Living Bamboo Screening Plants - Hardy Bamboo Screens for Instant Privacy While there are hundreds of varieties of bamboo plants, there are a few valuable characteristics which most of them have in common - evergreen foliage, a tall and slim growth habit & a rapid growth rate. In fact, they are one of the fastest-growing species on the planet.
So, when it comes to evergreen screening in the garden particularly when instant privacy is required, it is hard to beat a living bamboo screen. We sell our bamboo screens as a package and they come ready for you to plant. Their considerable height yet narrow width, means bamboo can be used even in the smallest gardens, giving privacy height-wise without taking up too much lateral space. It’s hardly a surprise then that Bamboo is very often used for screening purposes.
Because of their flexibility, for tall, evergreen screening, Bamboo plants are a must for any garden large or small. A living Bamboo screen will create an instant architectural structure in your garden. Added to your new-found privacy, the sound of the wind rustling through the feathery leaves is most relaxing.
Bamboo Screening Plants We sell various varieties of ready-formed living Bamboo Screens – in various degrees of thickness and height. One of the best of the hardy bamboo plants for lushness of foliage is the Phyllostachys Aureagrowing relatively (for bamboo) slowly to around 15-20ft (6m). It holds its foliage well. Of the Black Stemmed Bamboo screens,Phyllostachys Nigra is eye-catching and very popular. The canes are mottled brown the first year and mature to black in the second year onwards.
It is important to mention that while bamboo can have a reputation for being invasive – something which was the case a few decades ago. These days only the relatively, shall we say, “well behaved varieties” are sold in retail plant centres. Additionally, highly effective Bamboo Root barriers are available if there is a requirement to keep the bamboo tightly controlled and this will stop any new shoots sprouting up in unwanted areas.
How to Take Care of Bamboo Plants All bamboo plants need watering regularly over the growing months (April to October) and dislike drying out. Hardy Bamboo plants are better suited to planting in the ground but require well-drained areas. They will not tolerate boggy soil where the water sits around their roots as this may cause the roots to rot. If kept in pots, they must not dry out and the pots must be big enough to allow sufficient moisture to reach the roots while be well-draining. Feeding is essential with an all-purpose liquid feed particularly when they produce their new canes each year.