The Plant Man: Deck out your garden in red, white and blue for July 4th

By Steve Kawaratani

“Our United States of America is not about us versus them. It’s about we the people!” –Camila Alves

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Steve Kawaratani

The Fourth of July weekend is soon upon us and there’s still time to enhance our gardens with a sense of festivity and a patriotic spirit. Let’s think red, white and blue for the celebration of America’s independence from Laguna and beyond.

A garden adorned with flowers in shades of red, white and blue captures the second holiday of summer perfectly. Flowers like red roses, white petunias and blue ageratum create a vibrant and eye-catching display. Whether planted in pots or flower beds, your garden can proudly show the colors of our flag.

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The strikingly red shrub rose is the first of our patriotic-themed garden

Enhance the July 4th celebration by incorporating decorations throughout the garden. In years past, we have displayed our American flag, edged our flower beds with smaller flags and festooned our fences with bunting and ribbons.

The Fourth of July is the time for outdoor gatherings and remembrances. A spirited match of cornhole on the lawn will certainly whet your appetite for a grilled burger and a chilled beverage of your liking. Decorate your patio with a patriotic tablecloth and a centerpiece featuring Independence Day-themed candles.

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Concentration is the key to cornhole, a game attributed to the Blackhawk tribe in Illinois. Dressing the part is also important (and adds to the fun!).

As the evening settles in, string lights in red, white and blue along fences and on trees to create a magical glow. And, of course, consider using solar-powered lights to embrace sustainable practices and to reduce energy consumption.

As we join to celebrate the Fourth of July, let our gardens echo the joy and spirit of our nation’s independence. Enjoy the festivities and remember that it is the strength of freedom, democracy and unitedness that have truly made our nation great. Happy Fourth of July, America, and see you next time.

Steve Kawaratani, a regular columnist with Stu News Laguna, has been a local guy for seven decades and likes to garden and drive the Baja Peninsula with Catharine and Loki. He can be reached at plantman2@mac.com or 949.494.5141.


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