I think it's easier to create that lush, cool look in shade containers. Often it seems to me (and it may only be the summer heat) that the colors in sun containers fade out in the midst of the day. In any case, here are a few of the shade containers that have started to fill out.
The top container is one of my favorites. The container is actually cracked, but it's such a beautiful Italian pot I couldn't throw it away; it was moved from near the house to a spot in the wooded area under a stand of large magnolias. The arrangement has no flowers, but offers a beautiful little bit of light as one walks along the path.