16 seasonally-appropriate flowers for your next bouquet

Tulips are a symbol of spring, whether they are solitary or in a group. Remove the outer leaves and make a one-inch cut at the base. Copper-rich pennies can help keep the water fungi-free by being dropped into the vase.

Spring: Tulips

It's impossible to resist the allure of ranunculus. When it comes to stems, proper preparation is crucial. A 45-degree angle is needed to cut off several inflections of stem. For a lovely spring arrangement, combine with roses and lisianthus.

Spring: Ranunculus

Hyacinths smell amazing and look great grouped with other spring flowers. Save bulb-like ends' foliage for accents. A slimmer vase supports the heavy bloom.

Spring: Hyacinth

Peonies go well with summer brides. Wedding season blooms. A quick dunk in water kills sap-loving ants. Roses are lush and fragrant.

Summer: Peonies

Local sunflowers offer the most variety. Less travel damage and more open faces. Visit a farmers market or start a garden. Just sun and water.

Summer: Sunflower

Zinnias are a summer colour riot. They're easy to grow and cutting the flowers encourages more buds. It looks great with lisianthus, Queen Anne's lace, and solidago.

Summer: Zinnia

Despite their reputation, hydrangeas last. Dilute floral food in room-temperature water and cut stems at a 45-degree angle under water. Hydrate before arranging.

Summer: Hydrangea

Straw-like thistle forms globes and stars. Blue and grey add texture to fall rose and eucalyptus arrangements. Best? Longevity. They can dry in place undetected. These fall centrepieces look great with dried flowers.

Fall: Thistle

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