When a loved one is ill, admitted to the hospital, or healing from surgery, it’s customary to send a beautiful and uplifting arrangement of flowers. This is something you might do because you saw your parents or grandparents send flowers while you were growing up. Or you might send flowers because you instinctively know it’s a nice thing to do. However, how and when did get-well flowers or “I love you” flowers or “thank you” flowers become a custom? The answer lies in the Victorian Era as emotions and feelings were rarely expressed to one another. Instead, they let the flowers do the talking! As different blooms symbolize and mean different things, specific flowers were sent to celebrate or convey a message of “get well soon,” “I love you,” or “keep smiling.”
Here at WildFlower, we know sending flowers to someone is a beautiful way to let people know you are thinking about them, especially if they are in the hospital, which can be stressful, lonely, and depressing. One of the best ways to cheer someone up and brighten their spirits is by sending them a colorful bouquet of flowers. Keep reading to discover the best types of flowers to send to someone in the hospital and how.
Best Flowers to Send to Someone in the Hospital
The first rule of thumb when sending flowers to a patient in the hospital is to make sure the blooms you pick do not have a strong scent or a lot of pollen. There are many people who are highly sensitive to flower smells and pollen and highly allergic to them. Even though the recipient may not have any allergies, there are many other people, including doctors, nurses, and visitors, who come in contact with patients who could be allergic. Play it safe by selecting only hypoallergenic blooms like the ones listed below.
- Calla Lilies
If you know your recipient’s favorite flower and it’s one listed above, you’re in luck! If not, you can’t go wrong by selecting an arrangement full of vibrant, colorful blooms to inspire joy and cheer and brighten any dark corner. If you’re looking to send flowers with rich symbolism and meaning, then go for flowers that bring good luck such as Peonies, Daffodils, and Waxflower, and Snapdragon.
Our Sweet Treat is a great example of a beautiful and uplifting bouquet with hydrangea, mini roses, orchids, and green accents to brighten anyone’s mood. If you’re ever in doubt about what type of flowers to send to someone in the hospital, consult with your local florist. They are flower experts and know which ones are best for all occasions and locations.
Tips for When You Want to Send Flowers to the Hospital
When you’ve found the perfect hypoallergenic bouquet to send, there are few more details to think about. First, call the hospital to make sure flower deliveries are allowed, and, if so, find out if they have a preferred day and time for deliveries. Second, make sure your floral arrangement is not too big. Most hospital rooms are cramped, and a large vase of flowers could make it hard for doctors and nurses to get access to the patient, or it’s likely to be knocked down. Also, because there’s a chance the flowers might get knocked to the ground, be sure they are in a non-breakable container. Finally, when ordering your flowers from the florist, provide the recipient’s full name and room number along with the name of and address of the hospital.
With most local florists offering online ordering, sending flowers to someone in the hospital has never been easier. And, there is no better gift than receiving flowers when you’re feeling under the weather. Rest assured, you’ve brightened someone’s day with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers which goes a long way in helping their recovery.
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.