Bambusa textilis.Gracilis (Slender Weavers Bamboo)
Every summer they send up their new shoots and each year they're taller and thicker than the previous year. So far, I'm not worried. We have an acre of land and the bamboo doesn't impact on the rest of the garden, but occasionally I do wonder just how big some of them will eventually grow.
Banbusa vugaris cv. ‘Vittata’ (Painted bamboo)
We chose species that are clumping, not running, and most form tight clumps. Throwing a handful of fertiliser into the centre of the clump at the start of their peak growing season helps them to stay in a tight clump as well - plus knocking off the odd culm that comes up where you don't want the clump to spread can help too. The painted bamboo has the most open clump. Because it's in the back corner, we've let it fill that space.
This is a relatively new acquisition. We bought it 3 years ago. It is very large bamboo - actually a giant. For the first couple of years the new growth was quite small and thin but I think its established now and last summer we saw the first distinctive black and white cane. (I can't wait to see what it does next summer after all the rain we've had.)
Schizostachyum brachycladum ‘Yellow’ (Sacred Bali Bamboo)
|7 years old|
|3 years old|
They provide an enormous (and I mean enormous) amount of mulch which all gets used around the garden.
It's Chookie Heaven.