Flowers offer a special way to send a message to a loved one, whether it’s to say ‘congratulations’ or ‘I love you’. But which to send on what occasion? Superstar florist Eden Hessell, aka The Botanist, shares her tips for sending the most appropriate flowers for every occasion
What type, what colour, what size flowers should I send?
If you’ve found yourself asking this question, then this guide is for you. There are many tried-and-true flower combinations that say ‘I love you’, or ‘Condolences – think a bunch of long-stemmed red roses, or white lilies for a grief-stricken someone. But what if you want to stand out a little from the crowd, while still remaining appropriate? Read on, flower lover!
Flowers to send for a birthday
Eden says: “Something special and unique like dahlias or peonies would be perfect as they will most likely to be sent lots of flowers for their birthday so try and stand out from the rest of the bunch)!
Flowers to say ‘I love you’
Eden says: “You really can’t beat roses. For something a little different to red roses, try old fashioned garden roses. Mix them with a beautiful foliage like copper beach but keep the bouquet simple and classic and let the roses speak for themselves.”
Flowers to say ‘Thank you’
Eden says: “Bright cheerful flowers like double daffodils or tulips are a great option. Bright flowers send off happy vibes so a bunch of bright, colourful blooms will make someone feel special.”
Flowers to say ‘I’m sorry’
Eden says: “For ‘I’m sorry’ flowers, it’s important to show that you’ve put thought into your choice. So just make sure it’s their favourite flower! This lets them know you care and that you know what makes them happy.”
Which flowers to send just because
Eden says: “Anything seasonal and underrated like a big bunch of one type of flower – ask your florist what they’ve got in stock.”
Flowers to send in sympathy
Eden says: “Usually white and green is the most appropriate combination of flowers to send in sympathy. Just keep in mind that they will be receiving lots of flowers so it’s a good idea to ask the florist which is the most special bloom they have and go with that. Another tip is to send these in a vase as they might not be able to accommodate all the flowers. Don’t be afraid to send something with a bit of colour also. Traditionally white calla Lillies are the go-to bloom for bereavement.”