It stands about a metre high next to a bench and is one of an identical pair. At the moment it's planted up with pink hellebores, vinca (trailing over the sides), euphorbia and griselinia (the tall rounded leaves at the back). Perhaps my photo doesn't do it justice but I think, when viewed within the garden surroundings, it has real visual impact and really adds to the overall scheme yet still blends in. I like that the smaller pot seen on the left, below, leads the eye up to the larger pot and bench and both pots echo the shapes of the surrounding planting in the border behind.
A pot can group plants together to be viewed in a way that couldn't be done in a border. The pot can be moved to a different spot if needed and if any of the plants look tired, they can be quickly replaced later in the year. The downside is that they need vigilant watering to ensure the soil doesn't dry out; plastic pots, although not as pretty as terracotta, are better at retaining moisture in the soil. For now though, this pot invites the walker to stop awhile and sit in the sunshine on this handy bench.
In my own garden, so to speak, I have large pots planted up with herbs: sage, surrounded by thyme and violas (edible flowers) and a spring pot of pompom daisies (bellis perennis), violas, ivy trailing over the sides and pansies in the middle. Lilies are buried deep within this pot and will come up among the spring flowers; mini calendula and nasturtiums are also good flowers for pots. All of these, apart from ivy, have edible flowers. The herbs, of course, are completely edible.