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7 best Valentine's Day roses to surprise your loved ones

We've found the best flowers for Valentine's Day

Megan Bull

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and though our plans might look a little different this year that doesn't mean that we can't surprise our loved ones with the perfect gift. You can never go wrong with a beautiful bouquet of roses - throw in a box of chocolates and a bottle of bubbly and you've got all the essentials for a romantic night in. Whether you're a fan of the classic red rose or less conventional colours, we've rounded up the best blooms from the likes of Marks & Spencer, Appleyard Flowers and Waitrose. Plus, find out how to take care of your Valentine's Day roses!

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Marks & Spencer roses

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Valentine's Pink Mixed Roses, £35, Marks & Spencer

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Offering free UK flower delivery, Marks & Spencer's selection of roses is both stunning and affordable. Perfect for Valentine's Day, you can also add a number of thoughtful extras to your order, including chocolates and champagne. We're in love with the brand's Valentine's Pink Mixed Roses which are available to pre-order now. 

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Appleyard Flowers roses

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Letterbox 12 Red Roses, £32.99, Appleyard Flowers

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Unable to spend Valentine's Day with your special one this year? Surprise your nearest and dearest with 12 velvety red roses from Appleyard Flowers. They can be delivered straight through their letterbox and will arrive in semi-bloom so you're Valentine can enjoy them for much longer. 

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Waitrose roses

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Valentine's Day Rose Love Heart Bouquet, £45, Waitrose

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They'll be swooning over this Rose Love Heart Bouquet from Waitrose. Make sure to include your free personalised message at checkout so your loved one knows who to thank.

Haute Florist roses

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Grand Roses and Prosecco, £85, Haute Florist

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The pièce de résistance of romance, Haute Florists' hat boxes are a thing of beauty – and this particular box is a show-stopper. Filled with 12 delicate Naomi Red Roses, eight delicious Ferrero Rocher chocolates and a 187ml bottle of delicious Prosecco, it's sure to be love at first sight. 

Bloom & Wild roses

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The Luna & Truffles, £62, Bloom & Wild

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Described as one of the UK's most-loved online florists, Bloom & Wild's romantic range features a number of rose-filled bunches. One of our favourites is the Luna which arrives with a box of Charbonnel's pink champagne truffles. 

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eFlorist roses

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Rainbow Roses, £29.99, eFlorist

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Funky Pigeon roses

Fans of less traditional flowers can shop this unusual bunch of rainbow roses for £29.99. Sure to score major points across the board, you can add a box of chocolates for free! 

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The Letterbox Rainbow Roses, £25.99, Funky Pigeon

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Brighten up their day with a striking bunch of multi-coloured blooms. Funky Pigeon's letterbox flowers are carefully packaged by hand to keep them in perfect condition on their journey to the recipient. Once opened, your special one will find flower food, care tips and a gift card inside. 

How to care for Valentine's Day roses

Interflora's guide to keeping your Valentine's Day roses fresher for longer is full of helpful tips and tricks courtesy of artisan florist Steve Betts. The brand recommends cleaning a vase with soapy water and a good rinse before adding your flowers to eliminate any bacteria.

You'll then need to fill your vase two thirds full with fresh water and add the flower food, but remember to refresh these every few days. When attending to the roses, you should cut off about 2cm from the bottom of each stem using sharp scissors at a 45 degree angle. Every 2-3 days, you should re-cut the rose stems. 

It's important that you remove any foliage which may sit below the waterline as this can cause bacteria to build up in the vase. You'll also need to remove any guard petals from your roses – these are the tougher, darker petals on the outsides. Interflora advises that you keep your flowers away from windowsills, other draught sources and blaring radiators. 

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