A Guide to the Best Wedding Flowers in Each Season

Choosing in-season blooms will guarantee the best quality and the lowest price tag.
by Lauren Kay
photo by Heather Payne Photography

Locally grown, in-season flowers guarantee the freshest blooms for your wedding. To help us pick out the best seasonal stems, we asked farmer florist Erin Benzakein for her expert opinion. There are plenty of varieties to choose from all year long—maybe more than you thought were available to you. Of course, every florist has their favorite blooming season. “Late summer is my favorite season to design in. Our fields are bursting with flowers in July and August. There are so many blooms to choose from, giving me total creative freedom,” Benzakein says. Want some more floral tips? Flip through Benzakein's new book, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms.

Here are your best bets for spring, summer, fall and winter “I dos.” To help you decide which stems are best for your celebration, we added color and pricing information, too. 

Before diving in, here's the breakdown of price:

$ 1–2 dollars a stem
$$ 3–4 dollars a stem
$$$ over 5 dollars a stem

  1. Best Blooms for Spring

    The best flowers for spring
    photo by Heather Payne Photography

    Spring is a time of rejuvenation and rebirth. The melting frost brings about a bevy of fragrant and colorful blooms.

  2. 1. Garden Rose

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, roses are widely available and come in almost every color. 

    Colors: Red, cream, yellow, orange, pink and purple
    Price: $$$

  3. 2. Dahlia

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Dahlias are great for centerpieces—they have no scent so they won’t compete with your menu.

    Colors: shades of pink, purple, red and orange
    Price: $$

  4. 3. Lisianthus

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Each stem has multiple blossoms and buds, plus serious lasting power. 

    Colors: Pink, purple, white and green 
    Price: $$ 

  5. 4. Zinnia

    The best guide to flowers by season

    The daisylike bloom is perfect for casual garden arrangements. It can also stand up to hotter temps.

    Colors: White, chartreuse, yellow, orange, red, purple and lilac
    Price: $

  6. 5. Foxglove

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Bell-shaped flowers add a delicate note to bouquets and centerpieces. 

    Colors: White, pink and various shades of purple 
    Price:

  7. 6. Stock

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Dense clusters of soft petals pack a serious punch. Stock also has a spicy, clovelike fragrance.

    Colors: Pastel shades from cream to lavender
    Price: $

  8. 7. Chocolate Cosmos

    A guide to the best wedding flowers by season

    A fragrant addition to a bouquet, this sweet-scented bloom smells like candy. 

    Color: Red-brown 
    Price: $

  9. 8. Heuchera

    A guide to the best wedding flowers by season

    Wiry stems with tiny blooms are a great choice for just-picked arrangements, and give texture and visual intrigue.

    Colors: Pink, purple and deep red
    Price: $

  10. Best Blooms for Summer

    The best flowers for summer
    photo by Heather Payne Photography

    The hottest of all seasons, the summer months mean longer days and lots of sunshine—perfect growing weather. 

  11. 1. Astilbee

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Densely packed astilbe has a feathery, wildflower look. It’s a hearty stem, great for boutonnieres or for a touch of texture in a rustic or romantic bouquet. 

    Colors: White, pink, mauve and crimson
    Price: $

  12. 2. Mock Orange

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Despite having “orange” in its name, this fragrant flower blooms white. But its scent is thought to resemble that of orange blossoms. 

    Color: White 
    Price: $

  13. 3. Clematis

    The best guide to flowers by season

    This flower grows like a vine, with carefree twists to its stems. The blossom has delicate petals and an eye-catching center.

    Colors: Purple, pink, blue violet and cranberry
    Price: $$

  14. 4. Garden Rose

    The best guide to flowers by season

    The big-headed blooms on these stems are perfect for making a bold statement or adding romance to an arrangement.

    Colors: Red, cream, yellow, orange, pink and purple
    Price: $$$

  15. Best Blooms for Fall

    The best flowers for fall
    photo by Heather Payne Photography

    Autumn bridges summer and winter, bringing about cooler temperatures alongside colorful leaves.

  16. 1. Crabapple

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Hearty branches can add texture and height to centerpieces. The mini “apples” range in color from green to red as the season progresses.

    Colors: Green and red
    Price: $

  17. 2. Raspberry

    The best guide to flowers by season

    For a pop of color in an arrangement or the perfect finishing touch on a naked cake, try a late summer branch of berries.

    Color: Red
    Price: $

  18. 3. Dahlia

    The best guide to flowers by season

    There are over 42 species of this native Mexican stem, all striking in color and shape. 

    Colors: Shades of pink, purple, red and orange
    Price: $$

  19. Best Blooms for Winter

    The best flowers for winter
    photo by Heather Payne Photography

    The coldest months of the year bring about frost and snow, but also stems bold in color and rich with texture.

  20. 1. Love in a Mist

    The best guide to flowers by season

    One of the few blue florals, this buttercup bloom has threadlike leaves, giving it personality and intrigue. 

    Colors: Blue, white, pink and lilac 
    Price:

  21. 2. Sweet Pea

    The best guide to flowers by season

    A delicate flower with a rich fragrance, each stem has a cluster of flowy petals. 

    Colors: White, pink, yellow, red and purple
    Price:

  22. 3. Poppy Pods

    The best guide to flowers by season

    These structured seed- filled pods add an element of whimsy to rustic bouquets and wild, undone floral arrangements. 

    Color: Green 
    Price:

  23. 4. Forget-Me-Nots

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Incorporate a “something blue” in your bouquet with forget-me-nots. The soft petals give volume too. 

    Colors: Blue, purple, pink, white and yellow 
    Price: $

  24. 5. Honeywort

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Named after its honeylike scent, these inch-long tube petals cascade beautifully in bouquets and centerpieces. 

    Color: Purple-blue 
    Price:

  25. 6. Hydrangea

    The best guide to flowers by season

    This romantic flower has clusters of tiny blooms that come together to create a stunning, big-headed blossom. 

    Colors: White, green, pink, blue, purple and cranberry 
    Price: $$

  26. 7. Bachelor Button

    The best guide to flowers by season

    Its name makes it a well-suited stem for a boutonniere. This casual flower has a button head and is actually edible. 

    Colors: White, pink, blue, magenta 
    Price: $

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