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> A Florist’s Guide to Mother’s Day Flowers | Roses Only

A Florist’s Guide to Mother’s Day Flowers | Roses Only

Mother's Day Flowers: Read this Before you Send Your Floral Gift

Mother's Day Flowers


Whether you choose to pamper mum with a spa day, a Mother’s Day brunch at your favourite restaurant or a shopping date, the good times would be incomplete without a beautiful floral gift! Flowers are, after all, an all-time favourite for Mother’s Day.


Regardless of whether you wish to make a flamboyant floral statement this May or buy flowers that are a bit easy on the pocket, you’ll agree that she deserves the best your money can buy. So we have created this guide to help you understand the history of Mother’s Day and the significance behind Mother’s Day flowers, so you can find the right gift to make her day truly special.

The History of Mother’s Day

The Greeks and Romans had special festivals to honour their mother goddess, but more recently, the first official Mother’s Day in the world was celebrated in America in 1908?


The history of Mother’s Day in Australia is even more recent. According to a report in the ABC, the idea of an official Mother’s Day gained traction in Australia in 1924, following the lives lost in World War I when “Sydney woman Janet Heyden started the tradition after becoming concerned for the lonely, forgotten aged mothers at Newington State Hospital where she regularly visited a friend.”

What are the Best Flowers for Mother's Day?

Just before the second Sunday of May, celebrated as Mother’s Day, you’ll probably find yourself trying to make a choice between chrysanthemums, carnations, roses, lilies and tulips. With so many flowers available, it can be difficult to choose the ones you know your mum will love.


If you want to go traditional, we recommend choosing either carnations or chrysanthemums as these flowers are symbols of Mother’s Day.


However, if mum loves her flowers fragrant or if you simply want a wider choice in colour, then oriental lilies and tulips get a big thumbs-up from us. Fresh tulips are in season around Mother’s Day and she’ll be smiling wide as she lovingly places your gorgeous tulips in a vase and displays them with joy on her dining table or work desk!


If you’re still in doubt, remember that you can never go wrong with roses! Pink and yellow roses are the best colours to send to your mum, but don’t be restricted. If she fancies white roses, send her what she loves! Few flowers compare to the exclusivity of luscious long-stemmed roses.

Are Roses Appropriate for Mother's Day?

Roses are a lovely way to show you care this Mother’s Day. The red rose is typically associated with Valentine’s Day flowers symbolising love and romance. However, when it comes to Mother’s Day choosing pink or yellow roses is the perfect way to show your mum your love and thankfulness.  

The pink rose resembles love, gratitude and appreciation. This is a good choice for any mum with the softness of the pink showing sentiment and beauty. However, if you are looking for something bright, cheerful and joyful the yellow rose will create feelings of warmth and happiness.


When buying roses, you can also personalise your gift with a touching poem for Mother’s Day or add a quote that reflects how much she means to you.

What is the Most Common Flower for Mother's Day in Australia?

Mother's Day Flowers


Here’s an interesting fact: Chrysanthemums or ‘chrissies’ are regarded as the traditional Mother’s Day flower in Australia because they end with the word ‘mum’. Besides, these flowers are popular for Mother’s Day as they are in abundance in early May.


However, in recent years, tulips, lilies and orchids have become a contemporary choice of flowers for Mother’s Day. Lilies represent motherhood and fertility in many cultures while tulips are a mark of elegance and sophistication. Both tulips and lilies look beautiful in a short or tall vase and last long with a little care.

What is the Official Flower for Mother's Day?

Carnations are the official flower for Mother’s Day across many countries. The founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, in 1908 distributed carnations at the first Mother’s Day service in the United States.


Carnations are a symbol of beauty and eternity and demonstrate the eternal love that a mother has for her children. The rich history of carnations and the beautiful striking colour makes these flowers the ideal gift for your mum this Mother’s Day.

What Flower Symbolises Motherhood?

If you are looking for a flower that best symbolises your mum, you can’t go past the lily. These tall, bold and vibrant flowers symbolise motherhood and are the perfect way to make your mum feel special and thank her for all that she has done for you.

What Colour Flower do you Wear on Mother's Day?

If you are looking to wear a flower this Mother’s Day to honour your mum, traditionally a carnation is worn. We recommend you wear a coloured carnation to honour your mum or a white carnation in memory of your mum.


This Mother’s Day, no matter what flowers you decide to send her, put quality first. Nothing is worse than droopy, lifeless flowers reaching mum’s doorstep on one of the most special occasions of the year!


If you have any questions about a special flower delivery this Mother’s Day, we would love you to contact us or call on 1300 767 376.

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