The oh-so-reserved Victorians signaled their romantic feelings through flowers and other symbols. Incorporate their hidden language of love into your own arrangements with these terms:
Amaryllis: splendid beauty, pride
Camellia: perfect loveliness, excellence
Carnation: pure and deep love
Dahlia: forever thine
Forget-me-not: true love
Gardenia: "You are lovely"
Hibiscus: true beauty
Hollyhock: consumed by love
Honeysuckle: bonds of love
Jasmine: grace, joy, attachment
Morning glory: affection
Orange blossoms: bridal festivities
Pansy: "You occupy my thoughts"
Peach blossom: "I am your captive"
Phlox: "Our souls are united"
Red tulip: declaration of love
Rose (full-blown): "You are beautiful"
Rose (tea): always lovely
Spring crocus: youthful gladness
Sunflower (dwarf): adoration
Sweet alyssum: worth beyond beauty
Sweet William: gallantry
Tulip (variegated): beautiful eyes
Water lily: purity of heat
Yellow lily: walking on air