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Shrubs in Containers on Balcony

Location, coastal so. ca.

We have a long balcony off the mbr that’s never used, though it offers a nice view. We use our patio for ourselves and entertaining, so balcony sits unused. Its unadorned and unappealing, and is seen, partially, trhrough mbr french doors, especially since they are often open. I have contemplated adding container shrubs to a) add beauty and b) to partially screen the lower patio’s overhead. After adding a table and umbrella, we might (operative word!) actually use it occasionally.

The shrubs need to survive semi- neglect, be tidy and drought resistent. There is a hose for water, but I may be sometimes forgetful in winter months. They should not attract many flying insects.

Greatly appreciate your thoughts.

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