Valentine’s Day was celebrated extensively during the Victorian era when people conveyed their feelings through the different meanings of flowers.
We still do this today in the form of cut flowers and/or roses to convey our love; however, why not give a gift of a plant, which can last long after the cut flowers have faded.
If there is a special gardener on your Valentine’s list, they might appreciate one of these plants highlighted below:
A potted rose is a great alternative to cut roses. Depending on the variety, it may even be hardy enough to plant outdoors when gardening season arrives. These plants are readily available and come in many different colors.
Consider adding a decorative pot and this can be the gift that keeps on giving long after the holiday is over.
These plants have a bad reputation of being difficult. They really are not.
Their delicate and exotic flowers are simple and colorful. These plants come in just about every color you can imagine.
Orchids also convey love, beauty, endurance and strength.
This plant is actually an herb and is extremely fragrant. Depending on the variety, this is another plant that may be able to go outside once the weather improves.
Lavender can also be dried and preserved to make soaps, sachets, or body lotions. Lavender conveys purity and sentiment.
This is a very popular plant for Valentine’s Day with its heart-shaped leaves adorned with delicate flowers that come in white, red, pink and/or lavender. The flowers are striking and look almost like butterflies in flight. Even the foliage is beautiful with some varieties showing silvery or variegated markings.
The plants are sold as large showy specimens or miniature varieties.
When buying one, look under the leaves and choose plants with the most buds.
These plants with a little care will bloom for a long time located in a room with bring light and cool home temperatures.
The ancient Greeks considered this plant a symbol of love and often used it in love potions.
This plant will bloom most of the year round; depending on the variety, it may be hardy enough to survive in the garden too.
Dish Gardens and other houseplants
We tend to focus on romantic love at Valentine’s Day; but do not forget those other special people who are important to you.
Dish gardens make great gifts for your best friend or a relative and are very easy to maintain.
There are many different types of dish gardens; ones that bloom, have attractive foliage and those that portray a scenic vista in miniature called fairy gardens. For the person who may not be an avid gardener, a cactus or succulent dish garden is one of the easiest to care for.
Terrariums add a little formality to the dish garden format and make for a wonderful gift choice. Small houseplants such as a peace lily are another casual way to send Valentine’s greetings.
Peace lilies obviously represent peace. Houseplants with small flowers represent loyalty, while plants with only foliage like bamboo represent good luck.
Select a bright red container to add a festive look to your plant selection.
Look beyond the cut flowers this year and choose a plant instead — a gift keeps on giving long after the holiday and will give happiness and cheer on a cold winter day.
Do not forget friends and relatives this year in addition to your special someone.
For more information on plants and gardening, visit our Cornell Cooperative Extension website at cceoneida.com. You can also call our Horticultural Hotline with your garden questions at 315-736-3394, 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Fridays.