Valentine’s Day 2015: 14 best bouquets

Surprise a loved one by sending them some beautiful blooms. Kate Hilpern finds arrangements to impress on Saturday, which can all be ordered online

Say it with flowers. It’s such a cliché, but if there’s one day of the year to do it, it has to be Valentine’s Day. But don’t just pick up any old bunch from the local supermarket or leave it so late that you’re left with no option but a wilting bunch from the petrol station. Order one of these sumptuous arrangements online and make your loved one’s day.

Asda 18 Simply Valentino Sweetheart Roses: £22 asda-gifts.co.uk


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Simple, yet romantic,  this bouquet consists of 18 sweetheart roses with rich green foliage. These traditional symbols of true love, delivered by first-class Royal Mail, will make a lovely surprise.
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Moonpig Sweetness: £25 moonpig.com


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Moonpig has an impressive  range of bouquets. But while most have traditional red roses at their base, our favourite is this light,  feminine arrangement of delicate pink-spray roses, star-shaped cream Asiatic lilies and baby-pink roses, along with white waxflower.
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Next La Belle: £32 nextflowers.co.uk


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This dainty bouquet of peach and cream roses and alstroemeria isn’t listed under Valentine’s bouquets on the Next website. Instead, you’ll find it in the “Luxury Flowers” section. But we think this beautifully wrapped bunch, which comes in a short vase,  is perfect for anyone who loves pastels.
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Fortnum & Mason Romeo & Juliet: £90 fortnumandmason.com


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OK, we know this is a lot to spend on flowers, but this one is seriously special. A dozen deep roses (of a quality we have been unable to find elsewhere) are paired with freesias to make a deeply romantic and beautiful-smelling gift.
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Bloom & Wild: £25 (or order a three-month subscription for £55), bloomandwild


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These “hot blood” altitude roses are longer lasting than most and have larger heads than the usual offerings. This bouquet contains 12 flowers and because they are carefully packaged in a box that can fit through the letter box, it won’t matter if your beloved is out when they arrive.
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Interflora Valentine Tulip Vase: £29.99 interflora.co.uk


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Not everyone loves roses. This bunch of 24 luscious and simple, ruby-red tulips comes in a cranberry glass vase.  It is a modern twist on  Valentine’s flowers, but with the conventional colour theme, they are divine.
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M&S Fairtrade Dozen Red Roses: From £35 marksandspencer.com


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Here’s another traditional Valentine’s offering and these red roses have plenty in their favour. Not only are these Kenyan blooms fair-trade, but they are a stunning red and they last a long time. They  are hand-tied too. If a dozen isn’t enough, opt for their  two-dozen bunch for £60.
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Philippa Craddock Bobbington Bouquet: From £65 philippacraddock.com


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Granted, she or he will have to be really special to warrant a bouquet with this kind of price tag, but this bunch of anemones, garden roses, ranunculus, tulips and foliage really is a feast for the eyes of deep reds, purples and greens.  If ever there was a Valentine’s bouquet with a wow factor, this is it.
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Waitrose Valentine’s Roses and Tulips Bouquet: £22 waitrosedirect.com


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Here, you get the traditional red roses combined with Ile de France tulips and some bright green bupleurum in the mix. Waitrose has lots of other good options – from scented candles to chocolates – that you can add to the mix. Plus they’re offering free delivery on Valentine’s Day.
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Lakeland Springtime Rose Bouquet: £27.99 lakeland.co.uk


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Roses are always romantic, even if they aren’t red. More unconventional colours make a bouquet more memorable in our book. These ones come in beautiful spring colours – yellow, white and orange – along with a bit of Eucalyptus Cinerea for good measure.
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Selfridges Selection Avalanche Rose Bouquet: £45 selfridges.com


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Selfridges’ Valentines range this year is traditional with a modern flair and their roses are particularly impressive, thanks to their study stems, high petal count and longer lifespan. We were drawn to this white arrangement of 12 Avalanche roses, which are both chic and elegant.
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Autograph Valentine’s Hat: £50 marksandspencer.com


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This on-trend bouquet comes delivered in a hat box for the ultimate luxury. Comprising of three red roses, three cerise roses, three purple roses, three blue hyacinth and three blue anemones, it’s opulent, sumptuous and utterly divine.
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Wild at Heart Wild Romance Bouquet: £85 wildatheart.com


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Here’s another arrangement with a scary price tag, but the gorgeous mix of pink roses, spray roses, clematis, anemones and seasonal foliage has one of the heaviest flower contents we’ve come across and the floristry skills are exceptional. They do plenty of other Valentines arrangements if these colours don’t appeal.
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Appleyard London Goddess Bouquet: From £49.99 appleyardflowers.com


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Appleyard puts together luxurious hand-tied bouquets, with flowers sourced where possible from British growers.  They have some some striking bouquets, including this white freesia, pink sweet avalanche roses with velvet red grandprix roses and pink eustoma. Appleyard is offering Independent readers 30% discount on bouquets. Enter appleyardflowers.com and use Independent30 as the discount code.
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Verdict

We think Philippa Craddock’s Bobbington Bouquet is truly magnificent. But if you want something cheaper, we loved Asda’s 18 Simply Valentino Sweetheart Roses.

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