How can I plant bamboo in my raised bed?
Hi. I am thinking to plant some bamboo plants in my raised bed for screeing and privacy purposes. At the moment I haven't planted anything and the bed is empty. I am not sure how is best to plant the bamboo in my raised bed? When I went to the local garden centre recently I was told that first I need to buy a very large ceramic pot and plant the bamboo in the pot then put the pot in the raised bed as some varieties of bamboo are invasive. Given that I have two shared fences with two neighbours I don't want to cause any problem for them. Is there any other way that I can plant the bamboo in my raised bed? I just found out on the RHS website that there is a bamboo root barrier fabric that I may be able to use. But I'm not sure how to use them. Also, I'd appreciate it if you could tell me what non-invasive variety is best for this location (it is shady half a day and sunny after midday). Thank you so much for your help-Susan
Fargesia is clump forming, not all are tall as they tend to droop, other name is fountain grass.
Phyllostachys is often sold as clumping and for a few years its fine. The roots usually run near the top of the plant so should be easy to check.
There are a few grasses that grow very tall miscanthus is a lovely one but needs cutting down each spring.
Is there a reason you're particularly keen on bamboo? The Fargesias are certainly much better behaved, but if it's that narrow section of the fence you're screening, there are lots of alternatives which would be less troublesome, and would give more height if you need it. If it's the fence on the right that's the problem, the screening would only go a few feet, unless you're putting another bed along there.
More importantly - does the bed have a back, or left hand side, on it? It looks as if it's open to the wall, which isn't great, for any planting purposes. You need a good barrier there. Apologies if there is, and I just can't see it
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
Lollipop trained holly or japanese privet could be an alternative, planted in a group of three so the 'balls' are almost touching.