her strong spirit!

17. Stock

Stock look somewhat similar to snapdragons, since they are both pink and green. However, stock symbolizes lasting beauty, happiness, and affection—three meanings your mom is sure to appreciate!

18. Sunflower

A bouquet of sunflowers is sure to catch your mom’s eye! These large, yellow flowers symbolize adoration, dedication, and love. We suggest sunflowers for any occasion, but Mother’s Day especially!

19. Sweet Pea

Sweet peas are simple flowers that indicate feelings of pleasure and bliss.

20. Tulip

Tulips are beautiful as bulbs, and even more beautiful once they have bloomed! Tulips are the perfect addition to a Mother’s Day bouquet because they symbolize perfect love. If you want to say “I love you” in a pretty and colorful way, use tulips!

Happy Mother’s Day from Your Friends at Killingsworth!

When you’re creating your Mother’s Day bouquet, consider what it is you want to say! Get creative with it, and put thought behind the flowers you give your mom. We suggest gifting the bouquet with a hand-written note. Detail each flower you chose, what it means and why you chose it for your bouquet.

Your mom, wife, grandmother or significant other will love the sincerity behind a hand-picked bouquet—it’s such a simple gift that is guaranteed to go a long way.

So, from your friends here at Killingsworth, Happy Mother’s Day!

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