You can never go wrong with giving your sweetie flowers on Valentine's Day. Instead of going for a tired dozen roses, try a different type of flower that not only sends a romantic message, but also shows you cared enough to put some thought into your choice.
Tulips are pretty, delicate-yet-sturdy flowers that come in a wide range of colors and styles and signify perfect love. Try small closed flowers for a sweet bouquet, or ruffled, two-colored Parrot tulips for a bold statement.
Lilacs have soft colors and a heady fragrance, and immediately bring to mind spring and sunshine. Representing new love, several stems of purple lilac in a square clear glass vase with a ribbon around it makes a knock-out bouquet.
With deep purples, bright yellows, or clear whites -- and a number of shades in between -- iris make impressive and eye-catching bouquets. Iris stand for faith, hope, and wisdom, making them an ideal flower for any occasion.
Few flowers are as cheerful as Gerbera
daisies. The daisy family represents loyal love, purity and innocence. The happy Gerbera daisy comes in many bright, vibrant colors, and is the fifth most popular flower in the world.
Also called the Peruvian lily, alstroemeria is a versatile flower that stands for friendship and devotion. Use alstromeria as an accent flower in an arrangement, or gather several multi-flowered stems for an abundant bouquet.
If your loved one's heart is set on roses, stick with the classic, of course. Otherwise, try something different this year, and maybe you'll start a new tradition.
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