Red and pink tulips symbolize fresh beginnings, says celebrity event designer Preston Bailey, making them great to give when you’ve just started a romance. A perfectly scarlet tulip represents “perfect love,” according to one Turkish legend. Tulips can also help if you’re in the doghouse; smooth things over with yellow tulips (cheerful thoughts) and encourage forgiveness with white tulips. (Get our free Valentine’s Day guide packed with dozens of quick tips and sweet ideas for an amazing V-Day celebration.)
Bailey says tropical arrangements like anthurium or orchids are reminiscent of the far-off places they hail
from (Hawaii, Brazil, the Amazon Basin), adding an exotic hint of fantasy to your floral mix. Orchids in particular are delicate and graceful, representing love, luxury, beauty and strength.