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A Patriotic Planter Project For Your Garden

Updated on January 23, 2016
Fill the Pot with Red, White, and Blue Flowers
Fill the Pot with Red, White, and Blue Flowers | Source

Say Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue with a Patriotic Planter

This patriotic planter project is ideal for summer time giving on Mother's or Father's Day. It is also a great one to do with children at home or in group settings because kids love being involved with gardening projects.

As well, small versions of a patriotic planter would make super gifts for retirement or nursing homes, and they would be perfect in bazaars for fund raising. Most everyone can find some sort of use for this garden project and I hope to hear of some new ideas for it's use from readers.

Check out the basic plan for this patriotic planter below and think through your own project. Then, let us know how you design yours by making a hub about it. If you do write about your patriotic garden project please notify me so I can link it to this one!

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Newly planted Patriotic Planter is just beginning to grow and bloom--fully grown plants with profuse blooms expected in the summer.
Newly planted Patriotic Planter is just beginning to grow and bloom--fully grown plants with profuse blooms expected in the summer. | Source
Flag colors are easy to find.
Flag colors are easy to find. | Source
Vintage or fresh, the colors of the flag speak our heritage.
Vintage or fresh, the colors of the flag speak our heritage. | Source

Gardening in Pots Can Help Refresh Overgrown Spaces

Due to circumstances beyond our control throughout last summer and fall our garden got bent out of shape. “How bad was it,” you ask? Bad enough that I thought the good plants might sprout legs and walk off.

Bad enough that I thought our kitty might turn wild on us. Why, it was bad enough that I thought our neighbors might ask us to move far away. (Seriously, I am thankful for their patience.)

Anyway, it’s been great to start getting caught up and finally start getting some reworking done that includes a couple of new projects. With so much to catch up on I’ve had to start small.

The new projects are still developing but here is one I thought you might like to hear about early enough to incorporate into your garden or patio/deck area. My friend gave me the idea of making a patriotic planter.

Well, you know how it goes, I had to stop everything in order to get it done so it could be at its peak this July. There are a couple of considerations to think through but the project is really as easy as eating apple pie.

Turns out that a patriotic planter can add real pizazz to an area, delighting both young and old visitors to the garden. It's also a place to incorporate some patriotic yard art if you decorate seasonally.

Some Great Tips on Wave Petunias

First, with the red, white, and blue blooms in mind, give some thought to the color of the planter you want to use. I thought I might go with blue, then possibly green, but when I went to buy one I decided on a clay colored pot because our house is a clay colored brick.

Next the size needed to be considered. Mine is placed in a large island so it needed to be good sized, but if I were to design one for our porch it would probably be quite a bit smaller. Giving the size some thought ahead of time is important, but it is not hard to decide what you need and want when you look your area over.

Then comes the decision about the kind of flowers you will use. Will the planter be in the shade, part shade, mostly sun, or full sun? Mine will be in the hot sun for most of the day so I chose full sun plants--white petunias, with blue and red verbena. However, I may switch out these plants as more varieties become available this spring.

It’s not easy to find true blue flowers but there are several to choose from. One of my favorite blues is the balloon flower, but they do not bloom all summer like verbena. Red flowers need to be a blue red, not an orange red, and they need to be the kind that don’t fade to pink or coral before wilting. Wave petunias are not out in my area just yet, but if these white petunias don’t bloom profusely I can always transplant them when the Wave’s are available.

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Would You Guess A Cold Climate | Source
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The size of the flower plants should be considered as you plant so that low growing ones are on the outer edge of the planter with the taller ones in the middle. As well, the size of the bloom is a consideration. Just think it through according to what is available in your area.

A friend with a large round planter in his driveway asked me to recommend a design for it. I helped him plan black-eyed Susans in the center, then red and white Wave petunias encircling them, with blue balloon flower plantings around the outer edge. His Waves will trail between the blue balloons and spill over the sides of the planter.

By July he should have his patriotic flowers going strong and the black-eyed Susans bursting yellow fireworks over their heads, that is if he plants in good potting soil and waters consistently, for his planter is in direct sun all day. A full shade container could have impatiens and forget-me-nots dancing in the shadows to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner.

My planter is just getting started but I will try to post a new photo or two when it is filled out and going strong. In the meantime, I am posting two flower pics next to this paragraph, each from opposite ends of the world. Can you guess where they are from?

Oh yes--if you create a red, white, and blue patriotic planting write a hub and post some photos of your plants, then be sure to let me know so I can link it to this one. Happy gardening!

Patriotic A Cappella

Patriotic Thanks!

How appreciative are you for the sacrifices that service men and women make for your country?

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    I hope you had great success at the plant sale! Maybe by now you have your planter all put together. If so, it would be great to see it on HP! Let me know if you make a hub about it so I can link it here.

  • 2patricias profile image


    7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    I'm off to a plant sale this morning, and turned to the internet for some ideas. This is the Queen's Jubilee year, so a red, white and blue theme would be just perfect.

    I'll be taking another look at this hub.

    Thanks for the idea.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Millionaire Tips:

    They are fun to make and enjoy, aren't they? Some tweeking with the blue and you'll have it just right, I'm sure. Hope to see some photos--I'll check to see if you've done your own hub about this topic.

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    Shasta Matova 

    7 years ago from USA

    I had a patriotic planter this summer as well. It was the best part of the yard, even though the blue didn't show as much as I liked. I will definitely be doing that again this summer.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for stopping by, saif113sb.

  • saif113sb profile image


    8 years ago

    Very interesting hub. thanks

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much, computer science.

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    computer science final year project topics 

    8 years ago

    Awesome plant colors, great hub , got ideas from this,keep sharing...

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you kindly. I appreciate that you stopped by and let me know that you enjoyed the hub.

  • ellahall2011 profile image


    8 years ago

    What the nice idea huh? Not only on summer you can do this, do if you want, This is nice hub.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you very much for your encouraging words. I have much to learn about writing and HP is a neat place to work on it.

    It would be great to see your Americana garden display! I'm looking forward to it, and to reading more of your other work.

    So appreciate that you stopped by with your note!

  • RentedMule profile image


    8 years ago from Lexington Kentucky

    I love this post, and your writing style is great, just like you are having a conversation with the readers. I have made an Americana display for the yard before, I will try to find the pics and do an article to link as well, and now I am following you, So I can catch all of your great posts!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    I hope you post pics throughout the year!

    Thanks much for coming by with your note!

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    Granny's House 

    8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    I love flowers. I have 7 flower beds. Great hub

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Practical is very good, but using annuals doesn't have to be an extravagance. You can collect their seeds, or just make sure some seeds are replanted in the same pot, then you could expect to have another season of patriotic color in a practical way.

    Another practical issue to keep in mind is that some annuals are edible, making a salad a very special dish.

    Hope you enjoy your project, and maybe you could have a salad to boot!

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Washington

    How cool! I'm so practical that I always just plant perennials and my Bob has a cow if I buy annuals but what a fun project....think I'll try and slip this one by him!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Actually, going with plants that can pretty much make it on their own is one of my best gardening secrets. Plants in planters usually require more water, but I am going with them right now so I can both have spring color and continue cleaning out my islands. It helps that we are having a fairly rainy spring. Windy, too, though!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you can enjoy the project "from afar." :)

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    Lynn S. Murphy 

    8 years ago

    Great idea. Sadly my friends and I are browned thumb individuals and its about the survival of the fitist but I so love planters and admire them from afar.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you kindly for your comments! So glad the hub's project was a delight to you. :)

    We are having a big storm, possibly hail tornados tonight, so I am wondering if I will be starting all over tomorrow. If so, I'll have to post about that!

    I hope you have fun planning and doing your project. Hope you do a hub with pics!

    Very much appreciate that you stopped in to share your input.

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    Linda Myshrall 

    8 years ago

    I can't wait for the follow up photos! This is a great idea, and what a cheerful hub idea. I'm glad this is the one that popped up when I opened my account... it left me feeling bright, cheerful and ready to take on the rest of my day :) ps... my garden is more of the pragmatic variety, but you've inspired me to find an unexpected corner and go red, white and blue!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Jamie Brock:

    You are welcome, glad you liked the project. Appreciate that you came by!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Cameron Dean:

    It is easy, and it's great fun to look at my planter from my front windows. When the plants are larger and full of blooms we'll have to have a garden party. :)

    Thanks much for coming by!

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    Jamie Brock 

    8 years ago from Texas

    What a great idea and so pretty for the 4th of July! Thank you for sharing this :)

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    Cameron Dean 

    8 years ago from New York

    WOW, this is easy. Great idea!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    So glad this was helpful to you! The more I think about this more I want to put a large bed of red, white, and blue in one of my islands.

    Thank you kindly both for stopping in and for commenting.

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    Linda Crampton 

    8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This hub is very useful since I’m currently thinking about what to plant this spring. I loved reading the flower descriptions and looking at the photos and videos. Thanks for an enjoyable article.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Hi! Thanks much for being the first visitor to comment on this hub.

    I hope your friend enjoys your gift. It really would make a fun birthday present, especially since she is a gardener. For a birthday present I think I would put a little USA flag in it for a bow! :)

    You could take pics of your project in progress, then of it in her garden--even video her reaction to it. You could write a hub about it using the pics and vid, then let me know so I could link it to this one. Most of all, have fun!

  • Chatkath profile image


    8 years ago from California

    What a fabulous idea, my Dad's girlfriend has a 4TH of July Birthday and I never know what to get her, this is a such a perfect gift! She already has an amazing garden, the grade school down the street actually tours her garden so she will really appreciate a few new colorful additions. Maybe a few left over for me too!?

    Great Hub R.


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