Blue & Gold gardens celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial

Photo of a bed of Petunias and marigolds
Petunias and marigolds
Photo credit: Mike Dana,
Purdue Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

To celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial this year, the Garden Club of Indiana and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission are hoping gardeners will join the Blue & Gold garden tribute to Indiana’s state flag. It’s an easy way for all Indiana residents to commemorate the bicentennial.  If you don’t have a traditional garden bed, there are many fine choices for container gardens.

There’s a vast array of garden flowers that can fit in the blue-and-gold theme.  Some “blue” flowers are more purple than blue and, likewise, some “gold” flowers are more yellow.  Most annual flowers will bloom throughout the growing season.

The following flowers can be grown throughout the state. All are full-sun plants unless otherwise noted.

Annuals with Blue Flowers

Photo of a blue Corn flower bloom
Corn flower
Photo credit: Rosie Lerner

(Note: Some may be purplish blue.)

Ageratum
Alyssum
Anagallis
Angelonia
Aster
Bacopa
Borage
Brachyscome (swan river daisy)
Browalia (semi-shade)
Calibrachoa
Callistephus (China aster)
Cornflower
Felicia (blue daisy)
Heliotrope
Limonium (annual statice)
Lisianthus
Lobelia (semi-shade)
Mimulus (shade)
Forget-Me-Not
Morning Glory
Nemesia
Nicotiana
Nierembergia (semi-shade)
Nigella
Pansy
Petunia
Phlox
Salvia
Scaevola (fan flower)
Sweet Pea
Torenia
Verbena 

Photo of a Rudbeckia plant in bloom
Rudbeckia
Photo credit: Rosie Lerner

Yellow/Gold-Flowered Annuals

African Daisy
Begonia, Tuberous (semi-shade, shade)
Bidens
Calendula
Calibrachoa
California Poppy
Coreopsis
Cape Marigold
Celosia
Coleus (some w/ yellow foliage)
Cosmos
Dahlia
Four O’Clock
Gaillardia
Gazania
Gerbera
Iresine (some w/ yellow foliage)
Lantana
Marguerite Daisy
Marigold
Melampodium
Mimulus (shade)
Nasturtium (semi-shade)
Nemesia
Nicotiana
Pansy
Petunia
Portulaca
Rudbeckia
Sanvitalia
Snapdragon
Strawflower
Sunflower
Thunbergia
Tithonia
Torenia
Zinnia

For more information on Indiana’s bicentennial activities, see http://www.gardenclubofindiana.org/ and http://www.in.gov/ibc/.

For more information on growing annuals, see Purdue Extension https://hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-99W.pdf and https://hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-080.pdf.


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