You’ve made the perfect Valentine’s Day playlist. You bought the gift your sweetheart mentioned months ago and thought you probably forgot. You’ve even decided to show off your culinary skills and cook a meal at home instead of going out. And now you’re going to buy your special someone roses just like everybody else? You’re a Valentine’s Day pro now; you’re better than roses.

Roses, of course, are the traditional flower to give your honey on Valentine’s Day. They’re pretty, and their red hue matches the general color associated with the holiday, but they can be expensive, especially around Feb. 14.

With online shopping making buying flowers for loved ones far away a lot easier than it was 20 years ago, flowers can easily be sent to mom even if you’re in New York and she’s back home in California. So with all the shopping needs made easier, why not get your special someone something they will remember this year? Here are a couple alternatives to the traditional rose.

Red Daisies

You could go the “Gilmore Girls” route and line the office of the one you love with 1,000 yellow daisies, but that isn’t necessarily cost effective nor easy. Recommended instead is the red daisy — It’s different enough from the rose, but still adds the pop of red color you may be looking for.


In the dredges of winter, lilacs symbolize the beginning of spring, but beyond that, they represent the first emotions of love. According to mythology, Greek god of the forests Pan became so infatuated with the nymph Syringa — the lilac’s botanical name — that she had to turn herself into the aromatic lilac to escape his chase.

Yellow Tulips

Tulip color varies, but for this Valentine’s Day shows your significant other your love by giving them yellow tulips. They represent the cheerful thoughts of love and also that the giver is “hopelessly in love.”


A bit more of a rarity on the flower market, these flowers represent love and patience. And if your sweetheart doesn’t like them, you can always burn their leaves to drive away evil serpents, as it was thought they could in ancient times. Who said flowers can’t be utilitarian?


Orchids are some of the most coveted plants, and represent love, luxury and rare beauty. The pink orchid in particular is said to symbolize mature charm.


While the Iris doesn’t technically symbolize love, it’s still a pretty flower to give your loved one. They do, however, represent faith and wisdom, which are pretty important when it comes to relationships.


The best thing about carnations is the wide range of colors, which in turn denotes a wide range of symbols. While pink carnations can be the symbol of a mother’s love, red carnations symbolize deep love and affection.


These flowers, once use by Native Americans to make blue dyes, are the symbol of heartfelt attachment.

RTR4PIM6 Bouquets of roses are seen at Elite Flowers, one of the largest floral distributors in the United States as it prepares for one of their biggest holidays by moving more than 700 million flowers in the two weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, in Miami, Florida, Feb. 3, 2015. Photo: Reuters