|New culms of Chusquea coleou|
I like Chusquea coleou. It retains its tightly clumping habit into maturity. Mine has been in the ground since 2006 and occupies a footprint of about 6 x 6ft / 180 x 180cm. I thin a few of the older canes every year but, other than the normal garden feed in spring, gets no particular attention. The result is this:
|Young growth on Pleioblastus auricomus|
|x Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'|
|Fargesia nitida 'Nymphenburg'|
For elegant height in even small gardens there are few plants as suitable as bamboos. Some can be as wildly invasive as Attila the Hun but there are many that are restrained in habit or relatively easily controlled. Many more than I have the room for, unfortunately. But I'm happy with what I've got. Although I can get an offshoot of the very jungle like Sasa palmata 'Nebulosa' from a plot holder on my allotment. And I'm sure it would be fine in a large container in my little front courtyard. Wouldn't it?