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Edmonton, Alberta
APMJohnson
May 23, 2018 5:32 PM CST
My fiancee and I have just moved into the perfect apartment for us.
The only issue is the balcony.
We live on the third (top) floor and our balcony faces an identical apartment directly across from us.
We are looking to for some plants for privacy and coverage, but there are a few conditions.
Firstly, we are in a cold climate with hot summers, (Zone 4a, Edmonton) and I would prefer to have the plants survive through all seasons.
Second, I don't want to make too much of a mess on my downstairs neighbour's balcony, so something ideally that either retains its leaves, or loses minimally.
And lastly, I'd like something that doesn't attract bugs or aphids that I cannot manage with some care.

To give you an idea, my balcony is 8 ft tall and will have cedar posts (4ft apart) and a lattice ceiling/arbor type design, when I am finished building it.

I know this is a very specific question, and not an identification or care question, but I've asked many self-proclaimed experts and I've yet to find an answer that won't either die off or create a huge mess, (or isn't considered contraband/invasive to my area)... I'm reaching the end of my rope, please help!
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 23, 2018 7:34 PM CST
Hi and welcome to ATP!

In what direction does your balcony face and how much and what kind of sun does it get throughout the day in Summer and Winter?
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Edmonton, Alberta
APMJohnson
May 23, 2018 7:57 PM CST
Our balcony is open at the top and it faces West. However, the patio receives full sun beginning about an hour and a half after sunrise, and continues getting full sun until just before sundown.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 23, 2018 8:38 PM CST
With full sun you have a number of options for your zone. The only problem is that plants lose their leaves, flowers die and fall off so some detritus is a given for any plant as well as bugs - but none of the vines listed below are bug magnets as far as I know.

That said,

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler')

Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Clematis

American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

With all of these vines, they will do well in large containers and will need support.
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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 23, 2018 8:39 PM CST
Welcome.

I'm glad that you know to avoid invasives. And I'm impressed with your concern for your downstairs neighbors.

With as much sun as you get, you probably have a lot of options. Given your climate tho you might want some native perennials that will bloom at different times of the year. Are you planning to enclose the patio when winter starts to hit? That'll make a difference as far as what you can grow.

Also, are you planning to use the lattice for a vining type plant and/or to hang some baskets from?

I can't help with specifics but I'm sure someone else will hop in and make some suggestions. Sounds like you're going to have a great place to hang out.

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