If you’re the proud owner of a new screen room from West Knox Windows and Siding then you are no doubt enjoying your new private getaway. There’s nothing quite like being sheltered from the sun, allergens, and bugs and as we transition from summer into fall there will be even more opportunities to put your screen room to good use.

We do things a little bit differently than other companies who rely on pre-constructed kits and we think that having something made by our team of craftsmen is sure to please. When each unit is built by hand it ensures that you get a patio enclosure that works best for you and the space that you have.

But what can you do to make this living space a cozier place to live? Add some plants, of course! Figuring out what will look best in your space can be a challenge, but the good news is that in today’s post we’ll be sharing a few tips for making sure that you choose the best options. Keep reading to learn more!

Choose Plants That Will Thrive in a Screen Room


Our go-to suggestion for anyone looking to add some plants to their screen rooms is succulents. What makes them so great, you ask? If you’ve never had succulents before then prepare to be amazed. These incredibly resilient plants are incredibly low maintenance. “I’ll still have to remember to water them, right?” you ask. The good news is that succulents actually thrive when they’re deprived of water.

There are different types of succulents that have slightly different needs, but generally speaking these are plants that will look great with relatively little work and they’ll keep looking great for many years to come. If you have specific questions, just be sure to check with someone on the staff at the location from which you choose to purchase your succulents and they should be able to steer you in the right direction.

In general, succulents need quite a bit of sunlight; some need direct light and some need the light to be filtered. Do your research and the end result will be plants that you and your whole family will enjoy being surrounded by.


There’s something special about growing your own vegetables. All too often these days our food comes from other sources and we don’t even give it much thought. But when you plant your own seeds each year and start to reap the delicious rewards it becomes a source of pride. Whether you choose to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, or something else entirely you are sure to appreciate the fact that you grew your own vegetables in the comfort of your patio enclosure.

Get a Recommendation

What if succulents aren’t your thing and you don’t have any interest in growing vegetables, you ask? Our recommendation in that instance is to head to your local florist or gardening center and ask for a professional recommendation. Let the person who is helping you know which direction your screen room faces, how much sun you get, and any other information you can think of and then take advantage of their suggestions. Someone who is local to the area will be able to give you an excellent recommendation that will leave your living space filled with beautiful colors and wonderful smells.

Things to Keep in Mind

One of the things you’ll have to remember is that many plants that do well in screened in porches can’t be left outside year round. In other words, you’ll have to bring them indoors in the winter because the harsh temperatures can wreak havoc on a plant that thrives with heat and a lack of moisture.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that some plants and flowers will require you to fertilize them seasonally to get the best results. Others will require that you repot them when they start to get too big for their enclosures.

None of these things are too difficult to do, but they are important to keep in mind so that you can get the best results and enjoy a screen room that is full of beauty.

Add a Screen Room to Your Knoxville Home

At West Knox Windows and Siding there’s nothing we love more than helping our customers to make their homes a better place to live. Your home is the place you go for rest and relaxation and it just makes sense to ensure that it’s a living space that you actually enjoy spending time in.

If you’re in the market for a patio enclosure in Knoxville or the surrounding area, our team of expert craftsmen can help! We bring plenty of experience to the table and we’re committed to getting the job done the right way the first time around. It’s as simple as that. Contact us today to get a quote for your next project!