Sending a bouquet of bright, vibrant flowers is a great way to lift someone’s spirits and give their mood a cheerful boost, especially if they are at home or in the hospital recovering from an ailment. Flowers are fresh, colorful, fragrant, and naturally beautiful which do wonders for energizing someone’s living area and their outlook on things. In fact, studies show that people who receive flowers over other gifts achieve greater happiness and remain happier longer. Flowers have an amazing effect on people, which is why they make the perfect gift for sending to someone who needs a dose of happiness and a smile on their face.
There are a few things to consider before you start your flower search, though, especially if you plan to send flowers to someone in the hospital. The floral experts at Swenson & Silacci have been delivering get-well flowers to the Salinas area since 1945, so below we’re sharing a few helpful tips we’ve learned over the years.
Top Tips from a Florist on Sending Flowers to the Hospital
- Select bright flowers. Vibrantly colored flowers really jazz up a drab and dreary room pushing out all of the gloominess and instilling beauty, happiness, and joy to all present.
- Choose easy-to-care-for flowers that last long. The easier to take care of, the better. A simple bouquet in a clear vase to monitor water level is ideal.
- Choose smaller over bigger. Save the extra-large bouquets for sending to someone’s home. Hospital rooms can be small and tight on space, so a smaller bouquet is better. You don’t want to risk a large bouquet interfering with a doctor’s or nurse’s duties or be in the way of people easily moving around.
- Select hypoallergenic flowers. Don’t make the gaff of setting off someone’s allergies with flowers that have a lot of pollen, are super fragrant, or allergenic. For all the people who enter a hospital room, it’s likely one or more of them may be allergic to some type of flowers. Err on the side of caution and pick hypoallergenic flowers. Carnations, daffodils, hydrangeas, orchids, or peonies are all good choices.
- Select unbreakable containers. Glass and ceramic vases are nice, but are also easily breakable if knocked off a table. Look for or request flower containers that are made out of plastic, wicker, or metal.
Choose Meaningful Arrangements
Show your recipient how much you care for them by flowers that have special meanings. Choosing flowers that are symbolic can help you better tailor your message. See below for popular get-well flowers that carry significant meanings.
- Asiatic Lily: For thousands of years, the colorful and elegant Asiatic lily has symbolized life and good fortune.
- Chrysanthemums: Available in nearly every color and a wonderful variety of shapes, the general symbolism of mums is one of hope, optimism, joy, and longevity.
- Daffodils: A bright, star-shaped flower, the daffodil expresses new beginnings and eternal life.
- Heather: The dark blue bell-shaped blooms of this low-growing flowering plant represent good luck and protection.
- Hydrangeas: Beautiful bunches of smaller flowers coming in colors of white, green, lavender, and pale blue, hydrangeas symbolize grace, beauty, and perseverance.
- Iris: Iris means “rainbow” in Greek and was probably named such due to the many colors the irises come in. The iris flower represents faith, courage, hope, and good news.
- Pansies: Delicate and dainty, pansies have four petals facing up and one that faces down. These attractive and pleasant blooms symbolize loving thoughts.
- Peonies: Gorgeous, abundant, and strikingly beautiful, the peony symbolizes good health, healing, and a happy life
- Yellow Tulips: An always classy and beloved bloom, yellow tulips, in particular, classic, symbolize happy thoughts, sunshine, and hope.
Once you’ve selected the most awesome get-well bouquet of flowers, be sure to give the florist the recipient’s full name and the name/address of the hospital they are going to. We deliver to several area hospitals, so we will be able to assist you in this process. At Swenson & Silacci, we use the freshest, highest-quality flowers to create arrangements perfect for those who need some joy, happiness, and delight in their life. Contact us about sending flowers to someone you care about in the hospital and rest assured you’ll be brightening their day.
For sample Get Well messages to include with your flowers, or tips on how to write the perfect Get Well message, visit our Card Messaging page.