If your typical Valentine's Day order leaves all the decisions up to your florist, it may be time to put a little more thought into choosing the perfect blooms for your partner. Not sure what those are? "Reflect back to your partner's style," says Kory Garvis of Springvale Floral Designs. "What was the last thing your partner wore on a date night? What their style is when they dress up will be the best reflection of what they are more excited to receive." If your partner prefers relaxed elegance, request an ethereal and organic English garden-inspired arrangement; if they donned a little black dress or a suit and tie, classic red and pink blooms may be the right fit.
The Iconic Choice: Roses
For many people, it's just not Valentine's Day without roses—in any color—with their signature look and scent. "Garden roses will forever be one of my favorite flowers," says Kaylyn Hewitt, lead floral designer of The Bouqs Company. "They are the perfect bloom for someone who wants to still gift roses but is looking for something more niche and fragrant. They appear delicate and soft but have the durability and long vase life of a standard rose. You'll find them in the most incredible colors—often with two or three colors painted on the petals."
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The Contemporary Choice: Orchids and Tulips
For your elegant, modern partner, Garvis suggests a pristine arrangement of architectural blooms. "Choose a modern, simple, minimalist color palette and something structurally elegant that has a lot of depth to it, like orchids or tulips," she says. "For the true minimalist, white on white would be really beautiful. Accents of color would be pretty, too—nothing too loud, but some soft-pink-and-fuschia tones."
The Seasonal Choice: Anemones
High-contrast anemones come in a range of dramatic shades, perfect for traditionalists or the avant garde. "Anemones are a true winter flower, which make it perfect for a Valentine's Day delivery," says Hewitt of the jewel-toned flowers with their striking dark centers. "Not only does their seasonality make them a standout, but I think their berry tones reflect the spirit of the holiday, as well. Often when people think of anemones, they think of the white bloom with that midnight center, but they also come in a raspberry red and blackberry purple."
The Underrated Choice: Hellebores
Hellebores—also called the Lenten flower because, on the East Coast, they bloom between January and March—are a pretty alternative to more common blooms. "Hellebore is overall a very underrated flower," says Garvis. "It's one of my favorite flowers of all time. They have such a sweet scent and they're such a wonderful accent flower." Garvis suggests the green, ivory, pink, and plum-colored blooms on their own as a bouquet, combined as part of an arrangement, or even as a potted plant.
The Long-Lasting Choice: Dried Flowers
Instead of thinking of a gift of dried flowers as a presentation of withered blooms, make a point of explaining to your Valentine that this bouquet will never fade—just like your feelings. "This is truly a nontraditional take on Valentine's Day flowers, but I think they would make such a lovely gift!" says Hewitt. "Dried and preserved flowers are real blossoms that will last forever in your home. They make wonderful décor statements and are just as impactful as fresh iterations. For those looking for that forever flower, these are the ones."