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Eco-Conscious Transformation Traditional Landscape, San Francisco

Jonathan Pearlman Elevation Architects
Inspiration for a traditional side yard water fountain landscape in San Francisco. — Houzz

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megsam wrote:
what kind of bamboo? - We really need something that can screen our neighbors new second story addition. The addition looks right into our living room, bath room and bedroom. We are pretty close to them. We need privacy and yet we need to have some filtered light since the windows in our living room are the only ones that get any light.into our living room. What ever is planted will only get some sun in the afternoon. Thanks
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Leo Bley
We used podocarpus gracilior for this purpose which grows fast and high, plus fills in. I am told the Disney theme parks use this for the character figure shade hedges.

This picture shows 15 gallon hedges after 2 years growth. We recently topped it since it grew above our neighbor's windows and we want it to fill-in now.
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Bamboo is a fantastic privacy screen, but as chictheresa mentioned above needs to be contained properly or else you will have a maintenance nightmare on your hands. I would recommend at least a 40 mil barrier (60 mil to be safe) see the link below:
Bamboo Barrier 60 mil

Often times 30 mil is used but many persistent species can actually puncture this thickness of barrier over time.

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zeakey wrote:
Where can i find a stepping stones like that?
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Red Berm
Steppers 16"x16" can be found at home depot or lowes. These steppers in the pic are poured in place concrete. Anything bigger than 2'x2' risks breaking when moving and are uber heavy so anything 2'x2' and up are poured. Ask a landscaper to give you a quote on pouring steppers in your area. The small steppers 16"x16" should only be used for occasional traffic. They aren't really big enough to sustain normal traffic.
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TLC Gardens LLC
Looks like 18 x 24 colored concrete poured in place. PIP as they are called allow for custom sizes. Ideally a pathway width should be wide enough that two people can walk side by side or a single person can walk carrying two grocery bags comfortably.
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mlong144 wrote:
Wood used for the house and walkway outside home - Can you tell me the type and color of the wood used for the building and the walkway outside of the home?
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Rich Mathers Construction, Inc.
The siding is a clear cedar with a natural oil finish. I believe the walkway steps are concrete. The client had the landscaping completed after we finished the project.
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MOSO Bamboo Products

Beautiful combination of materials !

guavayj wrote:
love the bamboo wall - I am wondering there is more to the gravel foundation for bamboo planting such as container or any other device for containing the bamboo?

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June Scott Design added this to 6 Ways to Harmonize Different Home and Garden Styles
Historically related. Try mixing styles that have some similarities. For instance, elements from Greek, Roman, French and formal styles can work well together; the same goes for Spanish, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern styles. Simple Asian-style gardens tend to work well with contemporary architecture.Tell us: Have you created a garden that contrasts with the architectural style of your home? Browse more garden style guides
Julie Kim added this to 6 Ways to Deal With a Bad View Out the Window
1. Conceal by planting a living screen. Planting mature trees to block a view requires ample space, time and funds. Installing bamboo is one stylish way to conceal a building adjacent to a narrow side yard. Just make sure it’s right for you. Bamboo is often praised for its beauty and screening potential, but it can be invasive if not planted with a root barrier. According to Anna Foleen, a representative from the American Bamboo Society, many types of bamboo can thrive in a strip of land as narrow as 8 inches, depending on adjacent ground conditions. They also can tolerate limited lighting conditions and can grow 3 to 5 feet every year.See more about growing bamboo in small spaces
Brian Barth added this to Recipe for Asian Edible Garden Style
Start with ornamentals that are also edible. Bamboo is a classic example of an in-the-closet edible. Ever had bamboo shoots? They are the emerging shoots of bamboo canes cut just as they poke through the soil. All bamboo species are technically edible, but species like sweetshoot bamboo (Phyllostachys dulcis, USDA zones 7 to 10; find your zone) and tortoise shell bamboo (P. edulis, zones 7 to 10) are among the most delicious.Bamboo is a versatile plant that fits any number of niches in an Asian garden, with varieties ranging from under 6 feet to over 60 feet tall and thriving in both sun and shade. While bamboo has a reputation for being invasive, it’s important to realize that trait applies only to running bamboo — clumping varieties stay put where you plant them. Even running varieties can be contained with an underground barrier or by planting them in an aboveground planter.Learn more about growing bamboo in a small garden
Falon Land Studio LLC added this to 7 Best Plant Types for Creating Privacy and How to Use Them
5. Bamboo. Bamboo can be a troublesome plant because of its invasive nature, so please choose your bamboo species with care. There are two types of bamboo: clumping and running. Clumping bamboo sends up new growth close to the original planting and becomes denser over time. Running bamboo sends out longer rhizomes underground that sprout farther away from the original planting.How to plant. Bamboo is most useful in confined spaces and in containers. Use a root-barrier liner if you are planting it in the ground to help keep it from spreading extensively. Plant the bamboo culms, or hollow stems, as densely as your budget allows for fast privacy.Example SpeciesCold-hardy: Running bamboo (Phyllostachys spp.); many are suitable for cold climates but are highly invasive throughout the U.S. SouthWarm climates: Several cultivars of clumping hedge bamboo (Bambusa multiplex, Zone 8), including ‘Alphonse Karr’Learn more about growing bamboo in your yard

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Craftsmen's Guild Inc added this to Nguyen Project
Ha: agree -- I worry we won't be able to upkeep Planting bamboos would also be a nice option but it need to be well contained or it will take over your garden.

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