The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography was a way of communicating in Europe in the 1800's and during the Victorian era. In the Victorian time the most popular flower was the rose, the meaning of love and it was almost always required for a flower arrangements. Following are other appropriate flower meanings, and it is said that knowing the meaning of floral language was as important as appearing well dressed in a public place: • Lavender _ luck, forgiveness • Marjoram _ blushes • Rosemary _ remembrance • Lilac _ love's first emotion • Orange Blossom _ chastity • Carnation _ pure love • Rose (white) _ innocent love • Rose ( red) _ passion • Rose ( pink) _ romantic love • Star_of_Bethlehem _ reconciliation • Witch Hazel _ a spell • Sweet Pea _ delicate pleasures • Ivy _ wedded love • Holly _ domestic happiness.
Contemporary flowers are being increasingly used in hotels and businesses by adding opulence to foyers in the most fashionable designs and arrangements. Large vibrant tropical flowers and spiky foliages create an impressive eye catching display. The taller sunflowers that may be overwhelming in a small home can be used on their own or mixed with tropical flowers in a dazzling contrasting color such as the deep red of the heart_shaped antirrhinum to provide a feast of color to the eyes.