The bamboo is finally all planted and is doing an excellent job providing a barrier to the neighbor’s driveway. It will only get better as it gets established. I am really liking the black stems and am happy I chose the black bamboo. From what I have read, every few years it will need to be taken out of the planters and the roots trimmed, but that is not something I have to worry about yet. The planters are lined with a bamboo root barrier so on that front they should stay in good shape and just need to be restained every now and then.