Container Ideas: Red, White and Blue

Updated: Nov. 16, 2023

Decorate your outdoor space for a patriotic celebration with flowers in red, white and blue for great container ideas.

4th of July Flower Arrangement
Tall spikes of Angelonia ‘Blue Stripe’ are surrounded by red verbena, red vinca and lobelia.

Drive down any neighborhood street on this patriotic holiday and you will see American flags fluttering in the breeze.  How about adding to your holiday decor with containers filled with red, white and blue flowering plants?

Blue, white and red petunias
White alyssum, red geraniums and blue lobelia.

Visit any garden center and it isn’t hard to find a large variety of flowers in shades of red, white and blue.  Simply select your favorite color combination or choose from some of these great container ideas.

Popular red flowering plants include celosia, geraniums, petunias, snapdragons, verbena and vinca.

Blue, white and red petunias
Blue, white and red petunias

A wide variety of white-flowering plants are usually easy to find.  Alyssum, bacopa, daisies, geraniums, violas, petunias, snapdragons, verbena or vinca all make great choices for container gardening.

'Victoria Blue' salvia and red gomphrena
‘Victoria Blue’ salvia and red gomphrena

Plants with blue flowers can be a little harder to find, but there are some great choices.  Blue varieties of angelonia and petunias as well as ‘Victoria Blue’ salvia look great when paired with red and white flowers.

White and red vinca contrast beautifully with blue containers.
White and red vinca contrast beautifully with blue containers.

Red and blue colors contrast beautifully with each other and once you add white to the mix, you have a lovely color combination that will continue to look great once the fireworks have faded.

Need some more ideas for decorating for the 4th of July?  Check out my fellow blogger, Jill’s DIY on how to make patriotic Pinwheels and Flowers.