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hi I have bought two fargesia rufas and two hydrangeas peniculatas . I have a border in front of the dining area in the garden I want to create a screen effect. But I don’t know if I should plant all in that are or not. Not sure how wide they will grow, how apart I should plant them? I show I photo of the area Here. I have another area at the back that I want to plant similarly so not sure if I should plant one of each on each area and eventually add other plants that do well there? It is about 3 metres wide. Plants already there will be moved as this spot is not good for them. 


  • These are the plants 

  • LynLyn Posts: 22,863
    Either of those two plants will fill that space, so either plant two bamboo or two Hydrangeas.  Both large plants. 
    Personally i’d like the bamboo there.  Bear in mind it grows to 6/8’ 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Ideally I wanted to have bamboo and hydrengia in the same border with eventually other plants to create and nice effects. I have a rhododendron in a pot and a spider web plant. They are I believe all sort of Japanese garden plants. I want to create a screen but with a bit of drama? Sorry not sure if I explain myself. Also if I plant one bamboo and one hydrengea , how far apart I should plant them? 
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,863
    My Hydrangeas are on average  5 to 6’ across, (diameter)  one is about 15’. So you won’t get much else in that narrow border,   The bamboo also 6’ across.  You could put one of each in there but I personally wouldn’t like that,  I don’t think they go together, but it’s your choice , you must do what you think,  but only 2 plants in there will fit. 
    Heres a guide to the bamboo
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966
    I agree with @Lyn. It's a short border so you'd only get a couple of shrubs, or one of each thing in there. They'd look a bit odd to me too, unless you make the border a good bit wider, and add other appropriate planting. 
    Alternatively, have some verticals at each end, and in between them to get some extra height and interest. They'd have to like the same conditions and aspect as the shrubs/bamboo. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,601
    Agree with the others,but we also don't know which was your border faces, Fatsia Spider Web prefers mostly shade, Hydrangea like damp conditions for their feet,and bamboo sun. I use bamboo as a screen although it's the non invasive type I keep it in a pot.
  • Both plants types I bought like full sun. So both should do well I any of those two borders? Eventually they do get shade though.
  • I was hoping to get the bamboo to look something like this . This is the same specimen I got. So perhaps I should plant them in pots to create the effect I want? Sorry for the silly questions. I am slowly learning.
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