The date of Easter isn't fixed, which means it can occur as early as March 21st, since it will land on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. This means that in northern climates flower gardens can still be in the grips of winter when this traditionally spring holiday arrives. Fortunately, there are plenty of early spring blooms that will still work well for your holiday flower arrangements.
Spring bulbs are a natural choice for the Easter table. While you can purchase cut flower arrangements of tulips and daffodils in a range of colors, the living bulbs are another pretty option. Florists make arrangements of bulbs in pots and baskets a few months in advance of the holiday. These are then forced to bloom in the pot. You generally have a choice of tulips, daffodils, or hyacinths. Contact your florist in fall if you want to order a specific flower bulb and bloom color for your arrangements. This way they can be sure to have just the pots you need blooming by Easter dinner.
the perfect white blooms of the Easter lily provides a traditional choice for this holiday. These are readily available since they are purposefully forced to begin blooming in time for Easter. You don't have to limit yourself to Easter lilies, either. Stargazer lilies, with their pale purple-pink speckled centers are another popular choice. The main problem with lilies is that they shed yellow pollen, which can stain table linens. You can ask your florist to remove the pollen anthers, which will eliminate this problem.
There's no reason to limit yourself to flowers. Many foliage plants can also evoke the lush green of spring, the symbol of rebirth. Consider picking up a basket filled with potted succulents. The multitude of colors and forms of these plants provides a visually appealing arrays of textures and interest. Variegated foliage plants, like nephthytis and ivy, provide large green leaves with white or yellow variegation. You can combine these with a perennial indoor bloomer, like kalanchoe, for a display that will provide beauty long after the Easter dinner is cleared away.
While you can get almost any flower at any time of year, it is most cost effective to opt for those that would be blooming naturally during the season. Your florist can further help lead you to the perfect flowers.