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Jul 12, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Every year, we plant a large American flag (24'x46') with red and white fibrous begonias for stripes, dusty miller for stars, and ageratum for blue. We would like to try different plants next year. Are there any other red/white/blue annuals that bloom all summer and might look better than what we've been planting?
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Jul 15, 2017 9:18 AM CST
Fun project! Salvia farinacea could be a blue candidate.
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Name: Sue
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Jul 15, 2017 9:52 AM CST

I don't think you can beat the fibrous begonias and dusty miller for reliability. I've often used blue salvia as Tiffany suggested with this combination but if you're doing carpet bedding they would be too tall. I assume this is in full sun? Lobelia is another lower growing blue alternative but in the hot summers and full sun or even part sun here tends to wimp out before the end of the season. I think it will be hard to improve on your current combo for reliability and continous bloom.

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