“Happiness,” a Japanese proverb tells, “is to hold flowers in both hands.”
Flowers touch the heart like nothing else. They’re perfect for conveying feelings of warmth and caring for both holiday and personal occasions. With a little preparation beforehand, selecting the right flowers is quick and easy. Here are some tips and suggestions to get you on your way!
- Know thy floral displays
Having a certain type of floral display in mind will help narrow down your selection process.Bouquets and arrangements come with flowers held in place with floral foam. The flowers may be arranged in a basket, such as The FTD® Flourishing Garden™ Basket, or in a keepsake container such as the FTD® Sunburst Bouquet. You’ll find a vast selection of bouquets and arrangements to choose from on our products or occasions pages..
A vase arrangement can be flowers of one kind, like roses, or mixed flowers arranged in foam and presented in a vase, such as the FTD® Star Gazer Bouquet.
A hand-tied bouquet is delivered with the stems bound together and trimmed so that they are on a flat plane. A variety of hand-tied bouquets are available for international delivery to select countries.
- Think pink (or purple, or red…)
Color is the biggest selling point for flowers and plants — bigger than fragrance. When selecting flowers or blooming plants consider the overall color the recipient would like.
- Speak the language of flowers
Flowers speak the language of the heart. In Victorian times, each flower had a specific meaning.Choose an arrangement or bouquet that really “says” something to the recipient. Here is a brief list of popular flowers and their meanings. Different colors of the same flower carry different meanings. To learn more about a specific flower, stop by
The Language of Flowers.
- Chrysanthemum – love & truth
- Daisy – innocence
- Daffodil – chivalry
- Freesia – trust
- Rose – happy love, fidelity, grace, and unconscious beauty
- Sunflower – devotion
- Tulip – “I am hopelessly in love”
- Tulips – luck
- Violet – modesty, virtue
- Get personal
Think of a particular aspect of the recipient’s personality as your browse our selections. For a gardener who loves to be outside, consider a plant or a tied bouquet. For hopeless romantics, roses are always a sure hit. And for a new Mom who’d love a keepsake for her baby, consider a specialty gift such as the FTD® Sweet Dreams Bouquet or FTD® Baby Girl Bouquet.
- Consider the flowers’ longevity
Some flowers’ life spans are longer than others. Long-lasting cut flowers include chrysanthemums, carnations, lilies, gladiolus and liatris; however, all cut flowers will live longer with a little TLC. Tests have shown that adding flower food to the water or foam, along with a few natural remedies, helps to keep flowers fresh.
- Don’t leave holiday purchasing to the last minute
Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas are the largest-volume holidays for florists, so don’t leave your purchasing until the last minute. For the best selection of flowers and gifts, it’s always best to order early — especially for cross-country and international deliveries.