Hi I am very new to the concept of gardening.. In fact I have started reading some books on container gardening just to get an idea of gardening in a small space. I would like to have a garden in the small patio of my apartment. The patio faces the north, but it is open and gets good sunlight from the east west directions..We live in Fremont,CA,..So i am assuming we r in Zone 9. Would love to know what r some good flowering plants for me to start with..And also what all I would need to start off.. Any recommendations on local nurseries too will be appreciated. Thanks and regards.