Most people want to take pride in the appearance of their home and yard. Whether it be by maintaining a well manicured lawn, making needed home repairs or decorating their yard. I try to do all three. I found out years ago that an easy, inexpensive and fun way to decorate your yard is by displaying garden flags.
My love of flags began decades ago. I first bought house flags but soon afterward I began buying garden flags. Garden flags have advantages over house flags. Garden flag poles and stands can be easily moved to different locations in your yard. I often change the location of my garden flags.
I just pull the pole out of the ground and take it to another place and reinsert in the ground there. Easy peasy! They are also easier to store.
I’ve also made my own garden flags. By this I mean, I uploaded a photo of mine to a site that makes personalized flags. America Forever flags sold on Flagsrus.org is where I made a personalized flag. It’s easy to do. Directions are provided on the site. I just uploaded a photo of my horse and added text. I put his name on it. He is deceased so my personalized flag of him is very special to me.
I’ve also given garden flags as gifts. The internet is full of sites that offer flags for sale. Flagsrus.org has a large selection of garden flags and more!
Hanging garden flags is very easy.
Some flags are one sided so you’ll want to make sure it’s on the pole correctly. I’m referring to one sided flags that have text on them only. You don’t want the text reading backwards. Since flag sleeves and flagpole bars sometime come in different sizes, you’ll either have to put the flag on backwards to make it read correctly when it hangs or you maybe able to put it on correctly to begin with.
Anyway, if the flag text doesn’t read correctly, pull the flag off and turn over and slide on. It will be correct then. If you have a stopper, push this on the bar too after the flag.
Another idea is have a solar light shining on your flag. Place the solar light in the ground in front of the flag. Your light will have to be in sunlight at least for a day for it to charge. It will have to remain in sunlight in order to illuminate nightly. It won’t shine as long during the night if the day has been cloudy.
Since garden flag poles are so easy to move around, there are a lot of places you can highlight with flags.
Some places to hang a garden flag are --
Driveway - at entrance where a visitor will see upon arriving or midway or near the end to be seen by someone exiting their car.
Flower bed - If you display a garden flag in a flower bed or near flowers, be sure you know what is needed for your flowers in the way of shade or full sun. For example, if your flowers or plants require full sun, don’t place your flag in a spot that will block the sun from your plants. Also it might be best to put a garden flag near low plants only. Your flag could damage high plants, especially delicate ones when it flaps in the wind.
Porch steps - I have a garden flag near my front porch steps. A pretty welcome flag goes nicely here.
Mailbox - There are brackets that can be mounted on wooden mailbox posts.
Doors - You may have or seen a wreath door hanger. Well there are also garden flag door hangers.There is no labor or hardware to install the hanger. Just slide the flag on the horizontal bar and place the hook end over the top of the door.
Wall - There are also hangers to display garden flags on a wall in your house.
Some flags have phrase on them that might have special meaning to you that you’d like to display.
Grave - If your cemetery rules allow it, an appropriate garden flag can be placed at a loved one’s grave site. There are also mini flags that measure 4”x 6” that might be used there too.
Porch/Patio - There are also stands for garden flags that aren’t inserted in the ground. They are free standing holders. The holder can be put on any flat stable surface. Example is the Carson Garden Flag Stand.
To hide something - I have a garden flag hanging in front of a dwarf evergreen tree that has a bare spot. The flag hides it.
Another fun and creative part of using garden flags is selecting the pole or holder you’ll display them on. You might think there is just the generic flag stand that is put in the ground and the
flag slid on the horizontal bar. There are many more types of poles, stands, brackets and hangers for garden flags.
Although spring and summer are probably the most popular seasons to hang flags, don’t be disappointed when fall and winter come. All seasons are flag worthy. Even winter! There are lots of Christmas and winter scene flags.
Some tips for displaying flags in the Winter are--
There are ways to prevent the tragedy of your garden flag being blown off its pole and possibly never found.
One preventative is a rubber stopper. This a round flat piece of rubber with a small hole thru the middle. After placing your flag on the pole, slide a stopper on the pole close to the flag. Don’t slide it too far that it bunches the flag. The stopper will keep the flag securely on the pole.
There are also specially made flag poles that hold flags securely. For example the 3 piece reinforced garden flag. It has a lock at the end of the pole to keep the flag on.
Some poles have looped ends on the horizontal bar that keeps the flag on. Garden arbors also are good for holding flags securely.
Don’t forget to bring in your flag in very windy weather anyway.
It’s so annoying to look out my window and see a garden flag flipped over and not hanging down. It bugs me, so I go out and flip it back over.
There is a gadget called a garden flag stabilizer that will solve this problem. It’s a horizontal bar with 2 clips that attach to the bottom of the garden flag adding a little weight to keep the flag from flipping.
Another way to keep your garden flag from flipping is to use flag clips. One end of the clip clasps around the flagpole. The other end clips to the flag. The clip should be put near the bottom of the flag. They can be unclipped and used again.
You’ll want to maintain the color and appearance of your flags.
Most flags today are fairly fade resistant but a little extra protection will extend the life of the flag. To help combat against fading use a fabric protectant spray with UV protection or water proof spray.
When storing your flags NEVER store a wet or damp flag. Dampness can lead to mildew, mold or fungus. Yuck! You don’t want that! Only store dry flags. Never roll and fold a flag. I keep my garden flags in a clear plastic bag with flags flat. Sometimes when you buy a new blanket, bedspread, etc. it comes in a nice clear plastic bag with a zipper. This is what I use. I have a big drawer that it lays flat in.
You can also buy something made especially for flag storage. The Flaginizer by Evergreen holds 21 garden flags and 9 house flags. It’s a large plastic bag with slots for the flag. It has a swivel hook at the tip. It can be hung in a closet.
Most garden flags measure 12.5” x 18” but there could be a slight difference depending on brands. There is also the mini flag that measures 4” x 8” and requires a smaller pole.
Today’s garden flags come in a variety of materials.
There are also different types of garden flags such as