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Best Flowers For Valentine’s Day

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The best flowers to give for Valentine’s Day are the variety that the recipient likes the best. However, each flower and bloom color will convey a message and the recipient’s favorite flower may relay a message that you are not intending.

For example, red roses symbolize romantic love and passion. One red rose or a large bouquet of red roses given on Valentine’s Day will tell the recipient that you love them. Orchids will convey the sentiment of love, beauty, and strength.

Decide what you want to say to the recipient, then you can select flowers for Valentine’s Day that will convey that message for you. And don’t be afraid to avoid the traditional gift of red roses and a heart-shaped box of candy. Be unique, be yourself, and consider some of these other non-traditional best flowers for Valentine’s Day gift-giving.


gold carnations

Carnations are common flowers to give on gift-giving occasions and each bloom color will represent a different meaning. Deep, dark red carnation blooms mean strong, romantic love and passion while a light red carnation bloom means admiration and affection.

White carnations mean purity and good luck, and pink carnations convey gratitude. White or pink carnations are ideal for gifting to a daughter, mother, or sibling on Valentine’s Day but save the dark red blooms for your wife or girlfriend.


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This flower traditionally is associated with autumn but has the overall meaning of joy and optimism and would be a very good flower to give to someone you hope to have a future with.

Pink chrysanthemum blooms wish the recipient a long life; white blooms symbolize loyalty and devotion, and the red blooms say ‘I love you’.


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These large flowerheads come in the bloom colors of pink, blue, white, or a mix of these three colors. All colors of hydrangea blooms represent love, unity, and family. Instead of giving cut hydrangea blooms this Valentine’s Day, consider giving a potted hydrangea so it can be planted in the yard and the floral display enjoyed for years to come.


Pink peony

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Fragrant and delicate-looking petals create a large bloom and are a favorite at weddings because they symbolize beauty and elegance. Red peonies convey the message of love and passion, pink peonies symbolize love at first sight.

A white peony symbolizes regret and offers an apology. So if you need to say ‘I am sorry’ to someone this Valentine’s Day, give them a white peony.


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These flowers represent happiness and joy. It’s hard to look at a field of sunflowers without smiling. These flowers come in several sizes and bloom colors, including traditional happy yellow; red which conveys the feelings of lust and passion; orange means strength and positivity,and white sunflower petals represent innocence.


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All colors of tulips mean perfect, unconditional love. These fragrant flowers can be given to any family member or someone with whom you share romantic love.

Tulips are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring and are often used to represent a fresh start or new beginning.


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These small deep purple blooms represent modesty, faithfulness, and humility. By giving someone violets for Valentine’s Day you are telling them that you admire their faithfulness and your affection for them will be faithful and enduring.


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A common garden flower that is used as a daily remembrance of someone in your life, either past or present. The tall, stately plant produces one large bloom on top of each stem that lasts for weeks during the summer and is a constant reminder of someone we love.

The yellow zinnia blooms are most often associated with remembrance and white blooms represent goodness. Reddish-purple blooms covey the message of everlasting love and are perfect for adding to a Valentine’s Day floral bouquet.

If you are more traditional and you’d prefer to gift a red bouquet instead, why don’t you check our guide to Red Flowers: 11 Types and What They Mean

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