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Learning The Language of Roses: Understanding the Meaning of Different Color of Roses

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Learning The Language of Roses: Understanding the Meaning of Different Color of Roses

When gardeners and flower lovers select from the many roses available, they may not be aware that each rose is imbued with a different meaning. If more people were aware of this, they would surely select a different type of roses - one that revealed their true feelings. Whether you wish to create a rose garden design that expresses a certain mood or you simply want to select the right rose for a special occasion, you will want to know that different colors of roses traditionally have different meanings:

  • Red roses have traditionally signified true love, passion, beauty, and courage. However, they can also suggest respect and congratulations. A single red rose is a universal symbol of love and is an accepted way of saying I love you. A thornless red rose is meant to express love at first sight.


  • White roses have traditionally meant innocence, secrecy or quiet, sacredness, youth. They can also be used to say I miss you. They are often carried by brides to connote a happy and pure love. White rosebuds are thought to symbolize young girlhood.


  • Pink roses have traditionally been given to communicate thanks, happiness, admiration, honesty, and grace. Pale pink roses are sometimes given to express sympathy. The pale type of roses can also signify sweetness. Dark pink roses are traditionally given as thanks.


  • Pale purple roses are sometimes called lavender roses and sometimes referred to as lilac roses. In either case, they can symbolize love at first sight or enchantment.


  • Yellow roses have long stood for friendship, joy, new starts, freedom, welcomes, remembrance, jealousy, and delight. Yellow roses are traditionally sent to new mothers, recent graduates, and newlyweds as a type of congratulations. This type of roses is very much prized in Texas. Yellow roses with red edges have often stood for new love or deep friendship.


  • Peachy roses traditionally communicate appreciation, gratitude, agreements, and sincerity. The paler type of roses mean modesty while the darker variety are sometimes used to express desire.


  • Orange roses signify desire and enthusiasm.

  • Black roses do not exist, but florists sometimes create black roses through dyes. These express death and goodbyes.

  • Now that you understand the basic meanings of the colors of roses, you can use this knowledge in rose gardening. Simply by selecting a different type of roses for your rose garden design, you can make rose gardening symbolize some of the feelings and ideas you wish to express. By selecting roses based on the symbolism of their color as well as their beauty and scent, you can develop a rose garden that you enjoy even more. Each time that you look at your rose garden, you will be reminded of the ideals and feelings that you are trying to secretly express.

    You can also express your feelings directly to another person by making them a gift of a single rose or a rose bush in a particular color. Maybe you can even send them a poem with your surprise gift.

    Rose Gardening Tip.

    The rose garden planting season is just around the courner. It is time to collect and sharpen you gardening tools. This is also a good time to finalize that plan for that special something new that you are going to try in the garden this year.

    Remember most roses like at least 4 or 5 hours of sun each day. In addition, good drainage is a must.

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