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Hello Bunny. Did you want perennials or annuals or don't you mind? If it's in shade and you want annuals in tubs that narrows the choice, but "Busy-Lizzies" (Impatiens) are a classic for that situation. Bedding begonias, violas and pansies as well. I get mine as plug plants, but you can sow seeds. If perennials, then hostas look good in pots - there is one with a lovely purple flower, some have more flowers than others. Also heucheras for the different leaves, corydalis, liriope and several hardy geraniums will grow in shade. What about fuschias?
I grow big braassy begonias. Didn't used to like them but they are so blousy and cheerful and you can now get fragrant ones. they don't mind shade, you can keep the corms year on year which get bigger with each year. You can get mixed bags cheap n the usual suspect shops or the fragrant ones I have seen in Suttons