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How to Plant a Cool Pot: Pair White-Flowered Plants with Bluish Foliage

Magazine article Sunset

How to Plant a Cool Pot: Pair White-Flowered Plants with Bluish Foliage

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SOARING SUMMER TEMPERATURES can take a toll on many garden plants. But you can freshen your landscape's look practically instantly: Just combine crisp white blossoms with a shower of icy blue or silver foliage in a glazed aqua-colored container (pale blue or celadon green are other cooling shades). Set the container in a high-visibility area, such as on a patio or beside an entry. Then notice how the soothing palette mimics the sparkle and cool, watery blue of a swimming pool or water feature.

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To create the planting pictured above, we first selected an aqua pot at the nursery. Then we chose four plants that combined well: a tall blue oat grass as an accent in the center, lower growers--mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea) and angelonia--to surround it, and aspiller (Dichondra argentea 'Silver Falls') to soften the pot's edges.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROB D. BRODMAN

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To duplicate our planting, you'll need:

* A container about 10 inches tall and wide

* Wire screening to cover the pot's drain hole

* Potting soil (a 1-cu.-ft. bag is enough to fill one 10-inch container)

* One 1-gallon blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)

* One 4-inch 'Victoria White' Salvia farinacea

* Two 4-inch Angelonia angustifolia 'Angelmist White Cloud'

* One 4-inch Dichondra argentea 'Silver Falls'

STEP 1 Place a small piece of fine wire screening in the bottom of the pot to cover the drain hole and help keep soil from washing away. …

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