Flowers for Screened-In Porches

When selecting flowers to place in your screened-in porch, consider plants that do not require full sun, but rather prefer partial shade. Also be aware of the plants potential toxicity in respect to the pets or children that may use the porch. Another consideration is the eventual size of the plant. A mixture of flowers that are colorful, thrive in shady conditions, do not demand large amounts of space and are safe around animals and children will make your screened-in porch bright and inviting.


These annuals love the shade, are easy to propagate, and require very little care. Impatiens range in color from white, pink or salmon, to orange, red or a mix. They will easily spread to spill over the edges of any pot in which they're placed. They are safe for children and pets and bloom brilliantly month after month.


Although coleus will tolerate full sun, to achieve a brilliant and lush bloom it needs shade. Coleus comes in many mixed colors and develops very large leaves. As an accent plant on your screened-in porch, pots of coleus will add intoxicating splashes of color wherever they sit.


Another excellent annual for your screened-in porch is the begonia. Often seen in malls and professional buildings, begonias are colorful and easy to care for. When used in mass plantings, perhaps in a large pot or planter, the reds, pinks and whites of begonias make a stunning display.

Boston fern

This fern is perfect for a hanging planter. It enjoys shade and cooler temperatures. The Boston fern is easy to propagate and adds a beautiful splash of varying shades of green to your porch.

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