I was just thinking about containers to use this year when Jodi of Bloomingwriter is writing about them too .. I added a comment to her post talking about terra cotta containers and what a fan I am of them. That I soak them before planting up and also line the container with plastic bags with holes for drainage .. it keeps them from drying out so quickly which really helps me out because I drive myself crazy trying to keep up with everything plus the garden. I swear I will only plant dry tolerant annuals like Portulaca http://www.veseys.com/ca/en/store/annuals/portulaca These guys are so "hardy" they seeded themselves between our patio bricks and pop up every year now .. I haven't the heart to pull them out.
This "stump" was a yearly planting .. always blue lobelia .. and for added flare .. mushrooms from the compost .. simple yet it was always an eye catcher coming around the corner .. everyone who saw it remarked on it being such a pretty little surprise to see. Sadly .. the stump fell apart eventually, but it had a good life with many fans of its simple natural flare.