[Revised February 2019]
Valentine’s Day is known for gifts of candy, cards and flowers. While a bouquet of cut flowers is a wonderful expression of love and appreciation, I suggest giving a lasting gift of flowering plant.
It occurred to me that a Valentine garden might be an interesting take on a theme garden. Below is a list of what I think of when it comes to flowers of the heart.
So, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…with these flowering plants that can grow a garden of perennial love.
Bleeding Heart: Compassion, Eternal Love
Dogwood Tree: Affection, Reliability
Lavender: Purity, Devotion, Calm
Magnolia (pink): Love, Gentleness
Roses: Love, Passion, Devotion
For more information on flowers and their meanings, visit these sources:
- Flowers & their meanings | flowermeaning.com
- Flower Meanings | theflowerexpert.com
- Meaning of flowers | teleflora.com
- Victorian Flower Language | victorian-era.org
- Send Your Valentine a Secret Message in the Language of Flowers, Updated for Modern Lovers | SmithsonianMag.com
- Cryptofloricon (encrypt or decrypt a floral message)| www.cryptofloricon.com
- Language of Flowers by Kate Greenaway