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Red, white and blue flowers make a colorful, contrasting garden choice.

Design with red, white or blue flowers

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Whether it is President’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day or any other holiday, Americans love to tout the red, white and blue. For gardeners, planting with these colors can make for a holiday garden, a show of national pride — or simply a good-looking color combination landscape design.

Not only are there plenty of flowering plants to choose from in these colors, but the contrast and brilliance of these hues can make for a cheerful garden design. For perennials you can form a tapestry of low-growing ground-covers, create a colorful fence or boundary with tall flowers or shrubs, or design out a whole picture garden with a complementary assortment of growth habits. You can group areas — even individual beds —  of red, white and blue flowers to make the colors into bold statements. Or you can pepper them altogether for a textural effect. You can even take the time to design your colored flowers into a picture.

For holiday displays, try planting beds with annuals that will give you intense flowering even if it is only for a short season. There are hundreds of choices like annual salvias, lobelias and verbenas that offer a range of all three colors. Or mix different annual plants to get variety of shapes and textures.

You can even create an herb garden with red, white and blue flowers. Perennial sage offers a deep purple-blue flower, borage flowers with sky blue and you’ll find an assortment of blues in rosemary.  Pineapple sage sports brilliant red and there are plenty of whites available in chamomile, garlic chives and more.

So whether you want to celebrate an American holiday, design a patriotic garden, or simply want an inspiring color combination for your flower garden — at any time of the year — consider red, white and blue flowers. The number of patterns, designs or effects you can get with just these colors is limited only by your imagination.