red rose ~ love
Red roses are given to those who you want to show love and passion, people who you have great respect for, and those who have shown great courage. A single red rose shows love, a dozen shows gratitude, twenty-five shows congratulations and fifty show unconditional love. Two red roses tied together symbolize an engagement. Bright red means love, burgundy means unconscious love, dark crimson is used to show mourning. A withered red rose is used to show that the love is over. A red rosebud symbolizes youthful love and beauty. Colors range from bright red to deep burgundy. Varieties include Charlotte, Forever Young, Classy and Rouge baiser.
pink rose ~ gratitude
Pink roses in general are given to those whom you want to show thankfulness, admiration, and happiness. Deep pink is used for appreciation and gratitude, where as light pink conveys admiration and sympathy, and peach roses are given to show modesty. Colors range from light pink to peach to darker pink. Varieties include Ana, Livia, Pink Titanic, Rossini, Orlando and Attache.
orange rose ~ desire
Orange roses are given to those who you desire, those you want to get to know better, or those who you are proud of. Colors range from bright orange to coral. Varieties include Tropical Amazon, Marlyse and Sari.
yellow rose ~ friendship
Yellow roses express joy, gladness and friendship. They are given to new mothers, newlyweds, and graduates. They are also used as a reminder to a loved one to show that you care. In the past yellow was used to show jealousy and a decrease of love. Colors range from light yellow to golden. Varieties include Gold Strike, Skyline, Judy and Alsmeer Gold.
white rose ~ purity
White roses are given to those who are innocent, reverent, and pure. They are very commonly used in weddings. They can also be given as a sign of secrecy. A white rosebud is used to show girlhood. A white rose that has been dried means “death is preferable to loss of virtue”. A withered white rose represents fleeting beauty, or given to show that no impression was made. Colors range from pure white to creams to very light pinks. Varieties include Escimo, Bianca, Akito and Vendella.
lavender rose ~ enchantment
Lavender roses show that you have fallen in love with someone from the moment you saw them. It also can be given to those who you feel are very unique, and those who you feel are enchanting. Varieties include Allure, Bluebird, Blue Curosia and Stranger.