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What kinds of plants are ideal for a container garden?

They should be sun- and heat-loving, because most of them will be on the balcony or on the roof. A few small ones could be shade-loving. I would prefer it if they all had some practical uses, such as vegetables or herbs. Here are some that I'm planning on growing, to give you an idea of the sort of thing I want: Aloe vera, mint, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, green beans and peas, onions and garlic, lemon trees, carrots and lettuce. Thanks in advance :)

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  1. Abutilon (Flowering maple) Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop) Basil Caladium Celosia (plume flower) Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) Cuphea (Firecracker Plant) Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus cinerea) Euphorbia marginata (Snow-on-the-mountain) Fuchsia Iresine (Blood-leaf) Lantana (Lantana camara) Ornamental Cabbage and Kale Perilla frutescens (Shiso) Plectranthus Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted Tongue) Senecio cineraria (Dusty Miller) Strobilanthes dyeranus (Persian shield) Swiss Chard
  2. Herbs are a really good idea, but all those you mentioned are possible. How about adding lemon thyme and basil.
  3. I've done mint, aloe, tomatoes, green beans, peas and lettuce. Almost anything can be grown in pots as long as the pots are big enough.