Floral Seasons Unveiled: Get to Know Flowers for Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Just like fruits and vegetables, flowers have their own blooming periods that determine when they are at the peak of their growth. Understanding which plants are early-flowering and late-blooming can enable aspiring florists and enthusiastic gardeners to bring diversity and color to their creations. Invite lushness to your bouquet, garden, and living space with seasonal blooms for spring, summer, autumn, and winter! From saccharine sweet peas, radiant marigolds, wild and whimsical daisies, to ethereal amaryllises, Dawn Q compiles the ultimate flower list for the year’s four seasons.
Low maintenance they may be but hyacinths are as fleeting as they are stunning. Blooming only once yearly, these ephemeral flowers are accompanied by richly-colored florets in shades of white, pink, lavender, and blue, as well as an intoxicating floral perfume punctuated with green and balsamic notes.
Primrose, bearing the botanical name Primula, aptly captures the essence of “the first”. Among the first blossoms to rise up during springtime, these perennial woodland clusters can emerge as early as January and stay until the end of fall. They exist in a rainbow of colors, including bicolored and tricolored varieties.
3. Sweet Pea
We all have favorites and sweet pea happens to be a favorite of all too many of us. Prized by innumerable horticulturists, perfumers, and even event planners, sweet pea flowers are characterized by their unmistakable saccharine and uplifting sweetness, perfectly complemented by their charmingly romantic appearance. With their tendrils, these climbing plants can scale over six feet, all while bearing pink and delicate butterfly-shaped flowers.
Who could resist tulips? With single stems that ascend to a crescendo of saturated and perfectly symmetrical flowers, tulips embody the softness, cheerfulness, and friendly nature that stands as a quintessence of the season. Despite being pervasively grown and used worldwide, these delicate blooms are actually wildflowers hailing from Central Asia. It’s fascinating to note that, while now representative of Dutch landscapes, tulips underwent a transformative surge in popularity key to the first recorded economic bubble in history.
5. Lily of the Valley
A harbinger of spring, lilies of the valley are elegant plants recognized by their arching stems and campanulate flowers. Though beautiful and sweet-scented, all parts of the plant are poisonous to humans and pets. The flowers develop into small, red to orange-red berries after blooming, which usually occurs for about three to four weeks.
Nothing could be more delightful than a field of endearing, almost silly-looking sunflowers, joyfully soaking up the sun’s radiant warmth. Sunflowers bloom from summer into autumn, giving us ample time to immerse ourselves in their unbridled vibrancy and beauty.
Peonies may only bloom for less than two weeks each time, but they sure make an enduring and unforgettable impression. Naturally blooming in early summer, these easy-growing buds personify bashfulness, adding a playful touch to hand-tied bouquets worldwide year-round.
Cosmos are daisy-like flowers cloaked in bright hues of white, purple, pink, red, and orange that begin their inflorescence from early to mid summer. Frequently found in wildflower mixes, the magnetic presence of cosmos attracts masses of pollinators – the lifeblood of summer – such as bees, butterflies, and various bird species.
A close relative of zinnias, another spring flower, marigolds flourish in warm climates and can achieve remarkable bloom in full sun and rich soil. However, these resilient flowers are also surprisingly adaptable, and can endure diverse environmental conditions including intense heat, humidity and varying soil conditions.
Synonymous with Mother’s Day, the carnation is a herbaceous perennial plant that poignantly encapsulates one’s profound, enduring and selfless love. Catch the national flower of Spain, Monaco and Slovenia during summertime, as its fringe-petaled blossoms burst open in abundant displays of deep, pastel and creamy tones.
The grassland plant’s petite and simplistic floral design has become intricately linked with a feeling of purity and innocence. Amidst the autumnal palette of pumpkin, hazel, and mustard hues, daisies present a charming spectacle, decorating the final days of early fall with their yellow central disks and white petals.
Who knew roses had a favorite season? Even though we see these sophisticated blossoms year-round, it is said that fall is an ideal period for roses’ rich colors and bountiful blooms. During this time, their fragrance intensifies, filling your garden with a captivating blend of fruity and spicy notes.
Strawflowers boast an enchanting alias that accurately depicts their nature: the golden everlasting. Native to Australia, these dense and undemanding bushes bloom into frost, showering landscapes with a cascade of vibrant and persistent blossoms.
Chrysanthemums are available in both early- and late-flowering varieties but typically bloom from early autumn onwards. As one the most popular fall flowers, chrysanthemums are among the easiest perennials to grow with rewarding blooms that carry a subtle and earthy sweetness.
These evergreen plants maintain their foliage throughout the seasons but put on a spectacular scene until the arrival of the first frost. An absolute showstopper, celosia has multicolored, feathery plumes that are coral-like in appearance, and can grow to over three feet tall, complemented by green or bronze-tinted leaves.
Camellias are often integrated into gardens to inject lively bloom during the harshness of winter. With their symmetrical, multilayered, and large petals, camellias are also known as the winter’s rose, making the rosette all the more intriguing and enchanting.
The iris, a genus of flowering plants with over 300 species, is celebrated for its extravagant presence. Featuring erect inner petals known as standards, gracefully drooping outer petals called falls, and a distinctive fuzzy structure at the center known as a beard, the allure of irises is strengthened with particular splendor in winter. So remarkable is their beauty, that it is believed that these mythical flowers were named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow!
Daffodils offer a rich array of varieties that create magical scenes in both outdoor gardens and containers. Adopt the spellbinding silhouette of trumpet daffodils with their classic trumpet-shaped central corona, or take pleasure in the delicate charm of small-cupped daffodils, where petals and cups playfully contrast. Either way, the daffodil season guarantees that year-end holidays are always filled with color and opulent narcissus fragrance.
The amaryllis, a highly cultivated flowering bulb, is cherished for its stunning aesthetic. Remarkably robust, these charming blooms thrive in cool and confined environments. At full growth, amaryllises unfurl in vibrant hues of red, white, pink, and orange, their colors splayed across generously proportioned petals, exuding a natural and welcoming grandeur amid winter landscapes.
5. Pussy Willow
Symbolizing growth and abundance, pussy willows are a common sight at Lunar New Year fairs and celebrations. These dense, soft and fuzzy catkins emerge and brave through winter into spring, infusing the tradition with compatible botanical significance.
As we undergo one cycle of nature to the next, flowers not only indulge our senses but also serve as tangible reminders of the beauty that exists in the passage of time. Getting to know the blooming periods of various flora species, botanical enthusiasts can find inspiration in adopting and staggering their flower choices to cultivate a garden of perpetual and prodigious bloom from spring through summer, to autumn, and winter.
Embrace the diversity of flowers with us at Dawn Q, where a plethora of fresh and preserved blooms grace our selection, ready to elevate your occasions, express your sentiments, and add lushness to your spaces with timeless elegance.