NEW YORK CITY — Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and that means it's time to get your orders in if you're planning to send your sweetheart a bouquet of flowers on Feb. 14.
Here's some of the best florists in the city for something traditional, trendy or unique:
Stem is your one-stop shop for well thought out gifts. The store not only stocks floral creations with a rustic vibe — think gray green eucalyptus, thistle and peonies in a muted pink — it also has a few select antique pieces.
The ultra-feminine Flower Girl of course has the ultimate girly Valentine's gift — a floral crown. Not only will you be giving flowers, you'll also be giving an accessory a carefree soul can wear out for dinner that night. Wreaths can be ordered ahead online or whipped up on the day if you call in the morning.
If your partner is quirky and appreciates extreme personalization, a trip to Twig could pay off. The people at Twig can create a terrarium of green plants featuring everything from a zombie wedding to President Bartlet's Oval Office from "The West Wing." Twig also has pre-made options as well as DIY kits and classes for a crafty gift.
Sunny’s Florist has turned a tiny corner store into a plant oasis that spills out onto the pavement. The shop is popular with locals who stop in to pick up bunches of happy sunflowers and bright oriental lilies.
Moravian takes a traditional approach to its floristry. The shop is stocked with roses and colorful gerberas, and bouquets can come in coffee mugs with hearts and fruit baskets. There are also candles, plants and chocolates from Godiva on offer.
Ode à la Rose is a rose delivery specialist founded by a pair of Parisians. A classic bouquet of a dozen red roses starts at $59.95. Products can be delivered anywhere in the city.
New York Flower District, Chelsea
If you want to spread your creative wings, don't forget the city's Flower District, located on West 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. It has everything you need to pull together something beautiful including all types of flowers, leaves and other plant matter. There's also several stores where you can pick up knickknacks like vases, fake butterflies, feathers and tree logs to perfect your floral presentation.
The Flower Concept, 75-14 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights
If simple and beautiful is what you're going for this Valentine's Day, a bouquet from Flower Concept might be the answer. Arrangements at this shop are full of softly colored hydrangeas, lilies and peonies or bright sunflowers and gerberas. You can also pick up a token teddy bear.