Sometimes, a bouquet of roses just won’t cut it. Instead of gifting a bundle of cut flowers that will just die off this Valentine’s Day, consider getting your giftee a plant that will grow (and bloom!) for weeks, months, or even years to come.
Your Valentine doesn’t need to have a green thumb to enjoy these plants, either. Many are beginner-friendly, requiring little more care than a vase full of cut flowers!
15 Live Plants and Flowers to Gift This Valentine’s Day
Whether you’re shopping for a giftable houseplant or a new landscape addition, here are the top plants and flowers to give your Valentine this holiday season:
1. Lime Tree
Want to wow your favorite gardener with something out of the box? Citrus trees make excellent gifts and are surprisingly compact (depending on the variety).
An immature lime tree is great for anyone on your Valentine’s Day shopping list who has room to let it grow. The Kaffir Lime Tree will thrive in a container for quite some time but eventually will need to move outside to reach its full height of 10 to 12 feet.
If you want to give a gift that will survive in a large container indefinitely, choose a variety like the Dwarf Key Lime Tree.
Dwarf Key Lime Tree (Age: 4 – 5 Years, Height: 3 – 4 FT)
Keep in mind that these smaller lime trees likely won’t produce fruit unless kept in near-perfect conditions. Plus, many varieties are only suitable for warmer growing zones. However, their small white flowers still make a beautiful addition to any covered porch or sunroom.
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Few flowers mark the end of winter more than the hyacinth. In many areas, you can find forced hyacinth bulbs for sale as soon as days after Christmas. Come spring, these bulbs can be planted in the soil or stored away to bloom again next year.
There’s no shortage of hyacinths to choose from. The Holland Bulb Farms Pink Pearl Hyacinth is hardy as far north as Zone 4.
Another beautiful and fragrant option for a wide variety of growing zones are the UtopiaSeeds Pink Elephant Hyacinth Bulbs.
For a simple potted hyacinth that will bloom within a few weeks, check out The Three Company 6″ Hyacinth set.
But if your Valentine’s Day giftee would prefer to force their own bulbs this spring, gift them the Holland Bulb Farms Fondant Hyacinth Forcing Kit.
For a springtime flower that looks right at home in a container or filling a garden bed, go with an iris.
These bulbs require fall-planting to emerge by spring but you can easily find already-growing (and blooming!) containers for sale this time of year.
Once the weather warms up enough in your giftee’s region, they can transfer their new flowers outside for perennial beauty. Their iris collection will quickly grow as more and more flowers bloom each year.
These flowers come in a wide range of colors and many are hardy across the entire United States.
Caesars Brother Iris
The fragrant freesia flower is an annual in most parts of the world. However, once these sweet flowers start to bloom, flowers will continue to appear for at least another six weeks.
If your Valentine’s Day giftee enjoys cut flowers, you’ll also be happy to know that freesia is remarkably vase-tolerant.
Freesia grows like an orchid, with many blooms stacked on a single stem. This offers a beautiful contrast to other springtime flowers, like tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.
While freesia is only a perennial in Zones 9 and 10, spring is the perfect time to plant these bulbs as annuals in cooler regions. So if you’d rather gift a set of bulbs than a potted plant, these are the perfect flower for the job!
These flowers come in all colors — choose a bulb variety like the Single Mix Freesia for the brightest palette.
Single White Freesia
By definition, ferns do not flower. But there’s no denying just how beautiful these plants can be when grown in a container or landscaping.
Ferns are also incredibly popular among houseplant-enthusiasts because of their low light requirements and overall hardiness.
When you picture a fern, you probably imagine something like the Boston Fern. These are, by far, one of the most popular species of ferns in the gardening world. Boston ferns are often sold in hanging baskets to show off their draping fronds.
Of course, there are many more fern species out there (scientific estimates put the number somewhere between 10,500 and 15,000!). Surprise your Valentine’s Day giftee with a standout like the Maidenhair Fern or Staghorn Fern for something a little different.
If you have your heart set on gifting a flowering plant this Valentine’s Day, look no further than an anthurium.
These popular houseplants are famous for constantly producing new blooms. Anthurium can produce flowers for three months at a time — the more light and care the plant receives, the more often it will flower.
While anthurium is one of those flowering plants you can find any time of year, don’t miss the opportunity to give your Valentine one in a Heart Stone Planter to match the season!
Not all plants are famous for their flowers. While hoya does produce small, star-shaped flowers when given the proper care, they’re best known for being sold in a unique geometric heart shape.
(This shape makes them the perfect plant for a Valentine’s Day gift. In parts of the world, hoya is specifically sold for the holiday!)
It’s important to note that hoya doesn’t grow like this naturally. The heart shape is actually a single leaf buried in the soil. With time, the hoya leaf will start producing its own trailing stems and many new heart-shaped leaves.
Since hoya is a type of tropical succulent, your giftee will want to keep their new plant in a warm, humid location. Overall, though, these one-of-a-kind plants are fairly forgiving.
8. Peace Lily
No floral shop would be complete without a full selection of peace lilies. But don’t let this hardy flower’s popularity deter you from giving one as a Valentine’s Day gift.
Peace lilies are common for a reason. These plants are incredibly resilient to limited light and infrequent watering. They can also be divided up into several new plants as they grow.
Since potted peace lilies aren’t hard to come by, look for one sold in a special Valentine’s container to really mark the occasion.
9. Orange Tree
Lime isn’t your only option for the giftee who prefers citrus trees to traditional houseplants. Small orange tree cultivars can also easily be grown in containers either indoors or outside.
The Dwarf Washington Navel Orange Tree is a great species for this exact purpose. These trees produce extremely fragrant flowers — they actually smell like citrus without the presence of fruit!
Topping out at about three to six feet tall at maturity, this orange tree is ideal for growing in large containers. The species is also more likely to produce fruit with little maintenance when compared to other domestic citrus trees.
This dwarf orange variety will survive perennially in Zones 8 through 11. Further north, they should be grown in an enclosed porch or sunroom, or brought inside during winter.
Bromeliads do produce stunning flowers. With such vibrant foliage, though, your giftee won’t need to worry about offering the right conditions for this tropical plant to bloom.
In the wild, many bromeliads grow in the nooks of cliffsides and large trees. Technically, these plants don’t need traditional soil at all. But you’ll still find them for sale in regular pots (and they adapt just fine).
Bromeliads include thousands of different species — did you know that the pineapple plant is a bromeliad? As a result, there are tons of great options out there to keep as houseplants.
If you’re looking for an ornamental variety to give as a Valentine’s Day gift, go with one like the Scarlet Star Bromeliad. It’s simple, easy to care for, and features bright leaves sure to stand out in any plant collection.
Scarlet Star Bromeliad
Outside of landscaping projects, hydrangeas are often overlooked. But many hydrangea cultivars make excellent container plants when grown in the right conditions.
Even if your giftee doesn’t want to keep their new flowering shrub in a pot its whole life, hydrangeas are incredibly tolerant of being used anywhere in the garden for a pop of texture and color.
This time of year, few hydrangeas have started blooming. In just a few weeks, though, your giftee can start enjoying lush flowers from their Valentine’s Day plant.
Dwarf hydrangeas are becoming more popular, largely for use in containers. Consider gifting a variety like the Bobo Panicle Hydrangea or Invincibelle Mini Mauvette Smooth Hydrangea, which both grow up to three feet tall.
Is your Valentine a new homeowner or renovating their existing landscaping? Then there are few additions more beautiful or fragrant than a lilac bush.
As any gardener knows, lilacs get big. Even dwarf cultivars can grow several feet tall and wide once they reach maturity.
In other words, it’s important to make sure your giftee has room on their property for a full-size shrub in the years to come!
If a lilac sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day present to you, be sure to search for a variety that will thrive in your giftee’s region.
For those living in the southern or western United States, the California Lilac offers stunning blue blossoms that attract all kinds of native pollinators. For everywhere else, look for a hardy species like the Bloomerang Lilac.
As far as landscaping plants go, the daylily is one of the easiest to care for. These plants produce vibrant flowers in all different colors and come back year-after-year without issue.
You probably don’t associate daylilies with Valentine’s Day. But this diverse family of plants actually has quite a few cultivars that are perfect for this romantic season.
The Strawberry Candy Daylily features peachy-pink petals with a gorgeous frill around the edges. On the other hand, the Siloam Peony Display Daylily’s blooms are almost indistinguishable from a traditional peony! Both varieties are hardy across almost the entire United States.
Strawberry Candy Daylily
14. Butterfly Bush
If you know someone who’s passionate about protecting native pollinators, a butterfly bush is the ideal Valentine’s Day present. These colorful shrubs are the perfect addition to any landscape and come in all different sizes and growth patterns.
It’s even possible to grow butterfly bushes in containers, as long as you’re willing to invest in a large container and the proper maintenance.
The BiColor Butterfly Bush is an absolute stunner, with ombre-like blossoms in shades of purple, pink, and red. For a more traditional choice, check out the Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush with rich purple flowers.
Did you know that many succulents produce flowers? And that these flowers are some of the most beautiful in the plant world?
Echeveria is a great example. Given the proper care, these succulents produce gangly flower stalks filled with vibrantly colored flowers. In perfect conditions, an echeveria can even produce several stalks at once.
If you know someone up to the challenge of getting a succulent to show off its true potential, there are tons of great varieties to choose from.
Echeveria Truffles boasts leaves with unique ripples along each edge. For a succulent whose coloring is just as beautiful even without active blossoms, the Echeveria Moon Gad Varnish is a gorgeous choice.
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Make Their Valentine’s Day a Little Greener
There’s nothing wrong with showing up to Valentine’s Day with a classic bouquet of flowers. But if your loved one is a plant enthusiast of any kind, we promise they’d love a living plant much, much more!
Plus, thanks to online shopping, it’s never been easier to send a potted plant to someone. It doesn’t matter if they’re across town or across the country — giving the gift of greenery is just a click away.
What plant would you love to receive this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!
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