Patriotic Garden

It will be important to trim spent blooms regularly if you want the garden to be in full bloom for the 4th of July.

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Show your true colors with a garden so patriotic it's at its best just in time for the Fourth of July! Choose a site with full sun, at least 6 hours of direct light a day. The garden is designed for a corner with a fence, but you can alter it to run straight along a fence or tuck it into a corner without a fence -- just eliminate two clematis.
 
Plant List
PERENNIALS
A-

False Indigo (Baptisia australis) (1)

 

Zones 4-8. Indigo-blue flowers in early summer followed by interesting seedpods, easy to grow in ordinary soil. 3-4' tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Larkspur (Delphinium x elatum)
Zones 3-7. Double flowers in blue, white, or pink spikes, needs well-drained rich soil. 4-5' tall.

 
B-

Clematis x 'Durandi' (1)

 

Zones 3-9. Large, indigo-blue flowers with white anthers, blooms most of summer, train to grow on fence. 5' habit.

 

Alternative Plant
Clematis x 'General Sikorski'
Zones 3-9. Bright blue blooms all summer, clusters of white stamens.

 
C-

Clematis x 'Mme Edouard Andre' (1)

 

Zones 3-9. Deep velvety red blooms with cream anthers, July - Aug.

 

Alternative Plant
Clematis x 'Madame Julia Correvon'
Zones 3-9. Clear rose-red blooms with yellow stamens, 2" flowers bloom in masses all summer. 6-8' habit.

 
D-

Cranesbill Geranium x 'Johnson's Blue' (3)

 

Zones 4-8. Bright lavender-blue flowers in late spring to early summer then lightly through the summer, compact. 15-18" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Michaelmas Daisy (Aster d. 'Wood's Light Blue')
Zones 4-8. Clear light blue in late summer and early fall. 12-16" tall.

 
E-

Bee Balm (Monarda d 'Jacob Kline') (3)

 

Zones 4-8. Large dark red flowers, fragrant foliage, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, blooms late summer. 4' tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Summer Phlox (Phlox p. 'Starfire')
Zones 3-9. Deep red flowers in late summer, fragrant, best in organic soil with good circulation. 2-3' tall.

 
F-

Asiatic Lily (Lilium 'Sterling Star') (9)

 

Zones 4-8. White blooms in summer, very showy. 24" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Balloon Flower (Platycoden g. 'Fuji White')
Zones 3-7. Pure white flowers in summer, bud resembles a balloon that opens bell shaped. 24" tall.

 
ANNUALS
G-

Petunias / Red (Petunia spp.) (3)

 

Trumpet-shaped, ruffled flowers. 12" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Vinca / Red (Catharanthus roseus)
Star-shaped flowers, shiny green foliage. 6-9" tall.

 
H-

Petunias / Blue (Petunia spp.) (3)

 

Trumpet-shaped, ruffled flowers. 12" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Swan River Daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia)
Blue or white daisy like flowers, fine dark green foliage. 12" tall.

 
I-

Petunias / White (Petunia spp.) (3)

 

Trumpet-shaped, ruffled flowers. 12" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
White fragrant flowers. 6" tall.

 
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Show your true colors with a garden so patriotic it's at its best just in time for the Fourth of July! Choose a site with full sun, at least 6 hours of direct light a day. The garden is designed for a corner with a fence, but you can alter it to run straight along a fence or tuck it into a corner without a fence -- just eliminate two clematis.
 
Plant List
PERENNIALS
A-

False Indigo (Baptisia australis) (1)

 

Zones 4-8. Indigo-blue flowers in early summer followed by interesting seedpods, easy to grow in ordinary soil. 3-4' tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Larkspur (Delphinium x elatum)
Zones 3-7. Double flowers in blue, white, or pink spikes, needs well-drained rich soil. 4-5' tall.

 
B-

Clematis x 'Durandi' (1)

 

Zones 3-9. Large, indigo-blue flowers with white anthers, blooms most of summer, train to grow on fence. 5' habit.

 

Alternative Plant
Clematis x 'General Sikorski'
Zones 3-9. Bright blue blooms all summer, clusters of white stamens.

 
C-

Clematis x 'Mme Edouard Andre' (1)

 

Zones 3-9. Deep velvety red blooms with cream anthers, July - Aug.

 

Alternative Plant
Clematis x 'Madame Julia Correvon'
Zones 3-9. Clear rose-red blooms with yellow stamens, 2" flowers bloom in masses all summer. 6-8' habit.

 
D-

Cranesbill Geranium x 'Johnson's Blue' (3)

 

Zones 4-8. Bright lavender-blue flowers in late spring to early summer then lightly through the summer, compact. 15-18" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Michaelmas Daisy (Aster d. 'Wood's Light Blue')
Zones 4-8. Clear light blue in late summer and early fall. 12-16" tall.

 
E-

Bee Balm (Monarda d 'Jacob Kline') (3)

 

Zones 4-8. Large dark red flowers, fragrant foliage, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, blooms late summer. 4' tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Summer Phlox (Phlox p. 'Starfire')
Zones 3-9. Deep red flowers in late summer, fragrant, best in organic soil with good circulation. 2-3' tall.

 
F-

Asiatic Lily (Lilium 'Sterling Star') (9)

 

Zones 4-8. White blooms in summer, very showy. 24" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Balloon Flower (Platycoden g. 'Fuji White')
Zones 3-7. Pure white flowers in summer, bud resembles a balloon that opens bell shaped. 24" tall.

 
ANNUALS
G-

Petunias / Red (Petunia spp.) (3)

 

Trumpet-shaped, ruffled flowers. 12" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Vinca / Red (Catharanthus roseus)
Star-shaped flowers, shiny green foliage. 6-9" tall.

 
H-

Petunias / Blue (Petunia spp.) (3)

 

Trumpet-shaped, ruffled flowers. 12" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Swan River Daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia)
Blue or white daisy like flowers, fine dark green foliage. 12" tall.

 
I-

Petunias / White (Petunia spp.) (3)

 

Trumpet-shaped, ruffled flowers. 12" tall.

 

Alternative Plant
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
White fragrant flowers. 6" tall.

 
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