Answer: I think bamboo is probably your best choice for a dense screening plant that is not messy, is evergreen and is safe if pets decide to chomp on it. Most bamboo's are pest resistant. I'd choose a clumping type bamboo rather than a running one. Clumping bamboos typically do not get out of hand the way running bamboos can. Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonso-Karr' - Alphonse Karr Bamboo - is a popular choice; Bambusa textilis - Weaver's Bamboo - is another favorite; Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa' - Candy-Stripe Bamboo - has pink and green culms.
Best wishes with your new bamboo!
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