How to Select Local, Seasonal Flowers for Valentine's Day

Skip the traditional red roses and opt instead for locally-sourced blooms to create a one-of-a-kind bouquet.

Photo By: Debra Prinzing

Photo By: Debra Prinzing

Photo By: Urban Succulents

Photo By: Debra Prinzing

Photo By: RHR Horticulture

Photo By: Debra Prinzing

Photo By: Debra Prinzing

Photo By: Crowley House

Photo By: Debra Prinzing

Photo By: Debra Prinzing

Photo By: Terra Bella Flowers

Local + Seasonal

For many sweethearts, Valentine’s Day is filled with expectations and anticipation. Often a dozen roses are the standard to gift a loved one for the holiday, but times are changing. Debra Prinzing, a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers and the Slow Flowers Movement, says that the latest trend in the floral industry is to give and receive flowers sourced from local farmers who use sustainable practices. Skip the run-of-the-mill roses which lack fragrance and originality. Instead, Prinzing suggests making a real statement this Valentine's day by sticking with seasonal, locally-grown flowers. For inspiration to help pick the perfect flowers for your loved one this year, Prinzing offers her favorite picks for the best seasonal arrangements and bouquets.

Rustic Elegance

Displayed in a green Floraline pedestal bowl, snowball viburnum, hellebores, anemones, Anthriscus foliage and bridal wreath spirea (Spiraea prunifolia) are arranged together in a perfect combination of elegance and rustic charm.

Succulent Bouquet

Instead of a traditional arrangement made from imported blooms, try a "living arrangement" with locally sourced succulent plants. These hand-tied succulent bouquets from Urban Succulents in San Diego are made to order so they are fresh when the recipient receives them. The succulents in these "living bouquets" can be rooted, re-planted and enjoyed in container gardens long after Valentine's Day.

Pedestal Showcase

An urn or any container with a pedestal base is superior for showcasing flowers. Hellebores put their best faces forward in this bouquet featuring a myriad of petal colors and patterns. Seasonal tulips and winter jasmine complete the composition, displayed in a vintage milk glass urn.

Outdoorsy Bouquet

For this fun arrangement, Seattle landscape designer and florist Riz Reyes of RHR Horticulture used botanical elements clipped from the landscape rather than sourced from the flower farm. Hellebore blooms are a harbinger of late winter in the garden, making them an ideal element for Valentine's Day. The "jewel" of the bouquet is the air plant (Tillandsia sp.), which will live on as an interior houseplant long after the bouquet is finished.

Hot Pink + Green

The color combo will leave a lasting impression. This arrangement features celadon-hued hellebores, white and burgundy anemones, salmon-pink tulips, Anthriscus foliage, camellia foliage and bridal wreath spirea (Spiraea prunifolia).

Early Spring Superstars

This arrangement is the perfect combination of early spring blooms. It features Anthriscus foliage, hellebores, Epimedium flowers, grape hyacinth, anemones and bridal wreath spirea (Spiraea prunifolia) in a handsome bronze footed bowl.

Garden Roses

Still in love with roses? Skip the boring, mass-produced variety and opt for soft garden roses instead. A beautiful, just-gathered array of garden roses, spray roses, jasmine vine and other flowy foliage creates a romantic composition in a vintage footed bowl.

The Scent of Spring

This collection of bulb flowers is feminine and fragrant, including paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus), lily-of-the-valley shrub (Pieris japonica), amaryllis blooms, tulips and anemones.

Classy Hyacinth

Whether clipped from the garden or forced indoors in a jar, hyacinths seem to time their peak of blooming right at Valentine's Day. The intoxicatingly fragrant flower is lovely en masse as a single variety, or pretty paired with winter pussy willows and silvery Dusty miller foliage.

A Twist on the Traditional

Designed by Melissa Feveyear of Terra Bella Flowers, this uncommon array of Oregon-grown Peterkort roses uses color-blocking for a modern aesthetic. Maidenhair fern adds soft texture to the presentation.

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