It’s generally accepted that roses symbolize love, but have you ever wondered where that concept came from? Using flowers to send messages actually originates from the Ottoman Empire, where women used them to convey feelings they couldn’t say out loud. It wasn’t until the 19th century, however, that floriography, or the language of flowers, was formalized in the form of Le Langage des Fleurs, a dictionary on the hidden meanings of flowers.

While roses are still viewed as the flower of love, they are not the only variety that can transmit messages of romance. In this article, let’s have a look at other blooms that can show your significant other how you truly feel.

Peonies

These fluffy blooms are most commonly associated with bashfulness, prosperity and romance. Some people even believe it to be a good luck charm, bringing the receiver good fortune in all endeavours. Peonies also have some roots in Greek mythology. Apparently, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty grew jealous of a nymph, Paeonia, who had drawn the attention of Apollo, God of the Sun, and turned her into the bloom in a fit of spite.

Matthiola Incana

Want to tell the love of your life that their beauty will not fade with time, and you want to offer them a lifetime of happiness? A bouquet of this spicy cinnamon and clove scented flower may do the trick.

Red Chrysanthemum

Want to convey feelings of passion and love? Fan the flames of her desire with a posy of the fieriest of flowers.

Ranunculus

Also known as buttercups, these colorful flowers will let the recipient know that you are dazzled by their charms.

Pink Asters

Asters get their name from their astral shaped heads, and represent love, charm, and sensitivity. According to florists all over the world, pink asters are the emblem of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love.

Daffodils

Traditionally the 10-year anniversary flower, you can gift a bouquet of these to your special someone to show them that you’re wishing them 12 months of good luck and happiness. That’s got to earn you some serious brownie points.

Gerbera Daisies

Daisies are known to symbolize beauty, innocence and purity. The Gerbera variety, distinguishable by their large flowering heads, come in rainbow hues, which adds an additional meaning for cheerfulness. Receiving a bunch of these happy flowers is sure to brighten anyone’s day.

Tulips

A traditional alternative to roses due to their relative affordability, these elegant and easily recognizable blooms convey warmth, comfort and the perfect love. If you want to stand out from the crowd but still want a classic, a bunch of tulips will definitely get the message across.

Alstroemeria

Native to South America and also known as Peruvian lilies, these long-lasting and striking blooms are the perfect way to show you want to take your relationship to the next level. These flowers feature multiple blooms per stem, making for voluptuous arrangements.

Casa Blanca Lilies

If you’re looking to make a statement, creating a bouquet of these expensive white lilies from the Orient are the way to go. Signifying beauty, class and style, the heady fragrance of these stunning blooms is a fantastic way to spoil your loved one.

Orchids

Quite possibly the most expressive of all flowers, sending a bouquet of these rare blooms can tell the recipient a lot of things. Orchids symbolize love, beauty, luxury, strength and also a desire to rock the bed all night. Is it any surprise that orchids are considered the ultimate seduction tool?

Now that you know the meanings behind some of the most common alternatives to roses, all you need is a place to get them. Why not feed two birds with one muffin? Flovie’s is a charming Florist/ Café that stocks the freshest flowers and also offers a romantic setting for you to enjoy a romantic meal. Check out their website here and leave us a comment to let us know how your date went.