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Choosing the right flowers for Valentine’s Day

It can be overwhelming walking into a local florist, so we’re here to help!

Story by Anthony Ridad

Valentine’s Day is one of the most universally celebrated holidays in the world. Symbolizing the day of hearts are stuffed toys and boxes of chocolates. But when talking about Valentine’s Day, flowers are the first thing on everyone’s mind.

Giving a bouquet to your significant other is a signature Valentine’s Day gesture. Whether you’re a hard-working husband or a teenager buying your crush a single rose, choosing the right flowers to give is very important. Below is a quick guide on the five most popularly used flowers for a Valentine’s Day bouquet.

Carnations are fluffy, delicate-looking flowers that are perfect for bouquets and vases alike. Carnations are appropriately called the flower of love and are thus perfect for Valentine’s Day. Carnations come in a plethora of colors, including pink, red, peach, and purple.

Carnations are pretty versatile in their use. A standard combination of carnations for Valentine’s Day includes a mix of reds, whites, and pinks. Carnations are usually paired with roses, daisies, and other flowers when making bouquets.

Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera daisies are bright, colorful flowers that are a bit bigger than regular daisies. Unlike roses which are usually just a single color, gerbera daisies come in combinations of vibrant colors like pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows. Because of their size and bright mix of hues, gerbera daisies are usually good on their own. You don’t really need to mix and match them with any other flowers. Because they somewhat resemble sunflowers, gerbera daisies are great for vases. They make excellent displays on office tables and homes alike.

Lastly, orchids are nice, exotic-looking flowers that can be given on a variety of occasions. On Valentine’s Day though, you probably need something with a bit more “oomph.” Use orchids to complement other types of flowers in a bouquet. Roses, carnations, or tulips can take center stage, while orchids can play the role of a supporting actor, filling in the gaps in your bouquet.

When people think about flowers, they usually think about roses. Roses come in a variety of colors, from red to pink to white.

Red roses are the generic choice of flowers on Valentine’s Day. Red roses symbolize love. Bouquets composed of nothing but red roses are pretty to look at and convey a very straightforward message.

Pink roses signify gratitude, admiration, or sweetness. They’re a good choice if you want to give your mom or aunt a bouquet.

White roses signify purity. Bouquets of white roses convey a delicate look, but sometimes white roses are mixed in with their brighter-colored cousins to create a vibrant, contrasting display.

Yellow roses, on the other hand, represent friendship. If you have a good friend you want to give a rose to, a mix of whites and yellows can be a good choice.

Lastly, orange roses represent desire. If your crush or the person you’re interested in has a good grasp of the meaning of flowers, handing them orange roses might be a good choice if you want to send them some signals.

Tulips are basically flowery little light bulbs. A combination of reds, whites, and pinks work for most occasions when building a bouquet. Tulips are nice, balanced flowers that can work for a variety of occasions, Valentine’s Day included. Tulips are often associated with the ideas of balance and comfort, and are one of the most popular garden flowers out there. Like gerbera daisies, tulips are great as vase displays.


5 flower care tips to make your Valentine’s Day bouquet stay fresh longer:
  1. Cut the stems two inches off, at an angle to allow for better water intake.
  2. Remove any leaves below the water line and any dead leaves above it.
  3. Use a clean vase and keep it full of water.
  4. Avoid direct sunlight, heat, drafts and fruit.
  5. Put your bouquet in the fridge every night before bed.