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In bloom: Our guide to roses for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there aren’t many flowers that sum up the day of love quite like roses. But what kind should you give (or hope to get)? We have the inside scoop on this classic bloom.

Orange roses

We asked Michael Skaff, head of design for FTD and go-to color and floral expert for political powerhouses, leading fashion and home designers and Hollywood A-listers, for his insight into roses, the quintessential Valentine’s Day bloom.

Why roses?

If you’re wondering why roses are so popular on Valentine’s Day, Skaff says it’s all about what they symbolize. “Known for their beauty, symbolism and sweet fragrance, the rose is a universal symbol of love,” he explains. “Roses are always an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day because there are many different types that come in an abundance of colors, so they fit any personality and relationship.”

What‘s in a color?

The color rose you choose (or get) this Valentine’s Day could be a message in disguise. Skaff shares his insight into what those hues mean.

Red: The most popular choice of rose is known to represent love, passion and desire. “There’s no denying that a bouquet of these red beauties lets someone know your heart is in their hands,” says Skaff.

Yellow: This rose denotes friendship and happiness, so Skaff advises that yellow roses are a good way to treat your friends, co-workers and family.

Coral: Coral roses represent desire, so Skaff suggests attracting the object of your affection with a twist on the classic rose bouquet.

Peach: Pretty peach roses mean you’re speaking from the heart, which Skaff says denotes sincerity. You might want to try these if you’re apologizing for something.

Roses for Valentine's Day

Dark pink: These roses make a good way to express your thanks since dark pink roses represent gratitude and appreciation, Skaff explains. “They are also fun blooms to give a younger family member or a close friend.”

Pale pink: A bouquet containing pale pink roses represents grace and admiration, making this rose perfect for mothers, aunts and grandmothers.

Orange: A bouquet of orange roses denotes fascination and enthusiasm, explains Skaff. “A perfect choice when you want to lift your recipient’s spirits and brighten their day. You can never go wrong with a bouquet of orange roses.”

White: The regal white rose represents innocence and purity, so a bouquet of white roses makes an ideal bouquet for a newly engaged couple or someone younger.

Purple/lilac: If you want to let your crush or a new guy know you care, Skaff suggest purple or lilac. “This color bloom is known to represent love at first sight.”

Updating the classic rose bouquet

Rather than grabbing the first bouquet you see, why not get a little creative? “When shopping for roses, look for a bouquet in a stunning designer vase instead of a simple glass vase,” Skaff suggests. “This can give a standard rose bouquet a fresh look and elevate the overall style of the arrangement.” He also recommends considering bouquets that use roses in combination with textures of other flowers and pops of bright colors for a modern flair.

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