Same here - although I do have a couple of camellias that look nice all year as they're evergreen. I did the spring bulbs for this year and they were a bit of a disappointment - I think I didn't pack the bulbs in enough - so if they're as rubbish next year I'll start again with them. But I have some lovely pots which have a trailing ivy that stays in the big one, and I replace the bedding plants. Just make sure to feed them loads as it makes a huge difference too.
I am trying to do this. I've got a trough with an ivy trailing over the side of side and a little variagated shrub, plus an alpine strawberry, wild viola things and a primrose, then something that tumbles down the side of it and flowers in spring. I'm going to pop some bulbs in this Autumn and a hardy cyclamen.
For this summer I have some climbing petunia that I had some seeds for, a snapdragon and popped in a couple of smaller type sunflower seeds. Am hoping that in time I'll get it so there's something all year round without me having to do anything apart from maybe just pop some summer plants in .
I have a couple of 'year round' pots with lavender and variegated ivy - add in/take out small seasonal stuff in between. Works for about 4 years or so then lavender gets too leggy so start all over again.
I'm really proud of my petunias, they are a good foot or so tall. Only tried them as DS collected the seed. However they are very faffy and I won't do them again but will over winter a plant and take cuttings as I also tried that and it was a doddle in comparison, you can't tell which are seed and which are cuttings.
Like the idea of lavender so will give that a go if I can get some cuttings going from my lavender (can you tell what my new hobby is ?!)
I also am thinking about doing another trough with thyme and rosemary , couple of strawberries, lollo rosso, marigold, autumn crocus, snowdrops and tulips.