Flowers Don’t Have to Be Red to Mean “Love”

by The Ladies of Foret

With February 14th right around the corner, it’s time to start (if you haven’t already) thinking about making flower orders or arrangements. If you want a last-minute way to give your significant other a clue that red roses don’t blow your hair back, then send them this way! Today we’re breaking down some alternative Valentine’s florals that tell the person you love how much you know their style and how unique they are to you. Whether their style is all about staying local, being feminine and romantic or rustic and simple, we’ll lay out flowers that speak to all of these aesthetics. Enjoy, and Happy Valentine’s Day! — The Ladies of Forêt

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Flowers (from left to right): protea, ranunculus, freesia, parrot tulips and snapdragon

Greens (from left to right): dusty miller, eucalyptus, Algerian ivy and leather leaf fern

Now, for the combinations we put together:

Their Style: Clean and simple; they wear a lot of gray, black, white or neutral tones. They receive Martha Stewart magazine and drool over the Restoration Hardware catalog. Friends consider them “chic.”

Their Flowers: Stick to dusty miller for that perfect smoky blue leafy green, pastel tulips, pops of brunnia and freesia.

Why These Work for Them: They’ll get the mix of texture and variety that they love without the introduction of color. These flowers are interesting but still monochromatic.

Their Style: Soft, sweet and caring. These people are easy to please. Their wardrobe is almost solely from J.Crew and Madewell. They love to read a compelling novel on the beach.

Their Flowers: Bright snapdragons, pink ranunculus and feathery tulips mixed with a preppy fern.

Why These Work for Them: The vibrant tones will play off their cheerful disposition, and frilly tulips make the arrangement a bit flirty but grounded with an earthy touch.

Their Style: They love farm-to-table dining. Outdoorsy types. Can’t live without plants in the home. Obsessed with Kinfolk magazine.

Their Flowers: Hellebores, white snapdragons and ivy

Why These Work for Them: Hellebores are in season and can be grown locally in colder climates. The ivy introduces the whimsical, wild and uncontrolled feel that perfectly reflects their nature.

Their Style: They crave tropical beach getaways, margaritas and adventure. They’re not afraid to try new things. They love to stay on trend and are always updating their wardrobe. This type is always thinking about what’s next!

Their Flowers: Protea, alstroemeria, leucadendron (also called safari sunset) and eucalyptus

Why These Work for Them: They’re unique and playful just like your special someone. These have a tropical feel but remain in a soft palette. Blake Lively had protea in her wedding bouquet, so you’ll be on trend ;)

Other Considerations

If they love perfume and scented candles, look for sweet peas or freesia to give the arrangement a nice floral scent. If they have a green thumb, think about giving them a terrarium or a plant that they can care for instead of flowers.

Suggested For You


  • The ladies at Foret have done it again, such a clever way to direct floral choices. This is one of two of my favorite Valentine’s Day posts.

  • As a girl who prefers purple wildflowers to red roses any day, I particularly appreciated this.

  • I used to work as a florist. One Valentine’s, we replaced red roses with red tulips and they were a hit. The following year we reverted to tradition and bought in hundreds of red roses… and ended up giving them away in the street!
    Just goes to show: people often like something different :)

  • These are gorgeous. I love the greys, greens and neutral tones. I’m not that keen on roses this time of year, but I do love scented garden roses which you get in the summer.

  • Always take someone’s personality into consideration when purchasing flowers! These picks are pitch perfect for any time of the year.