It is not really a balcony, but a backyard, connected to the master bedroom where I live. Because we reversed the positioning of the master bedroom and the kitchen, what used to be the backyard for the kitchen (usually for hanging the washed clothes to dry), is now a tiny balcony for my bedroom. After getting the place, I chose a trio of mimosa trees, for their elegant and fine leaves as well as pink blooms. However, two years of constant direct strong sunshine coupled with persistent aphid attacks have seen the mimosas wither, and after several months of delay, we reckoned that it was time to do something about the situation.
Hence, over the weekend, while visiting friends for housewarming (and to see their beautiful Ragdoll), we decided to stop by a nursery, and as fate would have it, a curious question to the nursery attendant led to a series of deliberations, leading to the purchase of several plants, including a tall and sturdy "buah long long" plant, two pots of very lush plants with green leaves with new shoots that are often reddish orange in colour - I do not know their names, but I know that they are frequently used by NParks to line the streets. There's a stag horn fern, a bird's nest, and as a pot of rosemary for indoors. I would have wanted a tree fern, but I supposed the strong sunlight from noon to four in the evening would have extirpated the fern within weeks.
After several hours of waiting, the delivery guys finally arrived, and after much heaving and panting, the plants got into their positions. I would say that this version is definitely better than the first instance, and let's hope that these sun-loving plants will remain in place for a long time to come.