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What do different coloured roses symbolise?

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What do different coloured roses symbolise? - Amazing Graze Flowers

Did you know? Every rose means something a little different. Floriography is the ‘language of flowers' and was common practice when sending flowers during the Victorian era. As each flower had its secret meaning, flowers could be used to send a message. Even back then, roses symbolised love, with the colour of the rose determining whether the love was platonic or romantic. 

Roses have remained one of the most popular flowers for all sorts of occasions, from weddings to anniversaries, special occasions, events and more. Coveted for their simple beauty and captivating scent, there’s no better way to show someone you care than sending a bunch of roses. If you’re thinking of sending roses to someone, read on to find out the meanings behind different coloured roses.

Red roses

Red Roses

The universal symbol of passion, romance and true love, red roses are a timeless way to say, ‘I love you'. A classic Valentine’s Day flower, red roses are an elegant choice in a bridal bouquet. Deeper-hued roses in shades such as burgundy signify a desire for commitment, which is why they are often used in wedding arrangements. They look great on their own, matched with roses in other shades or with other romantic blooms such as baby’s breath. Whether it’s for a birthday, special occasion or just to express appreciation, there’s no better way to let someone know how you feel than with a bunch of red roses.

White roses

white roses

A classic choice for bridal bouquets, white roses represent new beginnings and budding love. White roses also symbolise purity, youthfulness and innocence and are often given at ceremonial occasions such as christenings and graduations. Beautiful on their own or mixed with greenery, white roses are a wonderful way to tell someone you are thinking of them.

Pink roses

pink roses

The meaning behind pink roses can vary, depending on the shade of the petals. Lighter or pastel pink roses often symbolise admiration and joy, while darker-hued pink roses tend to represent gratitude and appreciation. A popular gifting choice, pink roses are timeless and elegant and make a great addition to wedding bouquets.

Yellow roses

yellow roses

Symbolising friendship and joy, yellow roses tend to be associated with cheerful concepts and are an especially popular gifting choice on birthdays. During the Victorian era, yellow roses were used to communicate jealousy, but these days they evoke feelings of sunshine and happiness.

Orange roses

orange roses

Bright and bold, orange roses are often used to convey messages of energy, enthusiasm and passion, while softer shades of orange, such as peach roses, are used to express sincerity or gratitude. Orange roses are a great bloom to gift someone to let them know you are proud of them or if you’re feeling a little down, ordering a vibrant bunch of orange roses for yourself is the perfect pick-me-up.

Black roses

black rose

Often seen at funerals or other events centred around mourning, black roses can have more meanings than just representing death. In fact, black roses can be used to represent new beginnings, inspiring courage to pursue new challenges and therefore make a perfect gift for someone who is embarking on a new chapter in their life.

Mixed colour arrangements

Mixing and matching a variety of rose colours can convey more than one message to the recipient. Mixing various shades into one bouquet is a personalised way to show love and affection for someone. Mixed coloured rose bouquets also make great wedding flowers, whether in pastel shades or bright hues, they will stand out and be uniquely you!


At Amazing Graze Flowers, we have roses in a variety of shades, each beautiful in its own way. Check out our roses collection and order online for flower delivery in Melbourne wide or if you would like help creating the perfect flower arrangement to mark a special occasion, get in touch with us today.

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