What about shrubs in planters?
Hi Julie, sorry you have strong winds on your patio . Hope this helps you. 24 Ways to Make the Most of Your Tiny Apartment Balcony - The Spruce
Jun 2, 2019 - The typical apartment balcony has a concrete floor that is devoid of personality. ... Here, Jana Wind, the DIY blogger behind the German blog Bekleidet .... Shield yourself from wind, sun, and prying eyes with a solid privacy screen like this red one seen on Alvhem. ... Blocking the Sun With a Fabric Canopy.
Are you renting the apt or do you own it?
What are the walls of the patio made out of - concrete, metal railings, wood?
Peggy, would you please provide a good photo so I can see what the conditions are that we are working with? Thanks!!!