Hostas in a pot: every spring they return, in the pot! Add geraniums and ivy for a fuller look. @ Home Improvement Ideas
If you are looking for a great climbing perennial, reach for Clematis. Available in an assortment of flower sizes, shapes, and colors. Clematis prefer full sun but like to keep their roots cool, so place it in a bright sunny spot and use mulch or low shrubs as a cover to keep the roots cool
Make Appliances Disappear (cont.) In the same vein, unobtrusive appliance garages -- countertop doors that swing up instead of rolling up -- and cabinet inserts are designed to stow everything from mixers to coffeemakers.