Flowers that symbolise new beginnings

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Flowers that symbolise new beginnings
Daffodils signal a new beginning in spring, with the return of warm weather. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Giving flowers that symbolise new beginnings is a thoughtful gesture, whether to signify a new relationship, a renewed commitment, new job, new house, or other fresh start in life. Daffodils, spring flowers that appear around Easter-time, are the traditional blooms to symbolise new beginnings, but other yellow or white flowers are also suitable. Certain flowers have specific meanings in the theme of new beginnings.


Symbolising rebirth and new beginnings, daffodil flowers appear in early spring. Also called jonquils and Lent lilies, they're yellow with characteristic trumpets and belong to the Narcissus family. A single daffodil signifies misfortune, so always give bunches. The Chinese believe daffodils forced to bloom during New Year bring good luck to homes. Another item of folklore is that the first daffodil of the season is supposed to bring its finder wealth for the next 12 months. Also the traditional flower for 10th wedding anniversaries, daffodils are said to bring happiness.

Yellow flowers

Yellow is an uplifting, cheerful and optimistic colour, and a bouquet of yellow flowers symbolises joy and new beginnings. Flowers with yellow varieties include chrysanthemums, lilies, sunflowers, tulips and roses. Large daises are also suitable as, although white, they have a yellow centre and convey a bright and optimistic mood. A bouquet of yellow flowers is appropriate for the beginning of a new friendship, sending a message of lightheartedness and happiness.

White flowers

White symbolises newness, freshness and new beginnings. Pure and clean, white flowers signify the start of something new, such as weddings, births, or any situation where the giver wants to commemorate a new venture and wish good luck. White flowers include gardenia, lily of the valley, baby's breath and Madonna lilies. Lilac, carnations, roses, tulips, sweet peas and orchids have white-blooming varieties. White flowers suitable for giving as houseplants include peace lilies, orchids and jasmine.

Other flowers

Certain flowers symbolise specific kinds of new beginning. Purple lilacs are symbolic of the first emotion of love, while white lilac signifies youthful innocence. Mayflowers are given as a gesture of welcome, and a flowering olive branch signals the desire for peace and a fresh start. Lavender or violet roses symbolise love at first sight, while star of bethlehem flowers are a symbol of hope. Red tulips are a declaration of love. Give coriander flowers after careful consideration as they indicate lust.

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