Valentine’s Day Flowers: Creative Alternatives for the Standard Dozen Red Roses

Come on, people, you can do better. You can look beyond the pre-made, mundane bouquets at the grocery store. You can (you WILL!) surprise your beloved this year with something outrageously unique, something one-of-a-kind, something show-stopping!

Ok, now then… you probably need help.

Not to worry, Modern Reston has you covered. For gorgeous bouquet alternatives, we turned to one of our favorite local florists, Michelle Samson of Taffy Floral. Whoa, did she ever deliver! Michelle arrived on a snowy day, arms over-flowing with vibrant, colorful springtime blooms. She was a vision!

Michelle created six stunning bouquets — some with roses, but mostly without — in six color-ways. Each arrangement has it’s own personality, so you are sure to find one that is perfect for your amour.

ORANGE – spray roses, ranunculus, gerbera daisy and eucalyptus


Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Valentine's Day Flowers Taffy Floral Modern Reston

PURPLE – antique hydrangea, hellebores, clematis, sweet peas, carnations, astrantia, hyacinth, lisianthus, amaranthus

Valentine's Day Flowers Taffy Floral Modern Reston

Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

PINK – garden roses, spray roses, antique hydrangea, lisianthus, gerbera daisies, phlox, larkspur, sweet peas, eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s lace, blackberry branches

Valentine's Day Flowers Taffy Floral Modern Reston

Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and beauty.

WHITE – anemones, gerbera daisies, carnations, lisianthus, ranunculus, phlox, chrysanthemums, spray roses, nandina

Valentine's Day Flowers Taffy Floral Modern Reston

White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, and purity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.

Valentine's Day Flowers Taffy Floral Modern Reston

YELLOW – daffodils, parrot tulips, ranunculus, carnations

Valentine's Day Flowers Taffy Floral Modern Reston

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.

Valentine's Day Flowers Taffy Floral Modern Reston

RED – locally grown tulips, parrot tulips, ranunculus, spray roses

Valentine's Day Flowers Taffy Floral Modern Reston

Red is the color of fire and blood and therefore associated with energy, danger, power, and determination, as well as passion, desire, and love.

Michelle is now taking orders for custom Valentine’s Day arrangements. You can contact her via email and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit her website.

The bouquets above were photographed on plant-dyed fabrics from Silk & Willow.

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