Different home decor trends fade in and out of style over the years, but there’s one trend that never loses its appeal — fresh florals. No matter how you style them, or which room you put them in, a good floral arrangement can really amplify your design aesthetic and add that last finishing touch to every room in your home. A gorgeous vase and beautiful fresh flowers are an unbeatable combination for anyone wanting to spice up their space, or try putting a potted flower outside on your front porch to welcome guests in style!
Every flower has its own appeal, but wouldn’t choosing to decorate with your birth flower instead of a random flower be more magical? Every month has at least one beautiful flower associated with it, and accessorizing your space with flowers from your birth month can add that extra special touch, and make your floral purchases more meaningful. Birth flowers not only make great decor, but they also make thoughtful gifts for your loved ones during their birthdays (and a thoughtful gift for yourself!). Here’s a full list of every birth flower, and different ways you can use them throughout the year.
January - Carnation and Snowdrop
If your birthday is in the month of January, your birth flowers are the carnation and the snowdrop. Carnations symbolize love, perseverance, loyalty, and remembrance, while snowdrops carry the meaning of purity, hope, and innocence.
The carnation is a very versatile flower because of the variety of colours it blooms in, which makes it easy to decorate your space with. It looks stunning paired with other flowers in a gorgeous arrangement, or on its own in a small bouquet. Since the carnation is also an edible flower, you can try using its petals on a cake for any celebration, like the birthday of a loved one. We’re big fans of using carnations, and you’ll see these blooms in many of our arrangements throughout the whole year. Snowdrops, however, only bloom in white, hence their winter-inspired name. They can easily brighten up any space you use them in, and would make a great addition to your workspace or bedside table in the form of a small bouquet in a bud vase.
February - Violet and Primrose
If you were born in February, violets and primroses should hold some meaning for you. Violets are a symbol of loyalty and faithfulness, while primroses signify protection and love. The primrose is often nicknamed the “I can’t live without you flower” because it’s usually gifted to a loved one. How romantic is that?
Violets bloom in different hues of purple, hence the name. Primroses are available in several colour options like purple, red, yellow, pink, and white. Both flowers have short stems, which makes it difficult to place them in a bouquet, but they look wonderful as a potted centrepiece in the middle of your dining table. Since violets can withstand harsh weather conditions and primroses bloom in early spring, they both also make great options for your porch.
March - Daffodil
The daffodil belongs to those born in March, and symbolizes rebirth, rejuvenation, and hope. Since the daffodil is the first perennial to bloom after the winter frost, they are often associated with new beginnings, as well. Some people even plant them in memory of loved ones to symbolize a new beginning in another life.
Daffodils bloom in pink, white, and orange, but are most recognizable in yellow. Their vibrant colours make these flowers popular for gardens and bouquets. They’re the perfect spring flower, and would look stunning in your home to brighten up any space you desire. Consider adding a daffodil bouquet to your bathroom or kitchen to add a pop of colour, or plant them in your garden when the planting season hits.
April - Daisy and Sweet Pea
The flowers of April are daisies and sweet peas. The daisy symbolizes purity and innocence, while the sweet pea is a symbol of bliss and gratitude. Daisies are often gifted in relation to children since it’s associated with innocence. Many people give daisies to new mothers after labour, or as baby shower gifts. Sweet peas are typically used to say “thank you” or to send good wishes to someone close to you, so they’re often given in bouquets as gifts.
Daisies only bloom in white, while sweet peas bloom in different shades of purple, pink, and white. Both florals are wonderful additions to bouquets or floral arrangements since they’re really small and delicate looking flowers. Many people plant these flowers in their garden or decorate their porch with potted versions because of how bright and eye-catching they are. Since they’re spring flowers, consider adding them in vases around your home once you finish your spring cleaning!
May - Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn
Lily of the valley and hawthorn flowers hold a great meaning to those born in May. Lily of the Valley is associated with sincerity, youth, and happiness, while hawthorns are known to symbolize love, faith and also happiness.
Lily of the valley and hawthorns are flowers that mainly bloom in white, but sometimes in a light shade of pink too. Quite like the flowers of April, hawthorns and lily of the valley are both tiny and delicate looking flowers, which makes them great fillers in bouquets. If you still want to style them alone, you can add them in a small vase with some greenery on a kitchen counter, bathroom shelf, or bedside table as a smaller decor element, rather than a huge dining room centrepiece.
June - Rose and Honeysuckle
Roses are a tried and true flower for all occasions, but they, along with the honeysuckle, are the flowers of those born in the month of June. Typically, both flowers are associated with romance, desire, and love. The honeysuckle gives off a strong, but sweet smell, which is why people love giving them to their loved ones. Roses are popular during Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, but depending on their colour, they can symbolize a lot more than love. For example, yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy, while pink roses symbolize appreciation and gratitude.
Roses and honeysuckles would look lovely in a garden for a romantic and intimate look. When in doubt on how to style these flowers, you can never go wrong with a simple bouquet. Whether you want them on your dining table as a centrepiece for a romantic dinner, or in a vase by your bedside to brighten up each morning, they’ll look stunning no matter what.
July - Larkspur and Water Lily
The two flowers that represent July are larkspurs and water lilies. The larkspur generally symbolizes romance and an open heart, but each colour has a more specific symbolic meaning: pink is a symbol of fickleness, white is a symbol of a happy-go-lucky nature, and purple represents first love. Water lilies represent wellness, purity, peace, and celebration.
The larkspur is a great filler flower for any summertime floral arrangements. It adds a pop of colour to any bouquet, but it also works on its own for a more dainty looking arrangement. Water lilies are typically found outdoors in ponds, but they can be grown indoors with a vase that replicates its ideal environment. If you prefer to keep this flower outdoors, you can actually grow water lilies in a deep bird bath for that extra special touch in your garden.
August - Gladiolus and Poppy
August is known for its two bold flowers: the gladiolus and the poppy. The gladiolus represents integrity, strength, and remembrance, much like the poppy that also symbolizes remembrance. The gladiolus blooms in so many vibrant colours like lavender, white, yellow, and pink. Despite the poppy being most recognized when red, it also blooms in pink, ivory, orange, and purple.
Gladiolus flowers are known for their beautiful colours and long stems, which makes them the perfect flower to plant in your garden or have on your porch to welcome guests if you love that wildflower look. They also do so well as cut flowers, so try putting them in your favourite vase to brighten up the inside of your home! Poppies are a lovely addition to any floral arrangement, but they also look stunning in your garden to honour a lost loved one. The poppy is a summer-dormant flower, so they don’t bloom for long but do return annually to add that special touch to your garden.
September - Aster and Morning Glory
The aster and morning glory flowers hold meaning for those born in September. Asters represent faith, patience, and wisdom. It’s believed the aster can bring good luck to the September-born babies if given as a gift. The morning glory flower symbolizes love, life, and hope. Its name comes from the fact that it’s able to rise each morning and sleep at night.
Both asters and morning glories bloom in multiple colours: pink, purple, blue, magenta, and white. Because of the gorgeous colours and strong fragrance, these flowers are known to attract a variety of butterflies. So, these might be good flowers to have outside in the garden or on your front porch. You’ll often find asters and morning glories at any garden centre, since they’re popular for outdoor decorating.
October - Marigold and Cosmos
Those born in October will find special meaning in marigolds and cosmos. The marigold is often linked to the sun because of its bright gold colouring. It represents power and strength. The cosmos flower symbolizes peace, order, and harmony, mainly because of how perfectly balanced its petals are in shape and size.
Marigolds are known for their yellow blooms, but they do grow in other colours as well, like red and orange. These warm, gold-based colours make marigolds a popular porch flower in the autumn. Many choose to decorate their front entrances with potted marigolds, but these flowers also make lovely dining table centrepieces for holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween! Cosmos bloom in red, pink, white, orange, and yellow. They are another flower you’ll often find on someone’s porch during the fall months because of the colours, but we also recommend cutting and putting them into a vase for the inside of your home.
November - Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums, or mums, are often tied to the arrival of fall because of how popular they are during this season, so it’s no surprise that they’re the official flower of November. The chrysanthemum symbolizes friendship, optimism, happiness, and well-being.
Mums bloom in white, yellow, orange, lavender, purple, red, and some bicolours too. Since this is such a popular flower, people love incorporating it wherever they’re able to, whether it’s in their garden, on their porch as a potted plant, or in their home as an arrangement. Mums also make wonderful gifts because of the positive emotions they represent, so it’s always a good idea to surprise your loved ones with a mum bouquet, even if they aren’t born in November.
December - Holly
The holly is the flower of December, and although it isn’t technically a flower, we see it everywhere during this month in relation to Christmas, and it’s often included in floral arrangements. Hollies represent happiness, protection, good wishes, and defence.
Since the holly is a cold-tolerant plant, even temperatures cold enough to bring frost shouldn’t cause it damage, which makes it the perfect plant to decorate your porch with towards the end of the season. Otherwise, they would make lovely table centrepieces and gorgeous holiday arrangements to gift to your loved ones. The holly makes any arrangement beautiful by bringing out the holiday spirit and adding a stunning pop of red. It can also be used to make wreaths, hang on staircase rails, and decorate your holiday tree.
There are many types of florals to buy and decorate with, so it can be hard to know what to choose. When deciding to buy any bouquets or arrangements from us this year, keep this blog in mind to make your purchase more meaningful. Whether you’re buying flowers for yourself, for decorating purposes, or for someone you love, there’s a perfect flower that meets your needs, and it may just be your own birth flower. We carry many of the flowers listed above throughout the year, but we also offer a featured floral arrangement every month, using florals that are currently in season. If you want to shop our florals or have any questions, we can’t wait to see you in store!