Brick pavers make a simple, handsome border and work well as edging material. They're ideal for a wide border that keeps grass out of the garden, yet allows flowers etc. to spill over without intruding onto the grass.
A Framed Lobelia. Like the framed hanging basket idea. Use turquoise or purple Mor Perfect idea for front porch: eye hooks in old frame, hang frame with jute from hook, and center basket filled with favorite shade lovers