Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!

By Sara Malone
Acer tataricum 'Hot Wings'
Acer tataricum 'Hot Wings'


Today the Internet teems with photos of red, white and blue flowers, and there are many lovely combinations. We find Old Glory's colors in the foliage garden, too. Reds abound in seed pods and new leaves.

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New leaves on Fagus sylvatica

The weeping purple beech above is getting in on the act with a few late new leaves, which are red as can be and belie its otherwise dignified appearance.

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Gunnera prorepens

We admit that the red from Gunnera prorepens is from its flowers, not its leaves, but we use it for its chocolatey leaves and consider the flowers a bonus.

pampas grass

Cortadera selloana

White is easy to find, too! The pampas grass in the photo above lights up the garden with its largely white foliage.

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Sorbaria sorbifolia

False spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia), an Asian member of the Rose family, graces the foliage garden with lovely new foliage, decent fall color, and a riotous display of crackling white flowers in mid-summer.

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White can be subtle, too, as in this Zelkova serrata

Blues abound, especially in succulents and conifers.

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Picea pungens 'Lucretia'

Picea pungens (Colorado blue spruce) has so many cultivars that it is hard to keep track. 'Lucretia', pictured above, is one of the smaller, slower-growing introductions that is easy to keep to a manageable size.

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Blue weeping Atlantic cedar (Cedrus atlantica

Lots of blue cedars, too.

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Pinus maximartinezii

There's even a blue pine. It's from Mexico, but happy to take part in the July 4th festivities.

We even found some firecrackers in the garden!

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You can almost hear this one sizzle:

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And then, after the fireworks are over, the smoke drifts through the air...

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Happy 4th of July to all!

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