I love getting flowers at any time of year, not just for Valentine’s Day.
Some people may see a beautiful bouquet as decoration but for me it’s all about bringing a bit of nature back into the home to create a peaceful interior setting.
My husband rarely gets me roses, plumping for something a bit more personal and extra colourful.
If you’re looking for something beyond roses this year, then I got some advice from floral expert and Florismart ambassador, Jonathan Moseley about the best flower trends for Valentines Day 2018.
“For our followers of floral fashion, then look out for blooms in shades of purples and violets. The Pantone institute announced Ultra violet as the colour for 2018 and there are some divine Roses blushed with purple tones and lilac hues,” said Jonathan.
“There is no need to ignore the centuries old association between romance and this most notorious of romantic blooms but simply replace the red with purple.”
“Mix together gorgeous Rose”Nightingale ” with gently fragranced Rose”Fifth Avenue”. Mix in some stems of moody purple Eustoma, sumptous rich purple Ranunculus and complete this on trend bouquet with some dainty dancing heads of Clematis “Star River or “Blue pirouette”.”
“Here in the UK we grow some amazing flowers and foliage’s. Even in depths of Winter there are some floral gems available to weave into a wonderful bouquet of Valentines Romance.”
“My top tip is the Tulip. Choose varieties like “White Prince” or “Ganders Rhapsody”. Tulips team well with a multitude of other Spring flowers but my preference is for them massed together, 50 stems at a time. Support their wayward stems with cages of supple birch, bursting to life with its azure green catkins or mix with wiry green structured stems of Vaccinium.”
“As relationships deepen with age, a planted gift to celebrate Valentine’s Day is a perfect choice. Spring bulbs are resilient and innocent in the sense of expectation and hope that they generate during the depths of Winter.”
“Choose a low glazed terracotta bowl deeply planted with white muscari, the tips of the flower buds poking through moss.”
“If fragrance is top of your list then a white enamel trough or tub planted with Paperwhite or Bridal Crown narcissi is definitely guaranteed to bring days of pleasure to your loved one. These sweetly scented narcissi will emit generous amounts of fragrance, willing the February home with the reassurance that Spring is just around the corner.”
A Celebration of Greens
“Foliage looks wonderful loosely tied together in an oversized bouquet, with tendrils of ivy and jasmine and the comforting fragrance from Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Mentha and Bay all interact to create a bouquet that is designed to appeal to the earth conscious romantics.”
“Choose varieties of Eucalyptus with flower buds or seed heads for added interest, varieties like E Moorei, Lancet and Populus are all aromatic and interesting in form and structure.”
“I love the textural addition of some pendulous trails of crisp green Amaranthus, mixed with lime green Celosia, resembling tightly pleated velvet or chenille and if you want to throw in the odd Rose then chose a green one – select the large headed Rose “Greenway” or “Green Flash” if your loved one is a tennis fan then choose “Wimbledon” or if you want to give the bouquet that final touch of fizz then select the gorgeous green Rose “Lemonade”.”
Tops for Fragrance
“A romantic themed bouquet, should, in my opinion emit a host of layered fragrances. Immediately upon receipt of any floral gift we plunge our faces deep within the bouquet in the hope of inhaling a rich palette of Summery flavours.”
“If you fancy adding some fragrance into your Valentine’s bouquet then search out stems of Tuberosa (polianthese tuberosa). This Mexican native has a strong, heady scent produced from buttermilk coloured flowers resembling a cross between a Freesia and a Gladioli.”
“Combine these tall stately blooms with structured naked branches of lime green Cornus and Ozothamnus Sussex Silver or for an alternative look request interesting branches of Magnolia, each decorated with a velvety flower bud.
“But maybe your Valentine’s choice could be a plant, then why not choose a bowl of massed white Hyacinth bulbs or for the garden choose a shrub of Daphne Bholua, plant this near to a pathway and you will be rewarded with the most amazing spicy fragrance filling the air for many Springs to come.”
Lacey and Delicate
“For the absolute romantic then choose flowers which are soft and mutated in colour. Include flowers which are fine, delicate and multi-headed as these create the mood of ethereal, wispy romance.”
“Add stems of Ammi (major or visnaga) which are like the soft plateau’s of clouds that effortlessly glide across the Summer skies. Mix with stems of Astrantia, Fennel or Dill, Veronica and arching branches of Viburnum opulus sterile to create a bouquet that is fresh, romantic yet loose and informal.”
“This evocative combination of unrestrained floral beauties looks amazing with the addition of some waxy white flowers of the much underestimated Eucharis grandiflora. Commonly known as the Amazon Lily they resemble overgrown white Daffodils, their pure white flowers make a stunning addition to any Valentine’s bouquet.”