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patriotic design

Posted by mike1977 5A/6B,PA (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 7, 08 at 20:29

I would like to use red, white, and blue hardy geraniums around my flagpole. Are these colors available? Will the plants later grow together to form rows?


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RE: patriotic design

Hi Mike! While not exactly what you were asking, I just saw a great display at HD, of all places, it was very eye-catching.

They used the perennial candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) which is white and has evergreen foliage, with annual blue lobelia (Lobelia erinus) and annual red geranium (Pelargonium peltatum) in the center. I think they used the candytuft around the geraniums, so it was planted in the order of "red, white and blue". I can't swear that candytuft blooms all summer, but I've read it blooms at least through July and reblooms in fall if deadheaded, and likes good drainage. It might be worth a try.

I have used white geraniums in hanging baskets and containers, and have been disappointed by the ratty way they look when the blooms fade. I like white star flower (Pentas lanceolata) better, no deadheading and they can really take the heat.

I used annuals, I don't think hardy geraniums come in red, just white and shades of pink and purple-blue.


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