Floral & Fruit - HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham, ALWhether planning an outside barbecue or having an indoor dinner with family and friends, flowers are a sweet, sophisticated treat for Fourth of July gatherings.  A patriotic centerpiece in red, white and blue with surely wow your guests.

Flowers for a Backyard Picnic - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.An economical and practical flower that can withstand the July heat is the carnation, and it comes in red, white and even mixed red and white like peppermint.  For a refreshing centerpiece, ask your florist to design carnations inside a watermelon rind.

Spider mums and pincushion proteas are two flowers that I think look like fireworks in the sky, and there’s even a red and white striped spray rose called ‘Fireworks.’'Fireworks'

For floral design recipes, such as “Floral & Fruit,” see 4th of July: Red, White & Bloom. Your florist has all sorts of creative ideas and floral options for decorations so don’t be afraid to try something new.

What are your Fourth of July floral plans?