Climbing Plant Suggestions
I've got a rather unique "problem" - I have a fifth floor east (and open to the south as well) facing balcony with floor to ceiling chain link (originally to keep a child safe). My bedroom window opens onto the balcony, and since I'm above the buildings to the east, I get sun as soon as it rises. I'd like to plant something in containers (obviously) that will spread over the chain link quickly and screen the bedroom window so I can leave the windows and shades open on summer mornings.
I've had great success with Bitter Melon, but would like other suggestions. There is some five leaved Akebia in a container at one end, but I'm not sure it's going to make it through this winter - the porch is more or less open to north winds and lake winds in Chicago. What I want is thick foliage, quick growing (fruits or flowers are a nice plus) and not necessarily perennial, since the porch is exposed.