The Argos balcony screen is one of the most common features in apartment gardening. However, this may be because it is the easiest to incorporate into your apartment gardening scheme. Using a balcony screen rather than a trellis or some other more ornamental structure allows you to plant more easily and can also reduce the amount of space needed for your plants. You won’t even need to have the plants grow through a trellis system as they can be planted directly onto the balcony railing using a trellis net or attached to the railing with brackets. Of course, you could also opt to just frame the lower wall of an apartment building and use that instead.
There are a number of different plants that can be grown on an Argos balcony. Most people will plant flowers such as tulips or daffodils, so these are the easiest to work in as long as you know how to plant them successfully. Other flowers that do well in balconies include hydrangeas and daisies. The key to apartment gardening with a screen is to use the space correctly and plant things that complement each other. In other words, don’t plant daisies right next to each other as this will look odd and you’ll have less greenery around your apartment. On the other hand, you shouldn’t have any more than three hydrangeas alongside each other either as you could end up over-populating one area.
There are a number of different reasons why apartment gardening with a screen might be the best option for your particular apartment. For one thing, it keeps animals away from your apartment. This can be very important especially if you live on a busy street. Some people prefer not to have animals inside their apartment buildings for this reason. However, many renters like having dogs or cats inside as they find the presence of such creatures relaxing. And since plants can block out noises, this doesn’t seem to be a problem to some renters.
On the other hand, some apartment dwellers don’t like the idea of living in an apartment with plants so close to their balcony. Such residents have the option of planting plants in their outdoor spaces instead. These plants can act as barriers to prevent squirrels, rabbits, and other animals from getting to your plants and to your balcony itself. If you’ve used a screen apartment to garden your veggies, you can still enjoy your greenery by using pots to grow plants in instead of planting seeds directly onto your balcony.
You can have your screen installed before you install your pots. This makes sense if you want to ensure the screen will be a permanent fixture. Even if you want to use a screen that’s removable, you can do so permanently once you’ve tied it down with the screws and string. Of course, you can always move your plants around once you’ve tied them down. Once you’ve moved them outside, it’s not hard to pop open your screen and plant new plants where they belong.
Just make sure you pick plants that can handle being planted right up on your own balcony. They need to be sturdy enough to withstand being crushed by the weight of your own weight. Some plants are naturally more suited to be planted in spaces such as these while others may need special care when you place them on top of the screen. Be sure to ask your local nursery which plants are best suited for apartment settings and for balconies.
Since plants can flourish in small areas, you’ll probably want to plant most of your plants in the open. However, there are some plants that do better in tightly controlled spaces. For instance, rock plants and shrubs do better in a raised frame than they do when you have pots and pans overhead. In your screen apartment, the same applies. It’s best for you to plant plants that will do well with minimal handling. These include such things as ghosts and bonsai, and you should also consider the extent of the space between your screen and your plants’ roots.
While you’re considering your options for plants for your apartment complex, remember that your screen apartment is an extension of your home. If you choose the wrong plants for your space, it might detract from your decor instead of adding charm. Choose plants that complement the colors and textures of your apartment, and you’ll see that they go with the rest of your decor quite well. And, once you add screens to other parts of your home, such as your deck and patio, you’ll create an even more seamless living space.