Red, White and Bloom: Purely Patriotic Plants

Sarah Gorton

True patriotic plants are native plants — the ones that have been growing here since the beginning. And there are several that flaunt Fourth of July color.

For the Fourth of July, some landscapes go all out with annuals in red, white and blue. You may see geraniums, poppies, zinnias, mums and blue bells planted about to create a colorful look.

But if you want to show your true American (and Texan) pride, think beyond the color scheme. True patriotic plants are native plants — the ones that have been growing here since the beginning.

Because these plants are native to Texas, periods of drought and intense heat don’t impact them. They don’t need any more water than what Mother Nature provides. Additionally, native plants have deep roots that help remove some of the pollutants from runoff before it percolates deep into the ground to reach the aquifer.

If you still prefer to keep with the red, white and blue color scheme, you can do it!

So when you plant for the fourth of July, ask not what your landscape can do for you, but what you can do for your landscape.

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