Today is Flag Day in the U.S. And while most Americans do not plant flowers to mark the occasion, Flag Day is a good time to prepare for an upcoming celebration that is often marked by plantings of red, white and blue flowers: Fourth of July.
This is one of the instances when annuals really come into their own. I know, I know: annuals are boring. Many who consider themselves a notch or two above the "average gardener" wouldn't be caught dead with annuals in their yards (well, maybe an exception would be made for an especially rare annual). But when the thrust of a planting is display value rather than horticultural elitism, one must admit that annual flowers have their place.
In the article linked to below, I elaborate on that idea, while offering various tips to ensure that you'll have a knockout Fourth of July planting this year. Beginners will profit from the examples I supply of flowers to use in red, white and blue color schemes.
Read article: Red, White and Blue Flower Choices
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