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4th of July Centerpiece: Southeast

Lynn Coulter
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Red, white, and blue petunias are your go-to combo for a July 4 centerpiece says Travis, our Muddy Boots associate for the Southeast. Although it’s hard to find true-blue flowers in nature, you can substitute Rhythm and Blues petunias, developed by Viva! and available in most The Home Depot Garden Centers. Their violet-blue blooms, edged in white, are outstanding in arrangements.

If you’d rather, use live, potted plants in 4-6″ pots, and arrange them in a straw basket or colorful bowl for your table. 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 the tops, or artfully arrange the trailing stems. For filler, pop in a few green leaves from hostas or other foliage plants.

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

For fun, add a couple of small American flags, pinwheels in patriotic colors, or other floral picks from arts and crafts stores to your festive centerpiece.

Happy July 4!

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