With Independence Day right around the corner, most of us have one thing on our mind — patriotic decorations. Perhaps no historical day is more beloved among Americans than the Fourth of July. And for that reason, it’s no surprise that people go out of their way to cover their homes in all things red, white, and blue!

This holiday, show your love for your country with the help of these patriotic flowers.

Red, white, and blue arrangements

Celebrate America all day (and night) long by making this colorful arrangement the focal point of your gathering. Talk about an American dream!

patriotic flowers with patriotic dog bouquet

Patriotic pups

With Yankee Doodle Doggie™ at your party, things are sure to get dandy. After all, what better way to celebrate the dog days of summer than with a patriotic party pooch of your very own!?

Roses

While it may seem like roses are the official flower of Valentine’s Day, they’re actually the official flower of the United States. It was President Ronald Reagan who declared roses the national flower emblem in 1986. The White House Rose Garden is also home to many diplomatic meetings and bill signings.

patriotic flowers with red roses
patriotic flowers with red, white, and blue wreath

Dazzling wreaths

Show your pride to everyone who passes your home with the help of a red, white, and beautiful wreath. Particularly perfect for the upcoming holiday, it features an American flag-inspired bow.

Not feeling the traditional red, white, and blue decorations this year? Break away from the pack by incorporating patriotic flowers that hold a special place in American history into your decor.

Jasmine

Aside from the President himself, greenery was a major theme for President Barack Obama’s official portrait, which was unveiled in February 2018. Present among the green leaves were several flowers, one of which was white jasmine. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, said white jasmine was included to represent Obama’s Hawaiian birthplace. Chrysanthemums can also be found growing in the background. They were included to symbolize Chicago, the city Obama grew up in before becoming senator of Illinois.

patriotic flowers with white jasmine flowers
patriotic flowers with field of orange poppies

Poppies

Poppies, which have come to symbolize American lives lost to war, are often worn by Americans on patriotic holidays. This practice was inspired by the 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields,” in which the writer, John McCrae, describes the sea of poppies that could be seen as fallen soldiers were being buried.

Peonies

White peonies were a favorite among several first ladies, including Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan. If it were up to Nancy Reagan, white peonies would have been used in arrangements around the White House and for political gatherings far more. Rumor has it that her chief floral designer had to tell her on several occasions that peonies couldn’t be used for events taking place in the summer, fall, and winter because they only bloom in spring.

patriotic flowers with bouquet of peonies
patriotic flowers with white carnations

Carnations

As the flower behind the historic “Flower Power” image, carnations became a universal symbol of peace and love after a photographer captured Vietnam War protesters sticking carnations into the barrel of a soldier’s rifle.

Author

Tara Carlson graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations and loves any and all things creative writing - which is why she is thrilled to be working with Petal Talk. When she's not writing, you can probably find her swimming at the beach, playing soccer, and catching up on the latest movies (she's a big fan of award season)!

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