This Month's Color in the Garden July: Red, White & Blue Blooms for your Garden!

Welcome to This Month’s Color in the Garden!  For the month of July we are celebrating with the colors red, white and blue and their meaning in the garden. Red has always been considered a strong color in the garden, radiating warmth and excitement to a space. Throughout the centuries, red has been known as the color of love, romance, courage, respect, constancy and admiration, while lighter shades of pink speak of gentleness, happiness and love.  White blooms in the garden symbolize purity, innocence, reverence and humility and are also a sign of sympathy and bereavement, while blue brings a cool and calming feel. Blue is also a symbol for peace, hope, inspiration, serenity and openness.  For the month of July, let’s look at some of the possibilities for red, white and blue in your summer garden.

Double Red Knock Out Rose

Knock Out Roses come in a variety of colors and exhibit a generous bloom cycle every 5-6 weeks that will continue until the first hard frost. This family of roses are the most disease resistant on the market and for the most part self-cleaning. Knock Out Roses winter hardy to USDA Zone 5, prefer full sun and a well-drained soil, and are heat tolerant throughout the entire U.S. 

Endless Summer Hydrangea Blushing Bride

Endless Summer Blushing Bride Hydrangea is hardy to USDA zone 5 and grows to a moderate 5-6 feet in height and width. Pure white blooms gradually mature to a beautiful pink blush. Foliage is disease and mildew-resistant and an attractive dark green against the large white mop-head blooms. Strong stems and branches keep the plant upright in the garden, making the blooms perfect for cuttings. Blushing Bride Hydrangea prefers to be grown in partial shade.
Endless Summer Hydrangea ‘Bailmar’
Endless Summer Hydrangea ‘Bailmar’ is hardy to USDA zone 4 and grows to 4-5 feet tall by wide.  The Endless Summer Collection has the unique ability to bloom consistently on both old and new wood. Large mop-head blooms grow up to 8″ in diameter, displaying pink blooms in alkaline soils and blue blooms in acidic soil. Grow Endless Summer Hydrangea in part shade in a moderately moist soil. 

Lobelia Cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
Lobelia, also known as Cardinal Flower is hardy to USDA zone 4 and grows 24-48 inches tall by 18-24 inches wide and can be grown in full sun to partial shade. Cardinal Flower adapts well to many conditions and thrives in the moist areas beside ponds or water features. Tall spikes of scarlet red flowers opening from bottom to top form on stalks in mid to late summer and stay in bloom for several weeks. Lobelia is also known to be an attraction to both hummingbirds and butterflies.
Pee Gee Hydrangea Tree
Pee Gee Hydrangea is a fast growing deciduous flowering shrub hardy to USDA zone 3 that prefers full sun to partial shade.  Voluminous pure white elongated panicle-shaped blooms emerge in late summer and last for several weeks on graceful arching branches due to the weight on the blooms. Pee Gee Hydrangea blooms on new wood and can be pruned in early spring before new growth emerges. Pee Gee Hydrangea tolerates more sun than other varieties of hydrangea and needs a few hours of good sunlight to flower well.
Platycodon  grandiflorus’ komachi’ (Balloon Flower)
Platycodon, or Balloon Flower  gets its name from its display of puffy rounded blooms that look like inflated balloons. and open to star-like flowers. Hardy to USDA zone 3, Balloon Flower grows 8-10 inches tall by 10-12 inches wide and blooms in late summer. Platycodon prefers to be grown in full sun to part shade and will bloom in your garden for several weeks, approximately late July though August, depending on your zone. While most Platycodon buds open, this particular variety is known as Platycodon grandiflorus’ komachi’, in which the flowers remain closed.
Hemerocallis  (Daylily) Pardon Me
Hardy to zone 9, Hemerocallis ‘Pardon Me’ displays fragrant cranberry red blooms with a yellow center and bright green throat. Petals have ruffled edges and blooms appear on strong 16-18 tall stems that rise above tall grassy foliage. ‘Pardon Me’ prefers to be grown in full sun to partial shade, and even though blooms last for only one day, flowers are abundant and continuous for several weeks. This perennial blooms from mid-summer to fall.
Lillium Casablanca
Oriental Lilies such as this  Lillium ‘Casa Blanca’ are hardy to USDA zone 4 and prefer full sun. Cultivars vary from 18″ to 6′ tall with either large white, pink, rose, or red blooms with intense fragrance. Lillium are one of the most popular cut flowers for flower arrangements. Blooms appear in late summer and last for approximately three weeks.
Cranesbill Perennial Geranium Rozanne
Cranesbill is hardy to USDA zone 4 and comes in a variety of colors. This particular variety, known as Rozanne, displays blue-violet cup shaped blooms on a low lying 15-24 inch plant, that blooms from early to late summer. Perennial Geranium (Cranesbill) is tolerant of a variety of conditions, but prefers to be grown in full sun to partial shade in a well-drained soil.  It is a welcomed old favorite in the garden.
That’s it for “This Month’s Color in the Garden”. Enjoy this month of patriotism in celebrating America’s independence and please share how you may use the colors red, white and blue in your garden. See you again on the 15th for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up and at the end of the month for Color Our World Round-Up.

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