Working just a few blocks from the Flower District in New York certainly has its perks. Aside from providing an instant pick-me-up on even the grayest of days, I’m also able to track what’s in season, giving me a better understanding for what to buy when. And since our mission at Revelr is about making even the simplest gathering unforgettable (and affordable), we’re providing a cheat sheet for what flowers to purchase when, so that you can save a few bucks while not sacrificing beauty.
January, February, March
The start of the year is often a bit gloomy, as snow still covers sidewalks, but, fear not, there are flowers readily available even during the longest winter months. The following blooms are safe bets to spruce up any winter party:
April, May, June
By spring, the bulb flowers emerge, with obvious options like daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips sprouting in public gardens. However, there are also many other great choices for this time of year, including peonies (my personal favorite!). Many of the following seasonal varieties are also slightly fragrant, making for a great olfactory experience, in addition to a visual one!
- Sweet Peas
July, August, September
Late summer seems to be correlated with the appearance of delicate blooms. Since the flowers themselves are a bit smaller, these blooms are often best in larger quantities. Creating robust arrangements with these can even make you feel like you’re in a wild, overgrown English garden. The following are great in summer:
- Paper Whites
October, November, December
By fall and early winter, many people festoon tables with gourds, pumpkins, and squash, all of which we love. But why not also adorn your Thanksgiving table with fresh flowers? Flowers this time of year bring a softer touch and can be especially magical when combined with autumnal colors.
- Magnolias (and magnolia leaves)
Aside from seasonal flowers, there are a myriad of options that are available year-round, so if you’re not particularly keen on the seasonal blooms during a specific time of year, you can generally find roses, calla lilies, alstroemeria, iris, and white lilies in most shops anytime of year. Personally, I find that these never go out of season or style!