You would be surprised at what a little paint will do to brighten up an area. Just like in your indoor areas, painting an object can make the difference in bringing life to an otherwise dull area. The photo is from Fine Gardening . . . I would have painted the terracotta containers to match the little table and the plants. I love using coleus in the landscape to bring color into the garden . . . it is one of my favorite plants.
Click here for an article from Fine Gardening about finishing touches . . . it does make a huge difference in bringing our outdoor spaces together in a festive way. One of the things I love to do is bring lots of red into the outdoor areas. The boldness of the red against the greenery of the plants is just awesome.
This is a sign that I made in a section of my garden that was designated for cuttings and a place for me to get away when I didn't want to be bothered. Appropriately named Hermitville . . . it was my place to relax. Anyway, the point I want to make with this photo is how the red pops against the foliage. A new thing I have started to do is paint most of my containers red . . . if they don't have a red background, the painted flowers are red.