The best flower delivery service has three important things covered; the stems should have serious wow factor, you shouldn’t need a second mortgage to pay for your chosen blooms, and it should be super-quick and easy to place a flower delivery order – even at the last minute.
If you know anything about the origins of Valentine’s Day, you’ll know that sending flowers as a token of love is actually a fairly recent thing. But maybe you’ve poured over the best Valentine’s gifts for her and decided that you’d rather say it with flowers this year. Or perhaps you’re looking for the best Valentine’s gifts for him and wondering whether blokes appreciate a bunch of flowers too. Some do!
Or maybe you’re all sorted with everything from an indulgent Valentine’s hamper to some cute Valentine’s gifts for the kids on their way – but just fancy treating yourself or your ‘galentine’ to a lovely bunch of blooms as well. Good call. For the best possible experience, here’s the scoop on which flower delivery service to use.
Best flower delivery 2022
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you might be wondering if you’re too late to order a bouquet to be delivered to your special someone. The good news is that you’ve still got plenty of time. We’ve tried and tested a bunch (sorry…) of the most popular online flower delivery services to bring you this, um, pick of the best flower delivery services money can buy.
Best for: Excellent value fresh flowers
What we love: It’s a family business with a personal vibe
Downsides: They don’t currently deliver to Northern Ireland and they can’t offer same-day delivery
Price range: From £19 – bargain!
Letterbox service: Yes – and the letterbox-friendly packaging is entirely plastic-free
Delivery info: Free UK delivery
Bunches is a family-run business, established in 1989. That means you feel like you’re doing business with actual humans rather than a robot. Their flowers by post are delivered with a card featuring your personal message, plus flower food and care instructions. Bunches also sell hampers, house plants, and greetings cards.
Bunches will deliver to any postal address in England, Wales, Scotland (including the highlands and islands), the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Orkney, and Shetland. Orders must be placed before 5:15 pm Monday to Friday or before 10:45 am Saturday for next day delivery. They can deliver on Valentine’s Day itself.
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Best for: Best flower delivery with a difference
What we love: Ordering from a local florist – made easy
Downsides: You need a bit of time to scroll through the options
Price range: Varies
Letterbox service: No
Delivery info: Costs from £6.99
Floom is a flexible flower delivery service – consider it a curation of the best local independent florists for you to choose from. Every bouquet comes directly from a Floom partner florist – just pop in the recipient’s postcode to see what’s on offer and you’ll see everything that’s available from Floom florists who deliver to that area.
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3. Marks and Spencer
Best for: Sending a gift with a bouquet
What we love: Five-day freshness or your money back
Downsides: They don’t currently deliver to Northern Ireland
Price range: From £25
Letterbox service: No, but they offer a subscription service
Delivery info: Free delivery and Sunday delivery on selected bouquets
M&S has been my go-to flower delivery service for decades. I’ve yet to have a negative experience. The range is good and they offer a five-day freshness guarantee. What’s really handy about their flower delivery service is the fact that it’s so easy to pop a bottle of Prosecco or a bag of Percy Pigs in with your flowers. You can also spend as little as £30 for a really pretty flower delivery that looks considerably more expensive.
For next-day delivery, order by 7 pm on weekdays or by midday on weekends.
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Best for: Sustainability – they’re the UK’s highest-rated ethical florist
What we love: Every bouquet sold supports three charities
Downsides: We can’t find any!
Price range: From £24.99
Letterbox service: Yes, including Valentine’s options from £25
Delivery info: Order before 9 pm for free next day delivery
We should all care about reducing waste and saving resources but sometimes those priorities slip when you’re in a hurry to send a gift. However, Arena’s packaging hasn’t used single-use plastics since 2017 and they’ve planted two trees per order to date – over a million and counting. They also offer champagnes, chocolates, and beauty products, and they stock a selection of fairtrade flowers.
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Best for: A quick and stress-free flower delivery service
What we love: Flowers are delivered in bud for maximum freshness
Downsides: We haven’t found any yet!
Price range: From £24.99
Letterbox service: Yes
Delivery info: Free delivery Monday – Sunday, order by 9 pm for UK next day delivery
We’ve included Serenata because their website is such a breeze to navigate – even when your brain is frazzled on a Friday afternoon. There’s a handy price filter so you can quickly find the perfect bunch of blooms within your price range, without scrolling through pages of irrelevant options. You can also go straight to ‘flowers under £30’ for a quick and easy exit. We also love their review system which makes it easy to see what customers thought of the blooms you’re considering before you buy.
Order by 7 pm on Sunday 13th February for delivery on Valentine’s Day.
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Best for: Stylish and contemporary hand-tied flowers
What we love: There’s a money back guarantee if you’re not 100% happy
Downsides: Same-day delivery only available in London
Price range: From £25
Letterbox service: No, but they offer a range of subscriptions
Delivery info: Varies – check website
Specialists in seasonal bouquets, hand-tied flowers, and gifts along with wine, champagne, and chocolate, Appleyard offers next-day delivery in London. They promise their flowers will stay fresh for a minimum of 7 days and offer a 100% happiness guarantee. They also seek to minimise their carbon footprint by sourcing garden-grown flowers from British suppliers. We love their Valentine’s flower subscription offer from £25 per month.
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7. Pinks and Roses
Best for: Showstopping, premium flower delivery for special occasions
What we love: The hatbox presentation
Downsides: They can’t currently deliver to Scotland
Price range: From £70 upwards
Letterbox service: Yes
Delivery info: See website
The mother and daughter team at Pinks & Roses specialises in beautiful bouquets presented in hat boxes. All the packaging is recyclable including the biodegradable cellophane and ribbon, and the hatbox itself can be repurposed for jewellery, more flowers, or anything else that needs an elegant home. Alongside bouquets, Pinks & Roses also offer a variety of gift sets and hampers containing flowers, chocolates, champagne, and scented candles.
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Best for: Chic floral luxury
What we love: They source directly from ‘earth-conscious’ flower-growers
Downsides: If you prefer a mixed bouquet of different stems, this might not be your bag
Price range: From £40
Letterbox service: No, but they do have a subscription service from £45
Delivery info: Next day delivery
This isn’t just a flower delivery company – they sell a range of beautiful ‘lifestyle essentials’ too, from candles and home fragrances to plants and vases. Flowerbox offers same-day and next-day delivery services. Place your order by midnight on the 10th of February across the UK for standard delivery on Valentine’s Day, or by the 11th of February for London addresses. They also offer same-day delivery in London.
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