Match Your Wedding Flowers to the Season

June 5, 2015. Written by

Seasonal wedding flowers tend to be better value and more available than flowers not in season. Check our list of flowers by their season to find out what’s in bloom on your big day.

Wedding flowers by The Bespoke Florist | Confetti.co.uk

Wedding flowers by The Bespoke Florist

Seasonal Wedding Flowers List

Although flowers can be imported or grown in greenhouses to help make certain types available all year round, the price and availability of flowers does change throughout the year. Seasonal flowers are cheaper and easier to find, making them the better option for many brides.

Spring

Agapanthus – large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.
Anemone – delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium — waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Aster — daisy-like flowers on upright stems.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.

Calla Lily — Striking lilies. Available in white and other colours. Not all colours are available throughout the year.

Black and gold opulance range of table decorations | Confetti.co.uk

Black and gold opulance range of table decorations

The Calla Lily has become a classic bridal flower in recent years as it makes a strong statement with its clean lines, long stems and pretty bell-shaped flowers. The Calla Lily can be held as a single stem or a bunch as you walk down the aisle and can be used to create stunning and shapely table decorations.

Carnation — long lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cherry Blossom — delicate blossom – perfect for weddings.
Cornflower — usually available in blue, but other colours can be found.
Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Cymbidium orchid — striking orchids, up to 12 flowers on each stem.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes
Forget-me-not — tiny blue flowers on short stems.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Genista — masses of tiny flowers on straight stems.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gloriosa — bright yellow and cerise, dramatic flower.
Heliconia — tropical flower.
Hyacinth — beautifully scented and various colours.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Lily of the valley — tiny bell-shaped flowers. Can be very expensive.
Lisianthus — popular and available in various colours.
Muscari (grape hyacinth)
Narcissus — spring-like. Also known as daffodil.
Nigella — also known as ‘love in the mist’. Delicate, papery flowers.
Oncidium Orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large flower, perfect for a wedding bouquet.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Ranunculus — delicate, papery flowers. Wonderful for romantic weddings.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Make wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.
Sweet pea — short lived. Wonderful colours and scents.
Sweet William — country garden flowers
Tulip — a very popular cut flower with many different varieties.

Summer

Agapanthus — large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.
Alchemilla — common garden flower with tiny yellow/green flowers.
Anthurium — exotic, waxy looking flowers.
Aster — also known as a Michaelmas Daisy. Daisy-like flowers.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Carnation — long lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cattelya orchid — large, brightly-coloured orchid.
Celosia — crinkled flowers. Different varieties are available.
Cornflower — usually available in blue, but other colours can be found.
Crysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Dahlia — dramatic round flowers.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes.

Delphinium petals | Confetti.co.uk

Delphinium petals | Confetti.co.uk

Delphiniums are striking wedding flowers with their long, floral stems that can be incorporated, with other blooms of different shapes, into a spray or teardrop style bouquet. The petals make perfect natural confetti to throw over the happy couple or to decorate the reception tables.

Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gypsophila — tiny white flowers. Perfect as a filler or used on its own.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lavender — Fantastic scent. Perfect for a country celebration with a lilac theme.

Lavender table decorations at Marina and Gary's lavender themed Real Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

Lavender table decorations at Marina and Gary’s lavender themed Real Wedding

Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Marigold — daisy-like flower.
Mint — mint has a wonderful scent and a feathery flower.
Nerine — clusters of delicate flowers.
Nigella — also known as ‘love in the mist’. Delicate, papery flowers.
Oncidium orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Peony — soft, papery, large flower. Available in May and June.

Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.

Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Make wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.
Sweet pea — short-lived. Wonderful colours and scents.
Zinnia — a similar flower to a dahlia.

Flowers by Drake Algar Florists mix | Confetti.co.uk

Flowers for every season by Drake Algar Florists

Autumn

Acacia — also known as Mimosa. Tiny yellow flowers.
Alstroemeria — also known as a Peruvian Lily. Popular and long lasting.
Amaryllis — large, trumpet-shaped flowers.
Anemone — delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium — waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Aster — also known as a Michaelmas Daisy. Daisy-like flowers.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Calla Lily — Striking lilies. Available in white and other colours. Not all colours are available throughout the year.
Carnation — long-lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cattleya orchid — large, brightly coloured orchids.
Celosia — crinkled flowers. Different varieties are available.
Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Cymbidium orchid — striking, with many flowers on each stem.
Dahlia — dramatic round flowers.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes.
Echinops — globe-shaped, prickly blue flower.
Euphorbia — curving stems with a lot of tiny flowers. Various colours.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gladiolus — traditional flower used in large arrangements. Miniature varieties are also available.
Gloriosa — dramatic yellow and cerise flower. A type of lily.
Gypsophila — tiny white flowers. Perfect as a filler or used on its own.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.

Pale pink hydrangea flowers by The Bespoke Florist

Pale pink hydrangea flowers by The Bespoke Florist

Hydrangeas, with their distinctive, pretty, densely covered spherical heads of petals make ideal flowers for decorating large areas of your venue and can look stunning in bouquets and as table centrepieces.

Hypericum — the berries are a popular autumnal filler.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lilac — popular with a lovely, strong scent.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Lisianthus — popular and available in various colours.
Marigold — daisy-like flower.
Nerine — clusters of delicate flowers.
Oncidium orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Makes wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.

Flowers in rustic flame by Drake Algar Florists | Confetti.co.uk

Flowers in rustic flame by Drake Algar Florists

Winter

Agapanthus — large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.
Amaryllis — large, trumpet shaped flowers.
Anemone — delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium — waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.

Red winter bouquet by Drake  Florists | Confetti.co.uk

Red winter bouquet by Drake Algar Florists

Bouvardia makes a romantic addition to the stunning red rose, its tiny unusually shaped flowers being the perfect winter wedding complement to a striking red bouquet.

Calla Lily — Striking lilies. Available in white and other colours. Not all colours are available throughout the year.
Carnation — long-lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.

Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.

Cymbidium orchid — striking orchids, up to 12 flowers on each stem.
Euphorbia — curved stems with lots of tiny flowers.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gloriosa — bright yellow and cerise, dramatic flower.
Hyacinth — beautifully scented and various colours.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lilac — popular with a lovely, strong scent.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year but not in all colours.
Lisianthus — popular and available in various colours.
Muscari — tiny clusters of blue flowers. Also known as grape hyacinth.
Narcissus — spring-like. Also known as daffodil.
Peony — wonderful flower. Can be found in November.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.
Tulip — a very popular cut flower with many different varieties.

Church door flowers by The Bespoke Florist | Confetti.co.uk

Church door flowers by The Bespoke Florist

Find your local wedding florists in the directory, and get help and advice in the Confetti forums.

This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti’s Features Editor and a wedding expert with over 12 years' experience. Kate writes regular features for Confetti and the national press and wedding media. She has appeared on BBC TV and radio and been the expert on live web chats and podcasts.  

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