The ornamental flowers are geraniums and petunias which can stand up to the intense sunlight which hits the western exposed balcony in the afternoon. Other ornamentals are a hanging fuschia and "wild" plants such as milkweed, black-eyed susan, honey suckle and prairie grass.
Herbs consist of anise hysopp, parsley, thyme, chervil, rosemary dill, lavender, spearmint and basil.
For cooking, we have a simple off-brand propane grill. I purchased the grill based on its actual grill surface which is fairly heavy duty and also because of its lack of accessories which I don't need. I chose propane because we are on a balcony but simply throw handfuls of wood chips on the grates while grilling to produce smoke flavor. I also have a small plug-in fryer and an outlet on the balcony to incorporate some deep-fried fun while keeping the greasy mess outside.
The balcony furniture so far is Ikea. I have sawed off the two ends of the table so that it is custom-fit to our balcony.
Recommended store, site, product or resource?
• I would highly recommend VAST for the floor pavers. This product looks really cool, it feels nice under your feet, it's lightweight and drains and it's made out of recycled material.
• IKEA is a great place for cool plant pots — you may have to drill drainage holes though.
• Your local farmer's market is a great source for herbs, vegetable plants and flowers.
• Of course I have to recommend Apartment Therapy for all kinds of inspiration when it comes to getting ideas for creating a great outdoor space!