Red, White and Blue Plants for Your Summer Landscape

Red, white and blue is a popular color theme for gardens at summer cottages where patio containers overflow with red geraniums, white alyssum and blue lobelia. If you select your perennials and shrubs with the patriotic theme in mind, you can also have a landscape filled with red, white and blue flowers that are blooming on Independence day. Here are six ideas for summer blooming red, white and blue landscape plants. 

RED Summer Bloomers

Sombrero® Salsa Red Echinacea

Deeply saturated, brilliant red flowers top this floriferous echinacea all summer long. A favorite of pollinating bees and butterflies. Full sun to part shade, 24-26” tall, zones 4-9.

Happy Ever Appster™ ‘Red Hot Returns’ Daylily

This continuous blooming daylily puts up new flowers all summer long, blooming a bright pinky red. It is one of the easiest perennials to grow. Full sun to part shade, 1-3’ tall, zones 5-9.

Summerific® ‘Holy Grail’ Hibiscus

Dinner plate-sized, scarlet red flowers are absolutely dynamite against the near-black foliage of this robust, shrub-sized perennial. Full sun, 4-4½’ tall, zones 4-9.

Pyromania™ ‘Rocket’s Red Glare’ Red Hot Poker

Pollinators find the striking red and yellow bicolor flower spikes of this extremely heat tolerant, summer blooming perennial irresistible. Full sun, 30-36” tall, zones 6-9.

‘Vulcan Red’ Lobelia

If you have a low, damp spot in your landscape, plant a grouping of this fire engine red flowering, native perennial and enjoy the hummingbird show. Full sun to part shade, 2-3’ tall, zones 6-10.

Center Stage™ Red Crapemyrtle

This dynamic crapemyrtle shrub would make an incredible focal point in your landscape with its deep purple foliage and prolific cherry red summertime blossoms. Full sun, 6-12’ tall, zones 7-10.

WHITE Summer Bloomers

‘Firefly Diamond’ Yarrow

This easy care, summer blooming perennial bears large clusters of crystal white blossoms on tall stems above the ferny foliage, and reblooms if deadheaded. Full sun, 24-28” tall, zones 3-8.

‘Henryi’ Clematis

Though we sell many gorgeous clematis, time and again we recommend the classic ‘Henryi’ for its reliable flowering performance and huge 6-8” snow white blossoms. Full sun to part shade, 8-10’ tall, zones 4-8.

Eye Catcher™ ‘Swan Song’ Echinacea

Robust, well-branched plants are loaded with pristine white, 4” flowers all summer, drawing in goldfinches and butterflies. Full sun to part shade, 16-24” tall, zones 4-8.

Festival Star™ Baby’s Breath

One of the longest blooming perennials we grow, flowering from late spring through mid-fall, providing plenty of fresh, long lasting blossoms for bouquets. Full sun, 1-2’ tall, zones 3-9.

Daisy May® Shasta Daisy 

This incredibly floriferous daisy becomes a solid dome of white in summer and reblooms fully into fall when cut back. Full sun, 1-2’ tall, zones 5-9.

Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea

An improvement over ‘Annabelle’, this incredible hydrangea blooms reliably every summer with huge, white flowers on strong stems that don’t flop. Full sun to part shade, 4-5’ tall, zones 3-8.

BLUE Summer Bloomers

‘Little Galaxy’ Agapanthus

Rounded clusters of brilliant indigo blue flowers top this relatively short, heat tolerant perennial with strappy, green foliage for months in summer. Full sun, 22-26” tall, zones 6-10.

‘Blue Glow’ Echinops

Unique periwinkle blue, spiky globe-shaped blooms stand on tall stems well above the foliage and are a favorite of pollinating bees. Excellent cut flower. Full sun to part shade, 3-4’ tall, zones 3-8.

Sweet Romance® Lavender  

Every sunny garden needs a little lavender. We recommend this variety for its rich violet, all-summer blooms and smaller, manageable habit. Full sun, 12-18” tall, zones 5-9. 

Pugster® Blue Butterfly Bush

This popular series of butterfly bush features large, plump flowers on dwarf, compact plants. They truly are butterfly magnets! Full sun, 2’ tall, zones 5-9.

Blue Chiffon® Rose of Sharon

One of the most elegant and prolific rose of Sharon varieties we offer, blooming with semi-double, blue flowers for months beginning in midsummer. Full sun, 8-12’ tall, zones 5-9.

Let’s Dance® Blue Jangles® Bigleaf Hydrangea

This reblooming bigleaf hydrangea is relatively petite in size but produces full mophead flowers that easily shift from pink to bright blue in acidic soils. Full sun to part shade, 2-3’ tall, zones 5-9.

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