When you walk into a grocery store filled with apples, mangos, and berries do you ever wonder whether they’re actually in season? Sure the fruit is available, but when does the flavor of a particular melon reach its peak?

Flowers are no different. A ton of blooms are distributed to wholesale markets and grocery stores year round, from all over the world. The bountiful range of flowers available at any given time is incredible; however, the result is that most people don’t understand which blooms are native and what time of the year they’re best enjoyed.

When it comes to incorporating flowers into your home decor, selecting in-season blooms local to your region will create an authentic display, leaving you and your guests swooning. In an effort to help you keep your floral picks as close to home as possible, and displayed during the right seasons, I’m sharing five of my favorite flowers.

Tulips

Tulips begin to bloom in the springtime months and were originally cultivated in Turkey. Holland began importing them sometime in the sixteenth century and today the Netherlands is the world’s main producer of tulips. Lucky for us, that isn’t the only place they grow -- the most beautiful tulips bloom in North America along the western coast, especially in Washington and Oregon.

The very sight of a field bursting with tulip blooms is absolutely breathtaking, but unfortunately the season is very short. In an attempt to savor the memory, I place a vase of gorgeous real touch orange tulips in my entryway every spring. They breathe life and energy into my home the moment I open the front door. They last all spring without wilting and the best part is everyone believes they’re real.

Hydrangeas

Hydrangea flowers are known for their large flowerheads and vast bloom colors ranging from blue and purple to red. This vivacious flower originated in southern and eastern Asia. Although they are also native to North and South America, you’ll find the most diverse blooms in eastern Asia, notably Korea, China, and Japan. Many varieties boast more sun tolerance and extra cold hardiness, allowing hydrangeas to grow in just about any region of the US.

You can enjoy these beautiful flowers almost year round; however, once they’re cut a hydrangea bloom requires a fair amount of attention and can be difficult to keep from drooping. An arrangement of faux hydrangeas brings that same softness and subtle pop of texture to any space, sans maintenance. Add a bouquet of hydrangeas to your home decor to create an easygoing and carefree feeling.

Amaryllis

If you’re looking for the perfect year-round bloom to fill your home, here it is! The amaryllis flower, native to Southern and Central America and the Caribbean, typically blooms mid-winter. But depending on whether they’re grown in the northern or southern hemisphere, the amaryllis flower will bloom during different times of the year. That means you can enjoy these beautiful and vibrant blooms just about all year long.

A red bundle of amaryllis blooms will liven up any holiday bouquet. Or opt for a cheerful display of coral colored blooms to refresh your decor no matter the season.

Peonies

Peony plants, native to Europe and Asia, are known for their big fluffy flowers in vibrant shades of pink. Have you ever wondered why some peonies can look so different from others? There are actually six different peony flower types: anemone, single, Japanese, semi-double, double, and bomb. 

The peony plant is outrageously beautiful in bloom from spring to summer, with lush foliage all summer long. And these plants may live longer than you do--some have been known to thrive for 100 years! 

Peonies are not successfully grown in Florida, Southern California, and most of the deep south. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying them if you live in one of these regions. A romantic and charming peony arrangement is well-suited as a prominent display or accent piece in any space with lots of light so you can enjoy the gorgeous tones of the blooms.

Roses

Did you know the State of California produces nearly 60% of North America’s roses? Yet the crazy thing is, most roses sent for Valentine’s Day likely come from South America, specifically Ecuador. The region’s high altitude, close proximity to the equator, and low production costs contribute to the growth of the lushest and heartiest blooms in the most vibrant colors.

In fact, nearly half the roses grown in Ecuador are exported to the US all year long. So roses don’t officially have a season, which means you can enjoy them any time. Once cut, caring for roses is a fairly simple process and a bouquet should last for about a week.

If you’re looking for something more enduring, the Real Touch faux roses are a ringer for their fresh counterparts. With an arrangement of high quality faux roses, you might catch yourself leaning in for a sniff.

Styling your surroundings with fresh or faux floral arrangements is the ultimate finishing touch for any decor. If you choose a fresh alternative (faux), it’s nice to know when a certain flower is in season so you can mimic Mother Nature. But nowadays flowers are imported from all over the world nearly every month of the year. So even if you want to enjoy your favorite bloom that isn’t in season, don’t worry. Chances are no one will know the difference!