Celebrate the 4th of July with a patriotic container of red, white and blue flowers on your patio, front porch or at your door. It’s a quick and easy way to bring the spirit of the holiday to your outdoor living space.
You can’t go wrong with petunias; other red flowers include geraniums, verbena, salvia, fuchsias and zinnias.
Plants with white flowers are easy to find: daisies, calibrachoa, nicotiana, snapdragons and alyssum, for example.
Blue flowers include lobelia, salvia, larkspur, bachelor’s button and ageratum.
Deck a Patio with Red, White and Blue:
- Have fun creating combinations. Plant one container with shades of red, white and blue. Plant three separate containers, with one color each. Or choose a blue container and plant it with red and white flowers.
- Choose plants with different growing habits to give your arrangement a pulled-together look. Make the largest or most dramatic-looking plant the “star.” Surround it with plants that tumble over the side of the pot, and use others to fill in empty spaces.
- There’s no end to the type of container you can use, as long as it drains. Glazed ceramic holds moisture, which means less watering. Plastic and fiberglass are lightweight and easy to move. Fun and unusual choices include galvanized buckets, half whiskey barrels, and clay strawberry pots.
- Fill container 3/4 full with potting mix. Water, and let the mix settle.
- Play with the arrangement of plants while still in their pots until you find one you like.
- Remove plants from pots and gently loosen tangled roots. Arrange in container and cover roots with potting mix.
- Water thoroughly and add more potting mix if necessary.
- Fertilize according to the directions on the label.
Extend the life of your display by pinching off, deadheading blooms as they fade. This encourages new flowers to form.