Direct2florist’s nine ways to ensure success with Valentine’s Day flowers delivered by a local florist.

Find out what they really want – Most men will automatically turn to red roses, but is that what the special lady in your life really wants? Find out beforehand which flowers she really loves and you’ll be onto a winner straight away! Tulips are growing in popularity at Valentine’s Day, as are white and pink roses.

Leave it to the experts – If you really don’t have a clue, leave it to the experts. By ordering your gift through you’ll be able to find out what each of our professional florists recommend.

There’s no need to break the bank – Bigger isn’t always better, with the trend over the last few years towards single red roses beautifully presented. If you’re on a budget but still want to make a statement with a big showy bouquet, choose alternative flowers or colours, as these will be cheaper. And remember, Direct2Florist is the only major floral gift specialist where 100% of the flower value goes to the florist because we don’t believe in taking a large slice of your cash for no reason.

Order early – This year, Valentine’s Day (14th February) is a Monday, putting a strain on already pressured flower supplies. Therefore, don’t leave it to the last minute – you’ll only end up with a nasty bunch of wilting leftovers from your local garage.

Make it Valentine’s weekend! – With Valentine’s Day falling on a Monday, start the ball rolling on the Friday afternoon by delivering flowers to her work. It’ll make her the envy of her workmates and we guarantee she’ll love you for it.

Think about the card message – The message card is just as important as the flowers, so think about what you want to say. And remember, by ordering online you won’t have to face the embarrassment of sharing your message face-to-face with the florist, meaning you can be as risqué as you like!

Don’t stop at flowers – How about adding a cutesy cuddly toy, sexy box of chocolates or over the top balloon to your order? Our customers tell us the extra touches never fail to seduce.

Plants are an option – often cheaper than cut flowers, plants are lasting gifts that will survive long after Valentine’s Day has gone. Try rose plants or pink orchids, both female favourites.