Flower arrangement would be a breeze if you know what flowers to use in your design. The change of season makes flowers come and go, thus, it would be best to know what flowers bloom and what flowers wither in each type of season in a year. This guide will lead you to know the favorite flowers used by florists around the world and what specific time of the year you can find them in floral shops. This will also help in knowing what flowers to plant in your garden during specific seasons.

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Alstroemeria is also known as Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily. It symbolizes prosperity, wealth, fortune, and friendship. It is a cut flower that blooms every late spring or early summer and can last for two weeks.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is also known as Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily. It symbolizes prosperity, wealth, fortune, and friendship. It is a cut flower that blooms every late spring or early summer and can last for two weeks. It can be found in the mountains of Andes in South America.

Kingdom: Plantae
Super Division: Spermatophyta
Division: Magnoliaphyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Alstroemeriaceae
Genus: Alstroemeria
Amaryllis is a flowering bulb that usually blooms during winter. It produced huge, bell-shaped, spectacular flowers, which starts to rival poinsettia as the holiday flower. It is long-lived and easy to grow and force.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a flowering bulb that usually blooms during winter. It produced huge, bell-shaped, spectacular flowers, which starts to rival poinsettia as the holiday flower. It is long-lived and easy to grow and force. It can be found in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Lilliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Genus: Amaryllis
Species: Belladonna
from the Greek word “anemos”, which means wind - the reason why it’s also called windflower. It usually blooms during spring and fall. It is a low growing plant and poisonous if ingested.

Anemone

Anemone came from the Greek word “anemos”, which means wind - the reason why it’s also called windflower. It usually blooms during spring and fall. It is a low growing plant and poisonous if ingested. It can be found in some of the European countries, in Japan, and North America.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Anemone

Anthurium

Anthurium is also called Painted Tongue, Tail Flower or Flamingo Flower. It is usually a houseplant and a landscaping plant. It is a native to the American tropics such as Mexico and Argentina and the countries in between as well as Uruguay.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Anthurium

Aster

Aster came from the Latin word “star”, which aptly describe the flower’s look. It usually blooms during autumn. New England Aster, however, blooms in late summer. It can be found wildly in Southern Europe and North America. 

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Aster

Baby's Breath

Baby’s Breath is an annual flower that is easy to grow but very short-lived. It is the most commonly used flower in bouquets and flower arrangements. It has a vase life of 7 to 10 days. It is very popular in bouquets. flower vases and corsages as an accent and a dried flower. It can be found mostly in Eastern and Central Europe.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Gypsophila
Species: paniculata

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise is also known as Crane flower. It is an exotic flower and a popular houseplant. It is closely related to bananas. It blooms from September through May and can be mostly found in South Africa.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Strelitziaceae
Genus: Strelitzia

Carnation

Carnation comes from the Greek word “dios”, which refers to the god Zeus, and “anthos”, which means flower. It symbolizes affection, health, energy, fascination, and love. Its most common kinds are the perpetual-flowering carnations, border carnations, and annual carnations. It is mostly found in Eurasia and wildly grow in Australia.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Dianthus

Cattail

Cattail is a perennial aquatic plant that commonly grows in large marshes, rice fields, irrigation canals, drainage ditches, and pond’s edges. It can be mostly found in Europe and North America.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division:  Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Typhales
Family: Typhaceae
Genus: Typha

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum comes from the Greek word “chrys”, which means golden, and “anthemon”, which means flower. It is also called mum or chrysanth and usually blooms during fall. It is a tropical flower that originally grew in Eurasia.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: chrysanthemum
Species: morifolii

Daffodil

Daffodil is also known as Jonquil or Narcissus. It symbolizes friendship and blooms during spring. It can be found mostly in places with moderate climates and is a native of Iberian Peninsula, North America and Middle East.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Lilliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Genus: Narcissus

Larkspur

Larkspur was also known as Lark’s Claw, Lark’s Heel or Knight’s Spur. It symbolizes open heart and strong romantic feelings and blooms early in spring through the late summer. During the Victorian era, it was the most popular gift flower.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Delphinium

Iris

Iris means rainbow. It is the flower of the Greek goddess of love known as Iris, thus the name. It is a spring flower that symbolizes eloquence . It grows where there is a temperate climate in deserts, swamps, and cold north.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Iris

Hydrangea

Hydrangea is a well-known garden shrub that usually blooms in autumn and is considered as Grandmother's old-time flower. It is native to south and east Asia and America.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Cornales
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Genus: Hydrangea

Hyacinth

Hyacinth is a flowering bulb that is usually planted during fall and blooms in spring. It is favored for its intoxicating smell or sweet fragrance. It is mostly found in Africa and the Mediterranean region.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Hyacinthus

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel is a shrub flower that blooms between May and June. Although they look spectacular, they can be poisonous when ingested. It is a native of America and was brought to Europe in 18th century.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Kalmia
Species: latifolia

Gladiolus

Gladiolus is also called the Sword Lily or Corn Lily. It is a classic cut flower that grows during summer. This can be most commonly found in Asia, South Africa, tropical Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean.

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Ixioideae
Tribe: Ixieae
Genus: Gladiolus

Dianthus

Dianthus can be annual, biennial or perennial. It is most commonly used as a border, a potted display, or alpine trough. It is native to Asia and Europe and some extending to the south and north Africa.
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Dianthus L.

Daisy

Daisy is one of the most famous wildflowers in the world. The English Daisy symbolizes children and innocence as well as new beginnings. Its leaves are edible and can be added to salads. It is native to the central and north Europe.

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Anthophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Bellis

Lilac

Lilac is a spring shrub flower. It is the favorite of flower enthusiasts and can bloom for up to six weeks. However, lilacs only bloom a couple of weeks during spring. Lilacs were popular in New England and was grown in many places across the globe. But, Rochester, New York is considered as the Lilac capital.

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Genus: Syringa
Species: S. vulgaris


Magnolia

Magnolia is the official state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana. While Houston is called "The Magnolia City" for its numerous magnolias along the Buffalo Bayou. It is  an ancient flowering tree found commonly in Central and North America and West Indies. They are known for their capability to cure anxiety and angiogenesis.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia

Orchid

Orchid grows anchored to trees or shrubs. It is a perennial epiphyte and is commonly found in the tropics and subtropics. Perfumers analyze its scents to identify new fragrance chemicals.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Sub-class: Liliidaea
Order: Orchidales
Family: Orchidaceae

Peony

Peony is China’s traditional floral symbol, Indiana’s state flower, and the symbolic flower for every 12th wedding anniversary. It blooms during late spring and early summer and known to be the flower of honor and riches.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Sub-class: Dilleniidae
Order: Dillendiales
Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia L.

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace or Daucus carota originated in Europe and is a native wildflower herb. It belongs to the carrot family and is also known as Wild Carrot. It is also a native to Southwest Asia and can be found in Australia and North America.

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Daucus
Species: D. carota

Rose

Rose came from the Latin word Rosa and is symbolic of beauty, love, politics, and war. It is a perennial flowering shrub that can best be planted during November. Most roses are native to Asia while some are natives to North America, Europe, and Northwest Africa.

Domain: Eukaryote
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Rosoideae
Genus: Rosa
L.

Snapdragon

Snapdragon is an outstanding cut flower. It belongs to the figwort family and is also called as the dragon flower. It grows easily during the cooler seasons. It is native to the rocky areas of North Africa, United States, and Europe. Snapdragon has very interesting seeds called skulls because they literally look like tiny skulls.

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Tribe: Antirrhineae
Genus: Antirrhinum
L.

Statice

Statice is a long-lasting annual. Some of its species have an offensive odor, but it is most popularly used as a filler in bouquets and as a dried flower. It is also called Limonium, Latifolia and Sea Lavender. They bloom during spring and summer.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Genus: Limonium

Stock

Stock is an annual and a great cut flower. It is low-branching herb, a sweet smelling flower and known for its medicinal purposes. It blooms during spring and fall and is native to Southwest Greece and South Albania such as the Mediterranean region.

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Capparales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Malcolmia
Species: Malcolmia maritima

Sunflower

Sunflowers are an annual plant that have big, daisy-like flower faces of bright yellow petals with brown centers that ripen into heavy heads and an important source of food. The sunflower is also a symbol of Daphne (Greek nymph). In Chinese, sunflower symbolizes long life, good luck, vitality, intelligence, happiness and is considered very auspicious.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Helianthus
Species: annuus

Sweet Pea

Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus cvs.) grow in many lovely colors and are suitable for an annual border, a woodland garden, and a trellis or arch. This most exquisite of annual flowers blooms for about a month in spring. They are a cottage garden classic with a gorgeous scent. They are mostly found in the Mediterranean region.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Vicieae
Genus: Lathyrus
Species: odoratus

Tulip

We can buy tulip bulbs in all colors, including a dark shade of purple. Tulips are one of the most famous spring flowers in the world, but can also do well in areas with dry summers and cold winters. The brightly colored, upright flowers may be single or double and vary in shape. They came from Central Asia and was first cultivated by Turkish growers.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Lilliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Tulipa

Lily

Lilies are a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs with large prominent flowers that grow to a 6-inch diameter. They are easy to cultivate and the perfect addition to most glorious bouquets. Classified as herbs, they are also considered to be edible.  Lilies are found across the globe and come in different kinds.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Lilium

There are certainly more flowers used by florists around the world that were not included in this list.

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