When you think of Valentine’s Day flowers, chances are a dozen long-stem red roses come to mind. But there’s almost nothing more boring than this traditional bouquet. “Price-wise, roses go through the roof,” Nic Faitos of Starbright Floral Design told Business Insider. “A dozen roses is something that’s expected. You can think a little more creatively and get a better and bigger arrangement for your dollar if you do things a little bit differently.” Faitos has been in the floral industry for over 20 years and shared his five top picks for flowers that beat the classic red rose.
Green Cymbidium Orchid
Green orchids are very modern and cool. For couples who haven’t been dating too long, Faitos said to consider a green orchid known as Cymbidium. “It’s the color of a Granny Smith apple,” he said. “It’s very cool, very modern, and it pairs well with purple flowers in a bouquet as an accent.”
French Tulips “dance” in the vase. French tulips are the giants of the tulip world. These blooms are about the size of your outstretched hand if you put your fingers together, and as wide as a fist. And with stems over three feet all, they dwarf typical tulips. In addition to being much larger, these flowers make for memorable arrangements because of the way they grow in water.
Black Baccara Hybrid Tea Rose
No boring red rose here. For married or more serious couples, Faitos recommended buying an arrangement that would look gorgeous in the home. For an elegant, lush option, he said to look at the Black Baccara rose. “It’s so dark burgundy that it’s magical,” Faitos said. “Cut the stems very short, get a short vase, and pack the roses tightly together with no greenery or other flowers.”
Hydrangeas look like pompoms made of flowers. Faitos recommends these bountiful flowers, which make for a bigger (and cheaper) bouquet than standard roses. Hydrangeas come in a variety of colors, from white to purple, and resemble big, round pompoms.
Red Lion Amaryllis
The Red Lion Amaryllis is striking. Amaryllis are a lovely alternative if you want to buy your date red flowers. “There’s a variety of Amaryllis called Red Lion,” Faitos said. “It’s more like a candy apple red and is a super romantic, gorgeous flower with a stem length that competes with a long-stem rose.” The Amaryllis will last at least two weeks, and looks especially striking with its green leaves and stems showing through in a clear vase.
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