A Crimson Tide Garden

Celebrating the University of Alabama Through Botany

Roll Tide! If you're an Alabama fan, a student, or an alumnus, you know that pride in the University of Alabama runs deep. From passionate football games to scholarly pursuits, there's something special about being part of the Crimson Tide family. But what if you could showcase that pride right in your backyard? Today, we're giving you ideas to create a garden inspired by the colors and spirit of the University of Alabama.

Crimson and White Blooms

The University of Alabama's primary colors are crimson and white, and luckily for us, nature has an abundance of flowers that beautifully represent these shades.

red flowers

Red Perennials:

  • Bee Balm (Monarda): This plant not only boasts bright red blooms but also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.


  • Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia): An upright perennial with fiery red flowers.


  • Rose: A classic flower in its most popular and classic shade


white flowers

White Perennials:

Veggies in the Spirit of Alabama

To incorporate the University of Alabama spirit into your vegetable garden:

Plants for the Crimson Tide Community

A true Alabama-inspired garden goes beyond color. Here are a few plants that can help showcase that University spirit:

  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora): As Alabama's state flower, the Southern Magnolia is a must-have. Its large, creamy white blossoms and evergreen leaves make it a focal point in any garden.
  • Camellia: Alabama's state flower prior to the magnolia, camellias come in a range of colors including reds and whites.
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta): A hardy perennial that can bring in that golden hue, reminiscent of those glorious Alabama sunsets over the campus.

Care Tips for a Bountiful Garden

  1. Ensure your garden has well-draining soil. Most of the plants listed above prefer this type of soil for optimal growth.
  2. Water consistently. During the hotter months, Alabama can get quite warm, so ensure your garden gets ample moisture.
  3. Plant in full sun to partial shade depending on the plant's requirements.

Your garden can be more than only a space for beauty; it can be a testament to your pride in the University of Alabama. By mixing the vibrant hues of crimson and white, as well as integrating plants with Alabama significance, your garden will be a daily reminder of cherished memories and a bright future with the Crimson Tide. Roll Tide!