evergreen architectural plants, differing in leaf size, cane colour and
growth habit. Enjoy rich moisture retaining soil. Avoid very dry or wet
soils. Bamboos can be grown in generous containers but are greedy feeders
and must not be allowed to dry out - they do not wilt, they die. All are
propagated by division, this is a slow process and restricts the number
that can be offered for sale.
No bamboos available by mail order. Prices dependent on pot size.
Thickly growing bamboo with slender canes green, aging yellow, and plenty
of foliage. Good in a pot where it will remain small. Clump forming, will
reach 1.8m in a decent position and with lots of feeding!
Fagesia nitida (previously Arundinaria nitida)
Beautiful, well behaved delicate bamboo with slender purple black canes
and small, narrow glaucous leaves. Will tolerate a generous container.
Prefers shade, tolerates some sun. To 3m plus. Clump forming.
A somewhat dwarf bamboo, with an elegant bushy habit. Plenty of slender
green canes initially sheathed in pink. Small, numerous leaves. Good for
containers. Prune out older stems if you want a more open habit and to
reveal the colour on the new growth. Usually reaches 1.5m at most.
aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis' - the Golden Crookstem bamboo
Neat upright bamboo with slender dark foliage and golden canes, darker
in the sun. Up to 3 m plus.
Very elegant yellow culmed bamboo, the culms marked with alternate green
grooves. Produces an open clump sporting light foliage. Up to 2m.
nigra - the Black bamboo
Dark olive green culms colour to black in second year. Tidy habit and
dark leaves. Prune lower branches and any spindly growth to achieve a
stately clump. Best in sun. Up to 2m plus.
A fantastic golden caned bamboo, with airy foliage. Tidy habit and rapid
upward growth of thick canes. Very hardy. Best in open position to permit
suitable admiration. Up to 5 m.
A dwarf bamboo. Slender dark culms bear broad variegated yellow and green
leaves. Prune in early spring to ensure plentiful bright new foliage.
Happy in a container. Mulch well for best results. Rarely reaches 90cm.
japonica - the Arrow bamboo
A slowly spreading, clump forming bamboo with straight canes and broad,
glossy leaves. Very hardy and wind resistant. Prefers sun, tolerates some
shade. To 3m. In dry soils or warm summers rhizomes can travel some distance,
prune off as necessary.
An invasive bamboo! Beautiful broad leaves on a medium height bamboo create
a real jungle feel. Strong rhizomes allow this bamboo to romp. Enjoys
an open position. Very hardy and wind resistant. In winter the leaves
will bleach towards the edges, this can make the bamboo even more striking.
Height to 2m.
anceps - Himalayan bamboo
A vigorous bamboo with glossy, erect, thick green culms, and leaves branching
in all directions, like an umbrella. Needs space to show itself off. Hardy,
but can suffer wind burn, in a sheltered site can attain impressive heights,
otherwise to about 2m. Forms a well behaved clump.
21 March, 2014