Popular flowers are ones that show up in arrangements time and time again. They are the ones that are often listed as “favorite flower” on online memes and questionnaires. Whether it’s their flower meanings that make them popular or the fact that they are just lovely cut flowers, popular blooms will always be easy to find in florists shops.
The garden lily, the Liliaceae (lily) family, is a fragrant perennial. In the cut flower world lilies mean different things according to color and type such as hatred, wealth, beauty and pride. There are 80 to 90 species ranging from 2 feet tall to 10 feet tall. Flowers are varying shapes and sizes, all colors present but blue. Lilies grow in well drained soils with full sun or shade in the afternoon. Propagate lilies by bulb in spring or fall or by seed (will take 4 years or so to bloom).
The Gerber daisy, Gerbera Jamesonii from the Asteraceae/Compositae (aster/daisy) family, is an easy growing perennial. Daisies in the cut flower world can mean various things such as a loyal love, purity, innocence and gentleness. These have 2.5 to 4 inch wide flowers on 12 to 18 inch stems. Leaves are 8 to 10 inches long. There are many different bright colors to choose from. Gerber daisies grow in well-drained sandy or loamy soils with full sun or some partial shade. Propagate via seed or by clump division.
The tulip, Tulipa spp. from the Liliaceae (lily) family, is a perennial great for containers and cut flower arrangements. In the flower world they mean different things by color, such as hopeless love and a declaration of love. There are 120 species of wild tulips, most with basal leaves and six tepal flowers. There are many different colors, but no blue, to choose from, most blooming in spring. Grow a tulip in full sun or partial shade in well drained soil. Propagate via offsets or hand pollinating seed.
The gardenia, Gardenia augusta from the Rubiaceae (madder) family, is a fragrant evergreen shrub. In the flower industry they symbolize loveliness, secret love or ecstasy. It will get 6 to 8 feet tall with glossy leathery leaves. Flowers start white and age to yellow. Flowers come spring to summer. Grow a gardenia in acidic moist soil in partial shade to sun. Propagate via warm weather cuttings.
The hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla from the Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea) family, is a shrub. In the flower world they can mean a thank you or show heartlessness and frigidity. Leaves are deciduous and dark green. The shrub gets 3 to 6 feet tall and the same in width. Flowers are ball clusters and color varies by soil pH (purple/blue in acidic, white/green in neutral, and pink in alkaline). Plant a hydrangea in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade to sun. Propagate via cuttings.