Fourth of July brings many of us outdoors, even if we’re just sticking around the Milwaukee area this holiday. So why not add a little bit of festivity to your home and garden this summer season by sprucing up the area with some patriotic red, white, and blue?
Finding the right flowers that will grow well together and look good representing an all-American vibe may seem tricky, but garden centers and florists like Belle Fiori are always excited to help plant lovers find the perfect combination of blooms for their yards and tables.
For outdoors, popular garden centers such as Lowe’s recommend a variety of outdoor blossoms that mimic the colors of the flag.
Petunias, impatiens, lobelia, verbena, pansies and bachelor’s buttons can all be found in three colors. While red and white flowers usually present no problem, there are fewer “true blue” flowering plants to choose from. Keep in mind that in many cases the “blue” you find is actually light blue or purple and not true navy blue as in the flag.
Other choices that work in combination are:
Red – salvia, geranium, verbena, poppies, zinnia, begonias, mums, snapdragons and celosia.
White – geranium, alyssum, shasta daisy, salvia, mums snapdragons, verbena and zinnias.
Blue – ageratum, blue bells, lobelia, verbena and salvia.
A larger scale landscape project could even use hydrangea and lilac.
For indoors, you have a little more freedom to create an arrangement or centerpiece for your Fourth of July celebration. Choosing any combination of red, white, and blue flowers can be a fun way to spruce up your table by adding color and texture. Roses, daisies, blue statice and anything else that strikes your fancy can be combined to create a fun and festive table decoration for the holiday. And if you’re still having trouble finding that “true blue?” Try selecting a combination of red and white flowers while accenting them with a blue vase or ribbon.
No matter what you choose, having pops of red, white, and blue can help add a little extra spirit to the day.
Our florists here at Belle Fiori wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth!