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If you look carefully, you can see just a little bit remaining of some bermuda this ground cover White Stripe is slowly choking out! Sun or shade, an excellent choice for holding a slope.
This is "Greenstripe" and is almost irridescent when it forms new shoots in the Spring. It is a great plant for groundcover as long as it is not exposed to our hot summer sun. If you need a pretty one for the sun, look at the next picture below:
You can easily see why this is called Big Leaf.
Some golden bamboos get huge, too. This one is p. viridis "Robert Young"
We have easy loading with a loop to allow trucks and trailers like this to move to the staging area. Low-boys or semi's will want to back in.
This is the asphalt parking lot at the city Horticulturist's office. This screen shields them from a dusty concrete operation on the other side.
Sunset looking down a driveway with bamboo plantings on both sides. Beautiful and low maintenance.
Here is a pretty installation alongside a driveway.
From the porch, 10 species can be seen here- looking quite healthy even in the dead of winter.
Good gardeners know to use combinations of different heights in plants as well as colors. When friends come to share the fire pit in the background, there is a wall of bamboo separating them from the rest of the neighborhood. (It also hides a field fence which keeps the dog in the yard)
Country music people don't necessarily like having people watching them as they are out riding, so a combination of fence and bamboo does the trick nicely.
Here is another way to gain privacy. These planters are mounted on casters so they can be moved as the sun changes direction to provide shade or screening from the neighbor. Just imagine once they have filled in with new growth this spring! Very Clever.
This is looking from inside the grounds of a private residence toward the road. In the background you can see tightly packed mixed timber species in one of the 100' long raised beds along the highway. No prying eyes can bother these folks.
In another spot, this same artist's use of the bamboo is subtle- as a backdrop to more dramatic features in the front of his garden. Beautiful even in long winter shadows.
A nationally renowned artist applies bamboo to his palette for his own landscape and you get this.
It should come as no surprise that kids love to play in the groves. This is one of the Vivax and is bigger than an 8 year old's leg! When you think about "sustainable", remember there is no other way you could grow a forest this pretty in less than 10 years.
Maybe you've seen this course in Georgia on TV. Many of the finest courses around use bamboo where dense screening and low maintenance costs are important. Because of no need for pesticides, bamboo is more desirable than many alternative plantings.
Residential customers want to know what winter does to the bamboo. Look at the naked trees in the left background. But next to the redbark corkscrew willow is a controlled screening bamboo looking healthy and strong. This garden has excellent privacy in every season.
Would you rather have vibrant colors, with lots of texture, but need a tall backdrop? The bamboo in the background hides some ugly buildings and makes this garden appear to be an entirely separate "room"
What kind of mood do you want your garden to set? This teahouse is nestled in a small grove of screening size bamboo. Very cool. (like 20 degrees less)-
This can be accomplished in almost any small back yard.