Jazzing Up the Lover’s Holiday with Valentine’s Day Flower Alternatives

February 16, 2022

When you think of Valentine's Day flowers, what comes to mind? 

If you're like most of us, you get a vivid picture of a ginormous bouquet of red roses.

This year, you're wanting to think outside the traditional Valentine’s Day flower box to come up with something unique and a little unexpected. 

But that’s where you’re stuck. How do you know which flowers to choose? 

If you’re hoping to surprise your Valentine with something besides roses, but are drawing a blank when it comes to alternative flowers for Valentine’s Day, you’re in the right place. 

Keep reading to learn about unique Valentine’s Day flower alternatives that are as beautiful as they are romantic. 


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Tired of Classic Valentine’s Roses? 3 Reasons to Choose Alternatives to Roses for Valentine’s Day

Let's make one thing clear right up front.

We love roses.

But while a dozen red roses in a crystal vase are a stunning classic, let's face it, they … 

  • Lack imagination
  • Are overdone; and 
  • Can be downright boring 

… especially when there are so many other alternative flowers for Valentine’s Day available. 

Trust us, your loved ones will swoon over the extra thought you put into choosing flowers other than roses for Valentine's Day. 

Not only will they be receiving something out of the ordinary, but the flowers you choose will show them that you put in the extra effort to select an arrangement just for them. 

Plus, you’ll look super smart and creative. 

Here are three reasons why you may want to consider alternative flowers, instead of just red rose, for Valentine’s Day this year. 

#1: Roses Can Be Impersonal

Maybe your Valentine has a favorite flower — besides roses. 

If the goal of giving flowers on Valentine's Day is showing someone that they are loved and special, you want to make certain that the flowers you are giving are meaningful to the person who is receiving them.

And unless roses are their absolute favorite flower, your mission is to reach beyond the realm of the traditional to replace that bouquet of roses with an arrangement that meets them on a personal level.

#2: Roses Are Predictable

For many people, just the thought of Valentine's Day brings a red rose to mind. They are the standard. 

But while roses are classic and traditional, they are also utterly predictable. 

This is the year to shake things up a little and look into alternatives to roses for Valentine's Day.

#3: Alternative Flowers Can Be Versatile

Roses are thought to be the pinnacle of romance.

But Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic relationships, and roses may be a little too “serious” for friends or a dating relationship that isn’t quite there yet. 

This is one of the beautiful things about alternative flowers for Valentine’s Day. 

By choosing a non-romantic Valentine's Day arrangement, it's much easier to keep your gift on a casual or just slightly romantic level while still giving a gorgeous bouquet that shows how much you care.

flower alternatives for roses for valentines


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Factors to Consider When Choosing Alternative Flowers for Valentine’s Day

So how do you decide what colors and varieties of flowers to choose for Valentine's Day? Let’s take a look.

Flower Color

Red is a beautiful choice for Valentine's Day. But so are many other shades of the rainbow!

While each color has traditionally been used to make a certain statement, these days you can easily branch out to create your own impression. 

Some of our favorite colors for alternative flowers for Valentine's Day include:

  • Peach
  • Dusty rose
  • Mauve; or
  • Purple

Flower Type: 5 Alternatives to Roses for Valentine’s Day

Did you know that there are over 369,400 kinds of flowers in the world? 

In other words, there are more than 369,399 flower alternatives for Valentine's Day that you can choose from!

Here are five of our favorites — beautiful, unique blooms that will freshen up your Valentine’s bouquet and will be sure to capture your loved one’s eyes and heart.


#1: Garden Roses

Yes, they are roses. 

But Garden Roses aren't your typical run-of-the-mill Valentine's Day flower.

Where standard roses have pointed-shaped petals gathered around a single center, Garden Roses have ruffled petals that swirl around multiple centers to form a lush, rounded bloom. 

Garden Roses have a somewhat fluffy, full look, similar to a Peony. 

Also known as “Vintage Roses” or “Cabbage Roses,” a Garden Rose is larger than your standard rose and has more petals. 

As we said, we love roses and love to include them in floral arrangements. It's like having your cake and eating it too!

 #2: Anthurium

If you're wanting a flower that is the perfect symbol of Valentine's Day, look no further than the heart-shaped Anthurium. 

The flowers of the Anthurium are some of the longest-lasting on earth, meaning their dazzling color will stay vibrant for weeks.

And since Anthurium is also commonly called the … 

  • Flamingo Flower
  • Hawaiian Heart
  • Painted Tongue; and
  • Painters Palette 

… you know you’ll be choosing a flower that is not only colorful and long-lasting but also exotic and unique.


#3: Orchids

The Orchid family never fails to delight. 

With their brilliant flowers of all shapes and sizes, Orchids are frequently associated with:

  • Beauty
  • Luxury; and 
  • Elegance

Orchid arrangements can be modern, elegant, or tropical. 

At Botanica Floral & Home we’re particularly fond of the Cymbidium Orchid, which when paired with a spray of branches and foliage is not only impressively beautiful but also surprisingly long-lasting.

And get this. In years past, Orchids were used to make love potions.

The ancient Greeks ground Orchids into a powder and added it to their wine. They claimed it created a powerful aphrodisiac capable of inspiring love and desire in whoever took a sip.

If that isn't a high recommendation for orchids as alternative flowers for Valentine's Day, we don't know what is.

#4: Tulips

If you want to send your special someone a beautiful bouquet of vivid, cheery flowers, Tulips are a perfect choice. 

A traditional symbol of pleasant thoughts, Tulips come in almost every color of the rainbow, making them an easy option for bouquets of all shades.

tulips for valentines day


#5: Carnations

If you think that carnations are cheap and plain, think again.

When done right, carnations can be a stunning addition to any arrangement.

And since they can last between 2 and 3 weeks, your loved one will have a lasting bouquet well after Valentine's Day.

White carnations symbolize … 

  • Pure love
  • Faithfulness; and
  • Innocence 

… but these alternative flowers for Valentine's Day come in a rainbow of colors. 

These alternative flowers for valentine's Day come in a rainbow of colors. Some of the beautiful vintage toned varieties include soft dusty rose, mauve, blush and other unique and unexpected colors

Botanica Floral & Home: Creating Valentine’s Day Arrangements That Make an Impression With Our Unique Style


At Botanica Floral & Home, we specialize in unique, creative designs.

We use traditional flowers, arranged in non-traditional ways, to create arrangements that are both stunning and unique. Still can’t decide? Then let us create something special for you using a mix of beautiful flowers that will be sure to make your Valentine swoon!

And if flowers aren’t your loved one’s cup of tea, Botanica Floral & Home has you covered. 

We also have a variety of …

  • Chocolates
  • Wine
  • Candles; and 
  • Romance packages - wine and flower arrangements

… for you to choose from.

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