Overflowing pots (and a friendly dog) will welcome visitors to a covered porch. The space has been turned into a traditional shade garden, albeit one that can be rearranged on a whim. Shade border stalwarts like silvery Japanese painted fern, hosta ‘Krossa Regal,’ leather wood fern, heuchera ‘Autumn Bride,’ and foamflower ‘Black Velvet’ are planted in low terra-cotta pots; the first fern also appears in the hanging basket. These plantings won’t need much more than water, grooming, and a periodic check for slugs. Unlike beds, they can be maintained while you sit on the porch, saving your knees and back.