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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 'Jiuzhaigou 1'
Red Panda Fountain Bamboo
Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou' often called 'Red Panda' Fargesia was once a very rare bamboo, fortunately this clumping bamboo is now available all year at Big Plant Nursery. Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou' bamboo was first discovered and collected at Jiuzhaigou Park ...
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 'Winter Joy' (murieliae x nitida)
Fargesia 'Winter Joy' 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....
Fargesia demissa 'Gerry'
Black Fargesia Bamboo
Fargesia demissa 'Gerry' is a super new rarely available introduction from Gansu in China which will definately become a popular choice. It has chunky upright open spaced stems which are often a deep black in colour giving the appearance when mature ...
Fargesia denudata 'Lancaster 1'
Fargesia denudata is a fabulous, clump-forming bamboo. This fargesia has characteristic arching, pale green turning to olive green canes and masses of tiny, fresh green leaves. The new canes emerge with a powdery grey bloom and make a spectacular sta...
Fargesia denudata 'Xian 1'
Fargesia denudata 'Xian 1' was collected along with ‘Xian 2’ at an altitude of 2500m. Fairly upright growth habit with powdered young culms with narrow graceful leaves. This is a new generation of Fargesia bamboo and is flower safe. Dainty, brig...
Fargesia murielae 'Dino'
Muriel's Bamboo/Umbrella Bamboo
Fargesia murielae 'Dino' is a fantastic, very hardy bamboo with bright green stems fading to a yellow-green as they mature. It is an excellent bamboo for a pot, rarely reaching any more than 4 metres in height. Happy in most soils and situations, but...
Fargesia murielae 'Jumbo'
Fargesia murielae 'Jumbo' has a lovely upright but slightly arching habit and makes an excellent specimen bamboo. It's proven to be hardy in cold areas of the northern hemisphere. It has bright green stems fading to a yellow-green as they mature. It...
Fargesia murieliae 'Lava'
Select form of small growing umbrella Bamboo, clump-forming bushy bamboo with deep yellow/green canes eventually arching under the weight of bright green narrow leaves. Sun or part shade. Great for screening and hedging and also containers. Water wel...
A beautiful, dense, clump-forming bamboo with elegant, dark purple black canes and masses of small narrow green leaves. This form is a selected seedling from a recent flowering of Fargesia nitida. Height 4m. Spread 1.5m. Prefers semi shade. Hardy. Wa...
Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl'
Black Fountain Bamboo
Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl' is rightly known as the fountain bamboo by it's graceful habit of upright canes that are held vertically only to arch over at the tips. The effect is further enhanced by the delicacy of the leaves which are produced in p...
Fargesia nitida 'Pillar'
Fargesia nitida, is rightly known as the fountain bamboo by it's graceful habit of upright canes that are held vertically only to arch over at the tips. The effect is further enhanced by the delicacy of the leaves which are produced in profusion. The...
Fargesia nitida 'Shadow Light' (nitida 'Gansu')
A selection of seedlings from 2004 Other: Fargesia nitida bamboo Position: shade to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds Soil: all soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering Eventual Size: ...
Fargesia nitida 'Volcano'
Red Fountain Bamboo
Fargesia nitida 'Volcano' is a magnificent, non invasive bamboo. This new introduction has fantastic red black canes and dense foliage. Volcano is a good choice of bamboo for a container or can be planted directly into the ground. Creates a superb sp...
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...
Fargesia robusta 'Wolong'
This is one of the most upright Fargesias, with lovely dull green straight canes and slightly larger leaves than Fargesia robusta. The emerging culms are a startling green and show up well against the white culm sheaths in the spring. This bamboo w...
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 clump forming bamboo from China with rusty-orange culm sheaths and reddish stems turning to green in the summer. It is an excellent bamboo for a pot, rarely reaching any more than 3.5 metres in height....
Phyllostachys aurea, the Golden Bamboo or Fishing Pole Bamboo, has dark green canes maturing to a golden yellow. Nice and bushy and excellent as a screen. Will reach a height of between 3.5 and 5 metres. Easy to distinguish from other bamboos by the ...
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis'
Golden Crookstem Bamboo
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis', the Golden crookstem bamboo (so called due to its occasional kinked new growth) is a wonderfully dainty bamboo with bright gold canes and airy foliage. The emerging canes are blushed pink in strong sunlight, ...
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 bambusoides 'Holochrysa'
Outstanding gold bamboo from China. Produces thick upright canes which are flushed with red during the summer. Canes can arch gracefully with age. Can reach 4 or more metres, making an impressive specimen. One feature we have noticed at the nursery i...
Phyllostachys bissetii is a striking bamboo, with glossy grey-green canes. A very strong growing species that retains its dark, fresh green colour throughout the worst winter. It produces masses of leaves and can grow up to 5 metres in height. Ideal ...
A very pretty small leaved bamboo with stunning dark new shoots. The resulting new canes tend to be purple-green in colour and are beautifully offset by the pale green leaves. It will be ideal for a container if kept well watered and fed. A lov...