Hydrangea: Gratitude for being understood
Fun fact: Hydrangeas are distinguished by their large balls comprised of tiny flowers. Traditionally, hydrangeas came in blue or white. Today, there are many colorful hybrids of the hydrangea to choose from.
Fun fact: Early settlers celebrated this ubiquitous plains flower, and in 1903, the Kansas Legislature designated the Sunflower as the state flower.
Rose, pink: Happiness
Fun fact: Shrub roses and their casual, open blooms thrive in Florida’s tropical climate. Shrub roses include the popular Knockouts, plus Aloha, Belinda’s Dream, Carefree Beauty, Graham Thomas, David Austin, and Quietness roses.
Rose, red: Love, I love you
Fun fact: Roses were first used in the 1896 Kentucky Derby, when winner Ben Brush received an arrangement of pink and white roses. The red rose became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby in 1904. The Derby was given the nickname “The Run for the Roses” in 1925 by sports columnist Bill Corum.
Peony: Bashful, happy life
Fun fact: The Peony was adopted as the state flower of Indiana in 1957. Known for its magnificent, showy flowers, colorful foliage and the ability to bloom year after year, the Peony has been an American favorite since its arrival from Europe in the 1800s. In Indiana, descendants of some of the state’s earliest Peonies still grow today.
Cherry Blossom: life, death, courage, sadness, happiness, femininity
Fun fact: Over one million people attend D.C.'s cherry blossom annual festival that now lasts for four weeks. 14 US cherry blossom trees date back to 1912. The first US cherry trees were planted in 1912 as a gift of friendship from Japan.