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Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou 1'
Fargesia robusta 'Campbell'
Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl'
Ginkgo biloba 'Troll'
Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Holochrysa'
Phyllostachys nigra 'Henonis'
Phyllostachys aurea 'Koi'
Nandina domestica 'Woods Dwarf'
Big Plant Nursery specialise in bamboo plants for the U.K. garden.
There are nearly 10,000 species of bamboo ranging from tiny dwarf species to enormous tropical ones. Luckily you needn't worry about having to choose between all of these - only a few hundred different species and varieties are happy in the UK.
All bamboos are easy to grow, from the sun-loving Phyllostachys to the shade- tolerant Fargesia. It is normally best to choose a bamboo that is suited to the size of your garden and to make sure that it is going to do what you want it to do. Most Phyllostachys bamboos prefer sunny to part-shady situations, are generally clump-forming though we do recommend root barrier and will reach between 3.5 to 6.5 metres in height depending on species.
If you need a bamboo for a shady spot then a Fargesia is ideal they are very hardy typically have dainty leaves and habit and will get to between 1.5 and 3 metres tall, again dependent on species. Having said this, Fargesia is also perfectly happy in a sunny situation. For ground cover we would recommend Pleioblastus, Sasa or Indocalamus - but choose with care because some of these will spread surprisingly quickly. The height of these varies between 1 and 2 metres.
The most important thing to remember about bamboos is that they respond very well to watering and feeding. A bamboo will require a lot of water when it is first planted to help it get established, as long as the water is allowed to drain away. Bamboos can be thirsty and will appreciate a lot of water, as long as they are not water- logged - since this can have a negative effect on them. Feeding bamboos is very simple - they respond well to most feeds, any general purpose feed is fine, but make sure you do not use tomato feed.
Bamboos can be used as specimen plants in the middle of a lawn or border. They are equally as happy as a screen to block out your nosy neighbours or an unsightly building. They can be grown very easily in a pot providing they have adequate drainage and don't dry out. Basically, bamboos can be used in any garden setting and will fit into a formal garden just as easily as a tropical garden.
Use this website to visit the wonderful world of bamboos and hopefully you will emerge feeling refreshed and certain of the bamboo or bamboos that will work best in your garden.
We have all been growing bamboos in our own gardens over the past few years and so can speak with confidence on their habits, what conditions they like, what they don't like, how big they grow and how quickly they do it.
If you do have a question you need answering that is not covered here, then please contact us or come in and see us and one of our staff will be glad to talk to you.
Our bamboos are propagated and grown by us and are therefore of better quality and constitution than those you might find in your local garden centre or DIY store. We have been growing bamboos for years, so if you have any questions, queries or doubts about which bamboo is the most suited to you and your garden , then please do not hesitate to give us a ring at the nursery and we will be more than happy to help you.
Fargesia 'Black Dragon'
Fargesia 'Black Dragon' is an exciting newly introduced clumping black bamboo sure to become a massive hit with bamboo fans. We have been patiently waiting for stock of Fargesia 'Black Dragon' to mature enough ready for us to offer this marvellous b...
Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou 1'
Red Panda Fountain Bamboo
Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou' often called 'Red Panda' Fargesia was once a very rare bamboo, fortunately this fabulous clumping bamboo is now available all year at Big Plant Nursery. Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou' bamboo was first discovered and collected at Jiuzhai...
Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou' Genf
Red Dragon Bamboo
Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou' was once a very rare bamboo, only recently discovered, fortunately now increasingly available it is proving a very popular bamboo. It is a clump-forming bamboo with a height of around 3 metres or so. Excellent when planted in ...
Fargesia 'Obelisk' (murieliae x nitida)
Fargesia 'Obelisk' is one of the fabulous new generation of hybrid bamboos developed by Fargesia expert Hans Verweij by crossing two different species of Fargesia, murielae and nitida which were coincidently flowering at the same time during 2005. Th...
Fargesia 'Taibashan 2'
Fargesia 'Taibashan 2' is another recently introduced bamboo from China with really attractive grey-blue-black canes. I spotted this bamboo growing in a collectors garden in Holland a few years ago, I was struck by the deep glossy dark relatively thi...
Fargesia 'Viking' (murieliae x nitida)
Fargesia 'Viking' is one of the fabulous new generation of hybrid bamboos developed by Fargesia expert Hans Verweig by crossing two different species of Fargesia, murielae and nitida which were coincindently flowering at the same time during 2005. Th...
Fargesia murieliae 'Lava'
Fargesia murieliae 'Lava' is a relatively new introduction and is a compact smaller growing form of Muriels bamboo growing in the classic umbrella shape, Fargesia murieliae 'Lava' is a clump-forming bushy bamboo with deep yellow/green canes eventual...
Fargesia nitida Gansu 'Shadow Light'
Fargesia nitida Gansu 'Shadow Light' is yet another beautiful clumping bamboo selected from seedlings produced by the last flowering of Fargesia nitida. Like Fargesia nitida Gansu has delicate narrow deep green leaves but differs from the species by ...
Fargesia robusta 'Campbell'
Fargesia robusta 'Campbell' is one of the most Upright Bamboos, with lovely dull green straight canes, also this Fargesia Bamboo is better suited for a sunny location in the garden, it makes an excellent hedge, with a slightly smaller leave than stra...
Chinese fountain bamboo
Fargesia rufa, the Chinese Fountain Bamboo is a small to medium sized, non invasive, clump forming bamboo. Fargesia rufa has lush green leaves all year and is useful to gardeners having a dense bushy habit developing into a compact arching specimen ...
Fargesia scabrida 'Asian Wonder'
Fargesia scabrida 'Asian Wonder' is a beautiful lush clump forming bamboo from China with rusty-orange culm sheaths and reddish stems turning to green in the summer. Fargesia scabrida 'Asian Wonder' in our nursery garden always looks beautiful with ...
Phyllostachys aurea, the Golden Bamboo or Fishing Pole Bamboo is perhaps the most popular bamboo planted in the U.K and for good reason. It has sturdy upright olive green, maturing to golden yellow canes or culms as we call them reaching between 3.5-...
Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. 'spectabilis'
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' the Golden Crookstem Bamboo is one of the first bamboos to shoot in the spring. Expect brilliant gold canes flushed pink in summer with vertical green stripes. Should reach 4 to 5 metres in height when planted...
Phyllostachys bissetii or as it's sometimes called David Bisset bamboo is a striking bamboo very garden worthy bamboo. Bissettii is extremely useful as a bamboo that alway looks fresh and healthy with its glossy deep green canes which when young are...