Answer: There's a book entitled "Container Gardening" by Storey Publishers that will be a real help to you. It guides you through the process of selecting containers, planting them, choosing plants and aftercare which I think you will find very helpful. Here's a website with information about container gardening and a review of the book:
I think you'll find lots of helpful information on the site.
Best wishes with your pansies and ranunculus!
Q&A Library Searching Tips