Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flowers for Forgiveness: What Flowers Are the Best for Saying Sorry?

Floriography, which is the language of flowers, has been evolving for centuries. By using floriography people have used flowers to share their feelings and emotions with other people. This includes using flowers for forgiveness and telling someone you're sorry.

According to, a proper apology needs to accept responsibility, be specific about (and empathetic for) one's hurtful actions. Then assure the recipient of the apology what you'll do to keep from doing it again.

Apologizing and saying sorry is not easy and does not come naturally to a lot of people even when they know they are wrong or that they hurt someone else.
So if you want to use flowers to help apologize to someone, here are some great options.

Why Flowers for Forgiveness?

Apologizing is the best step to take when you've discovered you have wronged someone or hurt their feelings. Or after you've had a terrible argument.

Unfortunately, at times like this emotions are complicated and it can be hard to put everything you want to say into words. Or, sometimes, it can feel like your words may alone are not enough.

Presenting the person you have hurt with flowers can help soften their heart and smooth out a rough situation. But figuring out which flowers to give can be a difficult decision to make.

This is when knowing which flowers are symbols of forgiveness can help you add emphasis to your plea to be forgiven.


Yellow roses are a symbol of apologies, especially between friends. If you are apologizing to your partner or love interest, you can give red roses instead to emphasize your love and affection for them.
Roses have a sweet scent and receiving a bouquet of yellow roses will help awaken the recipient's senses for beauty and put them in a positive mood to accept your apology.

Definitely choose the long-stemmed variety when you are really on the outs with someone!
And make sure you or your florist remove all thorns prior to delivery. The last thing you want when trying to apologize is for your recipient to get stuck with a thorn.


Daffodils are springtime bloomers which makes them ideal for saying you're sorry since springtime is the time of rebirth.

Use daffodil's symbol of new beginnings to start again with the person you are attempting to make up with. Encourage them and yourself to put the past behind you and start anew.

Daffodils come in a variety of colors but to brighten up your recipient's heart, choose the more common yellow for this purpose. It will bring a ray of sunshine to your recipient's day.

Purple Hyacinth

Purple Hyacinth is a symbol of forgiveness. It has a long-standing tradition of being a flower used to say "I'm sorry" and to show a person's deep regret.

The spike of flowers on a hyacinth can be 6 to 12 inches long, providing for a striking presentation that is sure to send a message of your sincerity. The blooms will be hard to miss in any arrangement but they are just as pretty all on their own.

Hyacinths are very fragrant and they normally bloom between March and April. Be sure the top of the vase reaches just to the bottom of the blooms. Trim the stems of they are too long for the vase you put the hyacinths in, if necessary. This will keep the flowers from drooping over the edge.

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley consists of long green stems that can have up to 15 little white bells hanging off of them.

The bells hang downward much like a person's head when they are full of regret. So if you are at a loss of words on how to apologize, let the sweet little bells show how heavy your heart is.

The flower bells appear very delicate and sophisticated. Lily of the valley is sure to make your recipient stop and take notice providing you with the perfect moment to apologize.

Blue Hydrangea

Blue hydrangeas are symbols of both expressive regret and asking for forgiveness. Making them an excellent choice for a flower of forgiveness to pair with your heartfelt apology.

Blue hydrangeas are a huge flower consisting of little buds in the center with large wide pedaled flowers surrounding them all around.

One hydrangea on its own can make a serious impression. Your recipient will definitely recognize the size and weight of your regret when you tell them you're sorry.

White Tulip

Tulips are another springtime flower that symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings. However, the white tulip is the preferred color of forgiveness.

Tulips are one of the most popular flowers for arrangements. They are beautiful alone in a bouquet or an arrangement. But, they are also easy to incorporate into arrangements and have them still stand out in the crowd.

The tulips simple design can help keep your request for forgiveness on point. Let them help you stand tall and say, "Here I am, please forgive me."

Don't Put Off Apologizing Any Longer

There is no better time than right now to start mending a relationship that matters to you. The longer you wait, the longer the other person will wonder if you really care about them and whether you regret hurting them. If you do, don't leave them wondering. Tell them today and use flowers for forgiveness to help you.

Contact us and we'll help you figure out the perfect flowers to give and beautifully arrange it for you.