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Nicole

We’ve planted beech hedge as a screening option after doing some research. Keeps it leaves all year, they turn brown but don’t drop until the new growth appears. We may have to wait a couple of years until it’s a reasonable height but should then be relatively easy to maintain it.

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of course all hedges are screens... and can be grown tall. however the taller they are, the harder they are to maintain... this is where bamboos come into their own. Phyllostachys nigra, or black bamboo grows up to around 2.5m and is clump forming. it has won the RHS award of garden merit. The same plant has a green variety called 'Henonis' ... for a shorter, wider more fan shaped growth habit try the bamboo Fargesia rufa. With any bamboo, do your research first online to check its not an invasive variety. They can be an expensive investment, but once in place if they're happy they are low maintenance and look great for years. The breeze rustling the leaves is an added bonus..., but keep them out of strong drying winds ...

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bamboo (unspecified variety) at my holiday apartment in Lisbon

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