Posted: 04/07/2015 at 06:59
I agree - unless you're a bamboo expert only ever plant bamboo in containers or your and your neighbours will regret it.
See this for the problems that can be caused for the unwary http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/how-to-eliminate-bamboo-altogether-from-a-tricky-spot/737522.html
We have trellis along the tops of our fences and clematis and honeysuckle is very happy there and provides more than adequate screening - however you do need to create a proper flower bed along the base of the fence to plant them in - nice and wide , not just 18" at the bottom of the fence.
Some shrubs and small tree or two is a lovely idea in a garden, crab apple and amelanchier as Topbird says, would be great.