Roses are beautiful flowers that come in many colors. They have been an inspiration to people for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans related red roses to Venus, the goddess of love. In early Christian times, roses became associated with the virtue of the Virgin Mary. Roses are also part of many iconic works from Shakespeare, Stein, and others. In modern times, roses have become the national flower of the United States and the state flower of the District of Columbia, New York, North Dakota, Iowa and Georgia.
Roses are becoming a popular choice of families to plant with a Living Urn and a loved one’s ashes to grow into a rose memorial. Mark Brewer, co-founder of The Living Urn commented, “People are drawn to roses and love what they represent. We have many families who order The Living Urn without a tree and then visit their local nursery to pick up a rose bush. They then follow the simple instructions we provide to plant roses with The Living Urn in a large pot or in the yard to grow into a beautiful blooming memorial.”
Roses come in over twenty colors and each color has its own distinct symbolism. Below are some of the more popular ones..
Red: a universal symbol of love. Red roses can also be used convey admiration or respect. The number of red roses given is also symbolic. A single red rose is symbolic of life long devotion and love, and a dozen red roses says “I love you”. In the U.S. alone, over 110 million red roses are sold for Valentine’s Day.
Yellow: a symbol of joy and friendship. This bright ‘happy’ color is welcoming and warm - a perfect ‘thank you’ for a friend.
White: a symbol of purity and innocence. White roses can also be used for sympathy and are symbolic with new beginnings.
Green: a symbol of peace and tranquility. It is also symbolic of new life and good health. These can be provided as a ‘get well gift’.
Light Pink: a symbol of innocence.
Dark Pink: a symbol of appreciation and thankfulness.
Orange: a symbol of enthusiasm, desire, and pride. They can also be symbolic of passion in romance.
Peach: a symbol of gratitude.
Lavender: a symbol of enchantment and love at first sight.
Blue: these are not natural roses, however, are man-made, and represent the unattainable.
Red and white (together): unity
Red and yellow (together): happiness