Make Independence Day even brighter with dazzling red, white and blue blooms in your outdoor space. At the height of summer, choose flowers in shades taken right from Old Glory. You’ll find that the colors of the stars and stripes that unite our country unify in the garden, too.
You can plant waves of annuals like red salvia, white begonias and purple ageratums in a flower bed, or pot them up in containers and stagger them on front porch steps, or nestle them in a corner.
For more impact, coordinate the planter color with the flowers, like a red geraniums in a blue container, or white petunias in a red container.
It’s hard to find true blue annuals in the summer, but there’s no shortage of intensely purple blooms like petunias and calibrachoas.
blue and purple favorites:
- Evolvulus (dwarf morning glory)
Red geraniums are the classic patriotic annual. Pick up a couple of containers and pop them into urns for All-American curb appeal. Pentas have deep red star-shaped blooms that are a natural for a star-spangled red, white and blue container.
More red blooms:
Many of the above flowers, like begonias, impatiens and verbena, also come in white. Looking beyond annuals, creamy magnolia, hydrangea and gardenia blossoms, and spikes of white iris and gladiolus can become part of a red, white and blue display.
You can assemble a red, white and blue floral arrangement with edibles and herbs to round out the red, white and blue collection. Radishes and carrots both have white blooms. Cilantro and basil will bolt with white spires in the hottest weeks of the summer.
In a foodscape, mix cherry tomatoes and baby eggplants in a container with white geraniums. What could be more blue than a blueberry bush filled with sun-ripened berries? Blueberries grow beautifully in containers or in the landscape, like acidic soil and appreciate a blanket of mulch to help them through hot, dry summers.
Take the guesswork and messy work out of your red, white and blue arrangement and pick up a patriotic Drop-N-Bloom annuals container at The Home Depot Garden Center. These combinations of annuals like verbena and geraniums are made to be dropped right into your decorative containers at home. And every arrangement, whether in a container or bed, needs a flag to complete the look.