Christopher Baker

Using fresh flowers that are in season for wedding bouquets and decorations is the most economical choice -- and often the most beautiful. The following guide lists the seasonal availability of suitable flowers in different regions of the United States.

Spring

East

Cherry blossom, columbine, dogwood, hyacinth, lilac, lily of the valley, mophead hydrangea, pear, peony, tulip

Midwest

Cherry blossom, crab-apple blossom, daffodil, forsythia, lilac, lily of the valley, peony, tulip, viburnum

West

Freesia, lily of the valley, pansy, poppy, ranunculus, rose, tulip, violet

South

Dogwood, forsythia, foxglove, herbs, larkspur, magnolia, peach, pear, plum, rose, spirea, sweet pea, tulip, viburnum, wisteria

Summer

East

Asiatic lily, black-eyed Susan, cosmos, delphinium, larkspur, pee gee hydrangea, rose, sunflower, zinnia

Midwest

Clematis, cosmos, cockscomb, daisy, garden roses, hydrangea, rudbeckia, sunflower, viburnum, zinnia

West

Begonia, delphinium, gardenia, hydrangea, pansy, poppy, rose, violet

South

Aster, cosmos pee gee hydrangea, plumbago, rose, rosemary, sunflower, zinnia

Fall

East

Amaryllis, bittersweet, crab apple, hydrangea, ornamental berries, rose, sugar maple, sunflower

Midwest

Autumn foliage, crab apple, dahlia, ornamental berries, rose hip, rose, scabiosa

West

Chrysanthemum, cosmos, coreopsis, Gerber daisy, hydrangea, lisianthius, pomegranate, rose, rose hip

South

Bittersweet, galax, hydrangea, ornamental berries, rose, salvia, sassafras, sumac

Winter

East

Dried flowers, evergreens, forced bulbs, ornamental berries, seedpods

Midwest

Dried flowers, evergreens, forced bulbs, ornamental berries, seedpods

West

Acacia, evergreens, forsythia, fruit blossoms, paper-whites, seeded eucalyptus, tulip

South

Evergreens, hydrangea, rose

Seasonless (All Regions)

Anemone, Arianrose, calla lily, Casablanca lily, Champagne rose, forced bulbs, freesia, gardenia, ivies, lily of the valley, Message rose, ranunculus, Sarracenia (pitcher plant), Stargazer lily, stephanotis, vines, Virginia rose, white dendrobium orchid

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Comments (2)

Anonymous
March 9, 2011
It's great to have a simple list of what is in season and what's not. I like the cherry blossoms idea. They are unique and simple. They also smell wonderful! So much to think about!Wedding flowers are such a big and necessary part of the wedding. Thank you for this article!
Anonymous
October 16, 2009
When planning your wedding flowers you must consider them to be the bride's arrangements, reflecting the spirit of her life's happiest day. From bouquets to decorations and wedding reception flowers. Many flowers are available anytime... Thanks for great ideas! http://www.mayweddingflowers.com/white-wedding-flower