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Stars and Stripes

Author: Lori A. Johnson
Issue: July, 2017, Page 108
photo by W. Atlee Burpee Co.
STARCLUSTER RED PENTAS
(Pentas lanceolata ‘Starcluster Red’)


Type: Annual

Blooms: Red; summer

Size: 14-18"H by 14-18"W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Moderate

Maintenance: Pentas are low maintenance and do not require removal of spent blooms.

Attracts: Bees, butterflies

Note: While this particular varietal features red flowers, pentas also are available in white as well as several other colors and varieties.

Why we like it: This enduring, heat-tolerant plant thrives in the summer. Showy clusters of vibrant star-shaped flowers bloom all season long and provide plenty of nectar to attract butterflies to the garden. Alternate with ‘Starcluster White’ for a two-toned or flag-striped effect. Pentas make good border or container plants and are an excellent long-lasting addition to cut flower arrangements.



NIGHT SKY PETUNIA
(Petunia ‘Night Sky’)


Type: Annual

Blooms: Purple-and-white; summer

Size: 10-16"H by 24-36"W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water needs: Moderate

Maintenance: Remove spent blooms to encourage flowering and prevent seed development.

Attracts: Butterflies, hummingbirds

Note: The ratio of purple to white on each blossom of this award-winning petunia cultivar may vary depending on temperature fluctuations during the blooming season.

Why we like it: White markings on inky petals are reminiscent of the night sky, adding drama to a summer garden. Due to their low-mounding growth habit, petunias make excellent edging plants and can be combined with other summer annuals when planted in the ground or in containers or hanging baskets.



Photo by Captain-tucker
FOURTH OF JULY climbing ROSE
(Rosa ‘WEKroalt’)

Type: Deciduous shrub  

Blooms: Red-and-white; summer

Size: 10-14'H by 4-6'W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Moderate

Maintenance: Prune in early spring before new growth begins. Fertilize periodically through late summer. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms.

Attracts: Butterflies

Why we like it: Hardy and disease-resistant, this climbing rose with ruffled, semidouble petals blooms throughout the season and has a fragrant spicy/sweet apple scent. Clusters of five to 20 flowers each, with the center bloom being the largest at 4 inches wide, provide an eye-dazzling cover for a trellis, pergola or arbor. No two of these dramatic striped blossoms are alike, as individual markings can vary from mostly red to predominantly white.



DANISH FLAG POPPY
(Papaver somniferum ‘Danish Flag’)


Type: Annual

Blooms: Red-and-white; summer

Size: 24-36"H by 12-15"W

Soil: Well-drained 

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water needs: Moderate

Maintenance: Self-sows freely; deadhead regularly if more poppies are not wanted next season.

Attracts: Bees, birds, butterflies

Note: This bicolor poppy cultivar with large 5-inch wide blooms gets its name from its resemblance to the national flag of Denmark.

Why we like it: This frilly red flower with a bold white cross at its center makes a striking focal point in flower beds or containers, especially when planted in mass groupings. Once the petals drop, the remaining ornamental seed pods can be preserved for use in floral arrangements.



Other Favorites: Red Ruby poppy (Papaver somniferum ‘Red Ruby’), Mister Lincoln rose (Rosa ‘Mister Lincoln’), Old Glory rose (Rosa ‘Old Glory’), Sky Blue petunia (Petunia ‘Sky Blue’), Pop Art White and Red zinnia (Zinnia elegans ‘Pop Art White and Red’), star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
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