Posted: 22/02/2017 at 22:15
You'll get loads of help with the plant IDs! there are some real pros on this forum.
Regarding your containers, most flowering plants have their season of glory when they look fab and then they tend to quietly fade into the background. Trying to ensure that there is always something in flower is a real challenge, but if you choose different plants that will "perform" at different times of year, and perhaps have attractive foliage when they are not in flower, you might manage to have something in flower all year round. I'm still working on this myself :-) but have almost managed it and can recommend the following (my front garden, where I am trying to achieve this, is very small)
Daphne Aureomarginata and/or Sarcococca (think that is how it is spelt!) both shrubs that are flowering now. They both smell gorgeous. The Daphne has attractive variegated foliage and clusters of pink flowers. They will do their thing and then sit quietly at the back of the border providing a green foil for later flowering plants. Sarcococca's flowers smell incredibly strong, but they are so tiny you can barely see them, so grown for the scent not the looks!
Salvia Amistad. BIG perennial, starts flowering in late summer and mine would still be flowering now if I hadn't cut it back. It has very attractive long purple flowers. Grows to about 5ft in my garden, maybe more in full sun.
Fuchsia Army Nurse. Hardy fuchsia with purple and red flowers. This starts flowering really early (March sometimes) and seems to flower well into late Autumn if you dead head it. Needs some sun, but seems to do well for me with just a few hours a day.
I saw your other post about your hydrangea. Shame the old one has gone but there are so many lovely ones and they do flower for a long time in summer. Also the drying heads can look quite attractive over winter. Treat yourself to a new one.
Japanese Anemones - if you grow them in pots you can stop them romping through your borders. Some people love them, some loathe them but they are pretty and flower for months if deadheaded.
You could also sow some annuals in your pots in a couple of weeks and you should get loads of flowers this summer!
Good luck! I'm sure you'll get lots of other suggestions.