I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.
There are so many plants for container gardens in your area I'm not sure where to begin. In general consider mixing tall plants in the center with shorter or trailing plant at the edges of the container. For sun I suggest flowers such as Marigolds, petunias, and annual salvia. Include some colorful foliage such as burgundy celosia or Burgundy Sun coleus. In shade try coleus, torenia (wishbone flower), dwarf ivy, impatiens, and caladiums.
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