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7 Rose Alternatives for Your True Love

What To Send Instead of Roses

We know that the words “rose alternatives” might raise the question, why bother? So first let’s admit that the classic expression of romance and THE most iconic flower of all time is the rose. That’s great for them, but they’re not always everyone’s cup of tea. So, on the next special occasion where they are called for, why not spice things up a little and think about what to send instead of roses?

Maybe it’s your partner’s birthday, your anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or just a day where you want to say I love you with some fabulous fresh flowers as an alternative to roses. It’s about time you got your significant other something more thoughtful and a bit more personalized than the usual bunch of red roses. And yes, of course, Bon Jovi wants to lay someone “down on a bed of roses,”but he’s just going to have to start trying a bit harder. He can read this article for a start, the next time he decides to pull anything romantic. It’s also good for him to learn why the number of roses (or flowers) matters. But what to send instead of roses?

You (and Bon Jovi) can start getting creative by choosing one of the following gorgeous flowers that make the perfect rose alternatives for your loved one.

Rose Alternatives for Your Loved One

  1. Peony

The peony is perhaps one of the most photographed flowers and not without reason. Peony – the floral symbol of China – can live up to 100 years and is right up there as one of the most popular wedding flowers. It is said to bring good fortune and happiness; key ingredients for a successful relationship. The striking charm of peonies, in explosive shades of fuchsia, pink, purple, and yellow is impossible to resist.

Just be sure to at least pick out the color she loves.

  1. Orchid

Feminine and delicate, like that special lady in your life, orchids make an exquisite and long-lasting choice, a perfect alternative to roses on Valentine’s Day. With their sensual lines and tropical beauty, they will catch her eye every time she passes, hopefully making her think of you.

  1. Anemone

Wild at heart, wild at flower, anemone in Ancient Greek means the daughter of the wind. This exciting spring bloom is perfect for a loved one with a strong personality or a new and wild romantic relationship. Plus, it comes in a wide range of colors, from creams to pinks, reds, purples and true blues.

Watch out though, the anemone’s petals are extremely thin and papery so be gentle when handling them.

  1. Sunflower

With its distinctive appearance, this extraordinary flower is sure to brighten up your better half’s dull day. Consider impressing the darling of your eye with a single sunflower that will encapsulate your passionate love through its bright, wide-eyed beauty.

  1. Tulip

A thoughtful, not to mention a more affordable alternative to roses, tulips overall symbolize passion and youth. Purple ones are often associated with royalty while white tulips appear in a more apologetic scenario. Choose an impressive bouquet of red tulips to make a powerful statement of just how much your special someone means to you. A purple Bouq will work just as well if the lady is a queen. A perfect gift for the long-term couple, try to find them in season (end of March to mid-May) for a better price.

  1. Ranunculus

Also referred to as the “rose of spring,” ranunculus makes the perfect alternative to the red rose cliché. In Victorian times if you gave someone a bouquet of ranunculus it meant you were saying “I feel you have many charms.” A romantic bunch of ranunculus will be just perfect for that person who has charmed you the most.

  1. Chrysanthemum

A popular autumn flower, related to the daisy, chrysanthemums symbolize optimism and happiness. In certain parts of Asia, chrysanthemums are used to make a sweet tea that is used for medical purposes. If you just met a new crush or are aiming for a new start, stand out by giving your own unique Bouq of red mums that represent a fresh proposition and an invitation to an adventurous new relationship.


Before choosing one of the above rose alternatives to make a grand, thoughtful gesture, try to find out what your beloved actually prefers. Ask their best friend or mother or maybe randomly take a “What flower matches your personality?” quiz together and find out yourself.  If these don’t work, get her a bouquet that has her favorite color (you must know that at least!) You can always just ask our expert artisan florists; they know the score. Remember don’t be afraid to be different and stand out.

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