I started with seedlings in eggshells and then they grew; so I created a simple, framed balcony privacy screen while I waited for the seedlings to grow. Then our area of Germany had the coldest, rainiest, most overcast summer ever. Depression. Slow growth. Things did grow...but aside from a couple of mini flowers, nothing bloomed except our morning glories and sweet peas.
Next year I'm planning on filling our boxes and containers with things that will do well in the shade. I think I overestimated and went for partial-shade plants. It's just too pathetic to see a balcony that looks like it's totally overgrown with weeds when it's really full of plants that just aren't getting enough sun to ever bloom. (I'm sure there's a life analogy in there somewhere...)
How did your garden grow this year? Any favorite shade loving plants you might recommend for next year? I'd love some ideas!