Are you planning the floral theme for your wedding? Alternatively, are you wondering what type of flower is most affordable at this particular moment in time? If so, it’s a good idea to take a look at seasonal bloom times. Different flowers bloom naturally in various periods of the year, which means that certain flowers will be much easier to find (and much more affordable) depending on when you shop for them.
Below, we have outlined the seasonal growth times for several popular flower varieties to help you shop more efficiently. Keep in mind that none of these lists are totally comprehensive, and flowers in season vary by month. You will also notice that some flower varieties are “in season” during more than one part of the year.
As you would expect, springtime is the peak growth time for flowers and most other flowering plants. Part of the reason that spring and summer are so popular for weddings — beyond the gorgeous weather — is the wider availability of flowers.
March marks the beginning of spring blooms in many parts of the country, though specific blooming dates depend on the date of the last frost and overall temperatures. Everyone knows and loves March’s superstar flowers — the orchid and the tulip — but the first month of spring brings plenty of other options, too, such as:
- Star magnolias
- Trout lilies
- Tree peonies
- Wild ginger
Spring is in full swing by April, bringing colorful blooms and fragrant florals along with it. Expect to find spring beauties like:
- Money plants
- Bleeding hearts
- Wild geraniums
- Dwarf crested irises
- Grape hyacinths
After all those April showers, May is the prime time for many rose types to start blooming in an array of colors. You’ll also find:
- Lilies of the Valley
- Bearded irises
- Mountain laurels
- Lamb’s ear
Spring and summer flower seasons often blend into one another. For instance, irises are a late spring or an early summer flower. Also, many of the flowers that bloom in the spring will continue to bloom throughout the summer. For instance, if you have lilies planted in your yard, you will see the first blossoms in the spring, but can expect blooms until fall.
As cool spring days begin to warm into summer temperatures, some spring bloomers stick around and join these popular June blooms:
- Foxtail lilies
- Wild blue indigo
By July, the ground is warm, days are long, and the sky is sunny — perfect for these summer favorites:
- Queen Anne’s Lace
Most summer flowers have already started blooming by the end of the season, but August brings a few stragglers with it, some of which may continue flowering through early autumn. Watch for these August flowers:
- Blazing stars
- Tube clematis
Autumn is the time of year that flower bloom cycles start to slow down. There are some holdovers from the summertime: sunflowers often continue to bloom well into the fall. If you are putting together a bouquet, you will still have plenty of options from which to choose.
September marks a transitional period for flowers, as the temperatures still reach summer highs in many states, while evenings can bring an autumn chill. Depending on where you live, you might find:
- Purple coneflowers
- Black-eyed Susans
October blooms are all about rich, decadent hues, and strong-willed flowers that withstand cold temperatures. Autumn-blooming favorites in October include:
- Autumn crocus
- Willow-leaved sunflowers
- English lavender
- Japanese honeysuckle
November flowers are a balance of hardy and delicate, balancing fall colors with late-autumn and early winter temperatures. Find your favorites among:
Flowers are a less common gift or decoration in winter than during any other season of the year. The obvious exception is poinsettia plants, which sell in the tens of millions every year as Christmas gifts or holiday decorations.
December flowers are festive and vibrant, with holiday blooms like:
- Lenten roses
- Winter’s rose camellia
- Christmas rose
January growing conditions bring frozen earth, frosty mornings and snow-covered greenery, but that doesn’t stop these flowers from making an entrance in some parts of the country:
February is the month of love, and what better way to demonstrate those feelings than with fragrant flowers in subtle hues? Enjoy these late-winter blooms:
- Yellow jessamine
- Winter jasmine
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Which flowers are in season ultimately depends on where you live and the climate. Using the lists above, you can get a general sense of the type of flowers that will be in season at any given time of year. To learn what varieties of flowers are available to you right now — or what will be available for your wedding or event — it’s a good idea to speak to a florist in your area. Your florist will have a more exact idea of when they start selling different types of flowers each year.
Ode à la Rose is your go-to destination for beautiful seasonal bouquets to purchase as gifts, décor, or for your special upcoming event. Because we obtain our flowers from all over the globe, we can always guarantee fresh, in-season blooms for any bouquet you purchase. While certain flowers like peonies and lilacs tend to be more seasonal, we also offer year-round flowers such as roses. You can check our website any time to see what’s available during a particular season.
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