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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.
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 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 ...
Phyllostachys nigra or the Black Bamboo has to be the most popular and best known of all bamboos. The jet black canes reach around 4 or 5 metres in height and are covered in masses of lush green dainty leaves. The best situation for the black bamboo ...
Golden Variegated Bamboo
Pleioblastus auricomus is a lovely dwarf golden leaved bamboo that can reach 75 centimetres in height. It can be clipped back in early spring to promote masses of lush new growth. It works particularly well as a small hedge and equally well as a spec...
Pleioblastus variegatus is an upright bamboo, with pale green canes and narrow dark green leaves with cream stripes. It will only reach around 75 centimetres in height and is an absolutely ideal small bamboo for a pot. It can be cut back in early spr...
Pseudosasa japonica, the Arrow Bamboo is a very rapid grower and is ideal for covering that trouble spot in your garden. Will wander when planted in the ground, so bamboo root barrier would be recommended. Good in a pot and does not mind being in a s...