The power behind giving flowers is pretty special. Whether you’re spoiling mum for being so awesome or you’re surprising your loved one with something spectacular, there’s an art in picking the right bunch – and it’s more than just what looks ‘good’.

Flowers can reveal a lot about someone’s personality. And once you’re able to match the perfect blooms to the best traits of who you’re buying for, you’ll see just how much more impressive giving flowers can be.

Here’s a list of the most popular bouquets of flowers for all those special occasions or just to say ‘I love you’:

1. Roses – The flower of love

The flower of love is easily the most popular of all blooms. Roses, usually the number one choice for Valentine’s Day, symbolises romance, beauty and perfection.

They are ideal for women who are feminine, a little old-fashioned and who hold a timeless sense of style.

People who are naturally romantic will appreciate a bunch of red roses. But if you don’t want to display a huge token of love, opt for another shade of colour like yellow (ideal for friendship), pink or white. Because roses are linked to passion, beauty, perfection and strength, they’re usually reserved for the closest and traditional of relationships.

Personality type: She’s romantic, passionate and traditional. She’s a girly-girl and strives for perfection.

2. Daisies – Innocence and beauty

Renowned for their purity and cheerfulness, daisies are the happiest of buds. Best given to those with optimistic and loving personalities, daisies are refreshing and unpretentious. For a really lively flavour, opt for Gerbera daisies which are always a favourite to receive with their recognisable large flowering heads and joyful vibe. Give daisies to that someone special who’s playful and gentle, casual and earthy.

Personality type: She’s adventurous and a lover of nature. She enjoys spending time outdoors, making others laugh, being loyal and cherishing friendships.  

3. Poppies – Creatively quirky

Poppies are vibrant flowers and a perfect for that person in your life who’s highly creative. They are one of the most vivid of blooms and best suited for the contemporary individual who thrives on living in the moment. Symbolising fantastic extravagance, it’s a good idea to give poppies to a personality type you know very well.

Personality type: She’s enthusiastic, quirky and the life of the party. She loves expressing herself (and is great at it too) and needs to be constantly learning and trying new things.

4. Tulips – Perfect Love

Elegantly beautiful and easily identifiable, tulips stand for perfect love and is known as the flower that keeps on giving. Because they are a declaration of love (even more so than roses), they tend to be reserved for the most special lady in your life.

Tulips are an expressive flower so suit individuals who are attracted to unconventional and exotic things. They convey comfort and warmth in softer colours like yellows, oranges and pinks but for the real love of your life – opt for red.

Personality type: She’s thoughtful, sensitive and passionate. She cherishes family and friends, connects easily with people and seeks to change, give and offer sound advice to people she loves.

5. Lilies – The flower of friendship

A great option for people who prefer something a little more tropical, lilies are romantic and great for really impressing the women in your life as part of an arrangement with roses. Great for expressing love for a friend or that special someone, lilies are all about beauty, class and style. Carefully crafted bouquets of these beauties can be dramatic, expressive and sophisticated and tend to show off how well you know your loved one.

Lilies are very connecting flowers so are best for people whose personality you know well. Lilies – and other tropically inspired plants and flowers – are also a great option if you wanted to buy the man in your life a bunch.

Personality type: She’s compassionate, kind, friendly and playful. She has a motherly figure, a strong desire to help and care for people and is well-respected.

6. Orchids – Beauty and strength

Symbolising love, beauty, luxury and strength orchids send a rare message of exoticness with them. Because they’re the wilder of blooms, it shows a much higher level of creativity than the person that goes with the standard dozen roses. They’re perfect because they hold well over time, are delicate, thoughtful and wise. Give these creative buds to the exotic and mysterious personality in your life.

Personality type: She’s classy, exotic and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She values honesty, her small circle of close friends and thinking outside the box.

7. Sunflowers – Warmth and happiness

Promoting warmth and happiness, sunflowers are best for really brightening up the life of someone you care about. They also stand for loyalty and scream sunshine (hence the name!). Sunflowers are spirit-lifting blooms and suit the extroverts of the personality groups. Because they are flowers that follow the path of the sun, they are suited for bubbly, warm individuals.

Personality type: She’s approachable and cheerful, bubbly and energetic. Her presence can light up a room in a second, she’s optimistic about life and she makes friends easily.

What flowers do you love to receive? Please share in the comments below.


  • I love lilies, lisianthus and peonies.

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  • Seems that daisies are my flower :) – but I prefer Orchids and Tulips. And love even more all the native flowers.

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  • I absolutely adore receiving any flowers, but I do buy myself flowers each week. Lilies are my absolute favourite – in any colour. Although oriental lillies are my dream flowers. I love their strong cent and vibrant colour. However, I love all the colours now available in lilies. As it’s so cold and drab, I’ve been buying daffodils and jonquils – loving the bright sunshine look that they provide. And I do love to buy orchids for friends – the Singapore kind. They last a long time. But really, who doesn’t love flowers of any kind!?

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  • I love flowers !! Miss my country (the Netherlands) where flowers are so much easier and more fresh to purchase ! I love Buttercups, Hydrangeas and Eustoma’s.

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  • Thanks for this article – I have two large vases of orchids at the present moment and my flower of choice for me is Tulips and if I am giving flowers to my friends it has always been lillies.

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  • cool – i love gerbra’s I wonder what that means?

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  • I love lilliums, just not all their pollen!

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  • An insightful list. I have to say that I agree with most of them – especially the lillies and poppies

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  • I really like your list and will bare it in mind next time I buy flowers!!

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  • I adore roses and tulips. Tulips tend not to last as long as roses though.

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  • Thanks awesome to know I’ve got tulips growing woohoo !!! Thanks true love

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  • Great article, I love to give and receive flowers and tulips are my favourite. I even tried to have them for my wedding but they were out of season, boo!

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  • Gerberas are always so bright and cheerful.

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  • Such an interesting article! I love tulips! I love receiving them and gifting them!

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  • Doh what happened to carnations …I love carnations in a vase as not only do they have a lovely perfume, look wonderful, they keep longer in a vase as to many others I find.

    CARNATION

    If the carnation is your favourite flower, you’re very down to earth. However, you’ve got a tendency to like things just the way they are, thank you very much, and you’ve no rush to change anything. In fact, most of the time large changes make you somewhat fearful. But you’re great for a word of advice, and your friends know they can count on you to lend an ear and a hand. The finest way to wear a carnation is as a buttonhole motif when attired in suit and bowler

    You’re genuine and down-to-earth
    Your friends trust you with their secrets and you are loyal and well-respected
    You have a unique sense of style
    You have a reserved nature
    People seek your guidance and advice as you’re practical and realistic
    You’re content with the simple things in life and fear big changes

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