This site has great ideas for plant combos for your flower beds or for containers. In containers, put a "thriller" (something tall), a "filler" (plants to fill in the middle), and a "spiller" (plants that trail over the edge).
TABLES :: Home Depot has 18" whiskey barrels for $30 and Bed Bath & Beyond has 20" glass table toppers for $8.99. This is a great idea for DIY outdoor tables...for only $38.99 each! - residenceblog.com
Back patio idea! "bucket table for the deck. you can store all the stuff in the table that you don't want to leave out in case it rains (citronella candles, pillows, etc.), then just grab it out whenever."