Per this site "Creeping Jenny is also very easy to propagate by rooting in water. In the spring, I dig up a bunch and throw it into a big plastic bin of water. It roots quickly and then I have as much creeping Jenny as I need for all of my summer containers. I also dig up chunks, with soil intact, and plant it in containers as well. Creeping Jenny is hardy from zones 3-9 so can easily be overwintered in an unheated garage."
Plant plenty of marigolds (the scented kind) in the garden for color and to deter a variety of pests. Be cautious if you have slug problems, though, as they are a favorite of the slimy, shelled critters.
Schefflera Arboricola (schefflera arboricola): Schefflera arboricola (syn. Heptapleurum arboricolum) is a flowering plant in the family Araliaceae, native to Taiwan as well as Hainan. Its common name is dwarf umbrella tree, as it appears to be a smaller version of the umbrella tree Schefflera actinophylla. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schefflera%20arboricola