Plant a Patriotic Garden

Red, white, and blue are popular colors this year. But flying the American flag is not the only way to introduce red, white, and blue into the landscape. Why not have these colors growing in beds, borders, and containers as well? There are many annual flowers that can be considered a part of liberty landscaping, patriotic pots, and freedom flowers. Mix and match any of the commonly available annuals in containers, baskets, window boxes, and beds this spring. Select plants ideally suited for your site requirements.

Red Flowers for Sunny Sites: geraniums, petunias, salvia, dahlia, cannas, zinnias, celosia, verbena, flowering tobacco, snapdragon, cosmos

Red Flowers for Shady Sites: begonias, caladium, impatiens, coleus

White Flowers for Sunny Sites: geraniums, petunias, globe amaranth, alyssum, nierembergia, cosmos, flowering tobacco, snapdragon, larkspur, zinnia, spider flower

White Flowers for Shady Sites: impatiens, begonias, caladium, coleus, browallia

Blue Flowers for Sunny Sites: ageratum, petunia, salvia ÔVictoriaÕ, heliotrope, bachelor button, scaevola, verbena, lisianthus, larkspur, love-in-a-mist, dwarf morning glory

Blue Flowers for Shady Sites: torenia, lobelia, pansy, agapanthus, forget-me-not, browallia

This article originally appeared in the April 18, 2003 issue, p. 41.

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