In the series “Valentine’s Day for All,” learn ideas on how to celebrate the holiday with those who are important to you, not just romantic relationships. Here, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, also known as the Hoosier Gardener, writes about the best Valentine’s Day flowers for everyone on your list this holiday.

Feb. 14 presents a genuine way to make a loving connection. Traditionallyred flowers color the day, symbolizing happiness and romance with hot, stimulating hues. But Valentine’s Day is about more than just celebrating your significant other. The holiday is an opportunity to connect with everyone you care about. And the flowers aren’t limited to red roses. (But those are nice too!)

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Valentine’s Day encompasses more than celebrating romantic relationships,” says Renato Cruz Soqueco, vice president of digital strategy and education at These days, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandparents, neighbors, administrative assistants, lab partners, and co-workers could all use a little Valentine appreciation.

Valentine’s flowers for parents

Tulips, our anointed Flower of the Year, are the perfect bouquet for parents with their variety of colors and forms. Tulips are like chocolate chip cookies, universally loved for their cheerfulness and broad appeal.

Tip: With tulips and any other flowers in a bouquet, snip an inch from the base of the stem and refresh the water in the vase every few days. As the flowers get shorter, you might need a different vase.

Valentine’s flowers for children

Thought to signify a perfect and deep love, tulips honor the love and devotion parents have for their children. Tulips let adult children know you are thinking of them. Select a mixed bouquet of tulips in spring colors to brighten a February day.

Young children also enjoy plush toys and chocolate, says Valerie Ghitelman, vice president of product development, sourcing, and design at A plush bear, Godiva chocolates, and roses will be well received for this age group.

Another option that signals the holiday and teaches kids about gardening is a rose plant. Kids love taking care of their plants, Ghitelman says.

Valentine’s flowers for friends

Mixed bouquets have gained popularity as a heartfelt, non-romantic message for BFFs, co-workers, and others, says Soqueco. Mixed bouquets acknowledge the Galentines and bromance friends in your lives. Lilies,daisies, carnations,delphinium, and more make beautiful bouquets that look freshly picked from the summer garden.

Valentine’s flowers and gift combos

Stuck on whether they’ll appreciate flowers, gifts, or candy? Give a combination of presents, says Ghitelman, which is appropriate for Galantines’ gift-giving. Gerber daisiestulips, orchids, or daisies, lavender roses, and yellow roses, the symbol of friendship, are all great choices. For your bromance pal, select birds of paradisedaisies, or sunflowers.

Potted flowers for lasting love

For something different and just as lovely as a bouquet, consider a potted hydrangea or azalea for friends. Also called florist hydrangea or azalea, these long-lasting dwarf shrubs have been grown under conditions that force them to bloom at certain times, such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and other special holidays.

Potted plants can be moved outdoors to the patio or balcony for summer enjoyment. The hydrangea or azalea can be planted outdoors in southern climates. Most are not winter hardy in northern locations.

Don’t delay

Shop early! Many consumers tend to wait until the last days of the holiday to send Valentine’s Day flowers, so it requires exceptional planning so our gifts arrive on time. In today’s times with inventory shortages, it’s even more prudent to make sure your orders are placed. “We also have to keep an eye on the weather since snowstorms and ice storms can influence shipping capabilities during this incredibly significant holiday,” says Ghitelman.

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Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp is the Hoosier Gardener. She’s a 25-year, award-winning veteran of print journalism. She is a past president of GardenCommunicators International, former editor of four regional gardening magazines, and owns a residential container planting business.

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