Sure, roses are the flower of love, but they're not the only variety that are romantic. Show your valentine how much you really care with a bouquet of peonies, sunflowers, or tulips this year, which symbolize happiness, prosperity, and romance.
According to , these fluffy blooms are most commonly associated with romance, prosperity, and bashfulness. Some even believe they're a good luck charm of sorts, bringing good fortune to whoever receives them. Peonies also have some roots in Greek mythology: as one states, Apollo used to turn beautiful nymphs into peonies if Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, knew he was flirting with them.
Unsurprisingly, this classic bud is "the most popular choice for Valentine's Day," says , Product Design Manager at . It could be because red roses symbolize love, romance, beauty and perfection. The iconic flower is also known for being pricey — according to , Director of the New York School of Flower Design, "flower growers hold back their rose bushes for months in order to have them bloom in time for February 14— and then they raise the prices, giving roses that sought-after reputation."
The spicy cinnamon and clove scent of this delicate bouquet will be a pleasant surprise to your valentine. Once you tell her they beauty that doesn't fade with age and a lifetime of happiness, they're sure to become her favorite flower.
According to , these fiery red flowers are all about love and passion — so gift these to your lovely lady if you're feeling romantic.
These colorful, swirly flowers, also called "buttercups," symbolize charm, attraction, and radiance. Give a bouquet of these beauties and you'll be letting the recipient know, "I am dazzled by your charms," according to .
Named for their star-shaped flower head, asters represent love, charm, and sensitivity. According to , these pink blossoms are the emblem of Venus, the goddess of love.
Though this variety is technically the 10 year anniversary flower, gifting your special someone this lucky flower on Valentine's Day will bring 12 months of good luck and happiness, according to .
Daisies are known for symbolizing beauty, innocence and purity, Law says. The , recognizable by their large flowering heads, is available in an assortment of peppy hues, which gives them the additional meaning of cheerfulness. The happy buds are "always a favorite to receive," she says.
"Tulips stand for perfect love," Gaffney says. The elegant and easily identifiable blooms are one of the most popular flowers in the world but are most often associated with the , where they flourished in the 17th century. They convey comfort and warmth, says Law, and are a good Valentine's Day pick since they're classic and affordable.
Otherwise known as Peruvian lilies, these long-lasting, attention-grabbing petals represent friendship and devotion, Law says. According to the , they're native to South America and feature multiple blooms per stem, which make for voluptuous arrangements. Perhaps best of all, they're easy to find in most neighborhood supermarkets!
These white Oriental lilies typically stand for "beauty, class and style," Gaffney says. "A man who creates a bouquet with these dramatic — and expensive — lilies is sophisticated and knows his partner well." And, Law notes, people love these stunning blooms' heady fragrance.
According to Gaffney, these rare blossoms symbolize love, beauty, luxury and strength. Plus, they of exotic seduction. "If someone gives you orchids, they're a little wilder than the person who goes for a dozen roses." Orchids also hold up well over time, says Law, both in bouquets and pots.
These ruffled blooms stand for fascination and new love. "For some reason, carnations get a bad rap," says Gaffney. "But I love them; they're marvelous flowers." Even better, these cheerful blooms are hearty and very affordable.
Like the sun they're named for, these blossoms represent warmth and happiness, Law says. They also stand for loyalty, according to Gaffney. Though the bright yellow blooms scream summertime, these spirit-lifting flowers are available all year round.
In some parts of the world, dark blue or purple irises indicate royalty, according to Law. No matter their color (they're most commonly seen in blue, white and yellow), they stand for faith and hope, says Gaffney. Mix them up with red tulips or daisies for a "striking combination," Law suggests.
Loaded with fragrance, these elegant flowers signify purity and joy, and connote deep, old-fashioned love, according to Gaffney. "The man who buys these likely has a history with the woman he's buying them for, Gaffney says." Because they're pricey and are sold as single blooms, they'll definitely make a statement on the holiday.
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