With it officially being spring, I am often asked what flowers are in season. With so many varieties being available year-round, courtesy of growing seasons around the world and airplanes, seasonality is really quite obsolete. Of course, there are a handful of exceptions (ahem, gorgeous peonies in January) but realistically most items are technically available. All of that to say, just because an item is available it does not mean we, as floral designers, can get our hands on them for your exact date. Below I’m going to mention a few varieties that are Spring flower safe bets but first I want to explain WHY you might not be able to get a certain variety for your event. First, we typically order our flowers around the 30 day out mark. This gives us time to make adjustments if our wholesaler(s) says something isn’t available and to help ensure we have “first dibs” on a low stock product. As the event approaches, sometimes we receive phone calls (often just 24-48 hours) prior to delivery that a product came in damaged, not up to our standards, the wrong color, was held up in custom or simply their distributer over committed and wasn’t able to provide the product. In these scenarios we do what we can to try to obtain the product from another source. However, sometimes these situations cannot be avoided. That’s when it’s our job to make the best substitutions available and roll with it!
Another good thing to note is that just because a product is available off season, doesn’t mean it is going to be at its best AND it is probably going to be much more expensive than if it was in season. Above I noted that gorgeous peonies in January are hard to find. True story. I might be able to get a peony in January but a gorgeous one – I wouldn’t bet on it. Occasionally, I get lucky for a shoot or a special event but as a rule of thumb, peonies in the winter aren’t happening.
Here are a few of my personal favorites that ARE happening in the spring:
Daffodils – This flower really just doesn’t get the glory it deserves! So many amazing heirloom varieties that aren’t just plain yellow are available and I highly recommend considering them for some of your flower needs.
Freesia – These ladies come in practically every color and help provide a varying shape/design element.
Peony – yep! THIS is when you can score those beauties. While they are not inexpensive, they are worth every penny. These gals are truly show stopping beauties.
Poppy – The shape of these pretty dancers is something you cannot achieve anywhere else. They too come in a variety of spring colors and work incredibly well with most designs.
Happy flower shopping!