The 6 Downright Dreamiest Florists in S.F.!

While we'd never complain (too loudly) about receiving flowers for Valentine's Day, there's also really nothing that says "lack of imagination" quite like a dozen long-stemmed red roses, most likely bought at the corner store on the way home. Of course, we all know by now that sometimes to get what you really want, you have to do some of the research for your sweetie, which is precisely what we've done right here. After the jump, we've rounded up the most stellar of local florists and, along with them, their dreamiest creations that are anything but meh-inducing basic. From bountiful numbers featuring lush accessories (ostrich feathers, anyone?) to the most romantic bundles of sweet peas and succulents, our roundup is sure to please even the pickiest of valentines. Just not-so-subtly slide this guide to whoever is doing the ordering and try to save your “oohs” and “aahs” for when they arrive at your door.
Photo: Courtesy of Sharla Flock Designs
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Birch
Served up in sleek black or white vases, these minimalist-meets-maximalist arrangements count Alexander Wang, Bar Jules, and Google as fans. Bonus: The two locations of this shop include fab selections of international fashion mags!

What's in this arrangement: “Anemones, hyacinth, viburnum berries, and decorative kale.”

What makes it extra special: “The combination of delicate and rough textures, the heady scent of hyacinth and the off-beat Valentine color palate," says Birch owner Torryne Choate.

Why it beats a dozen roses: “Anyone can order the standard dozen red roses for their loved one. I believe this arrangement is much more romantic and personal.”

Lifespan: One week

Price: $100, plus delivery

Order by: Two day advance notice.

Photo: Courtesy of Birch
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Sharla Flock Designs
With a BFA in Fine Arts under her belt, expect Flock's designs to showcase her understanding of color, composition, and design.

What's in this arrangement: "Hydrangea, anemones, peonies, garden roses, mint, fiddlehead fern, ranunculus, scented geranium, and handmade paper flowers."

What makes it extra special: “Not only do my arrangements smell amazing, but many of the flowers are coming from either my garden or local growers," says Flock. "The handmade paper flowers are so amazing and it's nice to have a work of art within the artful arrangement. It's something that will live forever.“

Why it beats a dozen roses: “Garden roses are the way to go in my book. The standard roses have zero fragrance. Garden roses typically have a fresh from the garden smell...yum!”

Lifespan: 5-7 days

Price: $150 and up

Order by: 2-3 days prior.

Photo: Courtesy of Sharla Flock Designs
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Natalie Bowen Designs
A R29 S.F. fave (see our DIY article with her here!), we wouldn't be surprised if you've already seen Bowen's rustic-cool arrangements at Foreign Cinema or at your friend's beyond-perfect wedding. Lucky for Mission residents, she's selling her Valentine's Day bouquets at Pot & Pantry through the holiday.

What's in this arrangement: “Feverfew, dusty miller, scabiosa bloom, scabiosa pods, rannunculus, dahlia, and succulents."

What makes it extra special: “Great texture and a happy color combination,” says Bowen.

Why it beats a dozen roses: “It's bold to ask for something beyond roses. And it's great for someone with a cheery disposition or someone who likes to try new things.”

Lifespan: 4-5 days for the flowers, but the pods and succulents looks good for weeks.

Price: $85 to $175

Order by: February 12th

Photo: Courtesy of Natalie Bowen Designs
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Soulflower
With green certification through Green America, this company is all about the eco-minded consumer.

What's in this arrangement: “Black Magic and Freedom red roses, burgundy ranunculus, and black ostrich feathers.”

What makes it extra special: “The touch of black ostrich feathers in this rich red bouquet adds a sexy soft accent,” says the Soulflower team.

Why it beats a dozen roses: “This modern, boudoir approach to flowers is more contemporary than your typical Valentine's Day dozen. It's great for a woman that is both sexy and sweet."

Lifespan: About a week.

Cost: $120

Order by: February 13, 10 a.m.

Photo: Courtesy of Soulflower
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Studio Choo
Specializing in "wild" and "undone" arrangements, these gorgeous clusters are often stuck into collectable apothecary jars and other vintage holders. Go for a full-blown arrangement (left) or a few subtle blooms in a bottle (right).

What's in this arrangement (left): “Muscari, lilac, sweet peas, hyacinth, hellebore, happy wanderer vine, and succulent.”

What makes it extra special: “A collection of delicate blooms with an emphasis on fragrance.”

Why it beats a dozen roses: “There are more unusual flower types, textures, and colors. They're perfect for someone who loves blue or purple, working in the garden, spring walks in the cool rain, and perfume.”

Lifespan: One week, but the succulent can be planted after.

Cost: $120 including Valentine’s Day delivery.

Order by: February 12

Photo: Courtesy of Studio Choo (left); Caro Ramirez (right)
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Church Street Flowers
This teeny-tiny shop on Church Street packs a big punch when it comes to its florals, which are dreamed up by a lovely trio of ladies.

What's in this arrangement: “Hydrangea, Piano garden roses, parrot tulips, ranunculus, and miltonia orchids.”

What makes it extra special: "The flowers are tightly closed and compact," says Stephanie Foster. "Over the life of the arrangement the ranunculus are going to bloom open, revealing fluttery, paper-like petals, and the tulips will open up to show the delicate fringe on their edges. It's exciting to watch how the flowers change and bloom. Some of them grow more in height even though they are cut."

Why it beats a dozen roses: “Roses are beautiful, but very predictable. This is just as romantic as roses, but contains flowers that people might not see everyday and the design is more original.”

Lifespan: 5-7 days

Price: $70 to $150, plus $15 shipping fee

Order by: A few days before February, 14

Photo: Courtesy of Church Street Flowers
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