...but first the back-story.
I was perusing the Internet and found some tiki-totem poles and other tiki accessories. I thought that'd be really cool to have a bunch of tiki's out by the pool! But alas, they'd look kinda dumb around typical northern type plants. So I started looking to see if there were any tropical looking plants we can grow here in the frozen tundra that is Ohio. To my surprise, there's a ton of them! Definitely have to get some banana trees (Bushes?) However, they're not very wind tolerant, nor are a lot of the tropicalesque plants that'll grow here. So I went back to the researching...
I found bamboo that'll grow here, they're very wind tolerant, and people make windbreaks out of 'em all the time! Perfect for protecting the banana trees. (Herb?)
My question is, how wide does the bamboo grove need to be for an adequate windbreak?
Guess my other question would be how far away from the banana herbs would they need to be? (It's official, the banana is the tallest herb in the world.)
The banana tree is Musa Basjoo, which is discussed here in other threads.
The bamboo I'm looking at is Phyllostachys bissetii.
Perhaps I might have to try and find a taller bamboo? This type grows 18 to 20 feet. The banana can grow to 18 feet. I know nothing about windbreaks or wind dynamics... I have about 4 acres of open field around the pool to play with, and it can get crazy windy out here, as I'm surrounded my mega-cornfields.
I won't even go into the multitude of speakers I want to hide in the bamboo to play tropical bird/animal sounds...
Here's the list I found of Zone 6 tropical looking plants if anyone is interested.
Sasa Genus of bamboo
Fargesia dracocephala 'Rufa'
Magnolia grandiflora 'Edith Bogue'
Your favorite hardy ferns
Your favorite hostas
Your favorite Iris
Albizia julibrissin ‘Rosea’
These are all broadleaf evergreens for some winter color.
Ilex crenta sky pencil
Magnolia virginiana moonglow
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’
Hedera helix 'Prince Avenue'
I can't seem to find this list on the web again to give credit where credit is due... If I find it again, I'll post it.