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Every year for Valentine’s Day, around 250-million roses are produced, according to the Society of American Florists. While red roses may be the first flower that comes to mind for the romantic holiday, there are no shortage of other options if you want to give your sweetie something more original.
Korrin Wheeler, owner and head florist at Bad and Blooming, a floral design company in Dallas, is sharing the best flowers for Valentine’s Day, depending on the sentiment you want the blooms to represent. “The beauty of flowers is no matter the intended symbolism, certain stems just represent something to everyone differently,” she explains. “That’s what makes giving and receiving flowers so special.”
The best flowers for Valentine’s Day, according to this expert:
- Best Flower for Established Relationships and Anniversaries - Hybrid Lily, which can symbolize marriage.
- Best Flowers for a New Romance - Ranunculus, which symbolizes charm and attraction.
- Best Flowers for Friendship - Tulips, especially the “cheerful” yellow ones.
- Most Affordable Flower - Carnations, which last a long time and come in a variety of colors.
- Best Splurge - Orchids, which are delicate, but beautiful.
- Best Peony Look-Alike - Double Tulips, these have many layers and Wheeler says when you see them, you’re going to want them.
- Best Dahlia Look-Alike - Chrysanthemums, which are fluffy, come in every color and are easier to find this time of year than Dahlias.
- Most Unconventional Flower Pairing - Sunflowers and Red Roses, as mixing the two adds playfulness, according to Wheeler.
- Best Filler Flower - Snapdragon, which are elegant and look lovely in an arrangement.
- Best Rose - Country Rose, which are tight spiral roses and Wheeler’s favorite.
- The Show-Stopper - Anemone, these are pricey, but have “personality” and symbolize protection.
- The Unexpected Rising Star - Hydrangeas, which symbolize gratitude.
- The Go-To Filler Flower - Peruvian Lily, because they never die, according to Wheeler.