Oftentimes the killer on a small balcony is waiting for the plants to grow in to make the small space feel cozy and lush. Take a cheap shortcut and pick up some supplies at the local army surplus store to solve the problem:
Flickr User KMR's Urban Adventure has the right idea, turning to her local army surplus for some camouflage to string along her balcony. It adds some green without costing much and also offers up a bit of privacy and obscures a less than perfect view.
And look, aren't those the outdoor deck tiles from Ikea?