Not sure which type of flowers fit your loved one on Valentine's Day? We've got you covered. Keep reading below to learn how to pick the best Valentine's Day flowers for her.

Ask anyone - young or old about tried and true Valentine's Day gifts and it will be shocking if nobody says flowers. Even Google agrees, placing flowers at the top of the list of most popular Valentine's Day gifts in 2018.

So if you've decided on Valentine's Day flowers this year for your sweetie, you're in luck. Here, we'll share some tips on how to pick the best Valentine's Day flowers for her, as well as how to upgrade your gift.

Valentine's Day Flowers: Some Dos and Don’ts

The one thing some men get wrong when it comes to Valentines Day flowers is not ordering ahead. They think they have to order the day itself or the day before to make sure the flowers are fresh.

But the problem with this is the closer it gets to Valentine's Day, the busier the florists are. You might not get the best stock or even the best flowers such as red roses, as these tend to sell out fast. 

Your best bet is to order early so you can give your lady love your preferred floral gift. But if for some reason, you weren't able to order early, at least try to buy your blooms in person. This way you can check for freshness and ensure the flowers will not droop the next day.

Valentines Flowers: Explore Your Options

Giving a red rose or a dozen of them on Valentine's Day is traditional. Now, some guys don't have a problem with that. And if you want to give your sweetheart a bouquet of red roses come February 14, then go for it.

But if you want to try something different, or you are a little nervous that the relationship is too ‘new’ for this, you can find out what flowers your lady prefers beforehand. Or you can ask a few florists for their recommendations. 

Of course, you should also do your part and help the florist come up with the perfect arrangement. Tell the florist what colors or fragrance your girlfriend or wife likes. You can also describe your partner's personality so the florist can pick the best blooms to reflect that.

That said, here are some flowers you may want to consider for your Valentine’s Day bouquet.

Roses Are Red...

Or so the well-known poem goes. But everyone knows roses come in different colors. There's yellow, orange, purple, pink, and so on. And each color symbolizes something

Plus, there are over 100 species of roses to choose from. So whoever said roses are boring don't know what they're talking about.

Now, if you've always given red roses on Valentine's Day and want to try something different, you can go for a mix of red and white roses. Red mixed with white means unity, which is a good message to convey to your partner, especially if you've been together for quite some time now.

White roses also represent ‘purity’ which, for a relationship that is only in it’s very early stages, can signify hope for a stronger unity to come, and a love that will grow.

Tulips, Lilies, and Orchids

One of the best things about tulips as Valentine Day flowers is their longevity. Even after they've been cut, they will continue to grow. And maintaining them isn't too hard, either.

Just keep them in a place where they'd get a lot of sunlight. Tulips aren't as in your face as red roses are. But if your lady is someone who likes subtlety, she'll definitely appreciate your bouquet of tulips. 

As for lilies and orchids, they're great to give to a woman who favors the tropical style. If your sweetheart is a bit of trendsetter, you can't go wrong with lilies or orchids. Of course, if you want a more balanced bouquet, you can go for a combination of white lilies or white orchids and red roses. 

Sunflowers, Irises, and Carnations

Do the words 'bubbly' and 'bright' describe your lady love? If yes, then sunflowers are the perfect Valentine's Day flowers as they reflect those qualities well.

And while some would say sunflowers aren't romantic at all, they can be under the right circumstances. If your message of love is that of happiness, for example, then sunflowers are the ideal bunch to give to your wife or girlfriend.

Now, if your partner is celebrating her birthday in February, you should consider a double-duty flower such as irises. Yellow and purple ones would make a great Valentine's Day and birthday present as yellow irises mean passion, while purple ones bring a message of wisdom and compliments.

As for carnations, you can give them to the other great women in your life such as your mom or grandma. They're usually given on Mother's Day. But there's no rule that says you can't give carnations to the women in your life on Valentine's Day.

Peonies, Daisies, and Chrysanthemums

Peonies are just as popular as roses when it comes to romance. And this is why they're also used a lot in weddings.

If you're planning to give them to your darling this Valentine's Day, just keep in mind that they're somewhat hard to find this time of the year. But if you can pull it off, your sweetheart will never forget it. She'll feel like the luckiest woman on Valentine's Day.

Daisies, on the other hand, make the ideal gift for a woman who values simplicity. They also make great Valentine's Day gifts to your girl buddies or your sweetheart's best friend. For sure, your girlfriend or wife will appreciate that you took the time and effort to buy flowers for her closest pal.

Last but not least, you have chrysanthemums or mums. If you're not too familiar with flower symbolism, the white chrysanthemum represents perfection. And what better way to tell your partner that she's perfect in every way? 

There are also other colors to choose from if you don't want to give an all-white bouquet. Red mums represent desire, while yellow ones mean a secret admirer.

Want to Upgrade Your Valentine's Day Flowers?

There are many ways to take your Valentine's Day flowers to the next level. You can pick the right vase or you can give her something she'd never expect - a 24 karat gold-dipped rose and vase set

For other Valentine's Day gifts, check out Give Romance: The Best Valentine's Gifts for Her or 7 Romantic Gifts That Show Her She's the One.

I would love to hear your comments or answer any questions you might have about this post.

Yours sincerely,   


Dr. Carissa Coulston, Clinical Psychologist

BSc(Hons), MPsychol(Clinical), PhD, MAPS