I don’t know about you, but fresh flowers give me a major pick-me-up no matter what happens to be going on in my life. That’s the exact reason when someone close is celebrating a special occasion (or going through a tough time, for that matter), I like to rely on the best flower delivery services around. The thing is, I’m a little picky when it comes to giving someone a bouquet—I oftentimes will go to a bodega down the street and handpick a few stalks that they expertly arrange and tie together with that signature parchment wrapping paper.
But when I’m not able to go in person—or am running short on time—I need a place that will send something to family or friends that resembles what I’ve pictured in my head (and that steers clear of tacky multicolored roses and baby’s breath, too). Nowadays, there are such things as rotating seasonal arrangements, locally-sourced blooms, and even succulent alternatives for all the plant lovers out there. Below, let us break down the nine best flower delivery services out there so you never have to send an arrangement you aren’t in love with ever again.
If you’re looking for a custom-designed arrangement when you’re short on time, Sprout Home should be your go-to. The florist shop (and terrarium expert) is located in Chicago and Brooklyn and boasts the simplest (read: hard to mess up) online flower delivery order form. You’ll explain your budget, the potential flowers you’d like included, and you can reference inspiration from the company’s book, but you won’t be getting a re-creation. You’ll hear from your designer within 24 hours to ensure you’ll be sending someone special the bouquet of your (and their) dreams.
Delivers to: Spots local to Chicago and Brooklyn
Cost: $50 minimum for delivery
We’re Eyeing: The Number 16 for inspiration
We’ve been pretty big fans of Bloom That for a while—just catching sight of a bouquet wrapped in its signature (recycled) burlap puts a smile on our faces. The farmers it uses provide responsibly grown flowers, plus you’ll only see a curated selection of blooms each week for seasonality reasons. Now, it has branched out to include wreaths, succulents, plants, and gift baskets, which is an impressive selection.
Delivering to: Coast to coast; same-day delivery in NYC, L.A., and the Bay Area
Cost: From $34 per bunch
We’re Eyeing: The Glow and Behold
The Petal Workshop
West Hollywood floral studio owner Matthew Heron doesn’t just make bouquets—he creates arrangements he’s dubbed “statement pieces,” and boy, are they eye-catching. Each whimsical piece has not only designer blooms but high-end details as well (think ceramic vases, leaf-wrapped stems). Even though the price point is higher than traditional florals, they’re serious works of art—the five-star reviews say it all.
Delivers to: Los Angeles and the surrounding area
Cost: From $125
We’re Eyeing: The Giving Them the Royal Treatment Arrangement
Do you have any friends who love plants? We sure do. Rather than receiving a bouquet, they’d prefer a succulent or other greenery. That’s where NYC-based potted plant specialists The Sill come in handy. You can choose from an assortment of single plants or collections, and you can even customize the color of the pots. The company is also super upfront about the care needed and which type of environment will help the plants thrive. The team will also send you another plant if it doesn’t make it to 30 days (we’re impressed).
Delivers to: 48 contiguous states (some products are NYC-exclusive)
Cost: From $7 per plant; delivery is extra
We’re Eyeing: The Miniature Succulent Assortment
Wild Vase founder and creative director Alice Goldsmith may have grown up in Malibu Canyon, but she also finds inspiration in her childhood summers with her grandmother in England. Her stunning floral arrangements and greenery are the perfect blend of both locales, often airy and as the company calls them, “full of motion.” Its specialty? Seasonal, local, and organic flowers that are lovingly made in the brand’s Silverlake studio. Of note: There’s a small selection of blooms ready to go on the website, but you can also call or email for custom orders.
Delivers to: Los Angeles
Cost: From $45
We’re Eyeing: The Bouquet in Butcher Paper
The Bouqs Co
The Bouqs Co. is all about farm-fresh blooms—right now it even offers bouquets made from volcano flowers from Ecuador (how cool). Other than supporting sustainable farmers, it has an impressive selection at any given time—right now it also has gorgeous seasonal accents like garlands of greens and wreaths. Plus, it has made searching a cinch because there’s a drop-down menu by bloom, from lilies to ranunculus.
Delivers to: All 50 states
Cost: From $36
We’re Eyeing: The Exquisite
Emily Thompson Flowers
If you want to feel like you’re at a garden party, Emily Thompson Flowers in Manhattan’s Historic Seaport should be top of the list. Each lush, custom arrangement—no two are the same—has little extras like berry sprigs or a pop of perfectly placed unique greenery. It also happens to be perfect for holiday centerpieces (hint, hint).
Delivers to: Manhattan and Brooklyn
Cost: From $95
We’re Eyeing: The Large Arrangements for maximum impact
We originally became acquainted with Urban Stems when we saw its metallic dinosaur potted plants, but its responsibly grown blooms are just as eye-catching. You can opt for a selection of seasonal bouquets in a vase or bunches (order a “double” if you like an extra-full arrangement). Every item is delivered for free with a custom hydration pack so the stems stay fresh. What’s more? It snaps a photo upon delivery so you know when your blooms have arrived.
Delivers to: NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Austin, and Washington, D.C.
Cost: From $35 per bunch
We’re Eyeing: The Jackie
Putnam & Putnam
This New York City Lower East Side floral design studio is all about artistic expression. In fact, founders and husband duo Darroch and Michael Putnam started out in interior design and photography (fun fact: They fell in love at Trader Joe’s). Their bold-yet-beautiful statement-making blooms—often with stems of varying heights—are favorites among the fashion crowd. Now you can even send their custom candles along with your blooms.
Delivers to: Manhattan
Cost: From $88
We’re Eyeing: The Gesture
Up next: How to care for your flowers this spring.
This story was originally published on November 19, 2017, and has since been updated.