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Here’s how to help clients celebrate the red, white and blue
Jill Odom | July 2, 2016

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, here are some patriotic plantings to get your creative juices flowing.

The plant pairing of red, white, and blue will vary based on sun and water requirements, but the designs can get quite ingenious.

Traditional flag design

Nothing gets more American than creating a floral version of the stars and stripes. This one was created with red, white and blue salvias.

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Mass groupings

Large clumps of red, white and blue flowers can be dramatic in any yard, so you can’t go wrong here. This example uses red and white petunias and violet-blue ageratum.

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Patriotic planters

If your client is looking for just a temporary flash of Americana, going with planters is a better choice. They can last well beyond the Fourth – in fact, well into the fall – and it’s an option when the customer doesn’t want to commit to adding something to the yard. This example uses red and white geraniums and blue lobelia.

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Hanging basket

When hanging the buntings this year, also break out this bonanza of blooms. The mixture of the different colored petunias is sure to brighten up any porch.

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Colorful containers

Finding red and white plants isn’t that hard, but blue can be more of a challenge if you’re looking for a true blue. One way to work around this is using blue containers. But don’t just use blue ones, sprinkle in some red and white ones too for a more cohesive look.

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Year-round classic

For those who want to keep a patriotic look year-round, choosing a beautiful blue hydrangea while pairing with a white picket fence and red door is one way to keep the look. Around certain holidays more red and white flowers can be planted around the hydrangeas.

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Exotic exhibition

There’s always some who want to stand out and find a unique twist to an old style. One way to play with the traditional red, white and blue theme is to select a plant that is already a mixture of the two colors and then add the other. An example of this is growing candy cane sorrel in a blue container. It’s definitely not going to be found on every corner.

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