Privacy screen and rain barrels
This post has a bit of a twist that might differentiate it a bit from most of the typical privacy screen posts.
We have a need for a privacy screen for a space that is about 21' long x 4' wide. It will hide a 2 story house that looms over us on one side. We would like the screen to grow to about 25' tall.
Interspersed in this I want to place a pair of 200 gallon rainwater tanks, each about 3' in diameter.
Option 1: Despite reservations about bamboo, we think this is probably our best option because of its growth rate. It is in a fairly well contained area, with concrete on 3 sides. We will of course put in a rizome barrier.
Altogether we are thinking of putting in 5 plants.
Will we also have to put in a rizome barrier to protect the rain barrels?
Option 2: Something like Italian Cypress. However we do get some strong winds (Santa Anas, etc.) here near Pasadena, CA and I'm a bit concerned about their longevity, and relatively slow (relative to bamboo) growth rate. But perhaps they would work better with our rain barrels, and not create such a mess.
Layout would be something like this: