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A Guide to the Best Flowers for Valentine’s Day

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If you’re hoping to make your loved one’s heart skip a beat this Valentine’s Day, it’s much easier with a bouquet in hand. Research suggests that around 37% of us expect to gift flowers to loved ones for this mid-month holiday, with roses as the most popular bud by far.

However, roses aren’t the only or even the best flowers for Valentine’s Day; they’re just the traditional preference. In addition to this staple, there are plenty of stunning blooms that may be a better match for your recipient’s tastes and the message you’d like to send.

If you’re considering which flowers to add to your next bouquet, let’s take a look at some of the best options.

Roses

It’s impossible not to create a list like this without mentioning the signature flower of Valentine’s Day. Roses are the most popular flower by far, with Americans spending over $23 million on them in 2023, making it the second-highest year on record in sheer expense.

Red roses are an iconic choice for a reason: these beautiful buds symbolize passion, love, and romance, making them the perfect choice for everything from first dates to anniversaries. Even better, their petals may look soft and delicate, but they have a long vase life and will brighten a room for days after the big event.

Roses can be a great platonic gift as well, depending on the color.

If you’re wracking your mind over Valentine’s Day gifts for family members, friends, or neighbors, consider opting for pink or yellow varieties of this timeless flower. Pink roses symbolize appreciation, sweetness, admiration, and poetic love. Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship and joy.

Long-stemmed roses are the classic choice here, but you can also find bouquets filled with sweetheart roses or garden roses to mix things up.

Carnations

Carnations once served as nothing more than humble accent flowers you’d find in a supermarket bouquet. In recent years, they’ve seen a resurgence in popularity in luxury bouquets, thanks to their unique and timeless ruffled look. With a farm-fresh bunch of carnations, you’ll also add a subtly spicy scent to your bouquet.

Dark red carnations are a symbol of romance, making them an ideal addition to your partner’s gift. Pink carnations symbolize admiration, and they’re ideal for friends and family members.

Lilies

With their long, swirling petals, lilies make an elegant and bold gift. Even better, there are hundreds of varieties of this beautiful flower, making it easy to match the style of any bouquet. Each variety has its own unique meanings, but all lilies are symbols of devotion and love.

When you’re shopping for Valentine’s Day bouquets, there are a few great options to choose from.

Consider the timeless look of the traditional white Easter lily, especially alongside other gorgeous staples like the long-stemmed red rose. For a showier and more vibrant bloom, the speckled Stargazer lily can add dramatic flair to your bouquet. For a chic and modern touch, consider the tubular calla lily as an uncommon and show-stopping choice.

Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera daisies are a cheerful bunch. As part of a Valentine’s bouquet, these flowers provide a subtle, sun-kissed scent that adds a touch of perfume to a room without becoming overpowering.

Whether you choose them in classic pink or red varieties or you’d rather have a pop of friendly white or yellow, they’re a great way to add some bright color to a bouquet. Pink gerberas symbolize grace and gentility, red ones symbolize passion and love, white ones symbolize innocence, and yellow ones symbolize friendship.

Even better, daisies of all types are symbols of joy and cheerfulness, making these springtime blooms the perfect pick-me-up for a significant other or a close friend in need of a smile.

Orchids

Sophisticated and delicate, orchids make stunning gifts. These types of flowers are often gifted in pots, which allows them to act as a symbol of your loving relationship for years to come. Orchids symbolize both love and luxury, and their huge range of colors and varieties makes it easy to find the perfect match for your loved one’s tastes.

Though they have a reputation for being easy to kill, orchids aren’t as hard to care for as some might think. Once established, they need minimal care, and some even thrive on relative neglect.

That said, it’s a good idea to make sure your recipient is the type of person to enjoy caring for a challenging plant when gifting a potted orchid. Otherwise, make sure that you’re gifting them a cut orchid as part of a larger bouquet!

In addition, orchids make a great gift for recipients with allergies. These flowers don’t release airborne pollen, allowing your loved one to breathe more easily.

Choose the Best Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Whether you love the elegant look of an orchid or the cheery brightness of a gerbera daisy, the options above are among the best flowers for Valentine’s Day. No matter which varieties you choose, your recipient will fall in love with their stunning blooms!

If you’re still struggling to find the right high-quality, beautiful flowers for your gifting needs, shop the award-winning bouquets at Rich Mar Florist! Since 1955, we’ve been offering a huge range of floral arrangements for every need, including show-stopping Valentine’s Day bouquets. Check out our Valentine’s collection or reach out to us anytime at 610.437.5588.

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