Did you know there's a flower associated with your birth month? Each one has a special meaning, too!

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You're probably familiar with birthstones, but did you know that you also have a birth month flower? Just like birthstones, each month has its own flower with a different meaning behind it. These symbolic blooms can be fun to decorate your home with or plant in your garden to celebrate YOU for more than just one day. Knowing each month's flower can also help you to pick an extra meaningful and beautiful flower arrangement to send to someone as a birthday gift. Usually, different colors of each flower have their own meanings too, so if you want to plant or decorate with your birth month flower, you can choose the variety that best fits your personality.

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January Birth Month Flower: Carnation

Many cultures have a different symbolic meaning for carnations, but the most common? Love. Different colors of carnations also have their own meanings and are given for different occasions (for example, white carnations can sometimes symbolize good luck). Carnations are a good cut flower, and you'll almost always see them in grocery stores and at florists year-round. To grow your own, plant them in a spot that gets plenty of sun with well-drained soil, and most varieties will grow up to 12 inches tall.

Buy It: Farm Fresh Carnations ($50, Etsy)

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February Birth Month Flower: Violet

Violets have come to symbolize faithfulness and loyalty. As you'd expect from the name, purple is the most common color, which plays off the hue of February's birthstone, amethyst. Grow these beautiful, delicate blooms indoors until you can move them outdoors when the snow melts. This perennial can happily grow up to 12 inches in full sun or part shade, as long as it has consistently moist soil.

Buy It: Sweet Violet Seeds ($7, Etsy)

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March Birth Month Flower: Daffodil

These cheery bulbs are an excellent way to welcome spring. Daffodils symbolize new beginnings or renewal, which perfectly describe these early bloomers. Force these bulbs early indoors to have blooms on your birthday in March! Outdoors, be sure to plant them in the fall in well-drained soil where they'll get about six hours of direct sun every day.

Buy It: Daffodil Bulbs ($31, The Home Depot)

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April Birth Month Flower: Daisy

These humble white flowers with domed yellow centers represent youth and purity. The Shasta daisy is a hardy, perennial type of this flower, but tropical gerberas that bloom in bright shades of orange, yellow, and red also can represent this month. These classic flowers will brighten anyone's day, whether you buy them for yourself or give them as a gift. In the garden, daisies can stun by growing up to three feet tall in well-drained soil and direct sun or part shade.

Buy It: Golden Daisy Seeds ($3, Etsy)

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May Birth Month Flower: Lily of the Valley

These delicate, bell-shape blooms represent motherhood, making them one of the best flowers to give to your mom on Mother's Day. Multiple blooms come from one stem, and the white flowers stand out beautifully against dark green foliage. Lilies of the valley are known for their sweet scent and do well in damp and shady areas of the garden, where they usually stay less than 12 inches tall.

Buy It: Lily of the Valley ($5, Etsy)

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June Birth Month Flower: Rose

Like carnations, roses have different meanings for each color, but the family of flowers is widely known as the symbol of love. Red roses are for romantic love, while yellow roses would make a beautiful gift for a friend with a June birthday. If this is your birth month flower, you're lucky; you can choose from hundreds of varieties! Most will do best in a spot with good drainage and at least six hours of direct sun per day.

Buy It: Sheila's Perfume Floribunda Rose ($30, Breck's)

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July Birth Month Flower: Larkspur

A brightly colored stalk of larkspur blooms will always draw attention in the garden. These flowers are associated with gracefulness and positiveness. Plant the color that best defines you: Pink represents fickleness, white is for those who are happy-go-lucky, and purple is for those with a sweet disposition. Larkspur can spring up to three feet tall, as long as you plant it in well-drained soil and full sun.

Buy It: Heirloom Larkspur Seeds ($2, Etsy)

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August Birth Month Flower: Gladiolus

This tall plant with exotic-looking flowers has come to symbolize integrity and persistence, displaying its endurance as it blooms through the hottest months of the year. Gladiolus is also seen as an old-fashioned flower, because it's been gracing gardens for centuries. Plant these tall spires toward the back of a border garden for dramatic height (some varieties can reach up to eight feet!) in celebration of your birth month. Gladiolus will thrive in full sun with well-drained soil.

Buy It: Rainbow Gladiolus Bulbs ($30, QVC)

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September Birth Month Flower: Aster

Planting asters in your garden will create a colorful show of flowers around your birthday. These fall-bloomers represent daintiness and patience, fitting for a finely-textured perennial that's worth the wait. Asters are also an easy addition to any fall container garden, and grow best in sun or partial shade with moist, well-drained soil.

Buy It: Live Aster Plants ($15, Etsy)

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October Birth Month Flower: Marigold

Marigolds symbolize passion and creativity. These low-growing annuals come in hues of gold, orange, and red that mimic the changing leaves in fall. Enjoy your birth flower all autumn long; they'll keep on blooming until frost. There are several different types of marigolds, and most usually grow between one to three feet tall. They're all easy to grow, thriving in full sun.

Buy It: Heirloom Marigold Seeds ($5, Etsy)

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November Birth Month Flower: Chrysanthemum

These stunning flowers are a must for providing color toward the end of fall. They symbolize friendship and longevity. While they're often grown as annuals, they're actually perennials; cover them with mulch in the garden for protection and they should return the following year. Chrysanthemums can grow up to three feet tall, and will be happy in well-drained, moist soil with full sun.

Buy It: Garden Mum Collection ($40, Breck's)

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December Birth Month Flower: Narcissus

Narcissus is actually the genus that daffodils belong to, so this month shares a flower with March. However, the paperwhite has become the most popular daffodil for December because they are easy to force into bloom at this time of year. They symbolize hope and make a stunning centerpiece for Christmas dinner or your birthday brunch. Outdoors, they like full sun and dry soil and can reach up to 12 inches tall.

Buy It: Narcissus Bulbs ($14, Etsy)

Comments (4)

Anonymous
March 13, 2019
I see that you guys have changed the photo to the correct flower after my initial post, so that it is now a carnation. You could have chosen a better color, but at least it is now the correct flower
Anonymous
March 11, 2019
Your writer needs to do adequate research. Another reader wrote January's flower photo is wrong. February's flower photo is also wrong. It's a type of pansy and that's definitely not the leaves of a violet. I'm also questioning whether a variety of jonquil is shown instead of a daffodil.
Anonymous
February 28, 2019
It is correct that carnation is the flower for the month of January, but the flower pictured is a Daylily ( Hemerocallis ).
Anonymous
February 28, 2019
It is correct that the carnation is the flower of January, unfortunately the flower pictured is the Hemerocallis, or daylily.