Screens and Windbreaks

Slender Weavers Bamboo – 6m tall after 4 years alongside a sandy driveway

You can use bamboo to hide an unattractive feature in your garden, provide a privacy screen or create a windbreak.

The choice of plants will depend on whether you use containers or plant in the ground, the size of the bed, and the height you want to achieve.

Oldham’s Bamboo – 9m tall after five years. In loamy soil this species can reach 15-20m tall.

To provide a screen, you don’t necessarily need a 100% visual block. A few plants with air in between can be just as effective in distracting from the feature or view behind, as our eyes are naturally drawn to the plants themselves.

Ideal screening plants are Slender Weavers Bamboo (Bambusa textilis gracilis) and Oldhams Bamboo (Bambusa oldhamii).

These are both clumping varieties and therefore suitable for planting directly into beds. Slender Weavers grows to around 6m, while Oldhams will provide a taller screen, up to around 10m in height.

If the area is well contained by pavers, or if tubs are used, a running bamboo would work well. Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) is a great choice.

Some varieties are particularly well suited as windbreaks, as they won’t become shabby when subjected to stormy weather. Oldhams is ideal for this purpose.

If noise is an issue, any bamboo screen will help to subdue sound.