Roses are red–and you know the rest. Sugar is sweet, so on and so forth. Every year on Cupid’s Day, approximately 250 million roses will be produced for the holiday, according to the Society of American Florists. With the plethora of ruby petals that floods shops annually, it can be hard to imagine handing your sweetheart anything else. However, there is no shortage of options when it comes to originality on the most romantic day of the year. We spoke with Dallas-based florist Korrin Wheeler about the best flowers for Valentine’s Day, their meanings, the most important thing to keep in mind when shopping and how to make your cut flowers last longer.
“The beauty of flowers is no matter the intended symbolism, certain stems just represent something to everyone differently,” Wheeler says. “That's what makes receiving and giving flowers so special. Even if you do like the traditional red rose arrangement for Valentine's Day, maybe this is what you've always received, so it holds a special place in your heart. But it's 2023, let's branch out!” So this year, think outside of the rose bouquet and hand your loved one a more unique arrangement (just don’t forget the gourmet chocolates).