Tropical Gardening: Clumping bamboos for hedges add to that tropical look

Like bamboo, clumping palms like these golden cane palms may be used to screen and give privacy from busy streets and busybody neighbors! (Courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

In the good old days, a typical Hawaiian garden was large enough to give neighbors plenty of space to have privacy. As our population increases and land costs escalate, lots are getting smaller. This requires creativity to effectively give us a little garden peace and quiet. Traditional garden designs of Japan have dealt with these issues over the centuries. A trip to Japan would be great, but we can learn by observing how local landscape architects and designers have addressed these challenges.