March is the start of the spring flower season, and there are many varieties to admire as the blooms begin their emergence. The ever-popular tulip begins its show in March to create colorful, teacup-shaped blooms. Another lovely March blooming flower is the iris. With its tall and straight stems, these flowers make a perfect backdrop to a floral arrangement. Many March bloomers are also used for special occasion bouquets like weddings and proms, as well as fresh-cut spring arrangements.
With their striking single-flower blooms, calla lilies are a genus native to Africa and popular in bridal arrangements and fresh-cut bouquets. The trumpet-shaped flower, which is called a spathe, envelops the finger-like spadix that is actually a modified leaf. Although white calla lilies are the most common, these flowers are also available in shades of pink, yellow and orange.
Carnations are long-lasting flowers that bloom in March. This flower is popular in corsages and arrangements because of its full blooms and straight stems. The carnations produce solid-colored blooms like pink and red, as well as variegated blooms in red and white. Many florists also use the carnations for tinting so they can manipulate the bloom color for special occasions like Saint Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day.
Often called mums, chrysanthemums are perennial flowers that are native to Asia. The height of this flower can grow up to 150 cm tall. The large flower heads come in a wide range of colors, including purple, white, pink and yellow, and they feature lobed, deep green leaves. The largest type of chrysanthemum is the irregular incurve, which has the ability to produce a flower bloom of 8 inches wide.
Gerber daisies are part of the genus Asteraceae, the sunflower family. Named after Traugott Gerber, this species has a large flower head with two rings of petals. Colors for the gerbera include yellow, orange, red, pink and white. This lovely bloom is very popular in fresh-cut flower bouquets. Gerbers are also known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, making these bright bloomers popular for avid gardeners. They are also resistant to deer, an added benefit when planting inside the garden.
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