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.
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.
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.
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.
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.