The Quirky Valentine: Four Alternatives for the Rose Bouquet

While most people would be thrilled to receive a large bouquet of fresh-cut ruby-red roses, some folks like to buck tradition or simply do not care for roses. For those with eccentric sweethearts, you have to think a little outside the box when it comes to Valentine’s Day bouquets. Here are five of our top suggestions.



Tulips are another symbol of love and are a fantastic alternative to roses; they even come in red, the perfect option to wow your Valentine. Red and pink tulips symbolize fresh beginnings, making them great to give when you’ve just started a romance. A perfectly scarlet tulip represents “perfect love,” according to one Turkish legend. Tulips can also help if you’re in the doghouse; smooth things over with yellow tulips – which represent cheerful thoughts — and encourage forgiveness with white tulips. 



Lilies are elegant and refined, but a risky choice if the wrong color or variety is selected. Though they are most often seen in shades of white at more somber occasions, lilies also come in a variety of bright colors that will brighten up Valentine’s Day. Try calla lilies which blend magnificence and beauty with purity and innocence, or Peruvian lilies which mix red heart-shaped petals with a hint of yellow. 

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Sunflowers can be a powerful statement of just how much your special someone means to you. The yellow petals and open face of this big bright flower symbolizes the sun itself. These flowers are guaranteed to make any arrangement brilliant. Go full out with a bouquet of sunflowers which conveys warmth, happiness, adoration, and lasting love. Or, have a few added to your mixed arrangement — they come in a range of sizes and will be sure to brighten Valentine’s Day. 



Orchids in particular are delicate and graceful, representing love, luxury, beauty and strength. They come in a wide variety of colors and are quite fragrant. Orchids are reminiscent of the far-off places they hail from (Asia and South America), adding an exotic hint of fantasy to your floral mix. They are also quite hardy if given in a pot as opposed to a bouquet, and if cared for correctly, can last well after Valentine’s Day.