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Summer Breezes: Refresh the Scene by Potting Up Plants in White or Lime Green

Magazine article Sunset

Summer Breezes: Refresh the Scene by Potting Up Plants in White or Lime Green

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If the heat has your garden in the doldrums, refresh a tired corner with a splash of white or lime. In containers, plants with white flowers look clean and cool; those with lime or mint green blooms or leaves are as inviting as an icy drink.

Start with a glazed container, and select foliage plants and flowers to suit the color scheme you like. Choose a tall plant for the back of the pot, shorter accents to go around it, and low trailers to spill over the edges. Some choices follow; many of the flowers come in shades of white as well as colors. Place the pot on a patio or amid garden foliage.

For the sun

Foliage: Feverfew, licorice plant, 'Vancouver Centennial' zonal geranium. Flowers: Cosmos, dahlia, Madagascar periwinkle, million bells, nicotiana, petunia, summer phlox, zinnia. Fringe: Bacopa, lime thyme, sweet alyssum.

For shade or part shade

Foliage: Coleus, variegated hosta, Plectranthus forsteri 'Marginatus', Sprenger asparagus. Flowers: Hydrangea, impatiens, lobelia. Fringe: Bacopa, campanula, creeping Jenny, Lamium maculatum.

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