Love? Friendship? ...Uncertain?

Give it a go and say it with flowers!

Flowers have long been a Valentine's Day tradition, and more often than not, open a Pandora's box of questions: “What flowers should I pick? Will they like this? Is there a 'flower trend' of the year? What if I don't pick a rose...? I heard there are 'secret meanings' behind each flower... What if I chose an orange rose instead?" It might not be as complicated as we think. Let’s hear it from some of Hong Kong's top florists.

“If I was selecting an arrangement for a loved one on Valentine's Day, I would consider what the person is like. What they dress like, what foods they like, what places they visit on holiday… I'd try and identify elements from their life to work the flowers towards to make them person to them and appreciated. Don't just buy red roses.” ​

Gemma Hayden Blest, director of Hayden Blest

“Flower arrangements are like the dressing of human - how we dress is very personal and unique, so there isn’t really something standardised and trendy.”

Solomon Leong, founder of Solomon Bloemen

“'Flower language' or 'meaning of flowers' is a sales gimmick! The Victorians picked wild flowers and gave each had a specific meaning. Nowadays, we have a larger range of flowers to select from! Commercial farms started giving meanings to flowers to market them better… What matters is what meaning you give to the flowers when you tell the lady why you chose the flowers for them. In any case, that is how the flower language thing first came about in the old days! So, why not just express directly why you think the flowers fits the girl?”

Ada Yeung, director Anglo Chinese

Ellermann Flower Boutique

Choosing the gift for your loved one isn't necessarily about what's popular or trending. It is about the personalisation, reflecting that one-of-the-kind personality of your special person, and your thought behind the gift. While you're at it, take a little time to learn about flowers too. Here are some practical tips about picking the bouquet, when to order it, and how to take care of the flowers.

Ellermann Flower Boutique

1. Consider different combinations rather than a single flower

There are some elements that we have to consider when we are looking for the most personalised bouquet, i.e. the combination of flowers and foliage, the colour and the texture of different blooms.</