Birthday Blooms: A Guide to Flowers by Month



Birthdays that fall in January are celebrated with carnations. They have beautiful and delicate blooms that are available in a number of different colors, including some that are multi-toned. These sweet flowers exude love. Both men and women will appreciate the classic beauty of the carnation.

Carnations are the traditional flower choice for boutonnieres, and have been worn for centuries as a sign of love, celebration, or remembrance. They are currently grown around the world for their beauty in flower arrangements and symbolic meanings. As small plants, carnations are the perfect floral birthday present and a lovely addition to nearly any arrangement.


February’s flower is the petite violet. These small flowers are soft and subtle and can shine brightly even without direct sunlight. Violet plants can be perennial or annual, depending on the species. They are dainty flowers that often are used as candied decorations on dessert plates; they beautify and are edible, having a mild, pleasant taste.

The traditional colors of violets are in the purple spectrum, with newer species presenting bright yellow or orange coloring. Violets symbolize steadfastness, observance, and faith. As a living token of affection, they are the perfect gift for a friend or loved one.


The friendly daffodil is March’s flower. These bright flowers are hearty, and daffodils often come up along the roadside as an indication of warmer weather just around the corner. The yellow tones are pure and contrast nicely against green stems. Other varieties feature bright white blooms with sunlit centers. The petals may be more pointed or round, but all feature a center, trumpet-shaped corona – the identifying feature of the flower.

Daffodils go by many names, including narcissus and jonquils. The flower is timeless and represents rebirth. Perfect for birthdays or celebrations of the season to come, add daffodils to a March arrangement to highlight warmth and beauty.


Daisies are the token flower of April. As cheerful as the name they impart, daisies lighten up what can sometimes feel like the cruelest month. Part of the sunflower family, they feature the same wide splayed petals around a prominent center. While common varieties are white with yellow centers, daisies can also feature pink and purple coloring.

The flowers are small, but bright and full of personality. Daisies are a symbol of innocence and can also imply the keeping of a secret. Beautiful as a supplemental flower in an arrangement or taking the starring role, daisies are a must have flower in April.


In May, expect to see lilies of the valley highlighted. The sweet flowers appear as little white bells flowing down a small stem. Against a background of encompassing and protective green leaves, the flower is deceptively beautiful since it is also poisonous. Those who choose a lily of the valley will enjoy a slight and sweet smell in addition to the stunning elegance of the flower.

Lilies of the valley represent humility and the pursuit of happiness. Perfect for almost any occasion, a lily of the valley flower is a beautiful representation of everything in May. They are also known as “Our Lady’s Tears” in reference to the Virgin Mary and as a “May lily” in France.


With summer in full force, the rose is the chosen flower of June. Available in every color imaginable, it’s the national flower of the United States. The number of varieties and meanings of roses can meet any number of occasion requirements, from well-wishing to congratulations. Of course, the rose is also a symbol of undying devotion.

Many associate roses with romantic love, but the flower can be used in a number of different settings among friends, family members, and even colleagues. Multiple roses are more appropriate for non-romantic uses. Almost everyone appreciates the beauty of an exquisite rose, and the summer time is perfect to celebrate this flower’s beauty.


The larkspur is July’s token flower. Larkspurs feature beautiful columns of blue, purple, and pink shades of blossoms. Also known as a delphinium, the larkspur flower is bold and beautiful. It represents the fullness of the season and is a great addition to floral arrangements or as an enjoyable garden flower.

Larkspurs encompass a number of different meanings based on the flower’s different coloring, but most indicate love and open heartedness. Various species of the flower may be different sizes, with some growing as tall as six feet. This July flower’s coloring is bold and can add deep or light shades to an arrangement.


August’s flower is the gladiolus. These brightly colored flowers rise up with alternating blooms on a sturdy stalk and are commonly used to add depth and balance to floral arrangements. Gladiolus varieties are colorful and can be found in almost every hue of the rainbow. Some even feature bright edges with white or light colored centers.

Gladioluses are also known as sword lilies, deriving from the Latin “gladius,” meaning sword. They can symbolize many sentiments, from honesty to obsession. There are many different varieties of gladioluses, so choosing the right one of these hardy flowers for your occasion can be a fun and exciting prospect.


The aster is the flower of September. Depending on the variety, asters feature a few splayed petals away from a protruding yellow center or many layers of small, featherlike petals. The look of the flower can mimic a daisy or a chrysanthemum. Asters grow wild in both Europe and Asia. They are cultivated around the world for use in arrangements.

Asters symbolize powerful or intense love, but can be added to highlight a flower display. Given on its own as a starry bloom when summer comes to a close could be a touching gift. The flowers are available in a number of different color varieties with blue, pinks, and whites dominating the scene.


Marigolds are the token flower of October. The plants have often been used to keep garden pests away, but as a flower, they represent contentment and love. Marigolds are indigenous to North and South America and are part of the sunflower family. The flowers are used around the world in celebrations, and certain varieties are even used in teas.

Marigolds bloom throughout the spring, summer, and fall, and are available in a number of different colors, from burnt orange to red and yellow. Similar to the carnation, marigolds are great base flowers for arrangements in October and throughout the fall season.


November’s flower is the chrysanthemum. The bloom features numerous layers of petals enveloping a pollen filled center. The flowers are used in a number of complex and exquisite arrangements by horticulturists. Surprisingly, they are also used around the world as an insecticide and are often an ingredient in some Asian drinks.

Chrysanthemum’s symbolize purity in love and are available in shades of reds and yellows. Some varieties feature petals that rise up around the center of the flower to create the illusion of a textured sphere. Due to their strength and beauty, these hardy flowers are ideal for fall, Thanksgiving arrangements, or autumn birthdays.


The last month of the year is represented florally by the narcissus. Narcissus are also known as daffodils and jonquils. December breeds tend to eschew the bright yellow spring variety in favor of a delicate white bloom with a fiery red and yellow center.

Narcissus flowers represent acceptance of a significant other. Derived from the Greek myth of a man who fell in love with his own image, the flower grows as a volunteer in many areas, and can also be successfully cultivated. Choose the narcissus in December when traditional poinsettias and holly just can’t express your feelings adequately.



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