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Best Mother’s Day Flowers

Best Mother's Day Flowers

Flowers are the traditional gift to give to your mother on Mother’s Day. The colorful blooms send a non-verbal message to the woman who gave birth to you on her special day.

Different flower varieties and bloom colors convey different sentiments, and you may need a little help to know the right ones to choose. You want to let your Mother know you love her. However, red roses won’t be an excellent choice to convey that sentiment. Red roses mean ‘I Love You,’ but they imply it with romantic love.

Check out some of these best Mother’s Day flowers that will let her know you love her and appreciate all she has done for you.

Best Mother's Day Flowers


Carnations are the traditional Mother’s Day flower. A woman named Ann Jarvis started the carnation-giving tradition in 1907. In remembrance of her mother, she had 500 white carnations sent to the St. Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church of Grafton, West Virginia. Her mother had been a Sunday School teacher in that church for 20 years before her death. Carnations were the favorite flower of Ann Jarvis’ mother, and she asked that each mother in the church congregation that day be given a white carnation. The following year, St. Andrew’s Church repeated the gesture on the same day, and a new tradition was born. This is how the link between carnations and Mother’s Day got started.

Carnations: Meaning and Symbolism

Each color of carnation has a different meaning.

* Pink carnations express gratitude for all her sacrifices while raising you.

* Red carnations express the admiration you feel for your Mother.

* White carnations are worn symbolically to remember a mother who has passed away.


Roses have historically been linked to maternal figures in ancient and modern times. Choosing the right color for your Mother is essential to convey the right message. Red roses symbolize romantic love, so stay away from them on Mother’s Day.


* Pink roses symbolize elegance, grace, and an appreciation for the recipient and are great for giving on Mother’s Day.

* Yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy.

* A mixed bouquet of pink and yellow roses sends a heart-warming message to Mom that lets her know how much you appreciate her and the enjoyment you get from her friendship.

Gerbera Daisy

This is the fifth most popular flower globally and is an excellent choice to give on Mother’s Day.

Gerbera daisies symbolize purity, innocence, loyal love, and cheerfulness. The flowers come in a wide range of bloom colors, like fiery red, bright pink, sunny yellow, pale pink, peach, lavender, and white.

Blue Gerbera Daisies

They make long-lasting cut flowers, and when grown in pots, the flower heads turn towards the sun. These colorful flowers are native to Africa and are available year-round.


Lillies are a lovely flower and are favored to give and grow in home gardens. The name Lily is often given to girls, and it means innocence and purity. The color of the bloom tells the meaning of the flower.

Orange Lilies

Photo by Jon Sailer

* White lilies mean purity, innocence, commitment, and rebirth.

* Pink lilies mean love, femininity, and admiration.

* Orange lilies mean confidence and energy.

* Yellow lilies mean thankfulness, joy, and friendship.


Tulips are an easy to recognize flower, and they mean ‘perfect love.’ They are an ideal flower to give to your Mother on her special day and can be shown in various ways. As cut flowers in a vase or bouquet, as a potted plant, or as bulbs ready to plant in the flower garden.

Best Mother's Day Flowers

Photo by Brigitte Tohm

Tulip bloom colors convey different meanings and the general sense of perfect love.

* Pink tulips mean happiness and confidence.

* White tulips mean forgiveness.

* Yellow tulips mean cheerfulness.

* Purple tulips mean royalty.

Flowers designer’s choice

We asked  flower designer’s Audrey, at my loving little farmhouse to create a mother’s day bouquet for us:

Best Mother's Day Flowers

Photo by Audrey @mylovinglittlefarmhouse

Audrey’s mom is from China, so she chose peonies as the central flower to star in this bouquet. The choice was dictated by the meaning of peonies: generosity and grace. In China, the peony is a flower of power bringing together feminine beauty, generosity, and success.

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