Chives, Creeping Thyme, Osteospermum Daisy Mae, Marigolds, Antirrhinum (Snapdragons) (Madam Butterfly are quite compact?), Midget Blue Cornflower, Candytuft, Dianthus, Aubretia Royal Series, Limnanthes douglasii (Poached Egg Plant) <span class="s1">Brachycome (<span class="s2">Swan River Daisy) Petunias and Polyanthus. All of these flower prolifically (for me anyway!) are quite compact, colourful and very easy to grow from seed, some trail which is nice for pots. Most keep flowering for ages and I've deadheaded Marigolds, candytuft, cornflowers and snapdraggons and they just keep flowering until the frosts. Even got 2nd & some 3rd lot of chive flowers from deadheading - they are perrenial and edible too Marigolds need to be kept away from slugs and snails though until at least 5 inches high, but they seemed to flower forever with deadheading. I had Scarlet Sophie, Naughty Marietta and Spanish Brocade. Some ideas to entertian at least.