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The top 5 Valentine’s Day flowers

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

When it comes to ordering flowers for Valentine’s Day, most of us will usually go with tradition. Classic bouquets featuring reds, pinks and white, usually featuring a fair few roses. But there are several other flowers that can make a bold statement too.

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For centuries giving flowers has been a way to communicate emotions. Red roses were believed to be the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and this is how they became symbolic of love and passion.

But there are other flowers that make great Valentine’s Day gifts and are just as symbolic.

So for this post we want to look a little deeper into the meaning behind the most popular flowers and show you that there are alternatives to those traditional Roses and we have some great bouquets available on our shop.


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Roses became popular Valentines flowers in the 17th century and continue to be the most popular Valentines Day flowers today, Did you also know that the number of roses you send can have certain meanings? A single rose means ‘love at first sight’ an instant connection that will continue to grow with time. A dozen roses symbolises a deeper love, one that lasts all year round. Twelve red roses for twelve months of the year! Roses excite the senses with their intoxicating scent, soft, velvety petals, and beauty. So its easy to see why they are the most popular Valentine's day flower choice.

In the language of love, red roses symbolise passionate love, pink symbolise admiration and appreciation, and lilac symbolise enchantment and love at first sight; of course, there are many more colours, each with a different meaning. White roses are chosen to compliment modern greenery bouquets at weddings, but they are also a popular choice for end of life celebrations.

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Perhaps you would like to break away from tradition this year and send Valentines flowers other than roses. Tulips mean “perfect lover” in the language flowers. Tulips are available in the popular Valentine’s Day colours of passionate red and soft pink, as well as many other colours.

The heart shaped, black stigma in the centre of the tulip is said to symbolise a lover’s heart darkened by passion. Tulips also continue to grow in water even after they are cut.


Orchids are a gorgeous alternative flowers for Valentines Day. Orchids represent love, beauty, and refinement; making them a suitable gift for family and friends, as well as significant others. There are thousands of different types of orchids to choose from. The Phalaenopsis, or moth orchid, is the kind most commonly found in shops and it is available in shades of pink, white, purple, and mixes of these colours. Orchids are a great way to show your love because they can be given as a potted plant and grown year round, serving as a constant reminder of your love.

Pink Orchid - Wedding Florist and Funeral Florist and Flower Delivery in Plymouth


Carnations mean “fascination,” although some sources say they represent pride and beauty as well so they are an excellent choice for new lovers. They make a long lasting Valentines flower and come in a range of colours naturally, so there is such a variety to chose from we are sure we will find you a perfect match.

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Germini's represent innocence, loyalty, and purity making them excellent Valentines Day flowers for new lovers, couples that have been together for a long time, or for friends and family.

When you think of Germini's you may think of the traditional white- petal variety with the yellow centre but there are so many varieties which come in bold and vibrant colours that can add a modern and fun element to you valentine's bouquet.

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Whether you are keen to stick with tradition or want something more modern there is always a gorgeous bouquet or plant ready for you here at Daisie Chain floral Design. Shop our Valentines day collection and view our delivery information to create the perfect valentines surprise.

As an independent florist we take great pride in the health and care of our flowers long past delivery, so feel free to get in touch if you need further clarification on any of our advice above.

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