This container of evergreen fern is regal in shade. The contrast with the aged looking pot is quite nice. Also note that the container has an automatic irrigation system.
This is a mixture of sedums and evergreen thyme. Both can tolerate relatively dry conditions and need well drained soil.
The bold strap-like leaves of cast-iron plant make an excellent container plant for shady locations.
This is an outstanding use of a large pot and a citrus used on a blank wall. With protection, citrus can over winter in Birmingham, but also think of plants like camellias, hollies and leucothoe if you need an all season pot.
A subtle burgundy philodendron in a tall dark container makes a great accent against this white wall.
Here an elegant pot (there is one on each side of the entry) is filled with prostrate rosemary. Note the black tube running to the pot which is drip irrigation.
Dwarf yaupon used in a planter. Also a typical way boxwood is used.
Here is a visual collection of containers where the foliage is the show instead of the flowers. Enjoy!