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The President’s Corner — Bring on the Red, White, and Blue!





It’s fireworks time once again! While our nation celebrates Independence Day, and the night sky fills with beautiful colors of red, white, and blue, we as home gardeners can celebrate our gardens and the freedom of being able to grow whatever type of garden we desire. Whether it is a shade, waterwise, vegetable, rose, native, perennial, cottage or succulent rock garden, you can find plants that have red, white or blue flowers!

Does your vegetable garden have companion plant borage with its beautiful blue flowers or do you grow native asters? How about your shade garden with its bright red begonias and impatiens, or succulents with red flowers, such as kalanchoe and portulaca. Night gardens of all white flowers are fragrant and luminous, like moon flowers and star jasmine. Of course, there are hundreds of perennials and annuals that offer up all three colors. Yes, there are even   hybrid blue roses, though they are incredibly rare. So, if you are in the mood for creating a patriotic garden, or you just want to know because it is July, here is a list of red, white, and blue flowers that bloom this month in our area. Summer is here so sit back and eat a burger while you enjoy the view and smell the flowers! Happy Independence Day!

Red Flowers – Hollyhocks, Impatiens, Day Lily, Cardinal Flower, Salvia, Celosia, Dianthus, Echinacea, Verbena, Montbretia, Geranium, Hibiscus, Kniphofia, Lantana, Nemesia, Oriental Poppy, Petunia, Phlox, Spirea, Begonia, Weigela, Yarrow, Rose, Kalanchoe, Portulaca, and lilies.

White Flowers – Foxglove, Candytuft, Lupin, Rose, Statice, Calla Lily, Larkspur (Delphinium), Lavender, Dahlia, Clematis, Hydrangea, Agapanthus, Star Jasmine, Shasta Daisy, Sneezewort, Swamp Milkweed, Japanese Anemone, lilies, Moonflowers and Morning Glories.

Blue Flowers – Delphinium, Cornflower, Clematis, Balloon Flower, Hydrangea, Morning Glory, Pincushion Flower, Lobelia, Love-in-a-Mist, Salvia, Gentian, Globe Thistle, Aster, Blue Daisy, Blue Hibiscus, Bluecrown Passionflower, Lungwort, Lupin, Monkshood, Poorman’s Weather Glass, Poppy Anemone, Sea Holly, Veronica, and Borage.