It’s hard to think of a flower that is more classically romantic than a red rose. Roses carry different meanings based on their color. Red roses have a long history of delivering the message, “I love you,” making them a popular choice for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and other special occasions. Red roses embody true love, passion, romance and desire.
From the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet to today’s hit reality TV show The Bachelor, red roses have been a universal symbol of love for centuries.
In the 18th century, a special rose language evolved as a means of communication between lovers who were forced by society to keep their feelings a secret. In Europe during the Victorian Era, public shows of affection were frowned upon, so red roses were commonly used to send messages of love.
In Greek and Roman mythology, roses are often linked to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. It was said that rose bushes grew from the ground through Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her lover Adonis. The Romans, who turned Aphrodite into their goddess Venus, kept the rose as her symbol of love and beauty.
When Valentine’s Day became the mainstream holiday we know today, the rose was an obvious choice for the most fitting gift.
This type of flower isn’t given to just anyone, but to someone you love or want to woo. Red Roses can also send a message of appreciation and good wishes.
Just as there are many shades of love, there are also many shades of roses and varying meanings for each tone.
Red roses are the ultimate symbol of romantic love. Pink roses signify elegance and romance, without the seriousness signified by red. Yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy. Commonly used for weddings, white roses are associated with innocence and purity. Burgundy roses symbolize deep passion, readiness for a commitment, and unconscious beauty. Coral roses are symbolic of desire. Peach roses convey modesty, great cheer, sincerity, sympathy, and gratitude. Orange roses are symbolic of fascination anc can also be given to congratulate someone for a great achievement. Blue roses are often used to symbolise secret or unattainable love, as they do not naturally exist.
Giving red roses is the most timeless way to express your deepest affection for that special someone. Whether you send a single red rose, or an arrangement of many ravishing reds, these roses are a classic beauty. Flowers are one of those gifts that never go out of style. There’s something about receiving blooms that will put a smile on anyone’s face and are an excellent way to put your words into feelings or show your appreciation.