An Overview Of Plant Selection
A review of what you need to know to choose your plants
Any good nursery can advise you about what conditions plants need, and if they don't, shop elsewhere where the salespeople know their plants.
And what do you need to know? Whether a plant has shallow or deep roots, whether it needs full sun or can take shade, whether it likes conditions dry or damp, whether it's cold hardy, whether it is an annual or a perennial - plus its eventual size, and its good and bad habits (like foliage that always gets rust, or pests that plague a particular plant).
Pick the plants that best suit the conditions you have to offer, and you're off to a good start. But remember that how you take care of them after planting will make or break your container garden's success.