Did you know there is a flower associated with your birth month? See what your flower is and how you can use it in your garden.

By Jenny Krane
Updated March 12, 2019

We all have signature birthstones, but did you know that you also have a birth month flower? It can be fun to use it within your home or out in the garden to celebrate YOU for more than just one day. Knowing each month's flower can also help you to pick a meaningful and beautiful flower arrangement to send to someone as a birthday gift. Check out what flower is paired with which month, and the meaning behind each one.

January - Carnation

Many cultures have a different symbolic meaning for carnations, but the most common? Love. Each color of carnation also has its own meaning that can determine the occasion in which they are used. Carnations are a good cut flower, and you'll almost always see them in grocery stores and at florists year-round.

February - Violet

Violets have come to symbolize faithfulness and loyalty. The most popular color of these flowers is purple, which play off the hue of February's birthstone, amethyst. Grow these personality-filled blooms indoors until you can move them outdoors when the snow melts.

March - Daffodil

What an appropriate choice to associate these cheery bulbs with early 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!

April - Daisy

Daisies represent youth and purity, drawing off the humble white flowers with domed yellow centers. Gerberas and Shastas alike are meant to represent this month. These classic flowers are a day brightener whether you buy them for yourself or give them as a gift.

May - Lily of the Valley

These delicate bell-shape blooms represent motherhood, making them the perfect flowers to give to your mom on Mother's Day. Multiple blooms come from one stem, and the white flowers pop against dark green foliage. Lilies of the Valley are known for their sweet smell and do well in damp and shady areas of the garden.

June - 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 passionate love, while yellow roses would be the perfect gift for a friend with a June birthday. If this is your birth month flower, you're lucky—you have so many types of roses you can grow!

July - Larkspur

Nothing is more eye-catching in the garden than a brightly colored stalk of larkspur blooms. These flowers are associated with positivity and grace. 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.

August - Gladiolus

This tall flower with delicate blooms has come to symbolize integrity and persistence, capturing its endurance through the hottest months of the year. Gladiolus are also seen as old-fashioned flowers, as they have been gracing gardens for centuries. Plant these tall spires toward the back of a border garden for dramatic height and a subtle nod to your birth month.

September - Aster

Planting asters in your garden will make for a colorful show of flowers around your birthday. These fall-bloomers represent daintiness and patience, fitting for a fall flower that's worth the wait. Asters are an easy addition to any fall container garden.

October - 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're extra hardy!

November - Chrysanthemum

These stunning flowers are a no-brainer for the end of fall. They symbolize friendship and longevity. While they are often grown as annuals, they are actually perennialscover them with mulch in the garden for protection and they should return the following year.

December - Narcissus

Narcissus is actually the genus of daffodils, so this month shares a flower with March. However, the paperwhite has become the most widely-associated daffodil with December because they are winter-growers. They symbolize hope and make the perfect centerpiece for Christmas dinner or your birthday brunch.


Comments (2)

jbruorton21
February 28, 2019
It is correct that carnation is the flower for the month of January, but the flower pictured is a Daylily ( Hemerocallis ).
jbruorton21
February 28, 2019
It is correct that the carnation is the flower of January, unfortunately the flower pictured is the Hemerocallis, or daylily.