Everyone has a favorite

As you can imagine, we think a lot about floral trends as we approach Valentine’s Day. As florists, we often get asked about our top picks and why we like them.

Favorite flowers often bring back memories, evoke emotions, or remind us of the joys of life. We thought we’d share our top picks – and asked some friends and community members to join us.

What peonies mean to Jim

Jim McCann

“I love peonies. We grew up in Queens, and there were very few bushes in our neighborhood. But we did have a peonies bush! It was so beautiful in the spring, when the flowers were in full bloom. They made our otherwise dreary yard pop with color. These flowers added a little magic to our neighborhood—and our lives.”

Jim McCann



Chris favors the underdogs

Photo of Chris McCann, CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

“Carnations are beautiful flowers with a great vase life and wonderful scent. They’ve been overlooked for the past several years but are making a comeback. I like that it’s something of an underdog. In fact, in a Sex and The City episode, Charlotte said she knew her date was not a fit because he brought her carnations! The same goes for gladiolas – an absolutely beautiful flower that’s fallen out of favor because of its strong ties to funerals.”

Chris McCann



Kristina’s love of Himalayan blue poppies

Kristina Libby

“I love Himalayan blue poppies. They’re native to high elevations in the Himalayas but can be grown in other environments. I also love roses. Lately, I’ve been working with them to create our Floral Hearts and have developed such a huge love for their diversity of colors and sturdiness.”

Kristina Libby


Floral Heart Project

John’s childhood memories


“I grew up in Garden City, N.Y. I love sunflowers. They remind me of camping out in my backyard. They were the first thing I saw when I stepped out of the tent.”

John Tesh

Media personality & world-renowned musician

Dr. Chloe’s thoughts on the orchid

Dr. Chloe Carmichael

“My favorite flower is the orchid. They are truly beautiful and graceful. I can relate to how they need to take occasional retreats to rest and relax, and then emerge stronger than ever!”

Dr. Chloe Carmichael, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Owner, Carmichael Psychology PLLC

What Yunus thinks about hydrangeas

Yunus Siraj

“Hydrangeas are my favorite. They make flower arrangements look so very nice and elegant while also keeping them affordable. They’re perfect for people who want something that’s extremely stylish and full of color while still being economical.”

Yunus Siraj

Chief Smiles Officer

Conroy’s Flowers Encino

Why Alice loves hydrangeas, too


“Hydrangeas, without a doubt, will always be my favorite flower. They are a symbol of the summer season on Nantucket, a place that is very near and dear to me and holds so many special family memories. Plus, if you have taken one of our virtual workshops, you have probably heard me say that hydrangeas give you the most bang for your buck.”

Alice Lewis

Founder & CEO

Alice’s Table

Written by our Founder and CEO, our Celebrations Pulse Sunday Letters aim to engage with our community. From sharing stories to welcoming your ideas, we want to help you to express, connect, and celebrate the important people in your life.


Jim McCann is the founder, CEO, and chairman of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. as well as a business leader, author, and philanthropist with a passion for helping people deliver smiles. Devoted to helping others, he also founded Smile Farms, a 501(c)3 organization that provides meaningful jobs in agricultural settings to young adults and adults with developmental disabilities.

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