Planting flowers in patriotic hues is a great way to celebrate your freedom year-round. Here’s a list of the best red, white, and blue flowers for containers and flower gardens.
What types of red, white, and blue flowers can I grow in a container?
Some flowers grow better than others in plant pots and containers. Here are some of our favorite patriotic colored flowers you can grow in pots!
Americana Bright Red
This type of flower is a zonal geranium with large, vibrant blooms. It’s a versatile geranium that grows well in both a container and in-ground.
Americana bright red prefers full sun to partial shade. It blooms from early spring to late fall. And matures to 14 to 16 inches in height and width.
This type of flower more compact than Americana bright red so it works well for smaller containers. The bright, showy blooms will be the star of any flower container.
Designer red prefers rich, well-draining soil and full sun to part sun. You can enjoy bright blooms from early spring until the first frost.
If you prefer a deeper red bloom, daredevil claret is an award-winning choice for gardeners that live in the south as it thrives in hardiness zones 9 to 11. It performs equally well in a container or in the garden.
Daredevil claret grows to a height of 18 to 24 inches and a width of 10 to 14 inches. It is also heat and drought tolerant.
Sweet alyssum is an annual bloomer that is one of the easiest plants to grow. It blooms in dense clusters of small, white, 4-petaled flowers.
The blooms are sweetly fragrant often so numerous that they completely cover the leaves. Sweet alyssum grows to a height of 3 to 9 inches and 12 inches in width. This showy plant prefers full sun to part shade and is drought tolerant.
Petunias can be found in many varieties and colors, but white petunia’s make an especially perfect addition to your Fourth of July floral arrangements. Varying in height from 6 to 18 inches, these annual flowers are a great choice for any garden, container, or hanging basket.
Petunia’s should be watered at least once a week and thrive in direct sunlight.
Laguna Dark Blue Lobelia
Laguna dark blue lobelia is a long-blooming perennial that features true-blue flowers in light to dark shades. An ideal container plant, it grows to a height of 6 to 12 inches.
Laguna dark blue lobelia is hardy in zones 9 to 11 and prefer a full sun or a partly shaded location. This bloomer can handle summer’s heat and grows well in combination containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes.
To encourage rebloom, trim the plant with pruning shears or scissors. A haircut will allow new growth and flowers.
Blue colored morning glory flowers are a great addition to your potted flower arrangements and are often incorporated into hanging baskets. These low maintenance flowers can grow with vines that are anywhere from 6 to 12 feet in length.
Morning glories are perennial flowers that are hardy in zones 9-11. They grow best in sunny spots, blooming from early summer into autumn.
Here are some more tips about growing flowers in pots!
What types of red, white, and blue flowers can I grow in my garden?
Don’t forget to update your flower gardens as well! Make your garden holiday-ready with some of our favorite flowers that grow best in flower beds or in-ground garden areas.
Red salvia flowers are a favorite of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These easy-to-grow flowers can reach up to 5 feet tall and can be found in both annual and perennial types. They will bloom from late spring until early fall and like having full sunlight.
White peony flowers are a perfect addition to any garden or planter. These perennial flowers are hardy in Zones 3-8 and bloom throughout late spring and early summer. Peonies require little maintenance and like it best when they are in a spot that receives 6 to 8 hours of daily sunlight.
Bigleaf hydrangeas or hydrangea macrophylla can be found in a variety of colors, including blue. Often called Nikko blue hydrangeas, the color of these flowers is obtained by being grown in acidic soils with a pH of 5.5 or below. These perennials grow best in hardiness zones 6-9 with direct sunlight, and bloom in early to late summer.
Also known as the felicia daisy, this blue colored flower is perfect for all your decorating needs. Blue daisy’s bloom throughout the spring, summer, and fall, and grow best with full sunlight. This is a low maintenance flower and is a favorite of bees and butterflies!
Click here for a list of more flowers you can add to your garden.
What extra touches can I add to potted red, white, and blue flowers for a patriotic look?
- Poke a few small flags in the open spaces surrounding blooms.
- Attach a bold, flag-hued bow to the front of the pot.
- Gently weave a narrow, flag-hued ribbon throughout the flowers.
- Add a patriotic pinwheel for movement and interest.
- Paint a terra cotta planter in red, white, and blue.
Did you know? The colors of the U.S. flag have significant meaning: red for valor, white for hope, and blue, for reverence and loyalty.