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Popular Mother's Day Flowers to Make Mum Smile

Published: Monday 22 March 2021


Popular Mother's Day Flowers to Make Mum Smile

As a team of skilled, passionate florists, we know the importance of creating a memorable and unique floral gift that has meaning. When you give the gift of flowers, there’s so much more than what just meets the eye. While each bloom is stunning in its shape, colour and appearance, it’s what they represent that holds the greatest beauty. 

So, what does all this mean when it comes to Mother’s Day? Well finding the perfect gift that expresses just how much you love, appreciate and value the special lady in your life - whether it be mum, grandma, a sister or a wife is important for making her day a memorable one. Luckily, a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers can do all the talking for you. Besides, no Mother’s Day gift is complete without a floral accompaniment. 

You may be wondering what flowers people usually opt for to say thanks to mum on her special day. While roses and lilies tend to be the best selling Mother’s Day flowers across the globe, in Australia, we tend to favour other favourites such as carnations, tulips and chrysanthemums. Although mum is sure to appreciate whatever blooms you choose, it’s important to consider what each of these flowers symbolises before choosing the right bouquet. 

To help you find the perfect floral gift, here is a guide to the most popular Mother’s Day flowers and their special symbolic meaning -



If their gorgeous fluffy petals aren’t enough to steal the show, their adorable Australian nickname - ‘mums’ will do the trick. Blooming in Autumn, these seasonal beauties are aplenty on Mother’s Day, making them one of the most popular and highly sought after flowers for the special occasion. 

Although they most often appear in white or yellow, the chrysanthemum flower is available in a variety of bright and pastel colours. Traditionally speaking, white chrysanthemum flowers are thought to express sentiments of innocence and purity. Pink and red chrysanthemums are a symbol of romance and affection, while yellow chrysanthemums symbolise joy and happiness. Lastly, the orange chrysanthemum is representative of friendship and celebration - which is what Mother’s Day is all about! 



Carnations are a Mother’s Day classic here in Australia - and for good reason. These fluffy beauties come in a variety of shapes and colours and tend to last a little longer than other cut flowers. Generally speaking, carnations convey deep love, purity and admiration, capturing the essence of motherhood perfectly. 

However, like most flowers, each colour holds its own special meaning. White carnations symbolise faithfulness, charity and beauty, while pink and red carnations express love, care and affection. 



As a universal symbol of love and affection, roses are a Mother’s Day staple. These stunning blooms are a beautiful way to say thank you to mum for all that she is and all that she's done. While gifting these flowers is typically thought of as a romantic gesture, the true symbolic meaning of the rose comes down to its colour. 

Red roses are the iconic symbol of love, passion and romance, whereas yellow roses mean joy and friendship. Pink roses also signify gratitude and appreciation, while white roses represent purity and innocence. From a simple classic bouquet to elaborate boxed arrangements, roses make for an elegant and exquisite Mother’s Day gift. 



It’s easy to see why these absolutely stunning flowers are loved by all, year-round. The lily, with their exquisite trumpet-like shape and bold colour variations carry an assortment of unique symbolic meanings. 

White oriental lilies are a traditional symbol of purity and innocence, while the pink stargazer lily conveys love and admiration. Yellow lilies express happiness and joy, whereas orange tiger lilies are an ancient Chinese symbol of wealth and prosperity. 

Whether you go for a bold and beautiful bouquet or a more premium stylish arrangement, you can’t go wrong on Mother’s Day with the lily. As with the majority of lilies, if their looks aren’t enough to impress, their fragrance most certainly will. 



With their bright golden petals and sun-like shape, it’s no wonder these blooms are the perfect gift for brightening up Mum’s special day. The sunflower is a well-known symbol of adoration, loyalty and devotion. 

The meaning behind these gorgeous flowers stems from the Ancient Greek Mythological story of Clytie the water nymph and Apollo the Sun God. It is said that Clytie was madly in love with Apollo for many years, and would gaze up at Apollo longingly in the hopes that he would return her affection. However, Apollo was already in love with another. Eventually, the other Greek Gods felt pity and sorrow for Clytie, so they decided to transform her into a beautiful sunflower, forever following the path of the Sun God.


Gerbera Daisies

If the special woman in your life radiates happiness, then a gorgeous bouquet of gerbera daisies is the perfect pick for her. Gerberas are known for brightening up the room and adding pops of colour to a bouquet. 

The most significant characteristic of these flowers is their vibrant yellow, pink, red and orange colour variations. The gerbera daisy’s colours are a symbol of cheerfulness and innocence, making them a fun-loving choice for a fun-loving mum. 



The tulip is a flower that radiates love and happiness, bringing with it a beautiful feeling of spring. Available in a variety of brilliant shades and hues, tulips can add depth to any floral bouquet. Their unique shape and sweet meaning is the reason why these flowers are an ever-popular choice for Mother’s Day around the world. 


Choose a bouquet you know she’ll love

With flowers, there’s always a huge range of colours, types and presentation styles to choose from to suit every personality and preference! However, if you want to make Mum’s gift that more meaningful on Mother’s Day, it’s worth brushing up on your floral linguistics. Luckily, with this useful guide to the most popular flowers on Mother’s Day and their special meaning, you’ll be fluent in no time.

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