Use 4 kinds of succulents in a pot for varied texture and size. From My Life on the Balcony Flickr. • 2. Pair 2 strong colors together. This dark red Coleus pops against the warm yellow container. From Mookie Luv Flickr. • 3. Bright, shiny containers filled with succulents, shrimp plant and basil are easy to take care of and satisfyingly colorful and fun. • 4. Find Unusual Vessels like this teapot to plant basil and succulents in. From Taryn Marie Flickr. • 5. I shot this when I was in France last year. I was surprised to see cactus and succulents in the middle of the countryside. A couple of terra cotta pots, a bright container and some succulent clippings will get you started nicely. SECOND ROW • 6. Big Geraniums are classic, easy to grow and provide a nice bold splash of color in a small space. From Beach Comber Austraila's Flickr. • 7. I don't normally plants annuals but sometimes in the spring it's nice to fill up a simple pot with zinnias, begonias and cosmos for a burst of color. • 8. Use an architectural planter like this bullet planter to make a strong statement with a single container. From Design ID.