New to gardening, advice appreciated
Hi all! I just moved into an apartment with a narrow but long balcony that faces NE (more north than east). It gets sun in the morning, but there is another balcony above it so I guess I don't get all that much sunlight. I'm guessing it's maybe 4ft wide by 15-20ft long. I was hoping to put some plants up to help block out some road noise, and also because my view isn't that spectacular.
I was wondering what everyone recommended that I plant. A friend suggested dwarf alberta spruces in pots in the corners - when I looked up the information, it said that such plants had to be pruned in a certain way to keep them dwarf.
I'm no gardener - I've really only ever had an office fern, so any simple, hardy plants that will survive any mistakes I make would be appreciated. Also, I live in a tiny apartment, so I probably won't have room to take many, if any, plants indoor during the winters. It's pretty cold here in the winter, and my balcony is fairly windy.
Thank you in advance for any advice or links to other information on the web that you provide. I feel completely lost. :)