8 Best Flowers for Valentine's Day

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February 14th is Valentine's Day, a holiday when most Americans turn to flowers for help saying “I love you”. Of course, you needn’t stick with traditional red roses and a box of heart-shaped chocolates this winter. It is completely okay to choose from all types of flowers for Valentine’s Day!

In this article, we’ll share eight of our favorite floral options for the beloved holiday, from downright passionate flowers to sweetly platonic and cheerful blooms.  

  1. Roses
  2. Gerbera Daisies
  3. Peonies
  4. Dahlias
  5. Hyacinths
  6. Lotuses
  7. Hibiscuses
  8. Tulips

1. Roses

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Roses are the classic choice for a bouquet of Valentine’s Day Flowers, and with good reason. A red rose, which you’ll find sold just about everywhere in mid-February, symbolizes beauty, perfection and romance.

A pink rose symbolizes sweetness, joy and grace. The cheerful yellow rose symbolizes friendship or optimism, making it a nice gift for a companion.

2. Gerbera Daisies

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Daisies are fun, cute and affordable. They are always less expensive than roses, but especially around Valentine’s Day, when demand really causes flower prices to soar. Daisies tend to symbolize innocence and purity.

If you’re looking for a happy and platonic way to say I love you, these chirpy flowers (which are usually yellow, but sometimes red or another color entirely!) are a great idea. They’re also not too fragrant, making them a great Valentine’s Day gift for young children—trust us, they’ll get enough candy at school!

If you’re looking for a daisy that’ll last a bit longer than five or six days, consider our best selling painted red flower wind spinner. Also inspired by daisies, this triple flower pot garden stake will bring cheer to your loved one’s home for years to come.

3. Peonies

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Ah, peonies. The Pinterest-perfect bloom that’s on just about every bride-to-be’s wishlist. Lush, voluminous, feminine and romantic, these flowers are sure to be adored by your significant other. Peonies symbolize prosperity, good fortune and riches—which makes a whole lotta sense, since they’re quite pricey!

Red peonies are a nice and unexpected substitute for red roses, while classic pink peonies are easily found at floral shops. Pale purple and white peonies are also popular.

4. Dahlias

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Geometric and mesmerizing, dahlias are common-but-complex blooms that gardeners love to grow. They also make brilliant and striking additions to non-traditional bouquets. Dahlias symbolize strength, elegance, creativity and dignity, making them an excellent choice for a Valentine’s Day bouquet for your mother or mother-in-law.

This purple flower garden stake pays homage to the dahlia, and is a great gift for parents and other strong role models in your life this February. Or consider this dahlia flower wind spinner or these dahlia-inspired flower stakes!

5. Hyacinths

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If your loved one loves perfume, this is a great Valentine’s Day flower to choose! These Mediterranean, bulbous plants are deeply colored and really, really fragrant. Related to the lily—yes, fragrance runs in the family!—hyacinths symbolize sincerity and honesty.

These plants do better in a garden than in a bouquet, so consider gifting them as a potted plant instead.

6. Lotuses

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The lotus flower—which you likely know as a water lily!—is a Buddhist symbol of purity and perfection. Considered one of the most special flowers on Earth, you’ll occasionally see lotuses featured in stunning wedding bouquets.

Of course, lotuses aren’t the most practical flower for shipping and sharing. Show that special someone just how perfect they are with a far less delicate lotus, like this lotus flower dripper fountain or this calla lily rain chain.

7. Hibiscuses

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Unique and tropical, the hibiscus is definitely not a common Valentine’s Day flower, but it’s still an exceptional, beautiful choice. This flower symbolizes the beauty of its recipient, making it a perfect selection for this love-centric holiday.

A sweet, pink hibiscus or a vivacious red one might be just the flower to liven up what can sometimes be a far-too-predictable Valentine’s Day.

8. Tulips

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Spring’s favorite flower is also a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. Tulips symbolize perfect, ideal love—especially red ones. Of course, don’t feel obligated to stick with red. Tulips are available in all sorts of colors now, like pinks, purples, oranges and yellows.

Tulips not available in the middle of winter wherever you are? Don’t sweat it. Our selection of flower-inspired garden decor will keep your Valentine feeling loved season after season.

Need a little more help picking out a Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone? At Happy Gardens, we’re here to help via phone or live chat.

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