Bamboos are graceful plants and are an essential part of any oriental influenced garden. One of their main attractions is that they are evergreen and the bamboo from the more temperate regions are amongst the most hardy plants in our gardens. Many have now been bred to form clumps or to spread very slowly, so they do not rapidly take over the whole garden as many older varieties did.
A moisture retaining soil is a must. Water newly planted bamboo regularly, the best mulch for bamboo is their own leaves. If you clear them away from other plants and put them around the base of the bamboo, you will be providing the plant with valuable nutrients and a moisture retaining mulch, and the best bit is that it is free! Light pruning of the lower branches and some of the thin canes will promote a good display of stems. Go to Bamboos data sheet.
SUGGESTED USES FOR BAMBOOS
Bamboos which are drought tolerant when established:
Phyllostachys aureosulcata Spectabilis
Sasaella masauneana Albostricta
Bamboos which are suitable for containers:
Sasa palmata f. nebulosa
Bamboos which are shade tolerant:
Fargesia nitida (light shade)
Fargesia rufa (light shade)
Pleioblastus pygmaeus (light shade)
Bamboos suitable for screening (medium screen to 3.5 m high):
Bamboos suitable for screening (tall screen over 3 m high):
Phyllostachys aureosulcata Spectabilis (4-8 m)
Phyllostachys aurea (4-5 m)