Rose Color Meanings: What You Should Know

Do you love roses? Learn about rose color meanings and how a gift of beautiful roses can communicate your true emotions and feelings.

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With flowers of almost every color, except blue, roses are one of the most versatile flowering plants in terms of the variety of color that they bring. They’re also the birth flower for the month of June. But, have you ever wondered what your favorite color rose signifies? Learn more about rose color meanings.

Red Roses

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‘Mr. Lincoln’

Red roses are one of the most popular ways to say “I love you.” Their deep red color also means courage and passion. My favorite rose bush for the garden is ‘Mr. Lincoln’, which grows tall and produces copious amounts of very fragrant, deep red, blossoms.

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White Roses

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‘John F. Kennedy’

A gift of white roses means innocence, purity or sympathy. When used in bridal bouquets, they signify happy love. I have grown several varieties of white roses, and my favorite is ‘Pristine’, which has beautifully shaped blossoms.

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Yellow Roses

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‘Graham Thomas’

Yellow roses can brighten up any day and signify friendship. There two types of yellow roses that I enjoy growing — ‘Rio Samba,’ which is a hybrid tea rose and ‘Graham Thomas’, which is a David Austin shrub rose that is extremely fragrant.

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Peach Roses

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‘Medallion’

The pastel shades of peach roses are often given as a sign of appreciation or gratitude. ‘Medallion’ and ‘Brandy’ hybrid tea varieties produce beautiful peach blooms.

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Light Pink Roses

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Abraham Darby

Light pink roses can be used to communicate a variety of emotions including grace, joy and admiration. I enjoy growing the highly fragrant ‘Abraham Darby’, which is another David Austin shrub rose. ‘Bewitched’ is my favorite hybrid tea light pink rose.

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Red and White Roses

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‘Double Delight’

Bi-colored roses also have special meanings, like the red and white roses of ‘Double Delight’, which symbolize unity.

Other Rose Color Meanings

Colorful roses signify the following emotions:

  • Dark Pink rose – Thank You
  • Orange rose – Desire, enthusiasm
  • Coral rose – Desire
  • Lavender rose – Love at first sight

Whether you give a gift of roses from your garden or from the florist, there is a rose color meaning that can express the emotions you wish to communicate.

Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist, writer and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. She is the CEO and owner of 'AZ Plant Lady,' an education company that aims to help people garden successfully in the desert climate. She is the author of the book, Dry Climate Gardening, and her byline has appeared in publications such as Birds & Blooms and Phoenix Home & Garden magazine. She is an instructor at the Desert Botanical garden and Tucson Botanical Gardens.