grow ivy type creeper on the pot itself. the pot looks wonderful sitting in the Japanese variegated hakone grass. It would work with hosta as well, but the hakone grass is a little more dynamic looking.
Shade container idea - looks like red coleus at the top, the yellow/green base is probably creeping jenny, trailing plant is Fuschia, and down below the ground looks like Geranium. This link has tons more gorgeous pictures.
Low-Maintenance Landscape, rear of yard near fire pit. a white pine dominates against a wooden fence.A globe blue spruce bridges the divide between path and trees behind it. Pulmonaria and ferns offer hardy growth patterns with little TLC.