Creating the perfect floral tribute that honours your loved one can feel daunting at first, at Fleur De Vee,  we’re here to help every step of the way. This guide is about the different types of funeral flowers often used. We will talk about flower arrangements, discussing variations of flowers, colours, and, of course, the sentimental meanings behind the most commonly used blooms. 

Popular Funeral Flower Arrangement Options

There are many different types of funeral flower arrangements; some are designed to be placed at the funeral site, whilst some are designed to be placed in the hurst. Where flowers are to be placed in the hurst, funeral florists will usually liaise directly to make the whole process as smooth as possible. 

 Whilst nothing is set in stone, the main funeral flowers typically fall into one of two categories.

Casket or Coffin Tributes

These designs are typically placed on top of the coffin or wicker casket and tend to be larger flowers. Some flowers may drape over the side and wicket caskets may have flowers fitted around the sides.

Typical flowers used include: Aconitum, Agapanthus, Allium, Amaranthus, Antirrhinum, Aster, Astilbe, Astrantia, orchid, Chrysanthemum bloom, Clematis, Cymbidium, Dahlia, Delphinium, Dianthus (carnations), Eustoma (Lisianthus), Gerbera, Gladiolus, Helianthus (sunflower), Hippeastrum (Amaryllis), Hydrangea, Iris, Kniphofia (red hot poker), Liatris, Lilium (Lily), Matthiola (stock), Ornithogalum, Paeonia (peony), Phalaenopsis (orchid), Phlox and more.

Solid Shapes

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These can be flat or three dimensional and include crosses, hearts, pillows, posies, wreaths and more. Being more of a solid shape these designs are based with either flowers close together or foliage with flowers throughout, so the overall shape remains sturdy.

These solid shapes are typically made up of three or four stages of floristry. The basing flower or foliage which helps to create the sturdy base, sprays which then fit onto the base, and the smaller filler flowers.

Typical basing flowers used can include: Chrysanthemums, Dianthus (Carnations), Rosa (Roses), Gypsophillia (babys breath), Rosa (rose). 

Typical basing foliage can include: Layered leaves, moss, loose mixed foliage’s

Typical sprays might include: Alstroemeria, Aster, Astrantia, Bouvardia, Campanula, Centaurea, Chrysanthemum, Craspedia (Drumsticks), Cymbidium, Dianthus (Carnations), Eryngium, Eustoma (Lisianthus), Freesia, Gerbera, Hyacinthus, Limonium, Muscari, Narcissus (daffodil),  Nigella, Phalaenopsis (orchid), Ranunculus, Rosa (rose), Scabiosa, Tulip, Vanda (Orchid), Veronica, Zantedeschia (Calla lily)

Typical filler flowers might include: Aster, Chamelaucium (Wax flowers), Genista, Gypsophillia (babys breath), Limonium (statice),  Skimmia, Solidago, Tanacetum (feverfew)

Colour Symbolism in Funeral Flower Arrangements

Whether you’re planning an arrangement for a funeral or sending a sympathy bouquet, the colour of your chosen flower arrangement is an important thing to consider. Funeral flower arrangements can consist of single coloured flowers; however, it’s often nice to consider combining colour combinations to bring together all the different emotions that are conveyed by varying hues. Below is a list of common floral arrangement colours and the symbolism associated with them.

  • Red – a bold, striking colour that can be used in arrangements to evoke feelings of beauty and strength.
  • Blue – this colour of funeral flower expresses deep mourning and sympathy. It can also be used to symbolise hope for the future.
  • White – this is the traditional colour choice for funeral flowers and sympathy bouquets. White symbolises peace, innocence, and honour.
  • Pink – a warming colour usually symbolises softness and sympathy and is an appropriate choice for funeral flower arrangements, as well as sympathy bouquets.
  • Yellow – often used at funerals where family and friends want to celebrate a life full of happiness and merriment. Yellows and bright oranges make people think of happy, fond memories.
  • Purple – a great colour to mix into funeral flower arrangements as purple symbolises respect and dignity.

Types of Flowers Commonly Used in Funeral Arrangements.

As outlined above, the choices are endless when it comes to the kind of flowers that can be used in funeral flowers and like colours, different flowers have different meanings that help to honour your loved ones. Here are the meanings of some of the most common flower types.


Roses are a popular funeral flower choice; depending on the colour chosen, roses can mean anything from love and passion to friendship.


Lilies are another common flower used in funeral arrangements, evoking purity and innocence. Lilies are often used to express sympathies, making them a good choice for funeral flower arrangements, as well as sympathy bouquets. 


Carnations have a long history of being associated with funerals. Just like with roses, the symbolism behind carnations can change depending on the colour of the blooms. Almost every hue of carnation has a specified meaning for florists creating funeral arrangements, from red meaning deep affection and admiration, to white expressing purity and innocence. 


Chrysanthemums come in all different shapes, sizes, and colours which makes them a good funeral flower choice. From daisy look-a-like flowers, to bold, bright pom-poms, Chrysanthemums can be used to make an entire floral arrangement on their own, or they can be used to support heavier blooms such as lilies. 

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