The Secret To Choosing The Best Flower Arrangements

Florist Amy Merrick on where to look for the most unique Valentine's Day blooms

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courtesy of Amy Merrick

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Florist Amy Merrick. Photos courtesy of .

HouseBeautiful.com: If want to be unique and are short on time, what flowers should you look for at a local florist, grocery store or flower market?

: In February, ranunculus and anemones are much more special to give or receive than your standard dozen red roses. Hellebores, jasmine and maidenhair ferns all make beautiful potted gifts, too.

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HB: Say you live in a less urban place, where there might not be a "trendy" florist, how can you still get a modern look?

AM: If your options are limited in terms of florists, I would always say to go very simple and elegant. You might not get the most cutting edge arrangement, but there is no one who will deny that 50 white tulips in a clear cylinder with no filler is far better than some rose, gerber daisy, babies breath situation.

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HB: Free-flowing, untamed arrangements feel trendier in comparison to tightly bound, structured bouquets, but they don't offer this organic look on overnight floral delivery websites. Is there a place that ships fashionable arrangements overnight and nationwide?

AM: No, the beauty of a wild, natural arrangement is that it just can't be mass produced and shipped. If you are late to the game, I would order a beautiful potted jasmine topiary or a lady slipper orchid from to be delivered. If you have a little bit of time and need something special delivered, I would check out Livia Cetti's exquisite handmade paper flowers that she sells on her website, .

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Paper flowers by Livia Cetti of The Green Vase.

HB: What if you don't want spend a ton of money on shipping or a high-priced florist?

AM: If you're short on cash but still want something beautiful, I would hit up your nearest Whole Foods and buy three bunches of ranunculus. Trash the sleeves they come in, combine them together and wrap them in a beautiful piece of marbled paper and tie with a silk ribbon. Sometimes it's nice just to give one single, beautiful flower in a handmade vase. A would top my own Valentine's Day wishlist! Flower lovers love vases as much as the flowers themselves.

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Frances Palmer vase, $135.This article originally appeared on

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