Published: July 1, 2002
Burbank, Calif. - July 1, 2002 — With the Fourth of July a couple of days away, Rebecca Kolls, host of the nationally syndicated series Rebeccas Garden, would like to offer a few safe and patriotic ways for families to get together and celebrate in the great outdoors. From planting a garden to getting creative with sun or shade plants, this is sure to promise fun in the sun for everyone!
Here are a few of Rebeccas favorite red, white and blue themed ideas:
Rebecca suggests skipping the usual balloons and paper decorations this year for a colorful patriotic garden with red, white and blue flowers.
Choose red, white and blue flowers and include an American flag. While red and white flowers are easy to find, blue ones are little bit of a challenge. Plant what will work for your climate and your community.
Red Blooms: Geraniums, Petunias, Salvia, Roses, Dahlia, Zinnias, Celosia, Impatiens, Verbena, Red flax Poppies, Gomphrena, Hibiscus, Coleus, Red dragon dracaena, Burning bush, Red bud tree
White Blooms: Petunias, Geraniums, Impatiens, Begonias, Dianthus, Phlox, Cosmos, Lobelia, Daisies, Mums, Hydrangea, Gomphrena, Jasmine, Moon flowers, Gardenias, Nicotiana, Lilly of the Valley
Blue Blooms: Ageratum, Lobelia, Salvia, Status, Morning glories, Hydrangeas, Blue bell bachelor button, Gomphrena, Scabiosa, Balloon flower, Veronica, Torenia, Plumbago, Russian Sage, Blue phlox, African basil, Scaveola
If flowers do not sound like the best option for you, here are a couple of alternatives in the form of sun and shade plants:
Red Blooms: Lady in red salvia, Sun tolerant coleus, Dwarf red zinnia, Firecracker plant, Vancouver geranium Red Gergera Daisy, Red Trailing Verbina, Liberty asiatic lilly, Crimson pygmy barberry Emperor the first Japanese Maple, Blood Banana
Blue Blooms: Heliotrope, Dwarf Lisainthus, Elijah blue festcue, Blue Wonder Calamint, Syberian Iris Imagination Verbina.
White Blooms: Tuber oats grass, Icicles helicrysum (licorice plant), Veragated Iris, Mountain Mist Dianthus, Casablanca Lilly, Horsmann’s Korean Fir.
Red Blooms: Coleu, Red Dragonwing Begonia, Red Coledium, Reiger Begonia, Impatients.
Blue Blooms: Porenia, Royal Family Lobedia, Agapanthus, Pansy, Screptocartus
White Blooms: Patriot Hosta, White Caledium, White Nancy Lamium, Polka Dot plants, Jade frost Brunnerd, Deutchland Astilbe, Impatiens, Spiderplants.
For more information on these and other creative ideas, visit Rebeccas website at www.rebeccas garden.com.
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