Before BambooAfter Bamboo
Before pictureAfter picture
Here is a before and after picture of a bamboo screen. To see picture of bamboo barrier and installation, click here.
This is a bamboo screen after 1 year of proper care.
Before bambooBamboo screen
Here is a close-up from the table or pool. In a couple more years of growth they will have the thickness and height to provide complete privacy. Bamboo screen after one year
Before BambooAfter 3 years.
Before picture

Bamboo was installed on top of this retaining wall to provide privacy for a beautiful backyard and pool area. After just three years of growth, the bamboo has formed a thick wall and provided total privacy for this backyard.
After picture

This is one of my old houses. Three gallon size plants were planted 5 feet apart along the fence line. This picture is after 4 years.
Gray bamboo
The species is Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon' Giant Gray. It makes a great privacy screen and can screen up to 35+ feet high. This house backs up to a main neighborhood entrance with houses on higher ground across the road. After 3 years of growth, privacy was no longer an issue.
Bamboo fro privacy

This is an example of a mature privacy screen. This screen is over 5 years old and provides complete privacy.
Phylllostachys Aurea 'Golden Bamboo'

Below is a Maryland house before and after installation of Giant Gray Bamboo.
This is solely installation of large plants without any years of growth. Next year's new bamboo growth should bring total privacy with these size plants installed this close to each other.

Maryland bamboo application

Ruscus is a great shrub bamboo that can work well for a low hedge.
Shibataea kumasaca - 'Ruscus Bamboo'
Ruscus bamboo
This is the appearance after the initial planting.This is how it appears after one year of proper care.

Giant Moso Bamboo
Moso grove
You can click on the pictures to view more.
   Phyllostachys Nigra 'Black Bamboo'

Phyllostachys nigra 'Black Bamboo'  Hibanobambusa tranquilians 'Shiroshima'  Phyllostachys moso  'Green Onion' bamboo

Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Allgold' bamboo    Phyllostachys rubromarginata 'Red Margin' bamboo  Phyllostachys aurea 'Golden' or 'Fishing Pole' bamboo