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4th of July Centerpiece: North

Lynn Coulter
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July 4th picnic

Even for a last-minute celebration, you can make a quick and easy centerpiece from your Northern garden for Fourth of July.

Our Muddy Boots reporter Sharon, from Maine, says, “Use red geraniums surrounded by white petunias with blue lobelia. You could also arrange white daises with blue petunias and ‘Carpet of Snow’ alyssum or bacopa.” If you’re using cut stems, put your patriotic arrangement in a bright blue or red vase, and add colorful pinwheels or small flags as accents.

To use live, potted plants in 4-6″ containers, arrange them in a straw basket or colorful bowl. If your container is too deep, stuff a few sheets of crumpled newspaper into the bottom to help lift the plants above the rim. Hide the pots by tucking sphagnum moss around them, or artfully arrange the trailing stems. If you need filler, try adding a few green leaves from hostas or other foliage plants. When the party’s over, you can move your potted plants into the garden or a hanging basket or window box; just be sure to keep them well-watered during the heat of the summer.

To help your cut flowers last longer, use a floral preservative in the water, or re-snip the stems daily and change the water in the vase.

Plant selections vary by store, so please ask a The Home Depot Garden Center associate if you don’t see what you’re looking for. He or she will be glad to help.

Happy July 4!

Image: Shutterstock/Sherri R. Camp

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