Best Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 13, 2017 by Wildflower Florist

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Famous writer Emma Goldman once said, “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck,” and we’d have to agree with her, especially on Valentine’s Day. With their ability to excite the senses with their intoxicating scent, soft velvety petals, and beauty they are a solid choice for any lover who wants to impress.

Roses are certainly traditional for Valentine’s Day festivities, since they were originally thought to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Goddess of Love, but they’re not your only option. Since the Valentine’s Day tradition is centuries old, stretching all the way back to the Roman Empire, there are a variety of flower choices that are both appropriate and meaningful.

Making the Most of Roses

Trying to break out of the red rose rut? Consider changing up your color choices.

For example, red roses symbolize passionate love. However, if you’re not quite to that point in your relationship yet you might want to reach for pink ones, which would symbolize admiration and appreciation instead. Pink roses are also a pretty “vintage” choice, providing a softer alternative. Or, if the relationship is new, lavender ones might be more appropriate-a symbol for enchantment, and love at first sight. Mix and match colors to express a more complex message, or simply to add visual interest.

If you simply want to get away from roses altogether, consider any of the following options.


In the language of flowers, tulips mean “perfect lover.” The heart-shaped, black stigma in the center of the tulip is said to symbolize the lover’s heart, darkened by passion. This means adding tulips to your bouquet is a great way to express that your significant other is perfect for you. They’re also a nice “springy” flower, and if the season isn’t here yet people are nevertheless starting to think about warm, pleasant weather.


Orchids are a symbol of love, beauty, and refinement. If your family members and friends typically exchange Valentine’s Day gifts, then this is a great choice: orchids do not carry a romantic connotation but nevertheless convey a heart-felt message. If you and your family members or friends don’t have the tradition yet, consider starting it…plenty of singles are left out of Valentine’s Day, and there’s no reason why that should be the case.


Add a white lily or two to your bouquet if you want to say, “It’s heavenly to be with you.” They also just add a pretty, contrasting color pop to more dramatic colors, like red. It would be rare to give an all-lily bouquet, but they work very well as an accent flower. See our Love’s Passion Bouquet for an example.


Another fantastic choice for new lovers. They are a symbol of “fascination,” the infatuation that takes place in the early stages of a new relationship. Some sources also say they represent pride and beauty as well. They are the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers in Europe.


Daisies represent innocence, loyal love, and purity. This makes them excellent Valentine’s Day flowers for new lovers, couples who have been together for a long time, or for friends and family members. See our “Simple Love” bouquet for an excellent example. This is a nice, non-threatening gift to offer to someone with whom you have an interest, as well…if they’re not as interested, you can always pass it off as a gift of simple friendship!

Mix and Match

There are no bad flower choices, really, when it comes to Valentine’s Day. The important thing is to get in there and express your feelings for the people who are most important to you. The only bad move is forgetting to send anything at all!

Fortunately, our delivery service can get flowers to just about anyone in Houston really fast, even if you were a bit forgetful. Just call us to order your bouquet today. We’ve got lots of bouquets ready to go, or can whip up a custom job for you. Just order by 12 noon to get them to your love the very next day. That’s not fast enough for you? Dash into one of our four local locations to pick up a fast bouquet. Your significant other never needs to know!