A planter in a faux-lead finish is a timeless choice, but the cylindrical shape of these tall fiberclay urns gives them a really clean feel. Having a different color or texture helps the color pop. Here, string of pearls creates plenty of textural drama and purple calibrachoa and blue ageratum add just the right dose of color.
Container Gardening: Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers
How to create beautiful shade garden pots using easy to grow plants with showy foliage and flowers. And plant lists for all 16 container planting designs! - A Piece Of Rainbow http://www.apieceofrainbow.com/16-colorful-shade-garden-pots/
Old washtub planter - pretty for a front porch I think I like this for a couple of reasons. First, the layered flower look, then the tin can it's in. Both are charming. A little hint of this around the yard adds personality and less stamped landscaping