Valentine’s Day is known for gifts of candy, cards and flowers.  While a bouquet of cut flowers is a wonderful expression of love and appreciation, I suggest giving a lasting gift of flowering plant.

It occurred to me that a Valentine garden might be an interesting take on a theme garden. Below is a list of what I think of when it comes to flowers of the heart.

So, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…with these flowering plants that can grow a garden of perennial love.

Bleeding Heart: Compassion, Eternal Love

Bleeding Heart ‘Valentine’ by Tracy Blevins


Calla Lily: Faith, Beauty, Innocence

Calla Lily by Tracy Blevins


Forget-Me-Nots: True Love, Remembrance

Forget-Me-Nots by Annkat


Hydrangea: Heartfelt, Honest, Thankful

Hydrangea macrophylla Wedding Gown


Lavender: Purity, Devotion, Calm

Lavender Collection by Teresa Bunn


Lily: Passion, fertility

Lily – Vermeer by Lansdowne Farm


Lily of the Valley: Sweetness, Purity, Chastity

Lily of the Valley by Tracy Blevins

Roses:  Love, Passion, Devotion

All My Loving™ Hybrid Tea Rose by Bill Blevins


Violets: Loving Thoughts, Remembrance

Violas and Pansies by Tracy Blevins