This Valentine’s day, though red roses might reign supreme, here are twelve alternative flower varieties to gift something a little different and really show your affection…

1. Orchids

Moth orchids are a beautifully elegant choice and can keep their flowers for months and continue to bloom for years.

2. Tulips

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Hardy flowers such as these are a beautiful cup-shape, with the velvetlike centre representing a lover’s
heart.

3. Sunflowers

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These vibrant flowers are a symbol of admiration and loyalty. Changing the water regularly will keep them bright and beautiful.

4. Daisies

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A simple but sophisticated alternative, daisies symbolise true love as they are composed of two flowers that blend together so well.

5. Peruvian lilies

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Rich, well-drained soil is needed to grow these exotic flowers. With multiple blooms per stem, a vase of Peruvian lilies has the perfect effect.

6. Carnations

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The blooms of carnations that grow on strong, straight stems are long-lasting and cheery. They need full-sun daily and to be kept moist to thrive.

7. Sweet peas

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Pop the intense fragrance and colour of Lathyrus odoratus (sweet pea) in a vase this spring, or enjoy these delicate flowers in containers during summer.

8. Forget-me-not

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A pretty spring flower like Myosotis sylvatica ‘Wallufer Schnitt’ will look stunning in a window box where they will thrive in the shady environment.

9. Dahlias

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These large flowers can be found in a rainbow of colours which look stunning in a vase. The more they are cut, the more they will bloom.

10. Peonies

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Said to symbolise happy life and marriage, peonies will bloom best in a sunny spot, with plenty of space to flower well.

11. Daffodils

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A sign of the spring to come, daffodils are typically yellow or white. They grow perennially from bulbs – a good symbol for everlasting love.

12. Irises

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Irises are gentle looking flowers which are commonly found in purple, yellow and white. When outdoors, they attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

With the bold and brilliant gesture of these out-of-the-box blooms, your Valentine’s Day is set to be one you’ll remember!

Spring is on its way, see my post on spring pollinators:

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