By Aimee Bray
A red rose is the classic romantic flower, called upon by lovers across the centuries to evoke romance and intrigue. A whole language has blossomed around it with dahlias symbolising commitment, red tulips a sign of true love and carnations meaning love and fascination. Giving flowers is steeped in history. Humans giving other humans flowers is just something we do to say ‘I like you’ or at least ‘I tolerate you’.
Flowers never go out of fashion, and it’s a practice we heartily encourage to remedy the anxieties of modern life - as well as improve your home environment. A well-chosen bouquet is sure to make a bloomin’ brilliant gift in an otherwise dreary month spent indoors, and there’s plenty of choice for all budgets.
In recent years, we’ve noticed a flurry of cheap flowers gracing the online shelves - a major perk this year as you can add them to your grocery shop (although you’ll need a bit of stealth if you live with your partner). Tesco flowers are in-store only, but you can shop Sainsbury’s flowers and Morrison’s flowers online. Waitrose and Marks & Spencer come out top for us. There’s a wide variety of Waitrose flowers online, with same day delivery available. You’ll get the most choice with Marks & Spencer flowers: from bright spring bouquets to a coral meadow bouquet - all with quick and free delivery.
Who said that roses should be red and violets blue? Opt for a modern twist for someone extra special with the multi-coloured roses and lilies available to purchase online.
We love the scented rainbow lilies from Moonpig, which are packed with eye-catching colour and delivered with next day delivery for £2.99. For the best rainbow roses, we recommend the letterbox rainbow roses from Funky Pigeon. This bouquet is specially designed to fit through letterboxes, so you don't need to worry about the recipient being at home.
If love is like a red, red rose then you’ll want to pick wisely for the day of romance. Appleyard Flowers roses start from just £32.99 for a dozen red roses, but you can go as extravagant as you like, with the option to purchase 200 roses for £204.99. The 100% Happiness Guarantee ensures that you receive fresh, beautiful flowers every time: a sure-fire way to win over your love on the big day. We love the 100 Red Roses, which are currently 33% off.
The Romeo & Juliet bouquet looks as romantic as it sounds, packed with red roses, bright purple stocks, and eucalyptus leaves. It’ll set you back £49.99 when you order from Serenata Flowers. There's also free next day delivery available, meaning it's a good place to shop at the last minute. It’s the perfect bouquet for a Shakespearean romance (hopefully without all the death at the end).
Why stop at one bouquet? Purchase a 3, 6, or 12 month flower subscription from Flying Flowers and they’ll feel the love all year long. Subscriptions cost from £60 to £225 and delivery is included in the price.
Flower subscriptions are similarly priced at Prestige Flowers, but they’ll also receive a free vase with the first delivery and free chocolates with every delivery. Chocolates and flowers? A killer combo.
Whether it’s a single red rose or a whirl of tulips, the language of flowers is never lost in translation. Looking for more ways to save? Check out our gifts and flowers discounts for money-off codes and free delivery offers for top brands.