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Question: We are building a rectangular, contemporary styled pool in our tiny backyard. I need some suggestions of what evergreen shrubs/trees or vines would work well against a fence that would serve as the backdrop to this pool. I need the plants to take up very little depth, as we don't want debris in the pool. I live in Houston, TX and we get around 3 hours worth of sun in the area at any given time during the day. We have children and pets, so poisonous plants or ones that attract bees are not a good choice. I want to keep the planting simple and dramatic.

Answer: Silvia,

The lack of sun may be a problem for most plants. Some that would be good to consider include clumping types of bamboo (not invasive). Monrovia carries the following varieties:
BUDDHA`S BELLY BAMBOO (Bambusa ventricosa)
GOLDEN GODDESS BAMBOO (Bambusa multiplex ?Golden Goddess?)
PUNTING POLE BAMBOO (Bambusa tuldoides)
ALPHONSE KARR BAMBOO (Bambusa multiplex ?Alphonse Karr?)
Of these Golden Goddess is probably the best for the situation and location you described. You will need to cut the tops off at the desired height of the screen.

Some other options would be:
DWARF SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem')
BRIGHT 'N TIGHT? CAROLINA LAUREL (Prunus caroliniana 'Monus')
SKYROCKET JUNIPER (Juniperus virginiana 'Skyrocket' (J. scopulorum 'Skyrocket')) although it would probably need more sun than 3 hours to do well.

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