Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a dozen red roses! It’s the classic Valentine’s Day gift. But it can also be a little boring and predictable. Forget red roses this Valentine’s Day. Do something different this year. Consider sending one of these red flowers instead. They are just as beautiful and romantic as red roses.
Amaryllis plants aren’t just for Christmas! These big, bold, beautiful blooms also make great Valentine’s Day gifts! These easy to grow houseplants will last longer than your average rose and will bloom throughout the year, long past Valentine’s Day. Legend has it that the crimson red flower grew from the blood of the heart of a shy, timid nymph named Amaryllis who was trying to win the affections of Alteo, the love of her life. The amaryllis symbolizes radiant beauty and says “I think you are beautiful.”
Carnations aren’t often thought of as romantic flowers. These hardy, long-lasting flowers are often misunderstood and undervalued, especially when compared to roses. But little do you know, there’s romance in carnations. Red carnations symbolize admiration. They say “My heart aches for you.” How romantic is that? A red carnation would be perfect for a new relationship. And if it doesn’t work out, that’s ok. Carnations are considerably less expensive than roses.
In the western world, people don’t normally think of the hibiscus as being romantic, but in Asia, hibiscus are common wedding flowers because they symbolize immortality of love. In the language of flowers, this beautiful, exotic flower symbolizes delicate beauty. These tropical flowers are available as cut flowers or as an indoor plant. And if you are so inclined, you could use the flowers to make a delicious, tangy tea!
Roses are undeniably romantic. In the same regard, flowers that look like roses should be just as romantic. The ranunculus, with its beautiful blooms bursting with delicate petals, is reminiscent of the garden rose. If you are in a new relationship, the ranunculus is the perfect Valentine’s Day flower. Your recipient can’t help but smile when she sees them. Ranunculus symbolize radiant charm and say “I am captivated by your charms.” They make excellent cut flowers and will last a long time.
Tulips come in all shades of colours of the rainbow, but of course the most romantic of them all is the red tulip. With its elegance and flawless beauty, the red tulip rivals the red rose The center of a tulip is said to represent the heart of a lover. Red tulips represent “perfect love.” They would be absolutely perfect for a long-term, serious relationship.
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- Love is in the Air (funflowerfacts.com)
- Guy’s Guide to Giving Flowers (growerdirect.com)
- Flower Meanings (growerdirect.com)
- Colour Meanings of Flowers (growerdirect.com)