By Glenn DiNella
In the Southeast, when we get that first little hint of drier, cooler, breathable air one September morning it means two things: Fall is just around the corner, and so is Southeastern Conference football.
I know some of you in the Southeast are devoted to teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference or perhaps one of the smaller collegiate conferences. In the NFL, you might root for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers. Or maybe you’re an avid fan of your local high school team.
Whatever the case, you can show your team spirit. Just pick your colors, go to your local Lowe’s, and use your imagination to create a colorful centerpiece for yourself or a fellow fan. Maybe the next time you attend a football party with friends, you can bring more than chips and dip.
For our defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, I picked out a bright-red ceramic pot from Lowe’s and added some quality potting mix. I kicked things off with a 1-gal Obsession nandina as the focal point. I then tucked in two pint-size crimson mums, a few white pansies, and a few crimson pansies.
Of course this also could work for any number of crimson or red teams such as — Woo pig sooie — the Arkansas Razorbacks! Add a little artemesia, dusty miller, or other gray foliage and you've got Mississippi State — more cowbell! Florida State fans can throw in a yellow mum or a mix of crimson and yellow pansies.
To make any LSU fan happy fill a small, dark-purple ceramic pot with yellow snapdragons and a few two-tone yellow-and-purple pansies. Purple asters or purple or yellow mums also could be winners for this arrangement.
If the Auburn Tigers or Florida Gators are your team, try this arrangement. Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is a bit of a stretch for a blue flower, but blue is a scarcity in the horticultural world. By football season even the reliably blue French hydrangeas have faded to dusty purple. A few blue pansies and some bronze or orange mums complete the color scheme. Present it to your party host and listen for the cheers.
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