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Good Plants for a Pool Screen Enclosure

By Cayden Conor ; Updated September 21, 2017
Hardy bamboo palm.
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Many people like plants in a screened enclosure, but the plants must be chosen carefully. Plants that require mostly shade or partial sun are the only plants that could be used, as a plant that requires sun or full sun (more than six hours of continuous sunlight) will die in a screened enclosure. Other considerations to be taken are the plant's height and whether it is a crawling variety.

Hardy Bamboo Palm

The hardy bamboo palm (chamadorea microspadix) is tolerant to low sun conditions and will do very well inside a screened enclosure. The bamboo palm's clumps of stems grow up to 8 feet in height. Once the flowers are spent, the female plants produce orange berries, giving your landscaping a splash of color.

Surprise Lily

Surprise lily.
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The surprise lily (Lycoris squamigera) is of the Amaryllidaceae family and prefers shade conditions. It also does well in containers, making it a plant of choice for screened enclosures. In midsummer, the plant shoots 1-inch-thick stems about 2 feet tall. Each stem produces a cluster of six to eight lilac flowers that give off strong fragrance. The surprise lily originated in China or Japan and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 10.

Dancing Ladies Ginger

Dancing ladies ginger (Globba winitii) are of the Zingiberaeae (ginger) family. This plant grows to a height of 2 feet and has long leaves. Dancing ladies ginger blooms from July until the fall. This plant is native to Vietnam and Thailand and grows in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11.


About the Author


Cayden Conor has been writing since 1996. She has been published on several websites and in the winter 1996 issue of "QECE." Conor specializes in home and garden, dogs, legal, automotive and business subjects, with years of hands-on experience in these areas. She has an Associate of Science (paralegal) from Manchester Community College and studied computer science, criminology and education at University of Tampa.