The month of love is almost in full bloom. If you're looking for a thoughtful and surprising way to say "I love you", then a bouquet of Valentine's Day flowers can show just how special that lady in your life is. If you really want to blow someone away though, thinking outside the box when it comes to the types of blooms you choose can make all the difference.
A bunch of roses you've picked up at your local supermarket on the way to V-Day date night is still going to be appreciated. After all, almost all ladies love flowers! But taking the time and effort to add that special touch will guarantee to impress. Picking the perfect bunch of blooms goes well beyond just what looks pretty. The right colour, flower type and the way it's all arranged creates an entirely different level of charm. And what special someone shouldn't be swooned this Valentine's Day?
Think Beyond Red Roses
Don't get me wrong, roses are beautiful. They're classic, but every classic needs an update occasionally. And just because it's Valentine's Day, it doesn't necessarily mean roses are the best pick for your sweetheart. Especially if you've been buying red roses for that last few years, make this year special! There are plenty of stunning alternatives to roses to wow your loved one. Tulips are a perfect example. Red and pink tulips symbolise fresh beginnings, so are an even more exceptional choice if the relationship is new.
If you've been with your partner for some time, orchids are a great choice because they represent love, strength, luxury and beauty. They also come in vibrant tropical colours which can make a floral arrangement look fantastically unique. Lilies, carnations and sunflowers can also make beautiful flower bouquets.
For those that do want to stick with roses, consider mixing things up with various colours. A bunch of red and pink roses or white looks amazing and steers clear of the typical red roses bunch. You can also choose long-stem roses. Long-stemmed roses are regarded as more special, because of the meanings associated with them. Visually, they're more impressive, but they also represent the ultimate expression of love. The taller the stem (between 60cm and 80cm), the more labour involved. So, long-stem rose bouquets express that extra bit of love and gratitude.
Bigger isn't Always Better
Don't underestimate the impact of a single bloom or minimalistic-designed bouquet. Big bunches certainly look breathtaking, but simplifying things with a beautifully selected rose or ranunculus can be tasteful and sweet. Smaller bunches of blooms or single flowers that have been specifically chosen also gives you more room to experiment with unique 'flower' options. An orchid plant in a charming pot, for example, puts a spin on your average bunch of flowers.
For a gift that keeps on giving, consider an elegantly planted succulent or a singular lucky bamboo plant in a heart-shaped vase. This is a great alternative if you Valentine is allergic to roses or just hates the thought of her fresh blooms fading so quickly. Check out this rustic heart-shaped flower arrangement on Southern Living. Not only are they smaller than your average bunch of flowers, but they create just as much of an impression.
Opt for Different Styled Arrangements
You can also get creative with the way the flowers or bouquet is styled. Florists are amazing in their ability to design bunches, so find one that offers something a little out of the norm for your Valentine.
Consider the materials used to arrange the flowers too. Some florists will have more than the pretty coloured paper with ribbons, like woven cloth materials and natural papers for an additional touch.
Get Creative with Chocolate 'Flowers'
A bunch of 'roses' that are made from delicately designed chocolate blooms is a creative way to swoon your sweetheart – especially if she's a sucker for something sweet! Think individually wrapped Ferrero Rocher or Baci chocolates (which even have romantic love messages in 4 different languages inside) cleverly wrapped into what resembles a bouquet of blooms. Bliss.
Team them with the Right Goodies
Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest impact. Team your single bloom or bouquet of flowers with the right goodies, and watch that smile light up her face. Thoughtful tricks, like making the gift card an invitation for a romantic dinner night in or a night out just the two of you, helps to create a lasting impression. A snuggly bear, scented candles, a delicious bottle of vino or special-occasion bubbles (I can't get enough of this bubbly number from NakedWines!) all make perfect gifts to add with flowers too.