A fresh bouquet of flowers can do wonders for the home. They can infuse your living spaces with vibrant energy. Given their various meanings, drawn from lore and tradition, flowers can spell good will, fortune, vitality, and joy -- something to go hand in hand with the New Year, a celebration of good cheer, starting afresh, and exciting possibilities.
This New Year, refresh your home with bright, lovely blooms, starting with these five flowers and what they mean. Draw upon their beauty and vitality to enliven your surroundings:
With its glossy, heart-shaped red blooms, the anthurium has come to stand for happiness, abundance, and hospitality. It is also believed to bring good fortune and protect the home against evil.
Birds of Paradise
From the name itself -- one that invokes paradise and its joyous state of being -- this unique-looking flower represents joyfulness. Its striking look has also lent to its association with magnificence, excitement, and wonderful anticipation.
In the Chinese practice of feng shui, chrysanthemums are an agent of Yang energy. They attract good luck into one's home and they signify a life of ease.
A flower synonymous to spring, the bright and sprightly daffodil points to rebirth and new beginnings. It is believed to be lucky and to bring wealth to the person.
Bright and lovely, a bouquet of yellow roses stand for joy, friendship, delight, and the promise of a new beginning -- a perfect note to start the New Year with.