Do you have shady areas that could use a bit of color or interest? A porch that could use some curb appeal? A north-facing patio? Or even an area under a tree that has a hard time growing plants in the soil?
Containers are the answer to your problem. They really can do so much to brighten shadowy areas. Once you get the hang of container gardening you might find yourself growing more and more pots each year.
These pictures will have you thinking outside the terra cotta pot. For more also see these garden ideas galleries.