Roses are perennial plants that come back each year in your garden and have a very long blooming season. They are one of the most popular garden plants. Do you know what the rose colors signify?
One of my favorite things to do, when I have some free time, is to wander around the grounds of the Raleigh Rose Gardens. There are so many varieties and colors. It’s such a peaceful and beautiful day to do this.
What Do the Different Rose Colors mean?
There are few flowers which have more meanings than roses. And few flowers have an many hues as rose colors do. Poets and authors have long praised the rose in their words. Some of my favorites are:
The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
George William Curtis
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
And one of my favorites:
The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.
When I wandered around the rose garden on my last visit, I starting thinking about the colors and their significance. I thought it would be fun to explain to my readers what colors of roses has come to signify over the passage of time.
Here is a list of some popular Rose colors and their commonly accepted meanings:
Burgundy – Often thought of as the color or royalty and associated with passion. Burgundy roses also signify Unconscious Beauty
Yellow with red tip – A rose of this color sends out Jovial and Happy Feelings to the recipient.
White with Red tip – when found on one rose, these colors signify unity. This beauty is a photo shopped image of an Osiria rose.
Orange – These roses are associated with energetic feelings, such as enthusiasm, passion and gratitude.
Peach – Bright and zesty, the peach color expresses enthusiasm. Peach roses can symbolize fervent love and excitement When given to a special someone,peach roses can say “I find you charming or exciting.”
White – this is the traditional color of brides and white roses are often used in bridal bouquets. However, sending white roses can also be the way a secret admirer can express his as-yet-unrevealed interest in the recipient of the rose.
Blue – Probably because blue flowers are uncommon, blue roses signify The unattainable, or the impossible. Blue is not a color that occurs in roses because they lack a pigment( delphinidin) that turns flowers blue. If you find blue roses, they have likely been dyed.
Pink – Pink roses are a way of showing Appreciation, of saying “Thank you”/ They are associated with Grace, Perfect Happiness, Admiration, and Gentleness
Black – black roses signify Death, and are a way to say Farewell. There is no such thing as a true black rose, but breeders keep trying to create one. If you find a truly black rose, it has likely been dyed, like blue roses are.
Coral – Coral colored roses signify desire.
Yellow – Yellow roses say are connected with Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Promise of a new beginning. They are used say “Welcome Back, Remember Me”, and also signify Jealousy.
Red – red roses are thought to signify Love, Beauty, Romantic Love, for Congratulations, Sincere Love, Respect, Courage & Passion
Lavender – Lavender roses are less common than some other colors. Their message is one of enchantment, adoration and love at first sight. Because shades of purple are associated with royalty, lavender roses can also symbolize respect and admiration.
What is your favorite from my list of rose colors? Do you agree with the meanings above for that color rose? See more pictures of roses on my Pinterest flowers board.
If you have a photo of a black, blue or burgundy rose, I would love to include it and credit you. Please email me details.
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