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

There's nothing more romantic than a bouquet of roses on Valentine's Day...

Symbolic of love and romance, it's hardly surprising that roses have become synonymous with Valentine's Day. A thoughtful gift for the special one in your life, you can never go wrong with a beautiful bouquet of flowers come February 14 – just 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 with our top tips. 

Marks & Spencer roses

Valentine's Red Roses & Prosecco Gift, £35, Marks & Spencer

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Perfect for Valentine's Day, alongside a dozen red roses, your special one will also receive a bottle of Prosecco Rose Conte Priuli Oro. 

Appleyard Flowers roses

50 Luxury Red Roses, £69.99, Appleyard Flowers

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Surprise your nearest and dearest with 50 Furiosa roses from Appleyard Flowers. You can also add a personalised message that'll be printed on a gift card of your choosing. 

Flying Flowers roses

Delightful Roses Letterbox Bouquet, £24.99, Flying Flowers

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Give the ultimate romantic gesture straight to your lucky recipients with a bouquet of letterbox flowers made up of red, white and pink roses. 

Bloom roses

Sweet Avalanche Roses Bouquet, from £36, Bloom

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If you're looking for something truly spectacular to knock your special one's socks off, then the Sweet Avalanche Roses bouquet by Bloom is an ideal choice. The company was founded by celebrity florist Larry Walsh, and all of the arrangements - which are presented in fully sustainable, plastic-free packaging - are simply stunning.

Serenata Flowers roses

A Dozen Red Roses, £34.99, Serenata Flowers

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This traditional rouge bunch is sure to score you major points across the board. 

Waitrose roses

Valentine's Day Red Rose Gift Bag with Prosecco, £35, Waitrose

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They'll be swooning over these elegant roses from Waitrose. The brand's vibrant bouquet will arrive in a stylish gift bag alongside a bottle of San Leo Prosecco. 

Haute Florist roses

Grand Roses and Prosecco, £95, 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

The Nadia, £40, Bloom & Wild

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Described as one of the UK's most-loved online florists, Bloom & Wild's show-stopping range features a number of rose-filled bunches. One of our favourites is the Nadia which arrives hand-tied for extra impact. 

Flowercard roses

Head Over Heels Roses, £50, Flowercard

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Filled with red roses, purple chrysanthemums and pink waxflower, this trug is the ultimate gift for Valentine's Day if you're head over heels in love.

Hayford & Rhodes roses 

Velveteen Bouquet, £95, Hayford & Rhodes

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With the collection ranging from hand-tied bouquets to seagrass baskets and heavenly gift sets, Hayford & Rhodes offers something for everyone. In addition to their fabulous floral offering, Hayford and Rhodes have teamed up with Laurent Perrier, Prestat and Neom to provide sweet personalised gift options.

 

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Funky Pigeon roses

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 Valentine will find flower food, care tips and a gift card inside. 

Blossoming Gifts' roses

Rainbow Roses, £24.99, Blossoming Gifts

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This unique bouquet of rainbow roses is sure to put a smile on their face this Valentine's Day - and you can choose from a bouquet of six, 12 or 24 flowers.

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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