Wondering what blooms are in season on your special day? We’ve created a handy seasonal guide to help you get started!
Astilbe- Lucky you! Astilbe is generally available most of the year, with limited availability in the cold winter months like December and January.
Dahlias– Once the first frost hits, these showy flowers are sadly no longer in their prime, so their season really depends on the autumn and winter our farmers have. They are generally available in the fall, from late August to early November, but we have been lucky enough in the past to obtain them in the springtime (for a pretty penny!)
Cosmos- Showy white cosmos are generally accessible from June to September with limited availability. However, if dark and moody is more your thing, you’re in luck! The smaller chocolate cosmos is usually available throughout the year with the exception of May and June.
Crocosmia- This fiery show-stopper blooms in the hot months of June, July, and August.
Cymbidium Orchid- These tropical beauties are available throughout the year with the exception of the summer months of June through September. With large, hardy blooms and thick stems, Cymbids are one of the most expensive orchids.
Forsythia- This vibrant blooming branch shows its colors around the country from January to May, with limited availability later in the season.
Foxglove– This lucious harbinger of spring is generally available in April, May, and June.
Hellebore- A Late bloomer, hellebore is typically available from november to April, enjoying the cooler weather of winter and early spring.
Hyacinth- Sweet smelling in pastel colors, the hyacinth has a short season mid to late spring. Grape hyacinth, known as muscari, also has a short bloom time, making these sweeties all the more coveted.
Lavender-Fresh lavender is available late spring into early summer, while preserved or dried lavender is available year round.
Lily of the valley-The Lily of the Valley is sought-after for good reason– ist has a short season of only a few weeks! We can get Lily of the Valley during the month of May before she says goodbye until next spring.
Nigella– This dainty “love in a mist” flower is usually available in the summer months from June through September.
Peonies- Everyone’s favorites! We love this large bloom and are so sad that they have such a short season. Peonies are available from late April to early June. Lucky for us, they are sometimes available again from late October to early December–These winter beauties come all the way from New Zealand and are usually triple the price than those grown in North American spring.
Poppies– This fragile fluttering flower is available in the spring from March to May, and typically has a short vase life. The delicate petals are easily damaged, making them difficult to work with for events. Nonetheless, they remain a crowd favorite during the spring months they are available.
Protea(blushing bride)– The coveted blushing bride protea is typically available the second half of the year from June to October, and boasts a high price tag later in the season.
Viburnum berries- These spunky berries are available in the fall months, boasting green berries in August, and dark blue berries from September to early October.
Safflower- This festive fall favorite is available from June to November.
Strawflower- Bright and sunny, these long lasting cuties are generally available late July through October.
Sweet peas– These sweet-smelling stems are usually available throughout the year, with the exception of the frigid months of December and January. Availability is often limited during the winter season.
Smilax- This favorite organic green vine, perfect for installations and large-scale designs, is available most of the year. However, for a couple of months in the spring-April, May, and June- Smilax growth is too fresh and will not hold up out of water. Not to worry, we’ve got plenty of substitutions to make your spring-time installations lush and green!
Zinnia- Bright and cheery, the zinnia is grown locally from June to September.
Don’t see your favorite bloom? Fear not! Here are some reliable favorites that we can get all year round:
- Bird of Paradise
- Calla Lily
- Dried/Preserved florals (Pampas grass, Bunny tail, Sun spear, etc)
- Garden roses
- Phalaenopsis orchid
- Pincushion Protea
- Scabiosa (scoop)
- Spray roses
As with anything, this guide is not completely foolproof, as availability may vary due to climate, country of origin, particular growers, and a myriad of other factors. We are always eager to discuss our favorite florals and their prime seasons. If you don’t see your favorite flower, please give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to talk about seasonal availability!