Birthday Flowers: A Buyer’s Guide to the Best Types of Flowers

In Flowers by Kyla Helgeson4 Comments

birthdayblogbannerWhen choosing flowers for a loved one’s birthday, it’s easy to go with seasonal best, their favourite type of flower or colour.  Bright happy birthday flowers can include gerberas, lilies, and orchids arranged as a bunch or an arrangement.  But it can also be a little more thoughtful than that.

Just like star signs, each month of the year has a birth month flower.  The character traits of a person may be the same as the characteristics of that person’s birth month flower.  So here is a handy Australian guide to the types of flowers to say ‘Happy Birthday’ from January to December.

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Birthday Flower Bouquet | Camp Hill Florist

January – Carnation

For people born in the heat of summer what better bloom to withstand hot temperatures than the hardy carnation.  Carnations convey fascination, distinction and love.  Like roses, the different colours of carnations have different meanings.

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Carnations | Tesselaar Flowers

February – Iris

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Iris is the birth flower for people born in February. A beautiful garden flower (found in my Mum’s garden, who birthday falls in February), it symbolises faith, hope and wisdom.  Commonly available in purple/blue, white and yellow.

Iris | Tesselaar Flowers

Iris | Tesselaar Flowers

March – Daffodils

Spring is the season for bright yellow and sunny daffodils.  These are a happy flower and perfect for a March birthday.  They are thought to represent new beginnings, respect and friendship.

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Daffodils | Tesselaar Flowers

Daffodils | Tesselaar Flowers

April – Daisy

For those who want to be forever young, April’s birth flower, daisy is symbolic of child innocence and joy.  There are so many varieties and colours of daisies from the larger daisy chrysanthemums to the petite Easter daisies.

Daisies | Tesselaar Flowers

Daisies | Tesselaar Flowers

May – Lily of the Valley

For May babies, the birth flower is lily of the valley.  An exquisite elegant little white bell shaped flower that represents humility and sweetness.  A speciality bloom, used for weddings, so if you want to send these, order in advance with your local florist.

Lily of the Valley | Tesselaar Flowers

Lily of the Valley | Tesselaar Flowers

June – Rose

The birth month flower for June is the classic sweet scented rose.   Roses have many meanings depending on colour, red for love, yellow for friendship, white for innocence and purity and pink for grace and elegance.  So for that elegant, graceful loved one, send them pink roses for their birthday.  I love giving hot pink roses for birthdays.

Roses | Tesselaar Flowers

Roses | Tesselaar Flowers

July – Delphinium

For the cold winter month of July, the birth flower is the delphinium.  Purple, blue and white delphiniums symbolise a people who are light hearted and enjoy a enjoy a sense of levity or humour and fun.

Delphiniums | Tesselaar Flowers

Delphiniums | Tesselaar Flowers

August – Gladioli

Meaning strength and moral integrity, the birth flower for August is the tall multi bloom gladiolus. Affectionately called gladys, they come in all the colours of the rainbow, white, green, purple, yellow, pink, red and orange.

Gladioli | Tesselaar Flowers

Gladioli | Tesselaar Flowers

September – Aster

For people whose personality is grounded by love, faith and wisdom, the Aster is the September birth flower. A sweet little daisy-like flower, which blooms in pink, red, white, lilac and mauve.

Asters | Tesselaar Flowers

Asters | Tesselaar Flowers

October – Marigolds

Brilliant orange Marigolds are the birth flower for October.  They describe people who are fierce, warm and devoted.

Marigolds | Tesselaar Flowers

Marigolds | Tesselaar Flowers

November – Chrysanthemums

Sending flowers for a November birthday, think of Chrysanthemums.  People with this birth flower are happy, compassionate, joyful and great friends.

Chrysanthemums | Tesselaar Flowers

Chrysanthemums | Tesselaar Flowers

December – Poinsettia

Poinsettia the traditional Christmas flower, is also the birth symbol for Christmas babies.   Send birthday wishes with good cheer and future success using this flowering potted plant.

Poinsettia Plant | Tesselaar Flowers

Poinsettia Plant | Tesselaar Flowers

So when it comes around to that time of year to celebrate a birthday perhaps think of sending flowers that include a special meaning with your loved one’s birth month flower.  Which flower is your birth month flower?  I hope it’s your favourite!

 

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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  1. I never knew that there were flowers for each month of the year. That actually makes picking out birthday flowers a lot easier for me. I’ll have to remember which flowers go to which months so that I can get the perfect birthday flowers for my loved ones. Thanks for the information!

    1. Author

      Hi Theodore, Yes, it’s a great way to celebrate a loved ones birthday and make it special by giving them their birth month flower 🙂

  2. Hi I love the list of birthday flowers I would like to have a print out for keeping is this possible, cheers Glenys.

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