Kesler at Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Varieties Competition in 2012.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it should come as no surprise red roses are the most popular flower for the holiday. I love how Louis Armstrong shared his love for the classic beauty of red roses in the 1967 recording of “What a Wonderful World.” You know the lyrics:

I see trees of green … red roses, too
I see em bloom … for me and for you
And I think to myself… what a wonderful world.

Yes, red roses are a holiday favorite, and yes, a vase of red roses is classically beautiful, but I wonder if Louis ever imagined red roses as tall as he is?

There are various renditions of “What a Wonderful World,” and there are many, many, many more “versions” of the rose. Red is just the beginning. Roses come in orange, yellow, white, purple, pink, peach, green, mocha, bi-color and rainbow, too.

Rainbow Roses

You can personalize your Valentine’s Day gift by matching your sweetheart’s personality to flowers. It’s easy. Here, I can show you how by pairing the personality exhibited in notable versions of the “What a Wonderful World” song to a different Valentine’s Day rose.

First up, the Hawaiian ukulele version of “What a Wonderful World” recorded in 1993 by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole sung to the tune of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” it just begs for a vase full of the fun rainbow roses. Call your florist early to order these gems. The technology to dye each and every petal is new, and supply is limited. Your floral gift will certainly stand out from the others if it includes the coveted rainbow rose.

‘Ivanhoe’ Rose

“What a Wonderful World” in 2002 got a punk rock interpretation from Joey Ramone. This calls for something edgy. Don’t think of roses as edgy? Then you haven’t seen the brand new and exotic rose called ‘Ivanhoe’. It’s wild.

‘Sunset’ Garden Rose

Or how about a spicy, fun orange variety to help them feel the heat?

Pink Rose

How about returning to romance with the 2007 recording by Katie Melua & Eva Cassidy. This soft and lyrical version is the perfect match to pink roses. And there are many tints, tones and shades of pink.

What better way to say “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day than with a personalized vase of beautiful roses? Pick your color, pick your vase (pick your song, too!) and don’t be afraid to break away from the standard. With a little thought, preparation and an early call to your local florist, you’ll soon be singing your own version of “What a Wonderful World.”

Of all the beautiful roses, what is your favorite?