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Show Your American Pride. Or British Pride. Or French. Australian…

by Fern on June 14, 2010

in Container Combos,Flowers Galore

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Red, white, and blue are pretty popular colors! Those four above aren’t even all of the countries with flags that are those three colors. All this talk of flags is appropriate, because today is Flag Day in the United States. Did you know that? It’s easy for me to remember because it’s also my grandpa’s birthday. June 14th is a great day to put together your red, white, and blue containers (if you are American) for the obvious patriotic reason, and also because the three weeks between today and Independence Day will give your pots plenty of time to grow in and look fabulous for your Fourth of July BBQ.

I got this pot at Ikea, and while it looks like stone, it’s actually styrofoam. It looks like it should weigh 30lbs, but it weighs less than a pound. Makes it easy to get home. In the back of the pot, there is a red yucca and statice. Then in front of those two, I places two white osteospermum and a pineapple sage. Spilling over the front of the pot are lemon thyme plants. Right now the planting is a little light on the “red” but hopefully the pineapple sage will send up a flower spike or two before Independence Day.

Red

Red Yucca

Hopefully this Pineapple Sage will bloom before July 4th

White

I loved the blue undersides of these osteospermums

Blue

Statice looks great for such a long time, I’m surprised it isn’t used more often in containers

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Laura June 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Thats a great idea. Maybe I’ll put something together for Canada day, July 1st.

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Bob June 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm

this is a beautiful container, Fern.
I hate to plug them, but proven winners has a great patriotic recipe: http://www.pwcertified.com/grower/combos/comboDetail.cfm?comboID=1655&s=1&sSeason=Spring&page=7 called Bunker Hill.

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Fern June 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Bob–I love Proven Winners, you can plug them all day.

Laura–That would be much easier than Red, White, and Blue. The hardest part of the equation is finding the “blue” flower. Have fun!

Mary C. June 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Lovely :) You’re right about the statice -it lasts forever almost even when cut for bouquets!

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Matti June 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

I am crossing my fingers for the pineapple sage. Speaking of the 4th of July…I think that the Sedum rubrotinctum (Pork and Beans) would go good with some franks. Matti

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MrBrownThumb June 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I’ve never grown Statice before so I was unware of what a pretty bloom it is.

Also, you deserve kudos for not using red or white petunias in this pot.

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