Posted: 03/07/2017 at 01:09
If you are prepared to be a bit spendy - really big containers and to buy fairly mature plants, you could try bamboo.
I used Great Wall and had them in containers from about 2ft high. In a couple of years they were 6 foot and I transplanted them into beds so that I could get some privacy in two open spots.
This is one. It's 6ft high, the other 7ft. At the base though it takes up 2ft of space - so one this size would need a very large pot. Again though, you can keep it the size you want in a pot as it will stop the width expanding, or I found it worked. The one in this photo is also less densely bushy than it would naturally grow as at this time every year I cut away a lot of the foliage to expose the canes - so it looks more 'see through' than it would if it had been left to grow as it does naturally. I cut loads away from it two weeks ago so it is very 'thinned out'. This photo was a couple of days ago. It will grow more bushy through the summer and I think they are lovely in shape and form and they have proved tough as old boots in Scottish weather with no problems at all. Always look great (to me anyway) and whilst the feathery tops droop in the rain - as in this photo - you can trim away at them as often as you like and it does no harm. I think they are very attractive as well as providing a practical purpose in screening the little area where I like to sit and not be peered at.
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