July 29, 2011
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Christopher Baker

Using fresh flowers that are in season for wedding bouquets and decorations is the most economical choice -- and often the most beautiful. The following guide lists the seasonal availability of suitable flowers in different regions of the United States.

Spring

East

Cherry blossom, columbine, dogwood, hyacinth, lilac, lily of the valley, mophead hydrangea, pear, peony, tulip

Midwest

Cherry blossom, crab-apple blossom, daffodil, forsythia, lilac, lily of the valley, peony, tulip, viburnum

West

Freesia, lily of the valley, pansy, poppy, ranunculus, rose, tulip, violet

South

Dogwood, forsythia, foxglove, herbs, larkspur, magnolia, peach, pear, plum, rose, spirea, sweet pea, tulip, viburnum, wisteria

Summer

East

Asiatic lily, black-eyed Susan, cosmos, delphinium, larkspur, pee gee hydrangea, rose, sunflower, zinnia

Midwest

Clematis, cosmos, cockscomb, daisy, garden roses, hydrangea, rudbeckia, sunflower, viburnum, zinnia

West

Begonia, delphinium, gardenia, hydrangea, pansy, poppy, rose, violet

South

Aster, cosmos pee gee hydrangea, plumbago, rose, rosemary, sunflower, zinnia

Fall

East

Amaryllis, bittersweet, crab apple, hydrangea, ornamental berries, rose, sugar maple, sunflower

Midwest

Autumn foliage, crab apple, dahlia, ornamental berries, rose hip, rose, scabiosa

West

Chrysanthemum, cosmos, coreopsis, Gerber daisy, hydrangea, lisianthius, pomegranate, rose, rose hip

South

Bittersweet, galax, hydrangea, ornamental berries, rose, salvia, sassafras, sumac

Winter

East

Dried flowers, evergreens, forced bulbs, ornamental berries, seedpods

Midwest

Dried flowers, evergreens, forced bulbs, ornamental berries, seedpods

West

Acacia, evergreens, forsythia, fruit blossoms, paper-whites, seeded eucalyptus, tulip

South

Evergreens, hydrangea, rose

Seasonless (All Regions)

Anemone, Arianrose, calla lily, Casablanca lily, Champagne rose, forced bulbs, freesia, gardenia, ivies, lily of the valley, Message rose, ranunculus, Sarracenia (pitcher plant), Stargazer lily, stephanotis, vines, Virginia rose, white dendrobium orchid

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