How to plant a cool pot

Freshen up your porch or patio with a mix of white-flowered plants and bluish foliage. Get the simple step-by-step

Silver falls in aqua pot

Frosty blue Dichondra argentea 'Silver Falls' cascades over the lip of an aqua pot, while blue oat grass fans out between a pair of angelonias and conceals a mealycup sage directly behind it.

Rob D. Brodman

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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.

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 a spiller (Dichondra-argentea 'Silver Falls') to soften the pot’s edges.

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