Shade container plants for nothern California?
We have recently moved to Bay area (north San Jose) and are in a rental apartment with only a patio available for gardening. It gets only morning sun, between 9 and 12 and then bright shade. I was wondering about suggestions for some container plants in such a location? Flowering ones would be great, but I do like plants for their interesting foliage and form too. I want to get one dwarf conifer that we intend to use as a small, living Christmas tree. I've never grown a conifer before, much less in a container, so any pointers or guidance in that directions would be very welcome. I've asked in the California forum (and conifer forum about the conifer) too, but figured I'd ask here as well, for information specific to container gardening. Thanks in advance!