Hello! It’s time to start greening up our lovely deck. We have plans to put a hammock, a table with chairs, and maybe loungey outdoor chair on there. I’d like to have plants as well!
Some background - we live in NY so the summer will get fairly hot. I’m open to having potted plants that will need to be moved inside in the winter.
About half of the deck is exposed to direct sunlight for at least a few hours a day, we may get more in the summer.
We are both cooks and not at all accustomed to gardening, so herbs and produce are an option, but we’ll need everything to be relatively hardy and simple.
I’m thinking about putting planter boxes along the railing - are there plants that will survive in the ones that don’t get direct sunlight?
I’m also interested in something that will climb to add some privacy to the balcony divider - maybe honeysuckle or something else fragrant that could climb up a trellis next to the divider?
Lights will also be needed since there’s no outdoor lighting. Solar lights affixed to the rails that get light would be neat, are those a thing that are reliable? We do have power outlets but would prefer to minimize the amount of cables running through the area
Ideally we’d like the space to be inviting and pleasant, as we’re hoping to host people outdoors when it’s safe to do so
What do y’all think?