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Patriotic planter

By: Garden Gate staff
A fireworks show in the daytime? It’s true! We’ll show you how to celebrate the holiday with a festive red, white and blue container garden.

If you’re looking to decorate your garden with red, white and blue for the fourth of July, here’s an idea that will crackle and pop! To make this a stand-out container garden, stick to a monochromatic planting scheme. Bold red plants make a statement on their own, but when paired with a vibrant blue container, they start to get festive. Then add some height and really thrill with these allium “fireworks.” We’ll show you are secret for reviving these spent blooms in the quick video below.

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To keep this planting looking good all season, cut back the petunia and verbena by a third to prevent them from developing a leggy, messy look. As zinnia flowers fade, snip them off to encourage more bloom. Scroll down for more information about the plants and to see a detailed planting plan.

Planting plan

allium-fireworks-container-diagram

A) Petunia (Petunia Panache™ Hells Bells) Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Orange-red from spring to fall Light Full sun Size 8 to 12 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in AHS zones 10 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

B) Verbena (Verbena Fuego Red with Eye) Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Clusters of red flowers with white eyes from spring to fall Light Full sun Size 8 to 12 in. tall, 12 to 24 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in AHS zones 9 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

C) Zinnia (Zinnia Profusion™ Double Hot Cherry) Type Annual Blooms Rosy-red from spring to fall Light Full sun Size 12 to 18 in. tall and wide Hardiness Annual, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

Container is 15 in. in diameter

Now that you have a great looking container, check out our Tips for perfect patio pairings!

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