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What flowers or plants are good for hospitals or nursing homes?

Flowers are thoughtful gifts for people who do not feel well and by sending them flower arrangements, you also send them hope, express your love and wish them to recover quickly. 

We previously talked about the appropriate flower colours for a “get well soon” flower bouquet gift and in case you missed it, you can read the latest blogpost by clicking on the following link:
What Flower colours for a “get well soon” flower bouquet gift?

Today, we will be talking about what kind of flowers and plants are good for hospitals, nursing homes.

Gerberas are very happy-looking flowers that look like sunshine.


Irises are wonderful flowers because the contrast of the colours blue, which helps reduce stress and yellow which expresses hope and happiness is beautiful.



Alstroemerias are one of the best flowers that you can send to someone’s house or hospital. They do not contain pollen and last for a long time.

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Daisies are bright and cheerful for “get well soon” flowers. They usually remind us of spring with its beauty. Daisies look even nicer, especially when they are mixed with gerberas, roses and irises in a flower arrangement.



Hydrangeas look nice in a “get well soon” flower bouquet, especially when they are designed with other flowers like roses, gerberas and lisianthus.

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Seasonal flowers are mostly referred to tulips, hyacinth, peonies, dahlias, daffodils. They are great and cheerful choices for spring and summer.


However, if you would like to send a flower arrangement to hospitals, nursing homes or retirement homes, hypoallergenic flowers like lilies, stocks, freesias and hyacinths are preferred since some people are allergic to flowers. However, if the recipient is at home you definitely can choose among the flowers listed above.

Also, if you consider getting a “get well soon” flower bouquet, here are some useful tips:

  • Do not be afraid of choosing colourful flowers,
  • It is better to choose flowers based on the season
  • Choose long-lasting flowers
  • Choose flowers or plants that you can easily take care of.

"Is it better to send fresh cut bouquets or vase arrangements to hospitals?"

We recommend vase arrangements for hospitals, retirement homes and offices. The reason is because flowers are perishable products and if they are offered without water they will die quickly. Some hospitals, nursing homes and retirement homes have extra vases but when you are sending flower gifts  you might want to know:

      - whether there are any extras vases,

      - whether there is anyone who can take care of the flower bouquet,

      - whether there are the right size of the vase.

Therefore, it is safer for flowers and more convenient for your recipient to have flowers in a vase to give the flowers a longer life-span.

"What kind of plants are good for “get well soon” flower gifts?"

Sending green plants or blooming plants is a wonderful idea for a  “get well soon” gift because they last longer. You are able to send any blooming plants, green plants or dish garden for home but for hospitals and nursing homes, you will need to choose small plants that do not take a lot of room so that the patient can put them on the side table or next to the window.

Some plant ideas for getting well soon are: 

Orchid planters are beautiful gifts as their beautiful blooms last long and they are plants easy to take care of.



Succulent planters are so popular nowadays and are great gifts. These plants are special because they are nice and small, easy to take care of and also do not need that much water or light. 


Little green plants as single plants or small dish gardens are awesome gifts mostly for men like peace lilies, Sansevieria, Dracaena and jade plants.

Little flowering plants are good for men and women, like  Gerbera, African violets, azalea, little rose bush, guzmania or calla lilies.



If still you have more questions or concerns feel free and contact the Green Garden Florist team, your number one quality flower company in Toronto and we would be more than happy to help!
Our floral team will be glad to prepare bright birthday bouquets, elegant wedding arrangements or stunning flower arrangements for any occasion!

What Flower colours for a “get well soon” flower bouquet gift?

Sending a flower bouquet to wish someone to get well soon is the best gift you can offer a family member, friend or co-worker who fell sick and stayed at home or got admitted to hospital. Everyone gets happy and thrilled when receiving some flowers! Also, when your loved one does not feel well, flower bouquets are a thoughtful gift that gives them happiness and joy and helps them recover faster.

The Green Garden Florist Team recommends bright, and cheerful colours like red, orange, purple, pink, fuchsia, yellow and green!

Now, let’s go over the meaning of each colours stated previously briefly, however, we do think that yellow and green are essential flower colours that represent “get well soon”. You might be wondering why so, let us explain:


Yellow is the colour of sunshine which is very cheerful and warm! It brings out your happiness, energy and freshness. This colour expresses friendship and warm wishes. Some studies had shown that yellow increases the mental activity, build confidence and stimulate the nervous system.

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Green is the colour of nature, life, freshness and hope. Most people think that, it is the most peaceful and relaxing colour and has a healing power. It helps reduce anxiety, depression and stress which can be very helpful for a person who is sick or doesn’t feel well.

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Red, orange, pink, purple are also great colours which delivers their own strong messages.


Red is the colour of love, passion, strength and energy. It can create confidence and reduce fears and increase energy and enthusiasm.

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Orange is the colour of energy, happiness, joy and health. It reduces disappointment and brings hope.

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Pink is the colour of birth, sweetness, friendship and inner peace.




Fuchsia is a hot pink that does not resemble light pink. It’s a colour of playfulness and being happy and bold.

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As purple, it is a combination of red and blue and represents the love and energy of red and stability of blue. It is also the colour of power, independence and magic.

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Blue is the colour of the sky and the sea that both represents freedom, peace, sincerity which can be relaxing.

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While all the colours have their own meanings, their combination brings up a harmonious feeling and delivers a great message to make people happy and peaceful.

Moreover, At Green Garden Florist, we always ask about the gender of the recipient to make an appropriate flower arrangement. While some colours like pink, lavender and fuchsia resemble feminine colours, they can be used with other cheerful colours for women’s flower bouquets. For men, masculine colours like red, yellow and orange are recommended.

With all these information now, you are an expert in choosing the right flower colours for your loved one to remind them how much you love and care for them. If you need any more flower tips or a flower arrangement, feel free to contact Green Garden Florist, your number one quality flower company in Toronto! Our floral team will be glad to prepare bright birthday bouquets, elegant wedding arrangements or stunning flower arrangements for any occasion!

How can you tell if a flower is fresh?

Often, some customers are looking for fresh flowers, but they don’t really know whena flower is fresh. When customers have time, the Green Garden Florist team can explain. However, most of the time, our customers do not really have the time. Therefore, we thought it is better to explain through a blogpost so that, everyone can read it when It is the most convenient for them.

Everyone loves to keep their fresh cut flowers as nice as possible for a long time and there are a few caring tips that we wrote previously in our blog “how to take care of fresh cut flowers?”, if you haven’t read it yet, you can check our previous blogpost because in the end, the way you take care of the fresh flowers will have an impact on the flower’s lifetime.

These following tips will help you know when a flower is fresh.

You need to look at:

-the buds

-the stems

-the leaves

-the water

The Buds:

The Bud of a flower is the first place you should look at.

✅ The bud must be tight and firm and,

 The petals must have a bright colour.

The flower is not fresh when they have:

 wilting petals,

❌ transparency in petals and,

 petal colour’s transformation.

The Stems:

The second step is to check the stems.

Fresh flowers have:

✅ green, healthy and sturdy stems and,

✅ recent cut stems are white or light green.

Flowers that are not fresh are:

yellow or brown stem and,

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Fresh flowers have:

✅ green and fresh-looking leaves.


The leaves in flowers which are not fresh are:

❌ yellow and brown leaves, 

❌ wilted leaves,

❌ dry or wilted leaves that fall off from stems quickly.


Checking the water of the vase is another option as well.

Water should be:

✅ clean and fresh looking.

Bad conditions of the water are:

❌ murky water and,

❌ lots of dead leaves in the vase.


A murky water with lots of dead leaves is a sign that the flowers won’t last long. Do you know why? Because of the high chance of existing bacteria in the water that is harming the cells of the stems. So, the stems can’t uptake enough water and nutrition.


Knowing all these tips from our two blogposts “how can you tell if a flower is fresh?” and “how to take care of fresh cut flowers?”, you will now, be a master in recognizing fresh flowers and keeping them long. Congratulations!

If you need any more flower tips or a flower arrangement, feel free to contact Green Garden Florist, your number one quality flower company in Toronto! Our floral team will be glad to prepare bright birthday bouquets, elegant wedding arrangements or stunning flower arrangements for any occasion!

How to take care of fresh cut flowers?

Receiving flowers is an amazing gift and everyone loves it! However, people might not know how to take care of fresh cut flowers.

You might be wondering “why is my flower bouquet dying so soon? Why don’t my flowers last longer although they are fresh cut? What should I do with these flowers?” These are the questions that we often face and at Green Garden Florist we do our best to give the best possible answer to our clients. Because your happiness and satisfaction are our top priorities.

At first, it is important to know that different fresh cut flowers have different lifetime: Some can last longer and some less. But these tips will help you make your flowers last longer. Flowers are like children! Like a child needs bath, feeding and caring; flowers need people to take care of them as well! You need to cut the stems, change the water and add nutrition.

But, how and how often?
-Prepare your vase:   Wash your vase with warm water and soap. Then, rinse it well until there is no soap on it.
-Add nutrition:  Add one or half of the flower nutrition package (you can get it from your florist, or you can a bit of sugar.)
-Pour water: Pour fresh water in your clean vase.
-Cut the stems and remove the foliage (leaves): cut about an inch of stems at a 45-degree angle and remove the leaves that are under the water line. Put the flowers in the water quickly after cutting.

-Repeat these steps every 2 days.

Why should I cut flower stems at an angle?

It is a very question! Cutting at a 45-degree angle will increase the flowers to uptake more water and nutrition to last longer. Straight cuts may lead the stems to sit at the bottom of the vase and uptake less water and nutrition.


How much flower nutrition should I add in water?

The amount of nutrition depends on the quantity of flowers. For example; for 2 or 3 stem roses, half of the nutrition package is enough but when you have more flowers then you definitely need one or 2 little packages.

What is it good to cut flowers?

It is better to use a sharp clean knife or very sharp pair of scissors. Cutting with kitchen scissors or scissors that that are not sharp is not recommended as it can squish the cells at the bottom of the stems and the flowers might not take enough water and nutrition.


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Did you know that hydrangeas are long lasting flowers? Some people think they die quickly but  the secret to make them last longer is to spray water on their petals or bath them in your sink  with cold water. Leave the flowers in water for about 2 hours and again cut the stems at a 45-  degree angle and put in water quickly.




What is a good temperature for fresh cut flowers?

Flowers last longer in cooler places but, please don’t put your flowers in front of air conditioner!

One useful tip is cutting the stems when you just got a flower bouquet. If the flowers are not in water, foam or vase please cut the stems before putting them at vase. Because the bottom of the stems gets dry and the flowers won’t take enough water and nutrition.

Also, are you interested in knowing how to recognize whether a flower is fresh? Don't forget to check our second blog post about fresh cut flowers called :"How can you tell a flower is fresh?"

If you need any more flower tips or a flower arrangement, feel free to contact Green Garden Florist, your number one quality flower company in Toronto! Our floral team will be glad to prepare bright birthday bouquets, elegant wedding arrangements or stunning flower arrangements for any occasion!

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