Romantic alternatives to roses for Valentine’s Day

Orchid
Think outside the roses box this Valentine’s Day. Credit: Trellis Fine Florals

This Valentine’s Day, pick up a flower arrangement that is more edgy, thoughtful and less-cliched than your typical bouquet of roses. Alix Astir, owner of Trellis Fine Florals, shows you how.

1. Go for sensuality. “While most guys consider roses to be the no-brainer Valentine’s Day gift for their special lady, roses are guaranteed to droop after about a week, regardless of how well you care for them,” she notes. “The exotic orchid is a much more attractive alternative because it’s a rare, specialty flower — and also has a much longer shelf-life than the rose.”

2.Go for voluptuousness. “Look for arrangements that offer a full, billowy bouquet. Ask your florist to mix full-blooms such as peonies and garden roses with some equally expansive hydrangeas for an extra-voluptuous bouquet that will make other couples stop and stare,” she advises.

3. Look for classic elegance. But if you prefer to stick to roses, Astir has a tip to make those blooms pop. “Adding long-stem roses into a bejeweled or engraved vase — or even an antique silver bowl — shows that you’ve put some thought into presentation, and that you’ve gone out of your way to make this day extra special,” she notes.

Trellis Fine Florals
51 W. 28th St.
212-335-0426



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