I like the mixture of having a dry creek run through a mulch bed with plants/trees around it. Having a dry creek bed in your garden will give a soothing and natural look over there. Also, one such bed will allow efficient drainage of rain water.
DIY Outdoor Solar Light Display : 2 fence posts + 4 solar outdoor lights + 8 extra long screws + an long scrap of treated x wood. great idea for the deck or patio! Would probably use nicer solar lights!
A spilled flower pot is the perfect idea of bringing a little whimsy to your garden. Just tip Southern Patio's Natural Oak Whiskey Barrel on its side, plant bushels of mums, and you have your own spilled flower planter.