Roughly a week ago when work crews began cutting down and ripping up the straggly hawthorns and yew hedges in front of one of the main science buildings on campus I was rather annoyed, assuming that they would be replaced with even more hardscaping or more drab, shoddily planted shrubbery. I was pleasantly surprised, then, when a truckload of large bamboo plants was delivered along with some rather futuristic-looking planters. Installation was completed yesterday and I think the result is quite cool:
A partial view
The new planting and seating area stretch along much of the front of the building
A close-up of one of the planters
I am not sure I like the design of the individual planters but the overall effect I find very appealing. Using raised planters is also a good solution to the problem of containing large, spreading species of bamboo, though I am a bit surprised that they do not seem to be worried about winter hardiness with the bamboo growing in containers rather than in the ground.