Giving roses to your special someone on Valentine’s Day is an age-old custom. It’s almost expected at this point, whether you’re in a committed relationship or seeing someone casually. Roses tell the tale, expressing your interest or love for the person in an elegant and beautiful way.
Why roses? It all goes back to the ancient Greeks, whose affinity for the passionate red flower is the stuff of legend. In fact, it’s said that when Aphrodite cried, rose bushes emerged from the ground. The Romans anointed her as their goddess and considered the rose a symbol of her beauty and love. Today, it’s more than just an ode to Aphrodite — it’s emblematic of true love, meaningful connections, and special relationships that are destined to stand the test of time.
Despite the beauty and meaning behind the rose and the obvious link to the most romantic holiday of the year, there’s certainly room on Valentine’s Day for other contenders to take their place. That doesn’t make the rose any less special — it was and likely will forever be the unofficial yet still somehow “official” flower of the holiday.
But there’s no reason to commit yourself solely to roses. Maybe that’s what you always give your love and you want to try something new. Maybe you know there’s another flower they’ll love. Maybe you want to celebrate the occasion with a memorable arrangement. Maybe you’re about to propose and want to make sure the flowers are just slightly different from the norm. Whatever the situation, the right flowers will make all the difference this Valentine’s Day.
If you’re interested in giving something different to your loved one this year, why not consider something other than roses? From sunflowers and lilies to chrysanthemums and tulips, these wonderful flowers are just as beautiful and meaningful. At the same time, they step away from the tried and true without ever sacrificing even a hint of charm. Isn’t that what it’s all about in the end? Here are a few options to keep in mind.
Alternatives to Roses for Valentine’s Day