Best Flowers for Valentines Day

Flowers are a traditional gift given on Valentine's Day, and other holidays as well. The message inherent in the gift of flowers depends on the relationship between the giver and recipient. In many cases, it is often a message of romantic love, but different flowers have different meanings. Therefore, the best flowers for Valentine's Day are ones that signify love in a manner that is personal for the recipient of the flowers.

Red, Long-Stemmed Roses

Deep red, long-stemmed roses are a traditionally favorite flower of Valentine's Day, and signify romantic love. They are also expensive and can imply a lack of imagination in the giver. If the recipient is someone who enjoys creativity, a different flower choice should probably be used. Still, red roses are the No. 1 flower given on Valentines Day, according to Beth Kowitt, a reporter for CNN.


Carnations are a terrific choice for a person on a budget or in a new relationship, because they do not carry the traditional seriousness of meaning that roses do. These hardy and inexpensive flowers come in a wide range of colors, each with its own meaning. White carnations signify purity of love, while light red carnations signify a admiration and fascination.


Another relatively inexpensive choice, tulips also last a long time in water and make a dramatic visual statement when bunched together in quantity. Red tulips are said to signify "perfect love," while white tulips portray forgiveness, perhaps making them a good choice for a Valentine's Day gift after a lovers' spat.

Mixed Bouquet

In many cases, a mixed bouquet is the best choice for flowers for Valentine's Day simply because such bouquets can be very beautiful and quite lavishly designed. To make it even more special, place the bouquet in a cut-crystal vase of in something unique, such as a pretty teapot.

Her Favorite Flowers

Flowers are a personal gift, and as such, the giver should take into consideration the favorite flowers of the recipient before choosing which to give on Valentine's Day. Her favorites might be the best choice, especially if she has a solid reason for having a favorite flower--for example, she might be allergic to some other types of flowers.

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April Sanders has been an educator since 1998. Nine years later she began writing curriculum. She currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education.