Ah, Valentine’s Day. I like to pretend I don’t care about it, but I can’t help but feel relieved whenever my other half comes up with the goods on the big day – especially flowers that aren’t roses, for a change.
I don’t have anything in particular against roses, but I do think other flowers can get overlooked in their favour a little too much, beautiful as they are. If you want to really surprise your partner (or secret crush), consider one of these equally romantic options instead!
I absolutely adore lilies – in fact, I have some growing in a pot in my living room at the moment! They’re extremely elegant and come in all sorts of colours in addition to white, which is probably what you’re most familiar with.
A particularly romantic type to go for would be the pink and white variety. If you can’t bear to do without roses for Valentine’s Day, opt for a bouquet that mixes the two blooms to create a fantastic effect. Check out Interfone Flowers for some great examples.
I reckon orchids signify passion in a much better way than roses do. These beautiful flowers will definitely be appreciated and remembered by the object of your affections, especially if you can find some in their favourite colour.
You can buy a few simple orchids to get your message through in a heartfelt way, or go all out with a massive orchid arrangement that’s sure to result in a little bit of swooning. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this particular bloom!
These fun flowers are fantastic for anyone who likes the look of the long petals on sunflowers and daisies, but would like a bit more variety in terms of colour. They come in all sorts of shades, from white and yellow to vibrant pink and orange (the purple variety is my favourite!).
While it seems sensible to stick to one or two hues in a single bunch, I like the idea of mixing lots of shades in one bouquet – this would be an excellent choice if the recipient really appreciates something different and loves adding colour to their home.
4) Mixed bouquets
While there’s an appealing simplicity to single-species bouquets, it’s worth considering going all out with a mixed bouquet of seasonal flowers. These can create a stunning effect, especially if the blooms and colours in question are carefully chosen to complement each other.
Don’t dismiss carnations out of hand simply because they tend to be the flower of choice for those much-derided garage shops. Find some perfectly bloomed carnations in a show-stopping colour and your Valentine can’t fail to be impressed by them!
In fact, out of all of the flowers I’ve received to date, a particularly stunning bunch of fresh carnations in a glorious peachy-orange shade were by far my favourite – a far cry from the traditional reds and pinks that flood the shops in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. As they’re relatively cheap and last for a good few weeks, carnations also represent excellent value for money.
What are your favourite alternatives to roses? Or do you think roses are the ultimate romantic flowers for Valentine’s Day? Leave a comment and let us know!
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