This common herb is grown on many chefs’ window sills, but it is also a symbol of peace in some cultures. Basil is thought to ward off negative spirits and symbolizes good wishes, wealth and a happy home. Basil comes in several varieties, including a deep purple, and will produce beautiful blooms if the buds aren’t pinched off. Basil thrives as an indoor potted plant and just needs lots of sun and moist soil.
Another common herb known for the beautiful flowers it produces, lavender is associated with romantic relationships and is thought to bring peace to interactions with loved ones. It also symbolizes love, protection, happiness, sleep and devotion. The most common variety of lavender is English lavender, and it blooms in the spring. While most people think of lavender as purple, blooms can also be white, pink or blue. Lavender is another plant that does well in a pot that gets full sun. It needs soil that drains well and should only be watered when the soil is completely dry.
Representing peace, healing, loyalty and devotion, violets have had many meanings in different cultures throughout history. The Romans, for example, used it as a symbol of their affection for loved ones who had died and believed that flowers brought the deceased peace in the afterlife. The majority of violets are perennial plants, meaning they return every year and bloom in the mid to late summer. They require only moderate watering and do well in cooler climates.
5. White Poppies
Poppies traditionally symbolize peace and the end and remembrance of war, and this may have partially come from the fact that the flowers grew over the fallen bodies of soldiers who fought in the Great War in Northern France. Different colors have slightly different symbolism, but the white poppy’s pure, crisp tone is especially indicative of peace. Poppies have very unique blooms that are large and vibrant, and the plants have also traditionally been used for the medicinal properties. Poppies require adequate sun and limited watering and will continue to bloom if deadheaded regularly.