Otter,I bet this year we will have a Slug problem,with all the rain we've had.
I used to do the beer thing,but found it really disgusting
If you put anything around the bottom,something like ashes or very fine sand,the slugs cannot get to the plants,there are also slug-pellets,but my cats seemed to like them,not good!!
Goldfields,the big leafed plant is a Hosta,it's kind of blue-green..
Thank's everyone,I too prefer the black/white ornaments