Do something different for Valentine’s Day this year. Instead of opting for the standard bouquet of cut flowers, choose a live plant instead. The gift of a flowering shrub will keep your loving sentiments alive year after year instead of dying in a matter of days.
Long-stemmed, cut roses are a long-held Valentine’s Day tradition. However, there are plenty of reasons to break with tradition and try a live plant instead.
- Lack of scent. While lovely to look at, the typical cut rose has lost most of its beautiful perfume through the complex hybridization process.
- Lack of quality. Roses sold during the #1 rose-giving holiday may not be of as high a quality as those found in any month other than February and will likely begin to brown in a just a few days.
- Short vase life. No matter how high-end a cut flower is when purchased, it will die fairly soon. A live plant, when properly cared for, can last for decades.
Live plants and shrubs make wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day and year-round. This year, think outside the heart-shaped box and try one of these blooming plants to show how much you care.
- Hydrangeas. A staple of shade gardens and moist soils, the hydrangea is a gorgeous flowering shrub. It produces mounds of dome-shaped flower clusters, usually in the mid to late-spring. A variety like Endless Summer is an excellent choice. It blooms on both old and new wood, producing far more flowers for a much longer growing season than others of its kind. The color of the blooms depends on the soil’s acidity. If you give this plant, the recipient can actually amend the soil and thus choose blue or pink flowers.
- Gardenias. If your Valentine likes a sweet scent, nothing will compare to the perfume of a gardenia. The heady fragrance of a single bloom is enough to linger in a room. Imagine what a gardenia planted near a window can do for a home. Frost Proof Gardenia is a good choice for zones 7 through 10, where a late spring chill might make other gardenia drop their blooms.
- Forsythia. One of spring’s first bloomers, the forsythia’s golden flowers burst open when the last of winter still hangs in the air. Its bright color is cheerful and happy, just how you’d like your Valentine to feel when thinking of you. The branches can even be forced indoors to bring a vase of blooms to a dreary winter day. Lynwood Gold can bloom as early as February in some zones so it’s a natural choice for a Valentine’s Day gift.
These plants will free you from the Valentine rut. However, these are those who have no desire to break with tradition. If you simply cannot bear to celebrate Valentine’s Day without roses, try a practically care-free Knockout Landscape Rose Bush or an attention-grabbing Knockout Rose Tree. Your Valentine is sure to love these long-lasting floral gifts.
Do something different for Valentine’s Day this year. Instead of opting for the standard bouquet of cut flowers, choose a live plant instead. The gift of a flowering shrub will keep your loving sentiments alive year after year instead of dying in a matter of days. Long-stemmed, cut roses are a long-held Valentine’s Day tradition….Read More