I've found that a good way to add variety to a garden setting, or on a patio, etc., is to make planter stands for potted plants. A variety of methods and materials can be used, some of which are very cheap or even free. For example, I salvaged some tree sections when a gardening service was removing some trees. Another time, a telephone pole had been blown down, and I asked the city crews cleaning up if I could get some pieces of the pole that they were cutting up. A section of 4x4, cut to the length you want,and a round piece of plywood, or just a piece of wood can be placed into a hole dug in the ground...then there is brick, of course...the materials seem endless!