While talking about Independence Day in February may sound strange this is actually a great time of year to plan a patriotic container garden for your yard. You can express your patriotism and take your celebration up a notch by decorating your yard with the red, white and blue. There is no need to be born on the 4th of July to create a dynamic display this summer.

There is typically no shortage of red and white flower choices for your containers but the color blue in the garden can be hard to come by. Fear not! We’ll provide you with suggestions on some blue flowers you can use but if they are not suitable for your situation why not try a blue container with red and white flowers? After all, a little creativity is all it takes to let freedom ring this summer!

As a reminder one simple container gardening recipe is to combine spillers, fillers, and thrillers together:

Spillers - These flowers and plants are found at the edge of the container and are designed to cascade toward the ground.

Fillers - These plants tie the container together as they are planted between the spillers and thrillers. They are taller than the spillers but not as tall as the thrillers would be.

Thrillers - These flowers and plants are the star of the show and are attention getters. They often have dramatic flowers or colorful foliage.

Here are some red, white and blue flowering plants to grow in partial to full sun conditions:

Spillers: Red, white or blue Calibrachoa, Red, white or blue Petunias, White Sweet Alyssum, Blue or Red Lobelia, Red, white or blue Verbena, Blue Morning Glory, Blue or White Bacopa

Fillers:  Red or white Geranium, Blue Ageratum, Red or white Zinnia, Blue Veronica, Blue Bachelor Buttons

Thrillers: Red, white or blue Salvia, White Lantana, Red Celosia, Red or White Snapdragons

Here are some suggestions for containers that include red, white and blue flowering plants and will be in partial to full shade conditions:

Spillers:  Blue Lobelia, Blue Browallia, White Sweet Alyssum

Fillers:  Red or white Begonias, Red or White Impatiens

Thrillers: Coleus Red Velvet, Caladium, Red Daylily

Whether they are in a hanging container or a pot on a patio the Spirit of 1776 will be alive in well in your yard this 4th of July!

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