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Hi - I need to know if bamboo is nature friendly in the UK - having no pandas
around here I'm not sure if it's really ethical to plant bamboo?!!
I would never grow bamboo flowersforbees. Ok there are some supposedly non invasive types but all are a big NO for me.
How about growing miscanthus as a screen?
Thanks Verdun I will look into miscanthus. I was a bit worried about the
bamboo being invasive, it was just a neighbour suggested it might be useful.
I don't want an actual hedge, but just a screen.
There are some Pandas around
Hey, like that. PANDA
Are you definitely looking for a grassy screen ffb? I'd go along with the 'not bamboo' lobby.
You can get some from the Chinese supermarket if 4thPanda comes to lunch
How high do you want the screening?
I have a clump forming bamboo, which I have placed as a screen and its very effective.
I use nasturtium seeds and clematis to grow through them in summer for pollinators, and give extra colour.
You can get bamboo which you can use as a screen. Containing the roots is fairly simple by buying a bamboo control system. It's easy to fit, but if you are going for bamboo, fit the control system before planting, it's easier than doing it after.
Bamboo is shallow rooted so the control system does keep them in check.
I know some don't like them, but there are a good number of useful bugs among the root systems and good leaf cover for overwintering insects.
Just pick the right type of bamboo.
Fargesia bamboo do not run and you do not need bamboo rhizome barriers for them, so no need to buy that. I have aseveral different types of bamboo and Fargesia are very compact, have created a screen quickly and going by the Frogs, Toads and insects that I have found around mine, nature has adapted to them. They quickly form a mulch around themselves as well.
Do not bother with them in pots as you will not be able to water them enough and every time you have high winds they will fall over.
Difference of opinion here so look into this very carefully. Look at the pros and cons and then make up your own mind.
One other consideration. The cost. Fargesias are expensive.
I'm inclined to go with Dave Morgan and Blairs.............it seems a shame to dismiss "Bamboos" out of hand but you do need to know what you are planting for your particular plot.
The right bamboo in the right situation is beautiful.
Just out of interest, are there any other plants you guys thought were brilliant but then turned out to be a nightmare ?
For an unusual screen then I do recommend Loquat. It grows thick and is evergreen. You may even get fruits on it that wildlife love.
Only nightmare plants for me are Mint and fruits (blackcurrant and raspberry). Mint really does sprout like mad from seemingly nothing. This mild weather has not helped - I found loads of it in a 'cleared bed'.
Philippa, yes. Euphorbia griffithi, a lovely variety with beautiful red tinged foliage, became a nightmare popping up everywhere. Artemisia limelight is even worse.
Invasive plants are now banned here and new ones are always checked for such temdencies
Also a relative nightmare ..........pampas grass. Thug like,sharp edged and over rated and under controlled generally.
Thanks so much everyone for all your help and suggestions, it has really given
me lots of food for thought. I liked your message 4thPanda!! Think I'll do a bit
more research before I decide. In answer to your question Nutcutlet, I wouldn't
want anything much more than 10ft. high but nothing less than 8ft high as it's
to screen off an ugly wall. Will let you know what I decide........eventually!
Another relative nightmare .....my cousin.
Verdun - I made the mistake of planting a tiny little pampas grass twenty oddyears
ago and now it's a monster, but I haven't the heart to uproot it as it's where my
hedgehogs hibernate! I definitely wouldn't recommend it though - as soon as
the lovely cream fronds appear, the wind gets going and blows them all to
smithereens, so there's not much point in it really. It's O.K. on large estates
along with the ornamental rhubarb I suppose?!
Pampas grass is oddly invasive. I found lots of it growing in gravel at my in laws house in Inverness in quite heavy shade. I wondered what the strange leaves were, Cordyline looking but rough like reed. I do think that it could be fitted into more modern plantings but it does look dated in a 1970 raised island in suburbia.
Thank you FFB
Here is an interesting story, my brother has some bamboo growing in a big heavy pot at his house. On Christmas eve there was a knock on his door. It was the next door neighbour coming to see if my brother could help him with a problem. . . his son, on getting into bed said, 'Daddy, don't forget to do a stocking for Panda' (his soft toy). One bit of bamboo later Panda had something to 'eat' in his stocking! His son was delighted