9 Fabulous Rose Alternatives for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if your beloved isn’t a fan of roses, or you’re searching for a super unique gift for a unique person, there are fabulous rose alternatives that are just as gorgeous and romantic as red roses. Roses in colors other than red, combined with other flowers, can offer a new take on the classic red roses + greens + baby’s breath bouquet, says Nancy J. Lee, an event and commercial floral designer and owner of Petals & Moss Floral Design. And, though most people prefer to give fresh flowers on Feb. 14, Lee says artfully arranged dried flowers are lovely and lasting, while a plant or cute succulent can also be fun and playful.
Whether you’re ordering online or through your local florist, do so as far in advance as you can, Lee advises. “While I love to create special pieces for my clients, Valentine’s Day is extremely busy,” she says.
As for romance, Lee says all flowers can be romantic, so don’t worry — just enjoy choosing an arrangement you think your loved one will love. And for more ideas to make this a most special Valentine’s Day, RetailMeNot has the best restaurant deals for Valentine’s Day and unsentimental gift suggestions, too.
To see the best, most fabulous rose alternatives for Valentine’s Day, keep reading.
Zen Artistry – Teleflora
What You Get: Rather than a classic vase shape, this Zen Artistry arrangement arrives in a square dish that holds an intricate arrangement of bamboo, orchids, green hypericum and other blooms.
Why It’s A Great Rose Alternative: The vase here isn’t an afterthought. “The vessel a floral arrangement is created in often determines the style, shape and end result,” says Lee, and this sophisticated alternative to the traditional vase is perfect for your untraditional loved one.
Price: $49.99 – $69.99 at Teleflora (Discover all the best Teleflora Flowers coupon codes at RetailMeNot)
The Sonny – Urban Stems
What You Get: It may be winter, but the Sonny bunch of cheerful sunflowers brings some much-needed brightness into the home. Urban Stems is a well-reviewed online florist, with a smaller selection of options created in-house out of sustainably sourced stems.
Why It’s A Great Rose Alternative: Does anyone not like sunflowers? This is ideal for your sunny, funny Valentine.
Price: $48 at Urban Stems (vase not included) (RetailMeNot has all the best Urban Stem discounts)
Bloomsy Original Subscription
What You Get: Show your loved one they’re always on your mind by purchasing a Bloomsy monthly floral subscription box for them. Each box comes with 22 to 24 stems, and shipping is included in the price. BloomsyBox also includes information with each shipment on how to keep that month’s flowers looking fresh as a daisy for as long as possible.
Why It’s A Great Rose Alternative: As the seasons change, so will the flowers that arrive on their doorstep. A new delivery of hand-picked fresh flowers every month? Sign us up!
Price: $44.99/month at BloomsyBox (save more at BloomsyBox with RetailMeNot coupon codes)
Sweet Succulent Heart Garden – 1-800-Flowers
What You Get: How cute is this 1-800-Flowers tiny garden of succulents nestled in a heart-shaped planter? The small planter is 4.5” x 5”, or you can opt for the larger-sized option, which is 5.5″ x 6″.
Why It’s A Great Rose Alternative: First of all, this is super romantic. And if you’re buying for the person lacking a green thumb, succulents are extremely easy to care for. Whether placed under fluorescent, LED, lamp light or natural light, it will thrive.
Price: $49.99 at 1-800-Flowers (before you buy, check out 1-800-Flowers savings at RetailMeNot)
Benchmark Bouquets Assorted Peruvian Lilies
What You Get: Amazon has quite a large selection of affordable fresh flowers, like this arrangement from Benchmark Bouquets. The lilies arrive in a vase in the bud stage, and will bloom two to three days after arrival.
Why It’s A Great Rose Alternative: Peruvian lilies (also known as alstroemeria) are lovely and fragrant, and these flowers will blossom once they’re in your loved one’s home, which is such a special touch.
Price: $45.47 at Amazon (find the latest Amazon coupons and deals at RetailMeNot)
Large Sweetheart Bouquet
What You Get: Created by Nancy Lee from flowers she dries herself, this Petals & Moss arrangement features a blend of peonies, roses, limonium, artemisia and more.
Why It’s A Great Rose Alternative: Lee says that many of her clients like the option of dried flowers for gift-giving, because “dried flowers are everlasting, just like their love!”
Price: $58 at Petals & Moss (*only available in Upstate NY)
Credit: Nancy J. Lee is an event and commercial floral designer based in the Hudson Valley of NY and owner of Petals and Moss Floral Design. Her aesthetic is organic and natural, often using a mix of fresh local flowers and dried elements.
Wild About U – The Bouqs Co.
What You Get: A gorgeous blend of alstroemeria, solidago and aster, as well as a sweet little succulent your recipient (who you’re wild about) can replant, all from a California-based, certified American-grown farm.
Why It’s a Great Rose Alternative: Like all the flowers on this list, this bouquet is gorgeous, but if you also want to send something that will last after the last petal drops, this included small plantable succulent will live on, like your love.
If your person is way into their astrological chart, a shout-out to the Bouqs Elements Collection, which offers astrologically aligned Bouqs for every zodiac sign.
Price: $54 to $84 at The Bouqs Co. (save more at Bouqs with RetailMeNot’s coupons and deals)
Icicle Race – Farmgirl Flowers
What You Get: The Farmgirl Flowers box arrives with 35 stems of assorted white and cream California-grown tulips, along with a blue speckled metal vase. The giftee gets to trim and then arrange the stems in a way that speaks to them.
Why It’s a Great Rose Alternative: The flowers are full-on gorgeous, wintery-white perfection, and the slight DIY-ness is perfect for the recipient with a creative side. (A note from Farmgirl Flowers that the tulips will take a day or two to “rehydrate and blossom” into their completely spectacular selves.)
Price: $89 at Farmgirl Flowers (save before you shop with RetailMeNot’s Farmgirl Flowers coupons)
First Kiss Tulips — FTD
What You Get: A classic bouquet of red and pink tulips, in a simple glass vase. (Or pass on the vase and save $10.)
Why It’s a Great Rose Alternative: Wondering why tulips show up on this list as an ideal rose alternative? They symbolize a perfect or deep love. Swoon.
Price: $50 at FTD.com (RetailMeNot has the most up-to-date FTD discounts)
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