Create a garden to celebrate American independence
The annual event on the 4th of July, is one of the biggest celebrations in the American calendar.
Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence of the thirteen colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
It is known that the early settlers in the American colonies took with them a number of plants from their own gardens in Britain, Ireland, Spain, Holland and Portugal as well as design ideas popular at the time, including the English country garden to the more formal Italianate styles. However, notable American garden designers later went on to add their own influence.
Documentation seems to point to early settlers creating gardens in the styles they knew from home, often with seeds brought with them. These gardens were relied upon to produce food, herbs and medicines but many people also grew flowers that reminded them of their home land.
Create your own independence garden
Does a picture of the stars stripes of the American flag rendered in red, white and blue bedding plants spring to mind?
There are more subtle and indeed permanent ways to show your patriotism which can be created in any style you wish, by using perennials, trees, shrubs, bulbs and even some bedding plants which are associated by name.
You could use just use one or two plants, such as the climbing rose; “4th of July” or Clematis “The President” or you could be
really adventurous and create a garden entirely devoted to plants which bear some relevance to American Independence or the numerous American states.
We have complied a list of some of the more obvious Independence garden plants, but this is by no means exhaustive.
If you have created a garden celebrating American Independence, let us know about it by contacting us on the comments section at the end of this article.