The symbolic meanings of different colored roses can be found on many floral and gardening websites, including ProFlowers.com, Teleflora.com and TheFlowerExpert.com. Roses are traditionally regarded as the flower of love and have been used historically in art, religion and literature to symbolically represent a subject.
ProFlowers.com lists the symbolic descriptions of rose colors typically found in floral arrangements, such as red, yellow or white. Teleflora.com expands on this list with additional descriptions for less-common colored roses, such as orange or lavender, as well as the symbolism behind mixing certain colors with others and the symbolism of giving a particular number of roses. TheFlowerExpert.com has a longer list that includes green, blue and even black roses.
The rose appears symbolically throughout history and is regarded as an important ancient symbol in myth and religion. They are often associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who is generally depicted wearing a wreath of roses on her head, around her feet or around her neck. Similarly, roses are associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus, in paintings, church gardens and other representations. The word "rosary" translates to "crown of roses," and followers of the Catholic faith believe a spiritual rose is given to Mary each time the "Hail Mary" prayer is said.