The 4th of July is the perfect time to gather friends and family for a patio picnic or backyard barbecue. Set a patriotic table with red-checked tablecloths set with white plates and blue-starred napkins. All you need is some quick and easy decorations and you’re ready to entertain. Floral container plantings make easy outdoor decorations for Independence Day celebrations. Live plant arrangements will not only add sparkle to your July 4th festivities, they’ll continue to grace your patio or backyard with brilliant blooms all summer long.
Container arrangements are easy to do; no special skills are necessary. Choose attractive pots that fit your space. Large tubs or half barrels are perfect for yard containers. Medium size pots or groupings of small pots are particularly attractive on patios and decks and can be designed to fit available space. Consider creating a buffet table centerpiece in a long, shallow dish or use individually potted flowers as table decorations. Tie pots with red, white and blue ribbon to carry your patriotic theme.
In creating 4th of July floral groupings, you can select red, white and blue plants of the same variety or mix and match plants for added texture and interest. For example, a low dish planted with red, white and bluish-purple Petunias (Petunia) [http://greencirclegrowers.businesscatalyst.com/_product_58788/Petunia] makes a lovely centerpiece for serving tables. Colorful Petunias also do well in window box planters which can be attached to deck railings or set on the ground to provide color along patio edges.
If you choose to mix plants, make sure you mix plants that have similar sunlight and watering needs. Try mixing upright, bright red Salvia (Salvia) with fuzzy, button-topped blue Ageratum (Ageratum) and old-fashioned white Dahlias (Dahlia) for a beautiful 4th of July display.