Ideas other than plants for decorating balconies?
Our townhome has 2 giant balconies (one off each bedroom) in addition to the front and back patio/garden areas. We don't use the balconies at all, since we have a nice patio that is more easily accessible and spacious.
I may add some planters but don't look forward to watering all the hard to reach plants. However I know the best thing to dress it up is probably a planter full of nice tumbling red flowers.
I would like some ideas on any alternative decor that could help make the balconies look less empty/boring, but low maintenance. THere is an HOA which forbids umbrellas on balconies (due to them blowing onto neighbors due to wind, I guess) and an awning - which I have considered - would require architectural board permission and I am not sure if it would be approved because it would be a big impact on the curb appearance.
Here's a photo taken before we bought it, showing the front balcony.