You’ve probably heard of birthstones, but did you know you have birth flowers, depending on the month in which you were born? Each month has a unique flower associated with it and a special meaning. Make it an extra special birthday for someone with flowers and view our range of flower arrangements for birthdays. Here's our guide on every month's birth flower, where to find them and what characteristics go along with them!
January Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The January birth flowers are carnations and snowdrops. Which isn’t surprising considering they’re two of the very few flowers that thrive in winter! Carnations are very popular among many, with their big, ruffled petals and variety of colours, but they’re especially perfect as gifts for January babies.
It was first imported to the United States in the 1850s and within two decades more than 50 varieties had been made available. It has long been a staple in the flower industry—especially for Mother's Day and Valentine's Day - thanks to its meanings of love and remembrance.
January Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
An herbaceous perennial, carnations can also be grown as an annual. They prefer cooler summer climates and moist, well-drained gritty soils high in organic matter.
Carnations are intolerant of high heat and might be a poor choice for a southern garden. They bloom in midsummer, preferring bright sun, but cool temperatures. One of a few flowers that can bloom in cool weather, assuming temperatures remain above freezing, carnations can add colour to a garden border or a patio container.
January Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
Based on your birth flowers, if you were born in January we imagine that you're someone who loves deeply and passionately. You’re probably an extremely loyal, protective friend to have around too and believe that family is everything.
February Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The February birth flowers are violet and iris. Because February is always associated with Valentine's Day it always surprises people when they find out that roses aren’t actually the official birth flower of the month. But, when you consider the February birthstone is amethyst, you can see why violets are the birth month flower. Those February babies love the purple tones!
The Ancient Greeks considered the violet a symbol of fertility and love, using it in love potions. Both Greeks and Romans used the flower for things like herbal remedies, wine, funeral decorations, and to sweeten food. Persians used violets as a calming agent against anger and headaches.
February Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Violets grow well in the front of borders and in garden beds, as well as in containers. Depending on where you live, you’re most likely to see wild violets pop up in your garden, but they can also be planted or started from seed.
Many forms of violets are best grown in a woodland-type setting using rich, organic soils. While violets are tough in terms of their cold tolerance, they are neither drought-tolerant nor heat-tolerant.
February Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
The violet has been thought to symbolise modesty, faithfulness, everlasting love, innocence, remembrance. So those born in February are said to be honest, humble, wise and innocent, making them pretty good people to be around.
March Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The March birth flowers are daffodils and jonquils. As march is the month where spring officially begins it makes sense that the daffodil is the primary birth month flower for March. These little buds of sunshine are such happy flowers that they're seen as a sign of good luck and celebrated in Wales as the national flower.
The classic daffodil flower is made up of six petals and a trumpet- or bell-shaped crown that is frilled at its edge.
March Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
This perennial is hardy, easy to grow, and returns year after year. Planted in the fall—before the first frost—daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. To bloom in the spring, the bulbs need to experience a period of cold temperatures to promote root development, which is why they don’t grow well in hot climates.
After the flowers bloom and die in the spring, remove the faded flowers, but let the foliage remain to help rebuild the bulb for the following year. Once the leaves have turned yellow, you can cut them back, too.
March Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
Because it is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, daffodils are seen as a representation of rebirth and new beginnings. They are also thought to represent inspiration, forgiveness, and creativity. People born this month are said to be happy, cheerful and optimistic folks who can easily brighten someone's day.
April Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The April birth flowers are daisy and sweet pea. While the sweet and simple daisy are more popular out in the fields than in a vase, giving someone born in April a wonderful bouquet of bright gerbera daisies will no doubt put a big smile on their face.
The daisy is actually made up of two flowers. The center eye—or disc floret—is a collection of tiny florets, while the ray floret (the petals) radiate from the center, resembling the Sun. Because a daisy is made up of two flowers that work in perfect harmony, they have long been a symbol of true love.
April Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Daisies can commonly be found growing in cultivated gardens, as well as lawns, meadows, and along roads. Some species are known to be weeds, so plant with care. The most common garden daisies are the Ox eye, Shasta, Gerbera, and English.
Daisy seeds can be started in the spring, indoors, 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost, or outdoors after the last frost. Plants grown from seed won’t bloom until the following season.
April Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
Generally, daisies represent innocence, loyalty and transformation, so we bet April babies are sweet, kind, loyal people to have in your life. Not only are daisies great to give to those born in April but as some say they also represent fertility and motherhood they're pretty popular to give to new mothers too.
May Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The May birth flowers are lily of the valley and hawthorn. With its delicate flowers and sweet scent, lily of the valley is a real favourite of many!
Hawthorne belonging to the genus Crataegus, is a member of the Rosaceae (rose) family, which also includes a number of food crops such as apples, cherries, and pears
May Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Small white or pink flowers with 5 petals bloom in clusters in late spring. After the flowers come and go, small pome fruit emerges, first as yellow and then red when it matures in the fall. The leaves are simple, usually toothed- or lobed-shape.
Hawthorns can grow in full sun or partial shade, doing best in moist, well-drained soil. For optimum fruit production, full sun is best.
May Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
Known to symbolise humility, sweetness, the return of happiness and motherhood. Making them perfect gifts for mothers if their birthday happens to be in May.
June Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The June flowers are rose and honeysuckle. June babies can brag about having one of the most popular flowers of all time as their birth flower! Available in a huge range of colours, all of which have different meanings, roses are suitable for pretty much every occasion.
A bouquet of roses means sincere gratitude, whereas a single rose amplifies the meaning of the color (a single red rose means “I REALLY love you”).
June Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Roses thrive with lots of food and water. In light or sandy soils they'll need frequent watering. Water deeply as roses are deep rooting so water must penetrate to the lowest roots. Also, surface watering new plants will encourage too much surface root growth and make plants more susceptible to drying out.
June Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
The meaning of roses can vary depending on the colour. But, overall they symbolise beauty, love and honour and devotion. They're definitely a birth flower to be proud of if you're lucky enough to be born in June!
July Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The July birth month flowers are delphinium and water lily. Water lilies were named after a Greek nymph and are said to symbolise purity, unity and finding peace and balance.
Aside from being lovely in their own right, water lilies are often used in ponds to deter the growth of algae and to shade and cool the water for resident fish and frogs.
July Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
It's easier to plant water lilies in containers, but you can plant them in your pond too. Water lilies need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight and should be planted at a 45-degree angle. If you're using a container, plant them in soil and fertilizer with a layer of pea gravel on top to stop the soil from floating away.
July Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
Water lilies have loads of different meanings in many cultures. But, it mainly represents rebirth and enlightenment, making them perfect to give for people born in July.
August Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The August birth flowers are gladiolus and poppy. Available in a rainbow of gorgeous colours, these blooms are understandably very popular in the late summer months. In fact, every colour of poppy has a different meaning but in general, poppies symbolise imagination.
August Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Water well during the first year whenever the weather is dry. In subsequent years, watering during prolonged dry periods may be needed to keep plants growing well. Mulching around the plants in late spring will help to conserve soil moisture and keep down weeds.
August Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
The gladiolus flower is known for representing strength of character, honesty, generosity and moral integrity. Those born in august must be really strong, independent and fierce people! As they also symbolise infatuation and remembrance.
September Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The September birth flowers are aster and morning glory. Considered the ‘star’ of the show, aster flowers were named after the Greek word for 'star' because of their shape. Asters are beautiful, dainty blooms that come in many colours but mainly pink, white, red or lilac.
September Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Morning glories bloom from early summer to the first frost of Autumn. With slender stems and heart-shaped leaves, their trumpet-shaped flowers come in colours of pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white. Their fragrant, colourful flowers are not only attractive to our eyes but also beloved by butterflies and hummingbirds.
Train twining morning glory vines over a pergola or arch, or use as a dense ground cover. This drought-tolerant plant grows quickly—up to 10 feet in one season—and can self-seed fairly easily, too. Because of this, you’ll want to choose where you put this plant wisely!
September Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
Morning glories are simple symbols of all-powerful love, affection and wisdom. Making them ideal to give to friends and family who celebrate their birthday in September.
October Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The October birth flowers are marigold and cosmos. With their beautiful autumnal colours and spicy scent, marigolds are extremely fitting for those celebrating their birthday in October and a favourite of many gardeners.
Traditionally Merigold symbolises despair and grief over a loved one. It may be surprising that such a cheerful flower is associated with the dead. However, for many cultures, its those neon-bright orange and yellow hues that represent the sun rays or light paths that guide their dearly departed.
October Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Marigolds don't require deadheading, but if dying blossoms are regularly removed, it will encourage the plant to continue blooming profusely. When you water marigolds, allow the soil to dry somewhat between waterings, then water well and repeat the process. Water more in high heat. Do not water marigolds from overhead.
October Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
As one of autumn's sturdiest flower, marigolds represent stubbornness and determination. But because of their bright, colourful nature, they also symbolise warmth and creativity. So if your birthday is in October you're probably a passionate, hard-working, driven person.
November Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The November birth flower is the chrysanthemum. One of the world's most popular cut flowers because of its variety. Available in a huge spectrum of colours these flowers are thought to bring good luck and joy into any home!
November Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Mums are hardy perennials best planted in early spring. Start mums indoors from seed 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost date. Mums generally grow to a width and height of 1 to 3 feet. Set them 18 to 36 inches apart, depending on their expected size at maturity.
November Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
As chrysanthemums come in so many different colours there are a lot of meanings surrounding them based on the shade. But, in general, they represent friendship, honesty and happiness!
December Birth Month Flowers Meaning
The December birth flowers are holly and narcissus. It shouldn't be surprising to hear that the birth flower for December is the joyful and festive holly!
December Birth Month Flowers In the Garden
Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Paperwhites will bloom in about two to four weeks. Once the plants begin to bloom, the floral display typically lasts one to two weeks. For longest bloom, keep the soil moist and move the pot out of direct sun.
December Birth Month Flowers Characteristics
The most common symbolic meanings attributed to the narcissus flower are rebirth, renewal, and the coming of spring.
Gifting your loved ones with their birth flowers will show you really thought about your gift. View the full birthday flowers arrangements.