5 Flowers That Are More Romantic Than Roses

These should be your top picks to surprise your sweetheart.

July 1, 2016
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So you want to surprise your special someone with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers? Although roses may be your go-to, some common ones—like hybrid tea roses—are often grown with pesticides and are imported from long distances. Instead try these five love-inspired plants—that work well in bouquets or as a fresh addition to your garden landscape—to keep your sweetheart (and the environment) happy. 

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Living Valentine
The Living Valentine, also known as Bleeding Heart, is a hardy perennial that, when planted in your outdoor garden, can get damaged by late frosts but will usually recover. You can find it in multiple colors including pink and pure white. 
hearts a burstin flower

Also known as Bursting Heart, this native shrub can grow to be four to six feet tall, has thin stems, and serrated leaves. The plant has red four-loped capsules that burst open in autumn, giving it the signature name. 

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lovers plant
The Lover's Plant

This aromatic lucious plant can be dried and used as a natural air freshener thanks to its pungent citrus fragrance. Although the Lover's Plant doesn't flower often, you can catch small yellow-white flowers blooming from late summer into autumn. 

love in a mist flower
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This easy-to-grow annual likes well-drained soil and full sun. Once in full bloom, each flower appears to sit on a bed of lacy foliage and typically grows to be about 1½ to 2 inches tall. Because Love-In-A-Mist prefers cooler temperatures, blooming season begins to decline by mid-summer when the temperatures start to rise. 

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Heartleaf Philodendron

This easy-to-care-for houseplant requires little maintenance and enjoys moderate indirect light. If you're growing this glossy plant indoors, use a hanging basket so that the heart-shaped leaves can cascade down the sides, showcasing their signature feature. Keep in mind, though, that this plant is toxic to pets, so keep it out of reach of your furry companions.