We often get asked about what flowers are available at various times of the year and there are so many different flower varieties that it can be difficult to keep track of what’s available when. We source flowers from all over Australia and even all over the world so flower varieties available to us here in Darwin may be different to what’s available in the rest of Australia at any given time.
We’ve put together this guide to give you an idea of what flower varieties you can expect to see in February, or to help plan February event floral arrangements.
Of course flowers are dependent on seasons so conditions this year might mean something we enjoyed in February last year is not around this year. Flowers are also dependent on markets and supply and demand can play a part in costs and availability at certain times of the year, for example at Valentines Day or during peak wedding season. Current trends also have an impact so what’s trending on Instagram or Pinterest might be scarce while the growers catch up with demand.
Special February Flowers
Special flowers to enjoy right now, these flower types are not available all year
round, so enjoy them while you can! We love the huge hydrangea blooms, coming through in rich pinks and purples at the moment. Although they can be difficult to care for, we like to soak them in a bath with the heads completely submerged in water for up to an hour to give them the best chance.
Garden Style Flowers for February Weddings
Bring some light and airy accents for your wedding florals with Veronicas in lovely pink, purple and white shades, there’s also fleeting green Hellebores.
- Chamomile Matricaria
- Matricaria Pom Pom
- Queen Annes Lace
Architectural Flowers for February
For an architectural feature we love the lotus pods or bullrushes which make an unexpected addition to your bouquet. We’re also loving the tall spikes of pineapple lilies in limey green or brown.
- Lotus Pods
- Pineapple Lilies
- Fig Branches
Textrual February Flowers
Add texture to your February florals with fresh green or brown sedum. Also in lime green the Molucella is looking great at this time of year with it’s green bells more tightly packed up the stem.
- Viburnum Berry
- Black Berries
Australian Native Flowers available in February
Big native flowers in February are Banksia Hookeriana with a hint of orange and green Banksia Baxteri. For texture there are lovely Berzelia, with masses of green, cream or red pea-like berries. For smaller filler type flowers choose the delicate Scholtzia in a soft pink colour. There’s also yellow pom pom billy buttons and strawflowers in many colours. This month we’ve also seen delicate Tweedia’s in pale blue and white.
- Banksia Burdetti
- Banksia Baxteri
- Billy Buttons
- Strawflower (Everlasting Daisy)
- Woody Pear
- Flowering Gum
- Kangaroo Paw
- Gum Nuts
Looking Good in February Flower Varieties
There are some types of flowers that while we’re able to grow them all year round they look really good right now. They are summer flowers at heart, their heads are bigger and fuller and the stems stronger right now. Carnations should be full and fluffy right now.
Flowers for February: Rose Varieties
We get Victorian grown roses in February, our favourite varieties are from Grandiflora and Nood nurseries. We love Megastar, a vibrant orange red classic rose from Grandiflora and Draculas Kiss in rich red. Our favourite yellow roses is Dandelion in sunny lemon yellow. The Victorian grown roses bring new varieties out every while others cease production. It is always exciting to see the new varieties, although it can be hard to keep track of what’s available at any given time.
Valentines Day Roses
We can’t write about February’s flowers without mentioning Valentine's Day. Valentine’s Day roses are usually the big showy red varieties grown in South America. There simply aren’t enough red roses grown in Australia to go round on 14 February!
This year we got Explorer for the Valentines Day red roses, it’s a dark red rose which opens with a beautiful full star-shaped bloom. It has darker outer guard petals which some customers mistake for the rose dying already and most florists will pluck these off. The best thing about Explorer roses from a florist’s point of view is that it’s thornless, making the conditioning process a breeze. Explorer also keeps its natural foliage better than other varieties.
Our Favourite Ecuador Rose Varieties to Add a Splash of Colour
Some of our favouite Ecuadorian roses are Lola, a large jazzy, dusty hot pink, Nina, a colour-popping orange and Hermosa a two tone peach pink variety.
- Pink Floyd
Foliage available in February
The blue gum eucalyptus is back to its great quality, after coming through with new tips on throughout December and January. The fresh shoots don’t hold up post harvest and have to be removed or they look droopy. Magnolia foliage is lovely with its glossy green leaf and rush underside. Some of the autumnal foliage is starting to come through, choose Cherry foliage or Ti-Tree for a dark burgundy leaf.
- Eucalyptus blue gum (Eucalyptus Cinerea)
- Magnolia Little Gem
- Cherry Foliage (burgundy)
- Ti-Tree (burgundy)
- Wolly Bush
- Hydrangea Foliage
- Dusty Miller
Local Tropical Flowers Available in February
We get tropical flowers from local growers several times a week. In February it’s the rainy season here in Darwin so we’re seeing plentiful Heliconias, Alpinia Gingers, Psittacorum and Curcuma. Curcuma is the flower of the turmeric plant, it's a beautiful tropical flower with a short season so get them while you can.
- Ginger Alpinia
Available All Year Round Flower Varieties
These flowers are readily available all year round.
- Oriental lilies
- Sea Holly
There are plenty of stunning flower options available in February. We hope you found our guide to what’s available in February useful. Whether you are looking to make someone's day by sending a flower gift, planning a February wedding or baby shower or simply looking to brighten up your home with fresh flowers we can help you find the perfect flowers.
And… If you’re a florist reading this we would love to hear from you. Feel free to add a link to our post from your own site.