Flowers to turn to when words aren't enough

For difficult situations
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

At one point or another, we've all had moments when we don't know what to say. When someone we care about is in a hard situation, it is sometimes difficult to express ourselves and to show that we're there for the other person. It's important to show your friends and family that you can shoulder their troubles and help them out when they need it. Flowers can help with this. Flowers are the perfect thoughtful gift for when words were inadequate. These flowers help you to share all your warmth and support, when you cannot find the words yourself.

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In Asia, the chrysanthemum has been extremely popular for centuries. So popular that even the Imperial family and later the government adopted the flower as a symbol of long life. The name of the chrysanthemum comes from the Greek: chrys, meaning gold, and anthemon, meaning flower. It is a perfect flower to embody supporting someone from isolation, wishes happiness and grants a wise and long life. If someone is lonely or if you want to wish them good health, this could be the flower that helps you to get your message across.  


White and pink carnations symbolise a mother's undying and unconditional love for her child, and have been the flower to give on Mother's Day for over a hundred years. Carnations are therefore also an appropriate flower to give in case of a loss of a child, such as a miscarriage or a stillbirth.


Could one of your friends use some protection in these turbulent times? Then give them tulips. The tulip used to be called the God Flower and stood for protection and spiritual growth. The colour of the tulip can also determine the message you want to give. Red tulips, for example, represent fierce love and black tulips are a way of saying: 'I love you so much that I am prepared to sacrifice everything'. 


The alstroemeria symbolises a long-lasting friendship, and it's therefore the perfect gift to celebrate a beautiful friendship with. All six petals of the alstroemeria stand for a valuable quality: understanding, humour, patience, compassion, decisiveness and respect. Which petal represents which meaning is up to you to choose. It is a flower that says 'I am here for you, always'. Whatever difficult situation a friend may be in, this flower will always be there for both them and you.


If you want to have a one of the best days of your year, or your grandparents need a boost of love, why not buy a big bunch of asters. Besides autumnal joy, they also represent a happy old age. Either way, they're a real mood booster! Curious how flowers can give the elderly a boost? Read more about it in our article.

Blue thistle

You could say that the thistle symbolises life. The combination of the soft floral heart and the thorny leaves shows that life has both happy and sad periods, meaning that giving this flower as a gift can be very appropriate in many situations.


Purple flowers stand for dignity, preparation, seriousness and mourning. That makes the purple callicarpa a fitting flower to give to close relatives who are arranging a funeral, to let them know you are there for them. But it is also a fitting flower for many other situations where words fail to come up with the appropriate response.


In China, the Cymbidium is a gift for friends. The flower is a symbol of a valued and respected friendship. Beautiful when combined with alstroemeria! It's the perfect flower to let friends know that you're there for them. 


Of course, the rose stands for love, but there can be no rose without thorns. The thorns symbolise that life doesn't always come up roses, meaning you can use the rose not only to express love but also to show your empathy in more difficult times. Did you know that each colour also has its own meaning? Red stands for love, white for purity, pink for gratitude, orange for appreciation and yellow for connection.

More symbolism

Apart from these wonderful storytellers, there are countless other symbolic stems. Want to know more? Let your feelings speak with flowers or create a real flower infinity for a truly awesome effect. Let us know how you're bringing more flowers into your life on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtags #funnyhowflowersdothat and #weneedmoreflowers.