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angelazeis
Feb 18, 2015 4:07 PM CST
Hello!
I'm looking for some help with creative landscape ideas. I have a neighbor to our left side that has a 2nd story window that overlooks our pool. I've thought of maybe bamboo or cypress trees? I'm located in North Dallas. Maybe, a large umbrella or lattice? The space is small and the roots can't be deep since I believe pool piping would be buried under ground. I don't have a large budget so it could be something even temporary that I could later expand on. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated !
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 18, 2015 4:23 PM CST
Welcome! Angelazeis. Bamboo would do the trick but an umbrella - or even an awning extending out from the house - might be a more effective and you don't have the concern about the roots.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Feb 18, 2015 4:32 PM CST
This American bamboo Society website will let you search for bamboo varieties based on height, cold hardiness and shade, but not drought tolerance.
http://www.bamboo.org/BambooSourceList/BambooSelector.php

The "Source List" page explains each field:
http://www.bamboo.org/BambooSourceList/

Unless you're familiar with bamboo and know how to contain "running" bamboo, you probably want to limit yourself to "clumpers" only. I sure did!

I'm guessing North Dallas is around Zone 8, and hence your winters often get to 10 or 15 F. If i call, the ABS filter will filter out bamboos that would have leaf damage after a brief exposure: NOT a root-kill. So you could look for varieties that are only "hardy" down to 15 or 20 F and accept some leaf damage in an average year.

I would pick 0 or 5 F, and limit myself to plants that would hardly ever get even leaf damage. But you also want TALL ones ...

Bamboo could take 3-6 years to reach their maximum height for your location.

I found many with height >= 25 feet, "cold hardy" to 15F.
No clumpers were listed that were cold hardy to 10 F and 30 feet tall.

http://www.bamboo.org/BambooSourceList/BambooPlants.php?G=Al...
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Feb 18, 2015 4:34 PM CST
Hetty, I couldn't find "Angelazeis" in the ATP Plant database or online.

Did I retype the name wrong?
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drdawg
Feb 18, 2015 4:43 PM CST
? Rick
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chelle
Feb 18, 2015 4:52 PM CST
RickCorey said:Hetty, I couldn't find "Angelazeis" in the ATP Plant database or online.

Did I retype the name wrong?


That was a welcome to the OP, "Angelazeis", Rick.


Add another welcome from me, Angelazeis!

Shade sails might work too. http://garden.org/search/index.php?q=shade+sails&button=
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Feb 18, 2015 4:56 PM CST
DUHH!

I didn't focus on your screen name - sorry about that, angelazeis! Now it sinks in.

Welcome! from an absent-minded ATP member.

Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 18, 2015 6:10 PM CST
Oh yes, shade sails, I had those for a while; they will certainly give instant 'invisibility'.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 18, 2015 9:11 PM CST
Yes! Sails!! I LOVE those!!!

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 18, 2015 9:12 PM CST
RickCorey said:DUHH!

I didn't focus on your screen name - sorry about that, angelazeis! Now it sinks in.

Welcome! from an absent-minded ATP member.



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