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Bamboo plants for balcony privacy

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Bamboos are the best plants for balcony privacy. They are undemanding and thrive in confined spaces. Many Bamboo plants are tolerant to different soil types and conditions and that makes it easier to grow them.

Is bamboo the best plant for balcony privacy?

It is a matter of preference, but bamboos are a great option because there are many different kinds of bamboos.

Here are 5 reasons why bamboos are the best plants for balcony privacy:

  • Undemanding plants.
  • Evergreen and hardy.
  • Grow well in confined spaces.
  • Thrive in large pots and containers.
  • Grow only to a certain height and form an umbrella or arch shape.

Bamboo for balcony privacy screening

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Fargesia nitida ‘Pillar’ (clump-forming bamboo, fountain bamboo)

  • Height: 2 - 3m

  • Spread: 1 - 2m, clumping bamboo 

Fargesia murielae nitida (Black Pearl, Fountain Bamboo)

  • Height: 3 - 4m,

  • Spread: 2 - 3m, clumping bamboo

Fargesia nitida Winter Joy Fountain Bamboo

  • Height: 3 - 4m

  • Spread: 2 - 3m, clumping bamboo

Fargesia nitida ‘Obelisk’ (Hybrid Umbrella Bamboo Obelisk)

  • Height: 3 - 4m

  • Spread: 1 - 2m, clumping bamboo

Fargesia nitida ‘Volcano’ (Chinese Fountain Bamboo ‘Volcano’, Red Fountain Bamboo)

  • Height: 1.5 - 2m. small upright bamboo

  • Spread: ~1m, clump forming bamboo

The heights range from as low as 0.5m to 20m here in the UK. So, you can select a bamboo that is perfect for your balcony. To simply do this, we list the above bamboos which are 0.5m to 4m. Check out the description of each bamboo by clicking on the image.

Here are some pots and planters for planting bamboo plants for your balcony.

Best planters for growing bamboo plants and shrubs

This is a pot planter with great stability, a solid base and is perfect for growing a tall running bamboo. Check the full details at YouGarden: Star Pot


This stunning planter will fit perfectly into the corner of a narrow space.  Check the full details at YouGarden:  
Marberry Corner Planter

Quick links to bamboo plants for privacy and hedging

So, what kind of bamboo is best for privacy? Depending on what you like, here are some suggestions of living bamboo plants for creating an ideal privacy space.

Guide to selecting bamboo plants for privacy

This guide contains tips and ideas for selecting bamboo for hedging and privacy screening. In fact, this article is part of the guide. You can download the PDF file – very helpful when selecting bamboos.

Note that the questions are structured especially for you to eliminate the undesirable bamboo plants, leaving only the best option for you. Download the PDF version – Guide for Selecting Garden Hedging Bamboo.

Bamboo plants for balcony privacy

Finding the best, even better the right, bamboo is what matters the most. So, use your preferences, what you expect of the bamboo and the table to find the right bamboo for garden screening.

Other factors to consider are, for example, how high the bamboo should grow and how much space is available for it to spread. These important factors have been included in this article, so you will not go wrong when selecting bamboo for balcony privacy.

Furthermore, growing bamboo on the hedge as a privacy screen means that you will have to plant the bamboo close to the neighbour’s side. All these risk-benefit analyses are important as you choose the bamboo for your garden.

Where to buy bamboo pot plants?

Bamboo plants are great for creating a living screen wall for privacy. They come in different heights, sizes and colours. Here are reliable UK retailers that sell bamboo plants and get them delivered to you.

Bamboo Plants and Supplies

UK Suppliers

Phyllostachys Bamboo Plants

Fargesia Bamboo Plants

Black & Golden Yellow Bamboo Plants

Bamboo-based Eco Products

Best Hand Tools for Removing Bamboo

To help you choose the right bamboo, we provide a complete Guide to Selecting Bamboo Plants. The neat sequence of 6 questions leads you to the right plant! Read and Download the guide.

In closure…

The bamboo plants are great options for living balcony screens – they provide natural greenery as well as cover from unsightly features.

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