5 Foolproof Flowers to Give on Valentine's Day

From the traditional to the unexpected, wow your loved ones with one of these beautiful blooms.

While you can easily leave your Valentine's Day flower decisions up to your florist, it's fun to add some personal flare when choosing the perfect blooms for your partner. But with so many varieties to choose from, it's helpful to know a few show-stopping options that will make a huge impact when gifted on February 14. From niche takes on the classics to boldly colored blooms, these foolproof flowers are perfect for your valentine.

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How to Choose Flowers for Valentine's Day

If you're not sure what flowers to give your significant other this Valentine's Day, there are a few things you can turn to for inspiration. "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.

Close-up of Roses Bouquet in Flowers Market

Garden 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. Also known as vintage roses, they are the perfect bloom for someone who wants to gift roses, but is looking for something more unique and fragrant. "They appear delicate and soft but have the durability and long vase life of a standard rose," says Hewitt. "You'll find them in the most incredible colors—often with two or three colors painted on the petals."

Close-Up Of Orchids Growing In Plant
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For your elegant, modern partner, consider an architectural bloom, such as orchids. "Choose a modern, simple, minimalist color palette and something structurally elegant that has a lot of depth to it," says Hewitt. "For the true minimalist, white on white would be really beautiful." If your significant other enjoys a pop of color, consider two-toned orchids with accents of soft pink or fuchsia.

Anemone flowers in vase


High-contrast anemones come in a range of dramatic shades, and are perfect for traditionalists and those who appreciate the avant garde alike. "Anemones are a true winter flower, which make it perfect for a Valentine's Day delivery," says Hewitt. "Not only does their seasonality make them a standout, but I think their berry tones reflect the spirit of the holiday, as well." Typically, when people think of anemones, a white bloom with a dark center comes to mind, but the flower is also available in raspberry red and blackberry purple.

Helleborus flowers in white cup vase


Also called Lenten flowers because they bloom between January and March on the East Coast, hellebores are a pretty alternative to more common blooms. "Hellebore is overall a very underrated flower," says Garvis. "They have such a sweet scent and they're such a wonderful accent flower." When gifting these on Valentine's Day, consider assembling 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.

Directly Above Shot Of Dried Bouquet. A bunch of withered field flowers and pink roses on a grey slab

Dried Flowers

Don't think of dried flowers as a presentation of withered blooms. Instead, let your valentine know 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." Not only do they make a great gift, but they can also be used as home décor that lasts much longer than fresh iterations.

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