Buying flowers for Valentine's Day can seem like a minefield of anxiety and disappointment. That doesn't have to be the case, says Steven Cox, who owns Steven Cox Flowers in German Village. Here's what he suggests.

Buying flowers for Valentine's Day can seem like a minefield of anxiety and disappointment. That doesn't have to be the case, says Steven Cox, who owns Steven Cox Flowers in German Village. Here's what he suggests.

Don't get rosy. You'll get far more for your dollar if you avoid red roses, which are marked up outrageously around this time. If you must, try a few roses mixed with other blooms.

Try the unexpected. Spring blooms such as tulips or lilies can make a nice surprise - and remind your special someone that better weather is ahead.

Get her what she likes. If your lover likes daisies, don't try to change her mind.

Try before you buy. Some flowers are pretty when you buy them but wilt in a day. On healthy flowers, blooms should look small and tight, feel soft and have some resistance when gently pressed.

Wrap it up. Most people own vases, so spend money on good flowers instead of another glass jar. Have the flowers wrapped; they should be re-cut when you put them in water.