How to Plant Bulbs in a Container - planting in fall and leaving outside during winter will bring forth better blooms because of the exposure to winter cold! (If So Cal ever gets any winter cold this year).
82 Creative Container Gardens: Pansies, Violas, Panolas, Grass, & Ivy - Southern Living Grass grows so easily. would be pretty in multi-layered pots. Chives would give the same look in an herb garden. Annuals mixed in with herbs might be pretty.