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13 best Valentine's Day flowers

From classic red roses to bouquets that can last up to a year, here's our pick of the best bunches to surprise your loved one – or your pal

It's not all about the classic colours, so don't neglect the creams and lilacs too ( Getty Images/iStockphoto )

Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, and there’s nothing like a beautiful floral arrangement to show your partner how much you love them.

We sought out the best flowers to gift on 14 February, whether you like to stick to classic rose bouquets in romantic shades of scarlet, or prefer something slightly more alternative, like those made with unconventional colours or even preserved flowers.

Make sure to look after your flowers properly so they last as long as possible.

Most bouquets will arrive with instructions on how to care for them, so follow these to the letter and you’ll find your arrangement could live for up to two weeks.

Cut a bit off the stem at an angle when you receive the flowers, and do the same again after a few days.

If you change the water regularly, add plant food, strip off any leaves that are in the water and don’t put them in direct sunlight, you’ll enjoy your beautiful flowers for even longer. 

Moonpig the 24 red roses, £45, Moonpig

Nothing is as romantic as a bouquet of beautiful red roses: it’s the ultimate traditional Valentine’s Day gesture. This bouquet of two dozen Kenyan red roses from gift brand Moonpig is sure to bowl over any lucky recipient. The roses have a long 50cm stem and arrived in bud to make a longer-lasting gift. We loved the deep red colour, generous bud size, and simple romance of the bouquet. It arrives in a big pink box to make a statement, and comes with a little booklet to advise on how to best take care of your blooms. We followed the booklet’s advice and found they lasted for two weeks in great condition. It’s a stunning, traditional and well-priced option that’s sure to wow your other half.

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The Odd Flower galentine's bouquet, £79, The Odd Flower

While it’s a special day for couples, Valentine’s Day can have the unfortunate effect of excluding single people. Luxury flower gifting and subscription company The Odd Flower has come up with a genius solution: the galentine’s bouquet, so that you can gift yourself and a friend with a beautiful bunch regardless of whether you’re single or in a couple. The bouquets come tied into two separate bunches but packaged in a single box. Made with deep pink piano spray roses, ranunculus, red roses, coco pink hypericum berries, wax flower and soft textured foliage, the bouquets are incredibly fragrant and feminine.

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Appleyard scented lavender bouquet, from £49.99, Appleyard

If your other half loves the smell of lavender, you can’t beat this romantic bouquet from luxury British online florist Appleyard. Arriving beautifully wrapped in silky paper with a black ribbon, the bunch smells absolutely divine, with fragrant summer scented lavender alongside lilac roses, white eustoma and veronica. The pretty blend of lilac and white flowers is a lovely alternative to the traditional red bouquet, while the abundant foliage makes for a large, textured bouquet that also smells amazing. There are three sizes available.

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Eternal Blooms by Victoria large hat box with red preserved roses, £170, Eternal Blooms by Victoria

It’s always lovely to receive Valentine’s flowers, but not so lovely when they wilt within a couple of weeks. A great alternative solution is to buy premium preserved roses, which can last a year. This comapany sources roses from Ecuador, which, once harvested, are given a drink of glycerine, oil, and nutrients, enabling them to last a year. The roses, which arrive smartly presented in a hat box, look and smell fantastic, and come with a rose fragrance oil that you can drop into a heart of a few of the roses whenever you want to boost that beautiful rose smell. They’re on the pricier side, but they’re definitely a lot cheaper than buying a new bunch of 20 roses every week for a year.

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Getting personal floral gift basket: £39.99, Getting personal

For a beautiful display with a personal touch, give someone this pretty floral basket.. It comes with a pink ribbon and a personalised gift card where you can write your own messages, and the floral basket contains pink and green chrysanthemums, pink roses, wax flower and foliage. We loved the rustic style of the wicker basket flower display, and it smelled wonderful too. You can keep the basket to keep toiletries, makeup or indeed other flowers in in the future, making it a lovely gift with staying power.

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Wildabout luxury Valentine’s Day bouquet, from £75, Wildabout

For a sumptuous bouquet look to upmarket London florist Wildabout and the luxury Valentine’s Day bouquet. Arriving in a smart black presentation bag, the bouquet is bursting with romantic, deep colours, with piano roses, anemone, hydrangeas, skimmia, and hypericum berries. It smells amazing and looks seriously luxurious. A great option for those wishing to gift something romantic and traditional with a real wow factor. There are three sizes available.

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The Magic Flower Company a hint of romance, £59.95, The Magic Flower Company

A gorgeous and low-maintenance option, this lovely arrangement from family-run, Suffolk-based business The Magic Flower Company is a good choice for the recipient who wants pretty flowers but doesn’t have time to take care of them. Arriving in an elegant silver glass vase, red roses are placed alongside sprigs of eucalyptus and gypsophila to make a simple but romantic display. The “magic” roses have been preserved to last up to a year, but even beyond this, the silver vase is a great addition to your home.

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Lavender Green pure bouquet, from £80, Lavender Green

If you’re after a bouquet that stands out from the crowd this Valentine’s Day, look to luxurious London florist Lavender Green and the pure bouquet. With not a trace of red or pink in sight, this is a great alternative bouquet for those who adore simple, neutral but romantic flowers. Made with seasonal blooms including roses, lizianthus, wax flower, olive and ornithogalum, the bouquet is classy and romantic, and was also one of the biggest one this list, making it a really impressive gift. Available in two sizes.

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Posy & Posy the mini: Three month creative flower subscription, £105, Not on the High Street

A great Valentine’s option for those who are into floristry, this three month flower subscription from Posy & Posy puts an unusual, unique spin on receiving flowers from a loved one. Each bouquet arrives in a flower box called a PosyCocoon, which has six individually wrapped packages containing everything from flowers to foliage, as well as a recipe book and how-to guides. It’s a great idea for a loved one who likes to be more creative and hands-on with their flowers, as once you open the cocoon, you’ll build your bouquet by arranging the contents of each package. If you start your first month on Valentine’s Day, your recipient will have the luxury of looking forward to two more deliveries in the following months, making the celebrations of love last a little bit longer.

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Venus Et Fleur large square box: £399, Venus Et Fleur

For a truly jaw-dropping Valentine’s Day gift, look to the florist of stars: Venus Et Fleur. The Insta-famous luxury flower company uses Ecuadorian roses that last a year, and everyone from the Kardashians to Gigi Hadid are fans. Options start from £39 for a mini box with one rose, but for a really unforgettable arrangement for a loved one, you can custom design your own large square box, which comes with 42 long-lasting beautiful roses in a pretty presentation box.

Step by step, you can choose everything from the colour of the box and the lid message to the arrangement and colours of your chosen roses, from traditional hues such as red and white to more off-piste tones like rainbow and rose gold. It’s great if you want to personalise each aspect of your Valentine’s gift, and if this doesn’t wow your partner, nothing will. It’s the most pricey item on this list by far, but if you think about the fact it lasts a year, you’re paying just over £1 to have beautiful roses every day, making it a great floral investment.

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Serenata Flowers Bella: £39.99, Serenata Flowers

One of the best value options on this list is the Bella bouquet from online florist Serenata Flowers is generously sized, wonderfully fragrant and bursting with soft pastel tones. Made with blush roses, white lisianthus, pink astrantias, salal foliage and eucalyptus cinerea, the bunch smells wonderful and is a softer alternative to the usual bright reds and pinks. We loved the calm blush tones, which were beautifully feminine and elegant, and were impressed with the size of the bouquet too.

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Interflora moonstruck love vase: £35, Interflora

Flower delivery giant Interflora has a huge range of flowers for every occasion, including a romantic selection for Valentine’s Day, but our top pick was the moonstruck love vase for a gift that will last much longer than the life of the flowers themselves. The colourful floral arrangement includes red roses, blue hyacinths, cerise alstroemeria, cerise germini and purple tulips with salal and pistache foliage, and makes for a vibrant, eye-catching display. The arrangement also comes with a lovely deep red glass vase with a flower and heart decoration so you can remember your Valentine’s gift long after the flowers have gone.

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National Gallery and Prestige Flowers Venus and Mars bouquet, £40, National Gallery

If your other half is obsessed with art, look no further than this creative collaboration between the National Gallery and Prestige Flowers, which have launched a series of bouquets inspired by masterpieces in the National Gallery collection, from Sunflowers by Van Gogh to The Water-Lily Pond by Monet. This eye-catching bouquet is inspired by Botticelli’s Venus and Mars, with vivid roses and tulips bringing colour, birch adding texture and copper ruscus adding drama, as well as evoking the gold elements in the 1485 painting. A great choice for an arty loved one.

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Verdict: Valentine’s Day flowers

For a traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet, you can’t go wrong with Moonpig's the 24 red roses, which look beautiful, are reasonably priced and are impressively long-lasting.

If red roses aren’t your thing, a lovely alternative choice is Lavender Green’s pure bouquet, which is eye-catching, feminine and fragrant. However, if money is no object, splurge on some forever flowers from celebrity favourite Venus Et Fleur: they’re gorgeous, personalised and sure to take your partner’s breath away.

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