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4th of July Centerpiece: Southwest

Lynn Coulter
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Our Muddy Boots reporter Gail, from California, says, “One of the go-to staples for Fourth of July color is an arrangement of red, white, and blue petunias. You can jazz this up a bit by using blue and red salvia and white Bacopa.” Look for a pretty blue or red vase to display your patriotic petunia arrangement.

If you don’t have cut flowers, use small live, potted plants instead, and put them on your table in a straw basket or colorful bowl. If your container is too deep, stuff crumpled up newspaper into the bottom to help lift the plants above the rim. Hide the pots by tucking sphagnum moss around the tops, or by artfully arranging the trailing stems of the plants around them. For filler, add some green leaves from hostas or other foliage plants.

When your holiday party is over, move the live plants into your garden, a hanging basket, or a window box. Just be sure to keep them well-watered during the heat of the summer.

“Blue salvia blossoms and baby’s breath with a red rose also make a beautiful indoor centerpiece,” Gail says.

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

Happy July 4!

Image: Shutterstock/Joy Brown

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