Poppies will bloom throughout Aylesbury over the summer in recognition of the centenary of the First World War.
But they will also form part of the town’s entry in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, which will be launched next week.
And this year the Town Council aims to win the regional gold award.
The colour theme this year will be red and gold, to commemorate the war and also to celebrate Growing for Gold, the 50th anniversary of the competition, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Mayor Tom Hunter-Watts said: “It’s not only about hanging baskets. It’s about reaching out to communities and encouraging environmental awareness.”
Judging will take place in July when two judges from the Chilterns and Thames Valley region will visit the town on a day yet to be decided. They will form their opinions from their journey into town, visits to specific sites and the route in between them, display boards and a presentation.
They will look out for community areas, school projects, allotments, litter, graffiti and grot spots.
The town council will have an information stall in the Market Square on Wednesday this week.