Have you ever wondered about the color of plants and what they mean or why do you get certain feelings when plants are grouped by color? Maybe this list will shed some insight.
Purple: Traditional color of royalty. The color represents magic and spiritually, passion, being powerful, pride, or success and protection.
Blue: Elemental color of water offering a sense of calm, dignity, and serenity, peaceful, healing and soothing.
Green: Element color of the earth, prosperous and stable, a color of the Fairie Kingdom.
Yellow: Elemental color of air and the big color of spring reflecting new beginnings associated with spring. It is the color of friendship, joy, and lightheartedness, creative and knowledge.
Bronze: A color of a happy home.
Brown: Represents earthy, stable, grounding, and comfort.
Cooper: A lucky color that encourages healing and prosperity along with representing earth and richness.
Gold: The color of the sun representing opulence and wealth.
Orange: A color of the sun screaming excitement and energizing motion. Long associated with the annual harvest representing exuberance and enthusiasm. Represents vitality or physical health, bring an orange pot with orange flowers to see a friend who is down. A bouquet of orange flowers will bring thoughts of passion for life, satisfaction, and an air of confidence.
Red: Elemental color of fire associated with love, desire, and passion. A color representing protection for the garden and the home; plant this color near your vegetable garden or near your front door. Red shows an indication of devotion and beauty along with strength.
Pink: A relaxing color that is often associated with first love and romance. Use in a planting that traditionally represents joy, youthfulness, or innocence. Pink is a suggestive color for the emotions of grace, gentility, or happiness.
Silver: Color that represents the goddess and is representative of mystique and illusion.
White: An all-purpose color representing the moon. It represents freshness, purity and innocence. An interesting note is it is representation of faraway love.
Black: Removes negativity and establishes boundaries in the garden and in selected places. Often used as a dramatic accent whether as a plant, a container or both.
There are some great sites that discuss the history and the meaning of cut flowers and their colors with particular focus on selecting bouquets.
Language of flowers: Victorian – covers herbs, flowers and plants and a bit of the history
Hanakotoba- the language of flowers as seen through the Japanese culture
Online Flower Guide - Descriptions are broken up by color and the more common plant types seen in bouquets