I love potted plants around the patio and on the front porch. For just a few bucks, they add a lot of color, soften the hard edges of the patio and fill up the outdoor spaces nicely. Usually when putting together potted plant, I throw a bunch of varieties of coleus in a pot and call it a day. I love coleus. It's colorful, grows large and is hard to kill. Plus, it's gorgeous. Here's my favorite variety.
The plant on the left has another variety of coleus and red petunias.
I like to use Miracle Grow potting soil in my pots, and I also put several Jobe's Fertilizer Spikes in each pot to keep the plant supplied with a food source. I water the pots every few days, and on August 1st they still look great!