Gardening in pots and containers gives you the ability to insure great soil, experiment with color, move your garden with the sun and raise your garden to a comfortable working height.
Maybe the best feature of container gardening is the ability to create a whole new garden every time. Here are some tips for success.
As the plants grow, the root systems will fill the pot and the soil will dry more quickly. It's OK to fill the diameter of the container with plants, but make sure there is plenty of room for the roots to move downward into soil.
Avoid aggressive spreaders that will compete with neighboring plants and consider dwarf varieties.
On the other hand, when you must position a container in the shade, consider putting it by a wall that can reflect some light back. The plants won't suffer from the extreme heat, but they will benefit from indirect light.
Good choices are a time released fertilizer mixed in when planting or a water soluble fertilizer every 2-4 weeks.